Although it will only account for 30% of the mix between the WRX and the STI, Subaru’s sportiest variant is the mind-blowing one that was built on the basis of WRC and Gran Turismo on the PlayStation. You see, it is to the generation used to making wallpapers what the Lamborghini Countach was to the kids of the 80s and their posters. For something of this kind of ambition, even a more powerful version is reasonable. If you see one of them approaching your rearview mirror, you may not realize it’s an STD until it’s gone, when the foil takes up most of your windshield. Otherwise, it is the face of the new WRX. Underneath, however, he is completely different. For starters, it uses a 2.5 turbo engine with 305 hp and 41.5 kgfm of torque at 4,000 rpm and a purist six-speed manual gearbox. The price tag also changes, which goes to R$ 197,000 against R$ 147,900 for the WRX 2.0 turbo with 268 hp and 37.7 kgfm.
At first contact, the Fazenda Capuava circuit proved to be ideal for testing the limits of the WRX STI. It took a while to understand that, unlike the WRX, this is a Subaru that changes the color of the bumper with an Audi S3 Sedan. It doesn’t have the same efficiency as the six-speed DSG gearbox as well as the power at any time of the 280 hp 2.0 TFSI of the Hungarian sedan, but it was able to go from zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds (0.3 seconds). . more than advertised) and reaches a top speed of 255 km/h.
Better than that is the feeling that you are in the worst machine. It looks like one of the many exercise stations used in the gym. Everything requires some effort and there are no frills to reduce like a CVT gearbox. The short, accurate shifting gear has a short ratio as well, restarting from 60 to 100 km / h on Wednesday takes 5.3 s. It’s a respectable time for a guide, but remember: if you want to take it back in ball times, you better get a two-sport clutch to call your own.
The 18-inch BBS wheels can be painted gold for the faint of heart (Photo: Ivan Carneiro/Disclosure) — Photo: Auto Esporte
In addition, the 2.5 does not have the line of the new 2.0 turbo WRX, which gives all its power from 2 thousand rpm. For STDs, the business has to go above 3,500 rpm to receive all the bad habits that big engines store. The average consumption was 7.3 km / l in the city and 10.7 km / l of gasoline on the road, which helps the sixth for a long time, capable of maintaining 2,600 revolutions at 120 km / h.
The suspension is the same McPherson section in the front and double wishbones in the back, with different fluids and springs. On the song, blessing. On the streets, the set has the smoothness of granite and leaves the driver (and everything in the car) well connected to any improvement on the floor. You start to notice the ugly details that your car never showed day after day after passing the same place. However, I tell you that you can be happy living in a difficult situation.
It’s not a case of Stockholm syndrome, STI justifies indecency in performance. The steering is demanding, but it offers precision and speed like few others, with a higher gear ratio than other supercars (13.0:1, versus the Porsche Boxster Spyder’s 15.1:1). As heavy as a leg exercise, the clutch can turn the left leg out of balance, but it’s easy to fix.
The STI’s large airfoil sets it apart from the regular WRX (Photo: Ivan Carneiro/Disclosure) — Photo: Auto Esporte
Aside from the powertrain and suspension, the all-wheel drive system itself is more complex. Unlike the WRX, the STI’s center differential is a traditional Torsen type, which normally sends 59% of the power to the rear and provides the usual agility to drive the rear wheel, but which can share all the fun equally with each wheel. There is also a self-locking rear differential, all controlled by the Si-Drive button on the center console. What allows you to play WRC.
The electric “pointed-go” steering helps turn any stuck section into a roller coaster, while the electronics try to squeeze out the front exits. A low-lying boxer engine helps anchor the front end to the floor. Holding is more than 1G on the limit, something shown by the multifunction screen itself, a joy for that generation that can drive the STI for the first time through the video game screen.
It’s in practice that you begin to realize that the all-wheel drive system is mechanical proof that riding the rails is just fun for train drivers. Just play with STDs and the rear will want to run past the zebras and kick up the dust. Not a rally car trick, the transmission, as well as being bad at the rear, has a sharper transfer than the demand systems – the case of the Audi S3. See, Yokohama Advan Sport 245/40 R18 tires are stickier than political campaign noise.
STD panels invest in red color in details (Photo: Ivan Carneiro/Disclosure) — Photo: Auto Esporte
Like other prepared Japanese, he shops for the best products. The Brembo brakes are bigger and allow you to stop from 80 to 0 km/h in 24.6 meters, one of the best marks we have measured recently. The 18-inch forged aluminum wheels are from BBS. Unfortunately, they will not find the gold that attracted the generation in the meeting. At least the blue paintwork from the State 555 brand’s warranty era still shines.
Visually, STDs are quite different from their civilian cousins. It cannot be said that he is the original Impreza would look like in a Tinder picture. Besides the large airfoil, overhang protectors, LED “hawk-eye” framed headlights and split vents for massive ventilation make it clear that this is a different beast. Not coincidentally, the WRX and STI don’t even use the Impreza name.
However, both versions should be grateful for sharing the changes of the new generation of Impreza, such as a wheelbase of 2.65 meters (height 2.5 cm), which provides comfort for four adults, and a trunk that reaches 429 liters thanks to the extra thin tire. (205/50 R17).
The differential is controlled electronically by a button on the STI console (Photo: Ivan Carneiro/Disclosure) — Photo: Auto Esporte
There are standard items such as dual-zone air conditioning, a 6.2-inch multimedia center with GPS, keyless entry and start, a power sunroof and folding mirrors. Well finished, the interior continues to abuse rationality, but preserves the sentiment in the bloody touches like the red seats, gear knob and instruments. Red is the color of STI, or Subaru Tecnica Internacional, which makes Japanese street and sports tracks.
It’s their talent that helps justify the nearly R$200,000 charged for the WRX STI. Although it is an interesting sport with a small network of traders, its presence in the collective consciousness of a generation is much larger than the daily life of Brazil. If you want something unfiltered, more immersive and functional like an old sports car, STDs can be a good choice to inspire.
Engine: Front, longitudinal, four-cylinder opposite, 16V, two cams, turbo, direct gasoline injection
Displacement: 2,457 cm³
Power: 305 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque: 41.5 kgfm at 4,000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, all-wheel drive
Suspension: Independent McPherson strut front, double wishbones rear
Brakes: Ventilated discs
Tires: 245/40 R18
Height: 4.59 m
Width: 1.79 m
Height: 1.47 m
Wheel base: 2.65 m
Tank: 60 l
Trunk: 429 liters (measured by Autoesporte)
Weight: 1,543 kg
0 – 100 km/h: 5.5 s
0 – 400 m: 13.6 s
0 – 1,000 m: 25.1 s
well for 1,000 m: 210.6 km / h
well actual at 100 km/h: 96 km/h
40-80 km/h (3): 4.0 s
60-100 km/h (4): 5.3 s
80-120 km/h (5): 6.5 s
100 – 0 km/h: 37.3 m
80 – 0 km/h: 24.6 m
60 – 0 km/h: 14.3 m
Urban: 7.3 km/l
Road: 10.7 km / l
Average: 9.0 km/l
Freedom on the road: 642 km