QOTD: What Should a WRX STI Be?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I was initially going to ask if Subaru should bring back the WRX STI, but I suspect that the answer to that would be a resounding "yes".

So, instead, I am asking, if Subie brings that iconic performance trim back to compete with the Honda Civic Type R, Acura Integra Type S, and Volkswagen Golf R, how should it go about doing it?

Does the car we featured yesterday provide a good blueprint? Or would you take another approach?

Sound off below.

[Image: Subaru Motorsport]

Become a TTAC insider. Get the latest news, features, TTAC takes, and everything else that gets to the truth about cars first by  subscribing to our newsletter.

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

More by Tim Healey

Join the conversation
5 of 9 comments
  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Aug 05, 2023

    For starters...

    Non crazy pricing.

    6sp manual avail

    Lowest level of NVH possible.

    Great stereo on all trims and dont rip off the customer $.

    Pick and chose dealer installed options for customization.

    Comfortable seat with a easy change out Sparco option.

    Unique lighting.

  • Art_Vandelay Art_Vandelay on Aug 05, 2023

    At Barrett Jackson in all its round headlight glory.

  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Aug 06, 2023

    Flat 4 turbo-ed to within an inch of its life. 400+ hp or go home.

    6 speed manual only. A CVT should self destruct in shame if it ever got close to an STi

    A rear wing that causes a Civic Type-R to either droop in shame or get spoiler envy

    Extra lighting in the front

    WRX STi exclusive blue paint and gold wheels

    Brembo brakes - all 4 corners. None of this "We want to advertise we have Brembos but we only use them in the front" nonsense.

    AWD with the extra modes for rally, deep snow/mud, etc.

    A redone center screen that ditches the dated look of the current Subaru setup with a newer one with a much faster processor and much needed updated graphics.

    Front camera displayed on the center screen so you can see what might be coming up to tear off your front air dam.

    Full digital instrument panel customizable for race/rally modes that shows important information like fluid temps, AWD percentage split, tire pressures, etc.

    Recaro (or a copy) seats with that grippy suede/leather combo, or the weatherproof material that Subaru uses on the Outback Wilderness.

    Usable back seat and trunk large enough to hold a set of four tires/wheels

    All of this adds weight. Aluminum and carbon fiber should be used in areas like the roof, hood, and trunk to lower the center of gravity. Forget about top-heavy items like a panoramic sunroof. Roll down the window if you want extra air.

    Keep the price under $50,000 to compete with the CTR and the VW Golf R and watch it sell.

    • Sayahh Sayahh on Aug 06, 2023

      "Front camera displayed on the center screen so you can see what might be coming up to tear off your front air dam."

      I've always thought that they should offer a front camera option on every car as well as an option to switch either the front or the rear camera on at will instead of only, say, when backing.

      BTW is the GR4 Corolla equivalent to its WRX and the Morizo its STi?

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Aug 07, 2023

    It should bring hood ornaments back. A miniature statue of Tassos pointing into the horizon would be most fitting.