Subaru announces updates for its 2019 WRX and WRX STI models
The 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance sedans will arrive this summer and Subaru has announced a number of updates to keep fans happy and the competition less so. First off, the WRX will retain the familiar 268-hp 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, symmetrical AWD system and torque vectoring system. New additions to the package include a 6.5-inch hi-res touchscreen with smartphone integration and a rear-view camera.
EyeSight driver assist tech also comes as standard if you opt for the CVT transmission over the 6-speed manual.The WRX STI receives all of the new features mentioned above and its 2.5-liter boxer engine gets a power boost to 310 hp thanks to a combination of a new air intake, high-flow exhaust system and a retuned ECU. The pistons have also been beefed up to cope with the additional power, while the 6-speed manual (the only one on offer with the STI) has a shorter 3rd ratio to further enhance performance. There are a number of additional features not found on the WRX too such as a multi-mode driver controlled center differential (DCCD) and an STI sport design cluster.
A limited number of Series.Gray models will also be released, 750 in WRX spec and 250 in full-fat WRX STI trim. These cars will be solely 6-speed manuals and will add a number of unique features like black-finish alloys, crystal silica badging, upgraded brake pads, LED steering responsive headlights and, on the STI, Bilstein tuned sport suspension and dampers. Prices start at $27,195 for a standard trim WRX and range up to $39,656 for the Series.Gray WRX STI models.