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2015 Subaru WRX STI Unveiled At Detroit Auto Show, Audience Underwhelmed



2015 Subaru WRX STI

Subaru of America unveiled the all-new 2015 WRX STI at the Detroit Auto Show this week, and enthusiasts were understandably disappointed, as the flagship model looked no different than the 2015 Subaru WRX. All they did was slap on a wing, some gold BBS forged alloy wheels, and some STI badging.

What’s more, they didn’t even go with the new FA20DIT engine that’s in the new WRX! Instead, they stuck with the old EJ that puts out 305HP and 290lb-ft of torque. What’s up with that?? In order to stay competitive in today’s market, the new STI needs at least 350HP, and they fell way short of that.

While there are numerous interior upgrades in the 2015 WRX and STI, they don’t make up for the horrible exterior styling that’s become a running joke across the Internet. It’s frustrating, because when I first saw the 2011 WRX sedan with the wide body treatment, I immediately went down to my local Subaru dealership and ordered my car. And after seeing the 2015 WRX Concept at the New York Auto Show last spring, I figured I’d be trading it in on the new model. But after seeing the production model (which looks NOTHING like the sexy concept they showed off), I had no desire to do so.

And that seems to be the consensus around the web. Don’t believe me? Check out any of Subaru’s WRX/STI posts on their Facebook page, and look at all of the comments people are leaving. 99% of it is negative.

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One can only hope that Subaru sees the errors of their ways and makes a hasty update for 2016. Otherwise, I fear that the WRX’s days will be numbered.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."



  1. Phil

    January 19, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Sorry, but I’m not a foreign car fan. This car looks like crap. Give me a Mustang over this any day.

    • birch tanner

      September 25, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Saleen s281 speedster ?

  2. Tony Thompson

    July 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I like it (the actual car, not the concept), but would rather see it in a hatchback. The concept looks like something aspiring to be a Mustang. I like the actual 2015 model much more than the concept vehicle. I just hope that when they come out with a hatchback version of it, they don’t give it an ugly rear end like the Impreza 5 door. They did right with the Crosstrek as far as appearance. Hopefully they can get it right with the WRX hatchback too both in appearance and performance!

    • Sujeet Patel

      July 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

      I’ll admit that the car is starting to grow on me a bit, but as someone who fell in love with the concept, it was a major letdown to me. 🙁

      Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be making a 5-door version anytime soon, despite rumors to the contrary. Which is really odd, considering how well the XV Crosstek has been selling for Subaru. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

      • Aaron

        July 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        Maybe a Crosstek STI?

        • Sujeet Patel

          July 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

          Exactly, if Subaru offered an XV Crosstrek with the WRX or STI drivetrain, along with a manual transmission, it would sell like hotcakes!

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