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2018 STI front fascia

Subaru Showcases 2018 WRX, WRX STI

Subaru and its iconic WRX and WRX STI models have been the number one choice for enthusiasts looking for a budget oriented slice of speed. With the Ford Focus RS looking to take over where the axed Mitsubishi Evolution left off, Subaru has unveiled the updated 2018 WRX and WRX STI ahead of their debut at NAIAS.

The new variants collaborate earlier reports, and are based off the previous generation Impreza versus the all new model that is launching this year. For 2018 Subaru focused on giving the duo a more aggressive front fascia that features an all2018 STI wheel new grille design, and a larger lower grille opening. WRX Limited and STI models also get all new LED Steering Response Headlights that turn in sync with the steering wheel, which improves both night time visibility and safety. The only other key change for 2018 is new mounting brackets for the roof rack.

Both engines carryover unchanged, but Subaru engineers have made significant improvements to the car’s drivetrains. A new synchro design makes its debut in the WRX’s six speed manual gearbox, and the internals were revamped to reduce overall friction. The clutch was upgraded and now offers easier take-up behavior versus older STIs. The electric power steering system was also re-calibrated to give drivers a more natural feel that is smoother and less artificial.

The suspension for both cars was also redone, and promises to give buyers better stability as well as boosted comfort for long journeys. With the Focus RS offering a solid balance of both comfort and razor sharp handling, Subaru had to do what it takes to keep both models on their respective “A” games.

Befitting its role as the pinnacle of Subaru performance, Subaru engineers went even further with the STI version. Beefier Brembo brakes are nestled in all four 2018 STI brake rotorwheels, and are highlighted by six-piston front calipers, and drilled rotors all around. Meanwhile, a revised all-wheel drive system with a fully electronic center differential sharpens the cars handling, and keeps occupants from bashing the slick 19-inch wheels.

As for the WRX, a new performance package highlights its 2018 revisions, and adds eight-way power adjustable Recaro seats, a sunroof delete, upgraded JURID brake pads, and red painted brake calipers. The STI Limited also gets the new seats, but base STI buyers can only get them as an optional extra.

Both models also strive to be quieter than before, and this is achieved with thicker door glass, revised door sealing, and a foam filled windshield header beam. Convenience has not been forgotten either, and all WRX models gain heated outside mirrors and a bigger multi-function display.

Stepping up to the WRX Limited nabs power lumbar adjustments and WRX Premium models feature a new 7-inch multimedia display. Rounding out the laundry list of2018 STI side profile improvements is a revised front structure for better collision performance in accidents, and a new vehicle hold system that allows the driver to take their foot off the brake pedal when at a stop on a flat surface.

Subaru did not release any pricing information or when the 2018 STI and WRX will make their way to dealer lots. But, look for them to begin streaming into showrooms over the next few months, with a pricing ladder that will most likely not stray too far from the current generation WRX and WRX STI and their respective pricing ladders.

Stay tuned for live photos, and our thoughts on the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI when they make their debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. We look forward to perhaps test driving either of these models to see how they fare against a new generation of budget sport entries.  In the meantime you can check out the gallery below, and tell us what you think of the 2018 WRX and WRX STI.

BRZ Series Yellow

Subaru Shows Off Series.Yellow BRZ

Taking a page from the soon to be extinct Scion brand, Subaru has unveiled the Series.Yellow package for the 2017 BRZ sport coupe that brings out its inner mellow yellow, while also adding a new member to the BRZ model family at the same time.

Dubbed the Series.Yellow, this oddly named (and punctuated) special edition BRZ continues Subaru’s tradition of making models that come equipped with a special paint and interior color while also adding black accents and badging for good measure. In the case of the BRZ, the yellow appointments are only the tip of the iceberg with the car also receiving the optional Performance Package to entice younger buyers into pushing the car to its limits out on the track.

Added on top of the range topping Limited model, this enthusiast minded package adds Brembo brakes, 17-inch black alloy, and Sachs dampers for the suspension. A six speed manual transmission is the sole choice available for this package, but we’re not complaining, especially since it is paired up nicely with the updated boxer four cylinder engine that is now capable of producing 205 horsepower. While this is only a slight bump over the old BRZ it should help increase the fun factor somewhat and bring improved acceleration to the car.

In addition to the yellow paint, the sport oriented interior also comes equipped with yellow inserts including yellow stitching on the seats and steering wheel, shift boot, as well17BRZ_Series.Yellow-interior as yellow touches on the interior grab handles and the seat bolsters. This model is the second “Series” model and follows up on 2016’s BRZ.SeriesHyperBlue which brought a healthy dose of blue to the exterior and interior of the previous generation BRZ.

Pricing information has not been revealed, but look for it to not stray too far from the standard issue BRZ Limited. Production of the Series.Yellow will be limited to only 500 units so buyers interested in owning one of these brightly colored coupes will have to act quickly before they are all sold out.

Subaru Teases Crosstrek Special Edition, Features Red Interior

It has been a while since we have heard anything new from the Subaru Crosstrek, but Subaru has prepped a new Crosstrek Special Edition model to help it stay fresh in the minds of buyers.

The exterior styling of the Crosstrek Special Edition doesn’t stray too far from the base model, but the key differences here are mainly cosmetic with an all red color scheme. Known as “Pure Red” the vibrant hue extends into the interior thanks to bright red stitching which accents the steering wheel, shift lever, and door handles, while a bright red inlay adorns the dash trim. As a neat and perhaps gimmicky bonus, the interior accent lighting glows red at night.

Other than the shift in color pallate, the new variant will be based on the 2.0i Premium all-weather package with goodies such as heated seats, power moonroof, and a 6.2 inch touchscreen infotainment system standard. The package also includes standard blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist.

Performance for the Crosstrek Special Edition comes from Subaru’s familiar 2.0 liter boxer four engine which is good for a commendable 148 horsepower, and a stout 145 lb-ft of torque. The engine is hooked up to a CVT transmission, and has helped the Crosstrek become the third strongest selling member in its lineup ever since it was introduced in 2012. We also think that pitching its awkwardly placed ‘XV’ moniker helped on that front as well.

Subaru plans to only build 1,500 Special Editions for the current model year which is a 500 unit bump over last year’s Sunrise Yellow package which was capped at 1,000 copies. Buyers looking to see what the future holds for the Crosstrek will have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in March where the next generation model is rumored to be unveiled.

 

Subaru Breaks Ground For New Company HQ In New Jersey

With construction of its new headquarters about to take place in New Jersey, Subaru staged a small ceremony on the site to celebrate this important milestone.

While typical ground breaking ceremonies feature a golden shovel, a cornerstone, or a ribbon cutting. Subaru decided to mark the occasion in unconventional style by using a plow equipped Outback wagon to move the first pile of dirt. In addition to the creative demonstration of the Outback’s capabilities, the festivities also featured a display of historic Subaru vehicles that went back 50 years as part of the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations.

The new headquarters is located in the Knights Crossing community and is a ladle scoop away from its next door neighbor, Campbell Soup Company and its HQ building. The new building will cost $118 million to construct, but when completed, it will serve as a critical centralized operations center that will absorb the functions of two existing offices in Cherry Hill and Pennsauken.

The campus will be highlighted by two main buildings with the first one measuring in at 250,000 square feet, and the second one boasting a smaller 85,000 square feet of space. These additions will roughly double the size of the existing headquarter facility, and also benefit the city of Camden thanks to the 600 new jobs that will be created via engineering and contract positions.

Subaru plans to move into both of the buildings by 2017, with full operations being achieved shortly after that.

Next Generation Subaru WRX STI To Embrace Hybrid Powertrain?

A new report that has emerged from Australia appears to suggest that the next generation WRX STI could take an unexpected shift in direction, and perhaps arrive with a gasoline electric hybrid setup, which would be the first time that such an engine has ever been offered in the nameplates long and iconic history.

With fuel economy becoming a top priority due to stricter emissions regulations, Subaru is allegedly looking at two different options to improve the STI’s fuel economy figures. The first is a conventional hybrid powertrain setup that would see the familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged flat-four engine work together with an electric motor as well as a six speed dual clutch automatic transmission to not only improve performance, but also fuel economy though we hope that a manual option will still be available for those that prefer to shift themselves. According to the report released by Australian based publication Motoring, the new model would be able to produce at least 321 horsepower which would be a 20 horsepower jump over the current STI.

However, Subaru engineers are also curiously exploring a secondary option that would incorporate a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with the fore-mentioned flat four spinning the front wheels via the previously mentioned dual clutch transmission, and an all new electric motor that would spin the rear wheels. This particular arraignment would be lighter and would also have no mechanical link between the front and rear wheels. As a bonus, it would possibly allow the car to travel for short distances on electric power alone, and allow the engine to formally take over at higher speeds.

If this report is indeed accurate, look for the hybrid WRX STI to make its formal debut at an auto show sometime next year. The plug-in version would arrive the following year assuming that Subaru’s executive board green lights the model for production.