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Mike Stevens | Apr, 16 2014 | 21 Comments

$49,990 2014 WRX STI HITS AUSTRALIA

Subaru’s all-new WRX STI performance hero is now on sale in Australia, sliding in above the regular WRX with a $49,990 price tag.

At that price, the new STI enters with a $11,000 premium over the new WRX - while slashing a massive $10,000 off the old WRX STI’s launch price.

By comparison, Volkswagen's new all-wheel-drive 206kW Golf R is priced at $51,990, and Mitsubishi's ageing Evolution - soon to be retired - begins at $56,990.

There's also a new Premium model, replacing the Spec R grade in the outgoing line-up, which is an even more compelling $11,000 cheaper than before.

And while power is again provided by the EJ25 turbo 2.5 litre four-cylinder boxer, the new STI brings a host of new features well beyond the standard package of the previous model.

Oh, and if that big rear wing is a little too racey for you, Subaru now offers the first-time-ever option to order your WRX STI without it. (Are they mad? - Ed.)

Delivering power in the new STI is a turbocharged 2.5 litre four-cylinder boxer petrol engine, producing 227kW and 393Nm of torque - a 6kW increase, and a 14Nm drop.

For 2014, the punchy boxer is matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. That’s right, there’s no auto on offer this time around.

Running on 98 RON, fuel consumption with the new model is listed at 10.4 l/100km, down from 10.5 l/100km in the old manual sedan model.

Subaru Australia claims the new WRX STI will hit 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, marking a noteable improvement on the outgoing model’s 5.2 seconds.

Among the new STI’s enhancements are a higher percentage of high-tense steel and new stiffening features in key locations, promising sharper handling and steering response.

Suspension again includes an inverted-strut arrangement at the front end, with aluminium lower L-arms to reduce unsprung vehicle mass.

The multi-mode driver-controlled centre differential (DCCD) version of Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is again featured, with a 41:59 torque split. The system sees a mechnical limited-slip centre differential supplementing an electronically controlled setup.

Subaru's new Active Torque Vectoring is also on board with the multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system, designed to apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel in cornering.

Drive modes include Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp, selectable via a rotary dial in the centre console. The SI-DRIVE system works by adjusting settings in the engine control module and throttle control system.

The braking package includes ventilated discs at both ends, measuring 326mm with four-piston calipers at the front and 316mm with dual-pistons at the rear.

The 18x8.5 inch wheels are wrapped in 245/40 R18 Dunlop SP Sport MAXX RT rubber.

 

Dimensions & Features

As with the WRX sedan, the new STI measures 4595mm long, 1795mm wide and 1475mm tall, riding on a 2650mm wheelbase.

This makes the new model 15mm longer and 5mm taller than its predecessor, with a 25mm longer wheelbase.

Subaru says rear legroom in the STI sedan has increased by 50mm, and boot capacity is up 20 litres to 340 litres.

Standard features include a new leather-trimmed flat-bottomed steering wheel in front of a red-lit instrument cluster and a 3.5-inch multi-function display, along with a larger 4.3 inch display atop the dash. There’s also new sports seats with larger bolsters.

Other features include USB/Aux/Bluetooth connectivity, harman-kardon sound with eight speakers, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, remote central locking and an immobiliser, and push button start.

LED headlights are standard, along with daytime lights and LED tail lights. The indicators too are LED.

The ‘WRX STI Premium’ pack adds lightweight BBS 18-inch wheels, an electric sunroof, heated front seats and door mirrors, leather trim, powered driver’s seat and a wiper de-icer.

Safety features include seven airbags, vehicle dynamics control, reinforcement frames to the cabin, brake assist and brake override, ABS, a reversing camera and whiplash protection.

There’s also child seat anchor points, front seatbelt pretensions and load limiters, seatbelt indicators, and hill start assist.

 

PRICING (excludes on-road costs)

  • WRX STI sedan manual - $49,990
  • WRX STI Premium sedan manual - $54,990

MORE: WRX and WRX STI news and reviews

 
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