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2016 Subaru WRX & WRX STI revealed, new in-car tech

April 24, 2015

Subaru has released a number of updates for the 2016 model year version of its iconic WRX and WRX STI performance sedans. The updates are for the US market specifically at this stage, but are likely to land in Australia later this year.

2016 Subaru WRX

The base WRX will be offered in standard, Premium and Limited trim levels, with the baby of the range now receiving a 6.2-inch STARLINK multimedia interface system. The interface incorporates various apps including Pandora and satellite radio, as well as a rear-view camera.

Power remains unchanged, at 268hp (197kW Aussie spec) from a 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer engine, transmitting power to all fours via a six-speed manual or optional automatic gearbox. Subaru has also been nice enough to include 18-inch alloy wheels, wrapped with summer tyres for the Premium and Limited variants.

As for the monster WRX STI, it comes offered in two trim options, standard and Limited; the latter of which equips the STI with a mix of Alcantara and leather upholstery, a 7.0-inch STARLINK infotainment system with sat-nav, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems, as well as a moonroof and nine-speaker sound system.

The STI variant produces 305hp (221kW Aussie spec) from a turbocharged 2.5-litre boxer engine, mated to a high-performance six-speed transmission. Power is managed by Subaru’s SI-Drive, which allows the driver to choose from intelligent, sport and sport sharp settings.

Subaru has also developed an optional safety package for the WRX and STI, with the Eyesight system. Included is an adaptive cruise control system, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist systems.

Sales of the WRX since its refresh last year have sky-rocketed, with a jump in international sales of more than 42 per cent. As mentioned, Subaru Australia is yet to announce model year updates for the local range, but similar changes are expected to be announced later this year.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

  • sigh

    Still no FA20? Grreeeat.

  • Alex

    Shame no hatch, and the WRX has increased in power while the STI has dropped slightly (had an 2008 STi = 227kw)
    Subaru looks to be content whilst other manufacturers are pushing further boundaries; Renault 275, Ford Focus RS, Honda Civic Type R – plus the Euro brigade of multiple hot hatches (and sedans) last few years with what looks to be headlined by RS3 with a 4.3sec 0-100 and at a closer STi price the 5 second Golf R that still has a waiting list
    The STi was a great car, with little coming close just a few years ago, bar the Golf R32, and to have a larger screen and some trim choices as it’s main upgrade for 2016 is disappointing from the once World Rally Champion