Subaru WRX STI 2.5 Review
Four door mayhem

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
6 Oct 2014


I know there’ll be stones hurled for this statement but the life of a motoring journalist isn’t always fun filled and exciting. There are days where time stands still and every word seems a feeble recreation of intellectual flatulence. And then there’re cherished ones when we get our hands on something that inspires us so much the words flow fast and freely like the expulsion of gases from a Fujitsubo exhaust.

And on a day like today, it’s the latter. The mere mention of those three magical letters that spell World Rally Experimental is enough punctuation to end any discussion of performance. For generations, these direct descendants of World Rally Championship winning machines have etched out their own victories on the streets.

But of course seeing the blasphemous intrusion of a CVT in its lesser sibling, any boyracer worth his salt would be naturally concerned about the latest car’s potency. In that we are happy to exalt that the elements of the WRX STI remains in the new car. Not only does it retain the same 2.5-litre boxer we’ve come to love in something other than a Porsche, the cherished manual six-speeder continues to thrive as well. 

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Engine Capacity 2457cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 8.2:1
Bore x Stroke (99.5 X 79.0)mm
Power 296bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 407Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 195.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 255 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type F4
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4595 x 1795 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Kerb Weight 1516 kg
Boot Capacity 460 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs