2015 Subaru WRX STI Debuts at NAIAS 2014

January 14, 2014 | Author: Francis Gabay

Filed Under: Detroit, MotorNews, MotorSports

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Subaru‘s iconic performance flagship model, the 2015 WRX STI, powered by the 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, makes it first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show. The company will offer a WRX STI Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 units and exclusively featuring WR Blue paint and gold BBS® forged alloy wheels and unique interior trim.

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The 2015 WRX STI sports a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision and provides a rally-bred drivetrain and all-wheel drive handling that is unique to this model. Handling is enhanced with a stiffer chassis, firmer springs and faster steering (13.0:1 ratio).

Other features include Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering. The VDC system offers yet more driver choices, with three settings: “VDC Normal,” “Traction” and “Off.” Each provides respectively lesser degrees of system engagement, allowing the driver to tailor response for the driving situation. Active Torque Vectoring remains engaged for “Normal” and “Traction” modes.

Subaru also exclusively equips the 2015 WRX STI with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive which uses planetary-type center differential gears with a nominal 41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type center differential augments an electronically controlled center differential to enhance torque transfer performance.

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