2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STi – Top Speed

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2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Subaru Impreza WRX STi

price: $34495 Engine: flat-4 Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Horsepower @ RPM: 305 MPG(Cty): 17 MPG(Hwy): 23 Torque @ RPM: 290 Energy: MFI, Turbocharged Displacement: 2.0 L 0-60 time: 4.7 sec. (Est.) Top Speed: 155 mph Layout: Front-engine, Four-wheel-drive

The 2014 STI risks getting lost in the shuffle of the next-gen WRX #8217;s launch at this fall#8217;s Los Angeles auto show. As is customary for Subaru when upgrading the Impreza -based models, the next-gen STI will follow the regular WRX as a projected 2016 model year intro.

That is more than enough time to fall in love again with the current model#8217;s brash styling, forceful turbocharged power delivery, and better tech integration in the cockpit than ever before. 305 horsepower and a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph means the WRX STI is still a favorite here in the TopSpeed Garage .

Introduced for 2011, the current STI#8217;s strength as a Subaru performance flagship is fully intact. As a low-volume model, its boxer rumble casts a performance glow over even the base $18,000 Impreza sedan. No changes to the STI for 2014, aside from the audio system now offering integration of Aha#8217;s music app.

First-hand driving impressions of this track toy are included, as are comparisons with the WRX STI#8217;s potent competition from the BMW 135i and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution .

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Garage review of the 2014 Subaru WRX STI, still a game-changer with wild turbo boost and AWD traction to make every corner seem like a straightaway.

Driving Impressions

Exterior

Available as both a sedan and a hatchback, the WRX STI is a premium-looking sports car with its rich white paint from the test example. Huge fenders give the Subaru the squat look of a weight lifter, while the upright glasshouse is still a charming contrast to the performance kit visible down below.

When launched, this model seemed to ditch most of the old Impreza #8217;s characterful traits like the frameless windows in the doors and pillars as narrow as toothpicks. After some time on the market, the charm of the Impreza shape is still very visible in the latest model. With Subaru#8217;s hit and miss track record on the styling front, the 2014 WRX STI may prove to be one of the most attractive in its model history.

The sedan wears a giant wing spoiler out back to announce its speed to other traffic, and that spoiler and the STI badges are one of the main differences between the STI sedan and the lower-level WRX sedan. While this offers an incredible image boost for WRX owners, the STI would benefit from more differentiation for its $10,000 price increase.

The hatch wears clear LED taillights that are not aging gracefully, but both models are just as tough and macho-looking versus normal compact cars. The optional BBS alloys are a nice treat, both for their style and their strength over bumps. BBS makes some of the strongest forged alloy wheels available, which is extra important on low-profile performance tires.

Cast alloys on many performance cars are quite susceptible to potholes, which can bend a flat spot in the wheel that makes a car extremely irritating to drive.

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