2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI: New trim, same pure performance

    --  The 2014 WRX STI introduces a new trim, ideal for discerning
        sports car enthusiasts looking for exhilarating performance
        with a more refined look.
    --  The Subaru WRX STI continues to offer control and confidence
        for stable high-speed handling.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to 
announce the release of the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Ultimately it's all 
about power and control, and the 2014 WRX STI continues as the 
ultimate-performance Subaru with its high-boost 305 horsepower 
turbocharged/intercooled SUBARU BOXER engine teamed with a 6-speed manual 
transmission and the exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Centre 
Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru's symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive 

New for the 2014 model year, the WRX STI adds a new edition to its lineup. 
Named for a traditional Japanese two-sided broadsword, the Tsurugi (pronounced 
TSUE-roo-ghee) edition gains its fitting moniker as the addition with 
enhancements to both the performance esthetics and styling of the WRX STI. 
Launched exclusively for the Canadian market, this new addition is the 
sophisticated, executive edition of the WRX STI lineup. This new trim 
introduces 18-inch Enkei cast alloy wheels with a distinctive five-split-spoke 
design, multi-reflector halogen fog lights, Xenon high-intensity discharge 
(HID) headlights and mirror-integrated LED turn signals. While the rear 
spoiler has been removed, an exclusively designed front lip spoiler has been 
added, rectifying airflow passing below the front bumper to generate downforce 
and improve stability at high speeds. Inside, the Tsurugi edition gains a 
power sunroof and automatic climate control for greater comfort, auto-dimming 
mirror for enhanced safety, and SIRIUS XM Radio as well as a Kicker 10-inch 
subwoofer to enhance the sound system. For the first time ever in the WRX STI 
lineup, this special edition also introduces leather seating surfaces for the 
discerning driver. Tsurugi edition models will be easily identifiable by 
unique badging, exclusive to this trim level.

Control and Confidence
The WRX STI design is based on a "wide and low" concept that gives the car an 
aggressive road presence with wide front and rear track dimensions, as well as 
pronounced front fenders and rear quarter panels. The design maintains a 
consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity.

On the WRX STI 4-door sedan model, wide fenders stretch wider than the tail 
lamps, and this accentuates a look of stability. A striking high profile rear 
spoiler was exclusively designed for the STI 4-door. The design contributes to 
an appropriately low drag coefficient, and the rear spoiler design means 
stable high-speed handling with zero lift. The WRX STI 4-door features its own 
version of the polished stainless steel quad-tailpipe exhaust.

The WRX STI delivers ultra-crisp handling along with everyday ride compliance. 
High-tensile strength steel is used at key structural points and the 
suspension-mounting areas. Inverted struts used for the front suspension 
provide high bending resistance for quicker and more consistent performance 
under hard cornering. Aluminum front lower L-arms reduce unsprung vehicle 

A specially tuned suspension uses pillow-ball bushings in front and stiff 
bushings for the rear subframe that supports the double-wishbone suspension - 
these improve camber and toe stiffness.

The 2014 WRX STI features Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 summer performance tires with 
18-inch Enkei aluminum wheels in a charcoal finish on the entry model or a 
distinctive five-split-spoke design on the four-door Tsurugi edition, as well 
as a high-lustre finish on the five-door Sport-tech Package.

The WRX STI is equipped with advanced dynamic control systems, including 
Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control 
(VDC) system, which features a track performance-optimized mode. Hill Holder, 
featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can 
momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away 
from a stop on an incline.

SI-DRIVE Offers Ultimate Control
Exclusive to the WRX STI models, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) 
technology allows the driver to tailor the car's driving characteristics by 
choosing from among three selectable modes - Intelligent, Sport and Sport 
Sharp - using a rotary dial on the centre console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle 
performance characteristics by regulating the Engine Control Module (ECM) and 
by fine-tuning the Electronic Throttle Control system. With Intelligent mode 
selected, SI-DRIVE improves fuel efficiency and provides a more relaxed 
throttle response curve, making it useful for commuting in traffic, for 
Sport mode provides quick throttle responses and powerful, linear 
acceleration, making it ideal for everyday sporty driving. In Sport Sharp 
mode, SI-DRIVE modifies the engine's electronic throttle mapping to deliver 
super-quick throttle response to put down the power sooner.

Multi-Mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive with Three-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control
The 2014 WRX STI is exclusively equipped with the Multi-Mode Driver Controlled 
Centre Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel 
Drive. The system employs planetary-type differential gears with a maximum 
41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type centre differential 
augments an electronically controlled centre differential to enhance torque 
transfer performance. Sensor inputs that include steering angle, throttle 
position, RPM, lateral g, yaw, brake, ABS and wheel speed govern torque 
transfer response. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and a TORSEN 
torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize side-to-side power 
distribution, helping to prevent the inside wheels from slipping during 

The DCCD AWD system features three automatic modes. Auto mode provides the 
best all-around performance for most drivers and circumstances, varying the 
front/rear torque distribution automatically via the limited-slip differential 
(LSD) in response to vehicle acceleration, deceleration, steering angle, 
cornering force and wheel slippage. The Auto(-) mode makes less use of the 
centre limited-slip differential (less locking factor) and holds the torque 
bias to the rear more frequently, which yields more handling-oriented steering 
characteristics. For driving on slippery surfaces, such as gravel or snow, the 
Auto(+) setting tightens the LSD. In manual mode, DCCD offers six levels of 
centre differential locking, allowing the driver to vary the front-to-rear 
torque distribution (up to 50/50 maximum) to optimize AWD performance for 
varying driving conditions.

The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is 
standard on all Subaru models. It is important to note that, in Subaru 
vehicles, traction control plays a second line of defence against wheel slip 
after AWD torque distribution. In contrast, some All-Wheel Drive systems on 
the market lack the performance advantage of a locking centre differential and 
rely solely on traction control to redistribute torque away from slipping 

Exclusive to the WRX STI, the Multi-Mode VDC system offers the driver three 
settings: VDC Normal, Traction, and Off. The Normal setting provides the 
highest level of system engagement, with traction control (TCS) and VDC. The 
Traction setting is more performance-oriented, employing less-restrictive VDC 
and disengaging the engine torque-reduction control. The Off setting 
disengages the VDC and the traction control functions.

Also exclusive to the WRX STI, the Brembo Performance Brake System uses 
ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes with Super Sport anti-lock brakes (ABS) and 
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Front discs measure 326 mm (13.0 
inches) in diameter and use 4-piston, fixed-position calipers; the 316 mm 
(12.6 inch) rear discs use 2-piston, fixed-position calipers. Taking input 
from a lateral g-sensor, a steering angle sensor, a yaw sensor and a brake 
pressure sensor, Super Sport ABS can control the braking forces at each rear 
wheel independently, which optimizes braking ability during hard cornering to 
help reduce understeer. In contrast, conventional ABS systems control the rear 
wheels as a pair, reducing the braking force to both rear wheels equally.

Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior
The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a three-spoke, 
leather-wrapped design embossed with the STI logo in its centre. WRX STI 
models are further equipped with standard aluminum alloy pedals, driver's 
footrest and leather-wrapped gear selector. The instrument panel's 
electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces 
upon engine start-up. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest 
and head restraint into a single structure and are heated for added comfort in 
colder temperatures. An advanced AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with six 
speakers is standard. This system also includes a MediaHub for iPod/USB audio 
integration with Bluetooth streaming audio and a voice-activated Bluetooth 
system for mobile phone connectivity.

The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize 
intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. 
In the 5-door models, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two 
tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 
4-door sedan model, which is 165 mm (6.5 inches) longer than the 5-door, the 
extra space provides for a larger, deeper trunk that can accommodate three 
tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo 
capacity and convenience, and the 4-door also features a rear seat folding 
centre armrest.

For 2014, the 5-door WRX STI Sport-tech Package features a Pioneer AVIC 
connect in-dash touchscreen navigation system, smartphone integration, 
AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA Bluetooth streaming audio, Bluetooth mobile phone 
connectivity with steering wheel-integrated controls and Pioneer TS-A1684R 
front speakers. 
Subaru Safety
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) provides precise control of braking 
pressure between the front and rear wheels based on the vehicle load to 
improve stability and stopping distances. Brake Assist analyzes the force and 
stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced 
emergency braking, also activating the ABS system early if needed.

All Impreza models utilize the proven advanced Subaru ring-shaped 
reinforcement frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones. Front 
seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models. 
The Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System (SRS) features a passenger side 
front seat sensor module that detects seat occupancy and passenger weight to 
control airbag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features an 
airbag indicator light. There are 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, 
including front height-adjustable seatbelts with electrically triggered 
pre-tensioners and force limiters.

About Subaru Canada, Inc. Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of 
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, 
the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories 
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more 
information on the entire Subaru lineup, including complete specifications, 
please go to www.subaru.ca.

SOURCE  Subaru Canada Inc. 
Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak (905) 568-4959 
Amyot Bachand Media Relations, Quebec Region (514) 691-9276 
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