2018 Subaru WRX STI

Yesterday, Subaru released new information on their new, not so new rally bred classic. For the STI, I like the new bumper, upgraded calipers and rotors. The Recaro seats are always a nice sight to see when walking to your car. I am curious to know how the 19 inch wheels will play a factor while the WRX gets 18 inch wheels. I suspect that there will be many swap posts on Nasioc and IWSTI.

Read the below according to Subaru.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI

The new key features to mention are the following:

  • Revised front styling for a more aggressive look
  • Suspension optimized for better handling and ride comfort
  • New 19-inch wheels, upgraded Brembo® brakes and revised DCCD All-Wheel Drive give WRX STI wider performance envelope
  • New available Recaro® power seats
  • Performance Package option for WRX models
  • New EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology safety features
  • Upgraded interior materials and quieter cabin

A restyled front fascia WRX and WRX STI shows a sportier attitude, highlighted by a more pronounced grille design, along with a larger lower grille opening. The WRX Limited and all STI feature redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help illuminate curves in nighttime driving. For greater versatility, all WRX and STI models now feature new roof rack mounting brackets.

WRX 2018

The WRX features new front and rear suspension tuning for improved steering stability and ride comfort, while retaining the car’s high cornering performance capability. Subaru significantly enhanced shifter feel for the 6-speed manual transmission, with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. The WRX electric power steering (EPS) was revised to provide an even smoother, more natural feel, while integrating the steering motor and electronic control unit reduces weight.

A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded JURID brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight. The standard 18-inch wheels feature a bold new double-spoke design.

WRX STI 2018

A comprehensive handling enhancement for the 2018 STI includes the revised suspension tuning as featured on the WRX, plus a revised DCCD AWD system, significantly upgraded brakes and this model’s first-ever 19-inch wheels. The DCCD system, which previously used a combination of mechanical and electronic center limited slip differential control, now uses electronic control for quicker and smoother response. The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a striking Y-shaped spoke design and carry 245/35R19 tires that help raise cornering performance while giving the STI an even more aggressive stance.

The yellow-painted brake calipers identify a significantly upgraded Brembo Performance Brake System that now uses stronger monoblock 6-piston calipers in front, monoblock 2-piston calipers in the rear and larger, drilled rotors all around for better heat dissipation. New brake pads provide significantly greater surface area for improved braking feel and fade resistance. The STI also offers the Recaro seats (standard on STI Limited, optional for base trim).

Improved Usability with a Sporting Edge
The everyday usability that has contributed to WRX and STI popularity gets even better for 2018. All models feature upgraded interior materials, rear seat armrest with cup holders, redesigned interior door grips and faster remote trunk opening.

New measures that reduce unwanted noise include thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam. A new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before) makes it easier to see vehicle functions at a glance. WRX Limited models feature power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment. The standard WRX adds heated exterior mirrors (already standard on others), while the WRX Premium upgrades to a SUBARU STARLINK™ 7.0” multimedia unit from the previous STARLINK 6.2” unit.

Subaru revised the front structure of the WRX and WRX STI for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Vehicle Hold (AVH), and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). The EAM uses LED indicators to display EyeSight status and alerts on the windshield, allowing the driver to see them without diverting eyes from the road ahead. The AVH feature replaces the Hill Holder and Hill Start Assist functions and offers greater functionality, holding the vehicle on all road grades, not only inclines. For example, AVH can help reduce driver fatigue by holding the car at traffic lights, and then can seamlessly transition to acceleration.


I am happy that Subaru decided to upgrade all parts to make the classic rally car what it is. The only downside is we’re still on the SAME motor. The EJ25 at 305hp hasn’t changed in over 10 years. Time is running out for Subaru to come up with a new motor or use the FA.

What are your thoughts??




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4 thoughts on “2018 Subaru WRX STI”

  1. ’15 WRX Limited owner here. I’m loving the new bumper and Horizontally split steering Headlights, and especially the transmission upgrades for shift feel. But as much as I want an STi, and could’ve gotten one when I purchased my wrx, I stayed away because of the 10yr old engine technology, not to mention the WRX had the new FA20, so until they get a 2.5 FA20 or any kind of new engine tech in the STi, i’ll just keep enjoying my WRX. I’m sure Subaru, who since I believe has a larger profit margin with the WRX, doesnt mind either.

    1. Thanks JP for the response. I definitely understand where you are coming from with the STI’s old EJ25 model. Even though it is a decade old, there is something about it that says “Tried and True”. Forged internals with supporting mods will help the longevity of it along with proper care. I’ve owned my STI since 2012 and only using a Cobb Stg2 tune. I feel that for preventive measures, I should go for a protune soon. Any pics of your WRX??

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