New looks, better brakes for WRX
The 2018 Subaru WRX has just been shown off by Subaru Australia and changes coming into the refreshed model should keep fans coming back for more.
The changes are mostly cosmetic, there’s a new-look front, there’s the addition of EyeSight safety tech in auto models (for the first time) and a couple of tweaks inside, including an electric park brake (auto models).
Fresh alloy wheel designs also feature, along with heated door mirrors (standard), Subaru also taking the time to swap out the fog lights to LED technology.
Recaro seats feature in new top-spec WRX STI ‘spec.R’.
In terms of performance enhancements, Subaru has stopped short of a retune of engine/transmission, however the Japanese car company has focused on the brakes and suspension.
They’ve added Jurid performance brake pads, Subaru saying these provide superior fade resistance.
While WRX STI gets Yellow Brembo 6-pot front + 2-pot rear brake callipers and cross-drilled brake rotors.
The suspension has also been revised across both variants.
In regards to the WRX STI, Subaru tell us the changes bring improved roll rigidity, while new suspension coils and shock absorbers “deliver excellent control, stability, and flat ride comfort”.
Priced from $39,240 WRX and $50,890 WRX STI, Subaru boss Colin Christie says the performance duo have never been more enticing.
“Current generation WRX and WRX STI have truly taken on a life of their own in sales terms, harking back to the success they achieved in first generation back in the late 1990s.
“These comprehensive changes right across the range underline that fun, value, performance and safety can go hand-in-hand.”
The announcement of the arrival of the tweaked Subaru WRX/WRX STI models in Australia comes 24 hours after the model set a new Nürburgring lap record.
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