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All You Need To Know About The New 2019 Subaru WRX And WRX STI Series.Gray

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Subaru wants to keep the aging WRX and WRX STI models and it came up with a tricky way to do so. Enter the 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray. The two vehicles are coated with a coat of Cool Gray Khaki paint and finished off with black-painted mirrors, black wheels, and black badges.

The WRX Series.Gray is based on the current-generation WRX Premium. Priced at $30,380, the car has a six-speed manual transmission and the optional $2,050 Performance package that will come with Recaro front seats, power driver’s seat, sunroof delete, and high-performance brake pads. The WRX Series.Gray will be sold for $33,480, and it will include all those plus a proximity key with push-button start, LED lights, and fog lights.

The WRX model underwent previous experimentations from Subaru, including special edition colors such as orange, black, and white.

On the other hand, the WRX STI Series.Gray is priced at $41,465. It comes with silver brake calipers, microsuede seats and steering wheel, and Bilstein dampers. And like the WRX, it also has Recaro seats and a proximity key with push-button start.

Aside from these limited-edition Series.Gray WRX and WRX STI, the lineup includes a slew of upgrades for the 2019 model year. The entry-level 2019 WRX is now priced at $28,080 and comes with a larger 6.5-inch infotainment screen rather than the previous 6.2-inch unit. The WRX Premium and Limited trims will come standard with a 7.0-inch screen.

It’s the 2019 WRX STI that came with a lot of upgrades. There’s a new intake and exhaust setup and the turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four engine can now produce 310 horsepower, up five horses from last year’s model. It sells for $37,480.

There will only be 750 units of the WRX Series.Gray and 250 units of the WRX STI Series.Gray, so better get your hands on them fast.

Subaru WRX STI Will Get Minor Power Bump For 2019 Model

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It is not much, but reports said that the Subaru WRX STI will get five more horsepower for its 2019 model. Subaru’s WRX and WRX STI offer a kind of free-driving experience that not many sedans currently in the market can boast of. Both models have aged in many aspects, but they are still as popular as ever, especially to their loyal fanbase.

According to a document submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by the North American, the 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine of the WRX STI will now produce 310 horsepower. That’s five more horses compared to the previous model. The 2019 Subaru WRX, on the other hand, will still get 268 horsepower.

The 310-horsepower output of the WRX STI for the 2019 model is familiar because it’s the same output as the limited edition STI Type RA. This is the quicker and “more nimble version” of the STI that was unveiled last year. This special edition model was limited to just 500 units in the United States.

Aside from 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, the STI Type RA will also have a suite of modern and exclusive components. The special edition model had a carbon fiber roof, Bilstein shocks, a high-flow exhaust, larger intakes, a retuned engine control unit, and a modified multi-mode vehicle dynamics control system.

The STI Type RA was seemingly produced for the STI fanboys, and there are plenty of them. These are the same people who will be excited to know that the 2019 WRX STI will get the same output as the STI Type RA.

The WRX STI may not have plenty of components fans can go gaga over, but they can tap through a large number of aftermarket channels to customize and give their WRX STI more personality.

 

Next-Gen Subaru WRX Still Offering Manual Transmission

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Subaru hinted before that it may stop offering manual transmission altogether for safety measures. This caused annoyance among car enthusiasts who believe that manual transmission is still the way to go. Subaru North America CEO Tom Doll finally put to rest these fears, saying that the next-generation Subaru WRX will still offer a manual transmission.

He told Drive during an interview that the company would still be producing manual transmission for its performance line such as the WRX. The Forester, however, would not have the manual transmission.

The news that Subaru would kill off the manual gearbox spread at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Subaru UK Managing Director Chris Graham that the production of the automatic emergency braking would be the trigger to end the manual shift.

Subaru’s EyeSight system includes a suite of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking. The suite is fine, but it does not work with a manual transmission, leading the brand to ponder the possibility of altogether closing its manual gearbox offers. Remember that a manual transmission has a clutch pedal that has to be depressed to keep the car from stalling out when stopping.

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In terms of comparison, the automatic emergency braking systems from Honda and Mazda are compatible with manual transmissions. What the system does is to let the vehicle stall rather than get in an accident unless the driver presses the clutch on time.

Subaru is not saying anything if it would develop something similar to the systems produced by Honda and Mazda. The current option across all Subaru variants is the brand’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The BRZ remains to be the only model in the lineup with a traditional 6-speed automatic.

The next-generation WRX will most possibly be inspired by the Viziv Performance concept shown during the 2017 Tokyo auto show. The concept features a turbocharged flat-4 boxer engine.

 

3 Key Features of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

The Subaru WRX STI is getting an upgrade. Recently, the giant Japanese automaker announced the souped up version of the car in the form of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA.

According to a report, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA is a limited special edition model. The name “RA” means “Record Attempt”. The car features a lot of upgrades that you can find below:

1. Engine

The Type RA version of the WRX STI is packed with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the standard model of the auto. The power of the unit was given a boost but it was only up to 5 hp. So from the 305 hp of the standard WRX STI, the Type RA only got 310 hp. A new cold air intake, exhaust system, modified pistons and reconfigured ECU contributed to the increase.

2. Design

The styling of the WRX STI Type RA was enhanced a bit, thanks to its new badges, red accents surrounding the front grille, mirror caps, front spoiler, antenna, hood and rear wing. Parts like the roof and rear wing made use of carbon fiber materials to significantly reduce weight.

Inside, the special edition WRX STI received Recaro seats and plaque indicating the car’s number within the 500 samples ever produced.

3. Performance

In addition to the reduced weight, the maneuverability and handling of the WRX STI Type RA was improved due to its new 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels in 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires, Brembo brakes with silver calipers, cross-drilled rotors, uprated suspension with Bilstein dampers and STI-adjusted Vehicle Dynamics Control System.

Lastly, the power distribution of the auto has been modified with its reconfigured six-speed manual gearbox matched with a short throw shifter.

Photos

Check out the some of the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA in the gallery below:

3 Quick Facts About The Upgraded 2018 Subaru WRX And WRX STI

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Subaru just updated these two all-wheel drive performance cars for the 2018 model year. The changes can be seen on the stylistic design, equipment, and mechanical. These latest upgrades should remain until 2020, so it’s only right for Subaru to pack its WRX and WRX STI with the best it has to offer.

1. Exterior And Handling

Both the 2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI have a new front end with modified upper grille and a larger but lower grille opening based on a source. These allow both cars to have an aggressive and sporty look. For improved riding experience and driving comfort, Subaru made changes on the suspension of both models.

The WRX, in particular, has a redesigned syncros and a reworked clutch. It’s electric power steering, which brings power the six-speed manual transmission, has been retuned.

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Exclusive to the WRX is the new Performance package that includes the Recaro eight-way power seats, new 18-inch wheels, upgraded brake pads, and red-painted brake calipers.

3. Subaru WRX STI

On the WRX STI, you’ll be impressed with the fully electronic control for the Driver Controlled Center Differential all-wheel-drive system. Then, there’s also the 19-inch wheels that’s standard to the WRX STI.

In terms of the braking system, the WRX STI will come packed with yellow Brembo brake calipers that features six-piston front and two-piston rear calipers, new brake pad material matched to cross-drilled rotors.

Both models will get a redesigned roof-rack mounts, a faster trunk release, a rear armrest with cup holders, new interior materials, new door grab handles, and a bigger colored infotainment display that sits above the dashboard.

The cars will arrive with the WRX Limited’s EyeSight safety system too. But for these models, Subaru will include the EyeSight Assist Monitor, which can display the system’s status on the windshield through LED lights.

Photos

Below are the photos of the 2018 Subaru WRX And WRX STI :

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