Fans of all things all-wheel-drive and turbocharged, rejoice: Subaru announced that prices for the 2015 WRX and 2015 WRX STI will not climb dramatically over the cost of the outgoing models. The 268-hp 2015 Subaru WRX sedan starts at $27,090, while the 2015 Subaru WRX STI costs $35,290. Both prices include a $795 destination charge.
All versions of the 2015 Subaru WRX come with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine rated for 268 hp, a decrease of 0.5 liters but an increase of 3 hp compared to the old WRX. When we drove the car in December, we concluded that, "More pleasant and more polished, the new WRX is definitely less raw -- but not at the expense of fun. Devotees of the [discontinued] hatchback might be disappointed, but otherwise Subaru's high-profile, low-volume sport sedan expands its appeal with this redesign."
Standard equipment on the base WRX sedan, which starts at $27,090, includes a backup camera, a six-speed manual transmission, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, iPhone connectivity, satellite radio, and a 4.3-inch LCD screen showing vehicle information like turbo boost. Despite all the enhancements to the 2015 WRX, the base car's price is only $300 more than that of a 2014 Subaru WRX sedan.
The next step up is the WRX Premium, which costs $29,290 with the manual transmission or $30,490 with the WRX's first-ever continuously variable transmission. Regardless of gearbox choice, the Premium model adds, uh, premium touches like fog lights, a trunk spoiler, a moonroof, heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. The WRX Limited, which bumps the sticker to $30,790 if you shift for yourself or $31,990 if you pick the CVT, builds on that equipment list with goodies like leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, and automatic LED headlights.
Options comprise a navigation system with push-button starting for $1500; a navigation system with Harman/Kardon audio for $2000; and the nav system, upgraded audio, and push-button starting bundled for $2500.
The Top DogOf course, many enthusiasts will gravitate toward the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, which boasts 305 hp from its 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine, as well as enhancements like Brembo brakes. The price for this model hasn't changed compared to a 2014 STI sedan, and it continues to list from $35,290. That price includes similar equipment to the WRX Premium. The luxurious WRX STI Limited, which costs $39,290, adds to that leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, a moonroof, and a Harmon/Kardon audio system.
Perhaps the most coveted variant of all is the 2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition. Styled to pay homage to classic Subaru rally cars, it is the only way to get a new STI painted in the car's iconic WR Blue Pearl with gold 18-inch BBS wheels. The interior also receives special blue highlights, a short-throw shifter for the manual transmission, and push-button start. Just 1000 copies of the Launch Edition will be sold, and they start at $38,190.
While we have yet to drive the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, company president and COO promised at the 2014 Detroit auto show, "It will drive like nothing else, I promise you."
Both cars go on sale this spring. Come back to Automobilemag.com on Monday for a run-down of the STI's history, and look for our first drive of the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI very soon.