2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI come out slightly upgraded image

The two all-wheel drive performance cars, soon to be left without their most honorable rival (the Lancer is retiring, and so is the Evo), are getting even better for the 2018 model year.

The Subaru WRX and WRX STI, which should remain in this current form until at least 2020, have been thoroughly improved for the 2018 model year, featuring stylistic, equipment and mechanical changes. The 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI get a new front end with modified upper grille and a much larger lower grille opening, for an even more aggressive look. Subaru has also tweaked the suspension on both models for improved ride comfort and steering. The WRX with its six-speed manual transmission gets redesigned syncros and a reworked clutch – and the electric power steering has also been retuned.

2018-subaru-wrx-and-wrx-sti-come-out-slightly-upgraded-2

Subaru’s 2018 WRX is also available with a new Performance package that includes Recaro eight-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers, new 18-inch wheels, and upgraded brake pads from Jurid. Moving on to the 2018 STI, there’s a new fully electronic control for the Driver Controlled Center Differential all-wheel-drive system, and 19 inch wheels become standard – sod in 245/35R19 tires. The STI also gets an improved braking system with yellow Brembo brake calipers featuring six-piston front and two-piston rear calipers, as well as a new brake-pad material matched to crossdrilled rotors. Both models also get redesigned roof-rack mounts, a new rear armrest with cupholders, a “faster” trunk release, new door grab handles, new interior materials and a bigger color information display sitting above the dashboard. The WRX Limited’s EyeSight safety system now includes EyeSight Assist Monitor, which has LEDs that project the system’s status on the windshield.