2018 Subaru WRX Facelift. The New Subaru WRX STI That Isn’t So New. Subaru sure has made a name for itself. With an impressive generation of WRX that made its debut in the industry around three years ago, Subaru recently announced that it was going to release the latest generation of the WRX in 2018.
This announcement sent people into a frenzy, especially Subaru enthusiasts who feel like they need an upgrade as their current Subaru has not aged well for the past few years. This excitement over the latest Subaru, however, is about to turn into a huge pool of disappointment. Keep reading to find out why.
2018 Subaru WRX Facelift Specs
A few of Subaru enthusiasts are understandably over the moon when they find out the Japanese manufacturer is about to unleash its latest sporty sedan line. The current Subaru WRX is without a doubt one of the best-selling sporty four-door sedans out there in the market, but to some Subaru enthusiasts, an upgrade to their WRX is long overdue.
These enthusiasts have to prepare for the bad news, however – as the 2018 Subaru WRX they have been waiting with bated breath is actually not an upgrade. In fact, the most awaited and anticipated 2018 Subaru WRX STI is not of a different crop as the 2018 Subaru WRX STI is actually just a facelifted version of the current Subaru WRX.
It has very little modifications as well as upgrades, so little it does not seem significant whatsoever. This rumor has been addressed by the manufacturer representative during the LA Auto Show. In the event, Subaru representative explains that the 2018 Subaru WRX STI actually only serves as a mid-cycle update, and no radical modifications or changes will present in the latest WRX STI.
Just like its predecessor, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI will be powered by a tuned-up 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, a powerplant that was is known to be able to produce 258 pound-feet torque between 2,000 rpm and 2,500 rpm as well as 268 horsepower.
The difference that sets it apart to the original turbocharged engine lies in the fact that the tuned-up version (that is referred to as the EJ257) can pump out about 290 pound-feet of torque as well as 305 horsepower – not a significance boost, but a boost nonetheless. Another notable difference that puts the 2018 Subaru WRX STI a step ahead of its predecessor is the additional rear spoiler in its exterior.
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Whether or not the 2018 Subaru WRX STI worth a purchase, we cannot quite say. However, if you would rather hold off purchasing this facelifted version with minor changes and wait for the new model cycle of Subaru, we have both bad news and good news for you.
2018 Subaru WRX Facelift Release Date and Price
Let’s start with the bad news first; Subaru new model cycle will not be released until much later – the earliest being 2020. That sure is a long waiting period, but it’s not without reasons! Word on the street is, the 2020 new Subaru will be built on the new Subaru Global Platform and will also be equipped with electrification technology to ensure better performance – and we honestly think it’s worth the wait.
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