While Subaru dropped the Impreza moniker from its WRX and WRX STI sports models, we all know where the DNA comes from. The Geneva auto show was the chosen venue for the unveiling of the European version of the model.
The new WRX STI is always an important news for the passionate and/or sports aficionado, even if Subaru hasn’t yet returned to the World rally Championship. The model actually made its first public debut during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit at the start of the year. Long gone are the times when Europeans were ahead of the US, as Subaru counts now the American market as one of its most important – with annual sales gaining pace even faster than the industry average.
As usual, the WRX STI is no understated car, wearing a complete body kit with a huge spoiler and looks ready to tackle anything – from mountain roads to forest driveways. The symmetrical all-wheel drive system, equipped with the usual multi-mode driver-controlled center mechanical differential handles the power delivery to the tyres, thanks to a new 6-speed manual gearbox.
The engine is our usual deal: a turbocharged boxer in 4-cylinder configuration, with a 2.5-liter displacement and a power output of 305 bhp (227 kW) at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 290 lb-ft (393 Nm) delivered at 4,000 rpm.