The 2018 Subaru WRX STI was expected to be the next-gen redesign of the WRX STI but it looks like the sedan would still be stuck in its old ways.
According to a report by AutoGuide, all WRX models will be receiving an updated front fascia, but it won’t be major changes. WRX Limited and STI models will be incorporating a new LED steering responsive headlights.
The WRX will retaining its 2.0-liter turbocharged boxed four-cylinder engine worth 268 horsepower. However, it will be coming with a new front and rear suspension tuning that Subaru claims that would improve steering stability and comfort.
Besides that, there would be a performance pack for the WRX Premium trim which includes a Recaro 8-way power seats, red-painted brake calipers, upgraded JURID brake pads as well as a moonroof delete.
The high-performance STI model will also be retaining its 305 horsepower but with better handling thanks to its updated suspension tuning and a new DCCD AWD setup that only uses electronic control for the center limited slip differential.
The Brembo performance package has also been improved with stronger monoblock six-piston calipers in the front, monoblock two-piston units at the back and bigger cross-drilled brake rotors.
The 2018 WRX models will also be sporting nicer interior elements such as rear seat armrests with cup holders, new door grips, and quicker remote boot opening.
On top of that, the interior is now much more quieter with the help of the thicker door glass and foam surrounding the windshield header.