Subaru WRX and WRX STI refreshed for 2017

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Subaru has given the WRX and WRX STI a once over to freshen up for 2017. While the regular Impreza’s have switch to Subaru’s new platform, the next-generation WRX and WRX STI are not expected before 2018.

The 2017 update brings a restyled front fascia characterised by more prominent lower openings. Both performance models also get new roof rack mounting brackets for improved visibility, a fresh set of alloy wheels, while the WRX STI now get new LED adaptive headlights and redesigned 19-inch wheels.

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Inside, both models gain upgraded materials, new door grips, rear seat armrest with cup holders and a faster opening remote trunk. To improve refinement, Subaru has also installed thicker door glass, foam filled the windscreen header beam and revised the door seals.

The interior upgrade also includes a 5.9-inch multi-function display that replaces the old 4.3-inch unit and standard heated wing mirrors on the WRX.

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Underneath the mildly tweaked sheet metal, Subaru has retuned the WRX’s suspension on both axles, revised the electric power steering calibration and enhanced the shifter feel for the 6-speed manual gearbox.

Customers can also now order a new optional Performance Package that brings red-finished brake calipers, upgraded Jurid brake pads and Recaro 8-way power seats.

To improve frontal collision performance, Subaru revised the front structure of both models.

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No performance update has been made for the 2017 models, that means power continues to come from the same 2.0-litre direct-injected turbocharged flat-four for the WRX that develops 197kW and 350Nm of torque, channeled to the road via the Symmetrical AWD system and six-speed manual or optional CVT transmission.

Meanwhile, the more powerful WRX STI receives revised suspension and considerably updated brakes, which now use stronger monoblock 6-piston calipers at the front and 2-piston calipers at the back, coupled with larger, drilled rotors all around. The previously mechanical and electronic centre limited slip differential control DCCD system now gain electronic control for a smoother and quicker response.

Like the WRX, the STI’s 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine remains unchanged, generating 221kW and 407Nm of torque.

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