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2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get a facelift

Subaru has unveiled the updated 2018 WRX and WRX STI, which get updated styling, performance enhancements, more tech and an upgraded interior.

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Subaru has unveiled the updated 2018 WRX and WRX STI, which get updated styling, performance enhancements, more tech and an upgraded interior.

On the outside the 2018 WRX and WRX STI get a restyled sportier front fascia with a more pronounced grille design and a larger lower grille opening. The WRX Limited and all STI models also get redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights and lastly all WRX and STI models now feature new roof rack mounting brackets.

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At the performance end, the 2018 WRX is still powered by a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0L boxer engine that can be mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual transmission, but the suspension has been re-tuned. The manual’s shifter feel has also been improved with a new synchro design and reduced friction, along with smoother clutch take-up. Plus the electric power steering has been revised for a smoother, more natural feel.

A new optional Performance Package for the WRX Premium features Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers and upgraded brake pads, and deletes the moonroof to reduce weight.

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The WRX STI is powered by a 305-hp 2.5L boxer engine and also get the same revised suspension tuning as the WRX, a revised DCCD AWD system, significantly upgraded brakes and this model’s first-ever 19-inch wheels. The yellow-painted brake calipers highlight the 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. Lastly new brake pads provide significantly greater surface area for improved braking feel and fade resistance.

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Inside the interior of both models get upgraded materials thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam to make the interior quieter. There’s also a larger multi-function display and the the WRX Premium gets a Starlink 7.0″ multimedia unit from the previous 6.2″ unit.

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To make the WRX and WRX STI safer, Subaru revised the front structure of both models for enhanced frontal collision performance. The WRX Limited, when equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology now features Vehicle Hold, and a new EyeSight Assist Monitor.

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