By on January 8, 2014

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Subaru is paying the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo plenty of compliments. No specs have been announced, but it’s clear where the Scooby’s styling cues are from.

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61 Comments on “2015 Subaru WRX STI Photos Leaked...”


  • avatar
    Cubista

    It took a little over 10 years, but Subaru has finally made a WRX/STi that is better-looking than the Evo. World Ralley (Rallye?) Blue is of course the color you want.

  • avatar
    Thill

    The look is growing on me. I would trunk swap with an Imprezza owner to get rid of that tail though.

    Looking forward to more details on the car.

  • avatar
    JMII

    Best looking WRX STi to come out in the long time!

  • avatar
    Scott_314

    What about the plain WRX? I’m a cheapskate and want 90% of the performance for 80% of the price.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      Already been revealed: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/los-angeles-2013-2015-subaru-wrx-a-rex-with-a-cvt/

      You can find plenty of driving reviews through a google search, most were published in the last week or so.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      The thing is, the WRX skips the expensive bits – brakes, suspension, and wheels, that make the STI a much better car for track use. If you are never going to use your car on track, then it doesn’t much matter, but there is a good reason for the cost difference between the two. Horsepower is not the sole metric for performance.

  • avatar
    Crabspirits

    The last Subaru I really liked was my ’99 2.5RS, and I haven’t been a fan of their styling since. That said, I like this A LOT.

  • avatar
    ash78

    Is there a Douche Delete package? As a mid-30s guy with 2 speeding tickets (life to date), I like this car and don’t want to increase my attractiveness to cops. I’ve never worn an oversized flat-billed cap, called anyone “bro,” and my lips haven’t touched an energy drink in 10 years. But I love the way the Rex drives and would willingly trade if they offered something a little more akin to the Saab 9-2x experiment — better interior and NVH while keeping 95% of the performance. The line extension possibilities seem huge to me, but Subie seem to keep this car “pure” to a fault.

    But I love the new exterior, solid move.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      Interior in both the WRX and STI was upgraded. To what level we don’t know but reviews have been positive. I’ll be going for a look see when the local dealers start receiving them. Hopefully early spring.

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      Two generations ago, the STi was offered in a Limited trim which removed the gigantic rear wing. IIRC it was offered fairly late in the model cycle.

      • 0 avatar
        krayzie

        In Canada there’s a Tsurugi Edition that deletes the picnic bench wing but it comes with a ricer sub in the trunk.

      • 0 avatar
        Synchromesh

        I’ve seen a low mile 2007 at a dealer recently. They wanted nearly $40K for it.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          In US or Canadian money? My God. You can find a C6 ZR1 for less.

          • 0 avatar
            theirishscion

            This is one of the great irrationalities of WRX/STI ownership. The don’t seem to depreciate anything like you’d expect, despite a huge proportion of the 2nd hand ones having either been poorly modified by amateurs, or ragged to within an inch of their lives and quite possibly poorly maintained.

            I tried quite hard to find one 2nd hand that a: didn’t give me the heebie-jeebies, and b: was meaningfully cheaper than new.

            I failed.

    • 0 avatar
      theirishscion

      I’m in a slightly similar position, late 30s non-extreme-sports-enthusiast w/ S.O. and two smallies, and a minivan/crossover thing for heavy parenting duty. I wanted an entertaining commuter hack for my short drives to work and other fun drives/mild misbehavior the rest of the time (when I don’t need to lug grandma and/or tons of luggage as well).

      I pulled the trigger a few months ago and ordered one the last batch of the previous generation STI 5-doors (in Suspiciously Sparkly White) which is mercifully free of the bookshelf on the back, and while it’s inescapably a bit lairy looking with the hood scoop, it can at a pinch pass for an ordinary car. It’s only been here for a month so time will tell how interested the Merciless Hounds of the Law are going to be in it. If there were a Saab-esque version of the same thing, I’d have happily paid a bit more for that (please nobody chime in with CPO 335i and S4 comments. The whole goal here was to _avoid_ the blasted german-luxury-sporting-barge thing my peers are all so invested in). Fortunately the bonkers powertrain and chassis has been more than enough to make up for the crushingly mediocre interior. And I like being able to answer the occasional ‘what do you drive’ question with “Oh, a little Subaru hatchback”

      • 0 avatar
        ash78

        You sound a bit like my dad there (65 years old, daily drives a 2004 VW R32).

        “Yeah, my everyday car is just a VW Golf, 2-door.”

        • 0 avatar
          hubcap

          @ash78

          I can’t tell you how refreshing that is to read. I’ve always wondered if older drivers gravitate towards more mundane vehicles because that’s what they really want or if they feel like that’s what they *should* do, to be respectable and all.

        • 0 avatar
          theirishscion

          I suspect my father would have liked your father. Though the bulk of his speed was indulged in a misspent youth racing pre-war British motorcycles, culminating in a very nice Vincent Speed Twin (that I wish wish wish we still had :-( )

          It was always fun having that one dad who’d use the handbrake as part of his normal driving controls.

      • 0 avatar
        straightsix

        It’s not so much that it’s begging for attention from the MHoL, it’s that you can’t help mashing your foot to the floor on occasion. That’s when you’ll be noticed!

        We have a 2008 WRX and it’s a blast to drive. Unfortunately the poor fuel economy and it’s thirst for Premium are a painful cost of ownership.

        • 0 avatar
          theirishscion

          The aftermarket is missing a trick, methinks. What I want is a special exhaust that doesn’t cost me any power or torque at full chat but sounds exactly like an early naughties Avalon being driven gently by an old age pensioner.

          Honestly the poor fuel economy is financial noise in the bigger picture of my household motoring costs. I used to get worked up about it until I sat down and made a spreadsheet of what everything was costing me for our three cars.

          Once I’d regained consciousness and stopped hyperventilating, I vowed not to get so caught up in an MPG here and an MPG there any more.

    • 0 avatar

      Or, give me a Legacy that has WRX performance, and a manual transmission, but has an interior that is more suited to a cranky old guy. That’s what I want too!

      I’d still buy a 9-2x Aero with MT, if I could find one.

    • 0 avatar
      LeeK

      Well, as a mid-40s guy with a spotless driving record, I purchased a brand new 2003 Evo VIII when they hit the US shores. The first week driving around (the Evo was near-legendary among a certain enthusiast and gamer set) was remarkable — I was followed by incredulous guys who risked running off the road to get a closer look, I cleared out a Mexican estaurant once of its entire staff as I parked in their lot, the same happened at a VW dealer when I stopped to drop off my wife whose car was on for service, and frequently found a crowd around the car when I returned from a shopping trip. Once it was a group of Japanese tourists obviously surprised to see such a Domestic icon in the US, and another time it was a group of twenty year-old surfer dudes who saw me getting in and said, “Dude! Is that really an Evo?!”

      It was fun for a while, but on the road I noticed a lot of unwanted attention from local law enforcement and occasionally from some unsavory characters. I also got challenged to street races from teenagers in modded Civics quite often. My solution was to do two things. I replaced the clear Altezza tail lamps with red JDM units, and I had the carbon fibre wing removed and the holes in the trunk filled and painted. The undesired attention diminished immediately and for the rest of the five years I used it as my daily driver. I never got stopped once, never had it vandalized, and only true automotive enthusiasts had even the slightest idea what it was. I welcomed those kinds of chance encounters as I enjoy talking cars with a knowledgeable fan.

      Moral of the story: if you get this STi (which I respect — I never participated in the ridiculous Mitsubishi vs. Subaru feud), seriously consider removing the wing. It will help immensely in keeping a stealthier profile from the police, thieves, and street racers.

      • 0 avatar
        theirishscion

        Yes, funny you mention it, even without the wing on my hatch, my first ever foray onto the freeway with the missus in the car, day 1, bone stock and with paper plates, we made it about 1/4 of a mile before two heavily Fast&Furious-ed 370zs appeared out of nowhere and paced us quite aggressively for 6 or 7 miles trying to goad us into a little racey-racey. It was too funny, Beloved had spent the preceding two months making merciless fun of me for buying a boring little hatchback in a boring colour, despite my protestations that is was actually a very cool and interesting little car and liable to attract undesirable attention in any other colour or body style.

        Wife; 3,172
        Husband; 1

        Victory!

        Now I’m wondering if a little strategic de-badging might be in order. It seems a shame, I think one should wear one’s STI badge with a little pride, the folks at Subaru worked hard to make it everything it is, credit where it’s due. But if I’m going to attract the street racer crowd every time I go out after 9pm, it may not be worth it. Ditto the plods.

        • 0 avatar
          LeeK

          My wife was driving the car one day and was approached by three Playstation generation teenagers who gave her thumbs up signs and exclaimed “nice car!” as she was getting out of it. When she told me later what happened, she also said, “Now I understand what you’ve been talking about.” Yessss!

          I don’t mind the pink STi symbols on the WRX, but I do smile when some of the variants go a little overboard. I counted over a dozen little such badges on one, I think it was a 2008. In addition to the regular badges on the grill and the hatch, this had “STi” plastered on every wheel hub, the glove compartment, the door sills, the shift knob, and a couple of other places I’m forgetting. Okay Subaru, we get it: it’s an STi!

      • 0 avatar
        hubcap

        @Leek

        The wing speaks in many different tongues.

        To the police: Yep, just made my quota for the day. Now where did I put that last jelly doughnut.

        To the ricer: Bro,he just thinks that car is fast (adjusts ball cap). Wait till VTEC kicks in Yo!

        To the mild mannered housewife: That guy’s probably compensating. Or a jack ass. Or both.

        To the muscle car drivers: Look at that effin ricer. I’m gonna learn him what a real car is.

        • 0 avatar
          LeeK

          I love it! Boy, you should see some of the flame wars on the Evo discussion forums about de-winging the car. How 12 pounds of carbon fibre could elicit such acrimonious debate is amazing to me,

    • 0 avatar
      csj

      I am happy that Subaru is keeping the STi ‘pure’. If you’re looking for something a bit more comfortable and a bit more friendly, there’s always an S4/335. But despite their muted styling, reduced NVH, boring colors, hundreds of pounds of leather, complex infotainment systems, premium sound systems, etc., they still manage to be labeled douche-mobiles.

      Also, slightly less gaudy and track-focused would be a WRX Premium/Limited.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      It’s called the Golf R.

      • 0 avatar
        LeeK

        Perhaps, but the R just isn’t in the same category as the STI. And I’m a fan of the R, having owned 3 GTIs and an R32. Certainly a more refined ride, but a step or two below the insane performance levels that an STi brings to the table.

        • 0 avatar
          imag

          I’m not sure that will be so true in the next round. I think the Golf R now weighs less than the Subie and horsepower is similar.

          • 0 avatar
            hubcap

            I thinks the R’s AWD system let’s it down from a performance standpoint. I might be wrong but I believe it operates in FWD. If slip is detected it has the ability to send up to 50% to power to the rear.

            Compared to the STI and EVO systems which powers each corner all the time and has a default 50/50 front/rear power split, the R’s AWD system is somewhat lacking.

            That’s not to say it won’t be a nice car, just that the AWD system isn’t as robust as the others.

    • 0 avatar
      mnm4ever

      I think its funny how so many mid-30s guys want to be old. Your still young, enjoy it while it lasts. I am entering my mid-40s now and I still couldn’t decide if I would keep the wing or delete it. You have 40 or 50 yrs left to show people how mature you are, and how many early 20s guys can afford an STI anyway? You ARE the target market, like it or not. And if you don’t like such a brash pure car then go buy a BMW or Audi (although I would consider those guys the real douches lol).

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    This is the best-looking implementation of the STi body yet. Looks very purposeful.

  • avatar
    carguy

    While the WRX and WRX STi have always offered a lot of performance for the dollar, Subaru never seemed to have figured out how to not make them look like a Corolla with aftermarket parts.

    • 0 avatar
      theirishscion

      Well, presumably because they effectively _are_ a Corolla with aftermarket parts. It’s not like they’ve ever been given their own platform like the Haichi Roku.

  • avatar
    Pinzgauer

    I think its absolutely hideous but then again I own a Juke so don’t listen to me.

    • 0 avatar
      theirishscion

      Don’t feel bad, my wife, who hates _everything_ that’s not a pickup truck, a MINI, an Audi TT, or something very exotic, actually rather likes the Juke. I think it’d be cuter than shot if the horn emitted a loud RIBBIT!

  • avatar
    French_toast

    What’s a Mitsubishi?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      If your credit score isn’t under 600, you might not be familiar with their automotive work. I can assure you that they make an excellent mini-split HVAC system. It has kept the second floor of my bungalow quite warm during the the Polar Vortex and Snowocalypse/Snowmageddon/Snowlocaust.

      • 0 avatar
        ash78

        Hahaha, nice. I do believe that is the most common use of the Mitsubishi logo worldwide, followed closely by their letterhead on late payment notices and demand letters.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          They are the Lexus of the HVAC world. Not so much when it comes to cars though.

          • 0 avatar
            hubcap

            They’ve made some nice aircraft. I won’t mention the Zero or the Kate (oops I just did) but the DiamondJet and MU-2 we’re nice.

          • 0 avatar
            LeeK

            Don’t forger that Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries was known as Nakajima in WWII, and made the Ki-43 Oscar (standard Army fighter) and the best fighter produced throughout the war, the Ki-84 Frank.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        You have a Mitsu HVAC system in your place? Please explain.

        • 0 avatar
          MBella

          They make some very good HVAC systems.

          https://www.acwholesalers.com/Mitsubishi-Air-Conditioners/MUZ-GE24NA-MSZ-GE24NA-22000-BTU-19-SEER-Ductless-Heat-Pump-System/19599.ac?gclid=CMaxt5bm77sCFeYWMgodwnkAJw

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Because my wife and I own a 1940s bungalow with the master suite being upstairs, our bedroom doesn’t get enough heat/ac. There is one vent and one return. Instead of redoing duct work, adding zones, or adding a booster, I installed a ductless Mitsu unit that both heats and cools. Its very efficient and keeps the room very comfortable. I did some of the work, but I had an HVAC guy get the system operational and an electrician do that piece. It plus adding insulation has cut our energy bills in half (we were using a window ac unit and electric heater before).

  • avatar
    buzzdsm

    I could see myself buying one of these however within 12 hours of buying it I would head to a bodyshop and have them remove the wing.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I wonder if their is a spoiler delete option. That seems like a good option to have.

      • 0 avatar
        theirishscion

        The various Subaru fora generally have local chapter sections wherein you’ll commonly find a “Trunk Swap Thread” stickied. This will allow the more mature STI buyer to seek out impetuous young WRX owners with the same taste in paint colours and different taste in aerodynamics. And vice versa.

        Sounds dirty when I put it like that.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    Who cares what it looks like, how does it go?

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Evo X? I think thats a bit generous, I always equate the latest WRX to the latest Cruze!

  • avatar
    daiheadjai

    It looks better like this than in WRX guise.
    The wheels and different grille may contribute to make it look better.
    Also, looks lower (though this may be because of the photography angles)

  • avatar
    LALoser

    I have approval to buy the new STI or EVO about Oct or Nov of this year. Currently have a ’13 RalliArt as my weekend toy that I will trade in…unless I can convince her I *need* both….

  • avatar
    Cabriolet

    Looks much better then the last version. Always wondered about the wing on the back. Is that used to push the car over to the side of the road when the car dies.


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