Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Jacob Javits Center to check out the New York International Auto Show 2014. Since it was opening day, I knew it would get crowded really fast and would be difficult to take photos with people swarming around every vehicle. My only focus was to see the new 2015 Subaru STi in person. I decided to bring my Canon Rebel 4Ti with a 17-40mm ultra wide angle L series lens to get some practice in.
I also read on Facebook that Ravspec was showcasing the new 2015 Subaru STi with some modifications at the NYIAS 2014. That got me curious on what was done. We’ll come back to that later.
Since most people have seen the overall exterior photos of the car, I’m going to concentrate on the close-ups and interior.
First off, is the infamous spoiler that everyone loves and hates.
The spoiler has the same design as the previous model. Nothing new but still aggressive looking to turn a few heads. If you notice the trunk shape, it resembles the Legacy model that the spoiler is attached to.
What’s new in the rear is a diffuser that is simple and subtle looking but yet effective.
The shape and contour of the diffuser mixes well with the exhaust trim. The only thing I didn’t like was how cheap the plastic material felt.
The wheels are definitely a nice upgrade from the previous model. I love the iconic gold and blue theme that everyone is infatuated with. The multi spoke wheel has the combination style of the GV based Enkeis and limited edition BBS wheels.
I wouldn’t mind having these as a winter set in cherry blossom red to match my color theme.
Now the interior is another story. Subaru did somewhat listen to the community by adding a D shaped steering wheel and upgraded the center console.
Subaru decided to remove the STi emblem from the airbag panel to this silver cheap plastic piece. Not sure what they were thinking here. The leather with the cherry blossom red trim was very comfortable to hold on to and had good grip placement.
The center head console isn’t really much to look at either. Subaru did add a carbon fiber trim. I couldn’t tell if it was true CF or a wrap with clear coat spray. I do like the new A/C knobs that are rigid on the sides and have a red ring around them.
One major mod that a lot of GV/ GR owners did on their cars were to add a push start system that costs roughly $300.00 for parts and probably another $300 for labor. This new model has it as seen above!
The shifter console has been upgraded as well which originated on the BRZ when it was first released.
The engine bay looks pretty much the same as the previous model. It is the same engine after all…
Lastly, I’m going to briefly discuss a well sought out topic that a lot of Subaru enthusiasts have already voiced.
The “Evo” looking front.
I am on the same view point as everyone else but I’m sure the performance vendors will find a way to dress it up and make it aesthetically pleasing as they always have. Swapping out the grille for an aggressive piece will change the look and even adding a front lip will do wonders. I will be honest here. It’s starting to grow on me…
As mentioned earlier in the post, Ravspec also had a booth set up with a few of their cars including the 2015 Subaru STi to showcase what can be done with a few performance parts.
If you never heard of Ravspec, they specialize in JDM wheel fitment, suspension, and performance upgrades. They are located in Deer Park, NY.
With the work done on their Subaru STi and BRZ, I am confident the popularity will shift quite rapidly. I’m a believer!
Stay tuned for the next post as I will be discussing some of the modifications done with the cars to give everyone a closer insight alongside other vehicles at the NYIAS 2014.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated.