2018 Subaru WRX STI gets a refreshed look and better features

More than just a facelift

Subaru recently revealed the upgrades made to the 2018 WRX STI, which now offers enhanced performance, comfort, design, and safety.

The new WRX STI has a restyled front fascia that flaunts a sportier attitude, highlighted by a more aggressive front end with a larger lower grille opening, and new roof rack mounting brackets for greater versatility. Both STI trims also feature redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help illuminate curves in night driving.

For even better handling, the 2018 STI has enhanced suspension tuning as featured on the WRX, plus a revised DCCD AWD system, significantly upgraded brakes, and the 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 has a striking Y-shaped spoke design and are shod with 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, and monoblock 2-piston calipers in the rear, plus 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 Recaro seats as standard on the STI Limited, and optional for the base trim.

Powered by a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the WRX STI brings rally-bred performance technology to the road with Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control.

To reduce unwanted noise, new measures have been applied including thicker door glass, revised door sealing, and a foam-filled windshield header beam. The new 5.9-inch high-definition multi-function display, makes it easier to see vehicle functions. The 2018 WRX STI models have an 8-way power driver’s seat. The STI also comes standard with a STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit.

Subaru has revised the front structure of the 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 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.