The Good The 2015 Subaru WRX STI's turbocharged engine delivers gobs of power with a nice, flat torque curve. The DCCD and VDC systems give drivers quick control over the all-wheel-drive system's behavior, while the SI Drive system puts the power-train on edge for sporty driving. The standard load-out of digital audio sources is respectable.
The Bad The standard six-speaker car stereo is woefully underpowered for the STI's cabin. The stiff suspension is almost too firm for city streets.
The Bottom Line If you're OK with a rough ride and very basic tech, the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive 2015 Subaru WRX STI is a brilliant performer on both the road and at the racetrack.
Subaru WRX STI is a terrific track tool that's brutal on the boulevard
Editors' note, June 16, 2014: I was recently able to take a second look at the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, so we're updating the our track-centric first look to reflect new information about the available tech and daily driving experience.
Imagine for a moment that you're on your favorite driving road, ready for a quick and curvy blast, but instead you find yourself stuck behind some tourist who's slowing your ride to a crawl, thanks to his or her unfamiliarity with the road. Imagine the frustration that you'd feel; now imagine that the road is your favorite race track and that both you and the slowpoke ahead are both driving 300-plus-horsepower, all-wheel-drive, race-bred sport sedans. What a waste of speed! This was my first lap piloting the freshly announced 2015 Subaru WRX STI 'round Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, my frustration increasing exponentially with each turn as I balanced trying not to bully the poor guy with wondering how bad of a slap on the wrist I'd get from our hosts for blowing past him at this no-passing-allowed exhibition event.
Just when I was ready to bend the rules, the slowpoke prematurely dipped into the pit lane, leaving me with a clear shot at the track's long front straight and a sudden outlet for the red mist that had been building over the lapping session. Perhaps it was this red mist that caused me to misjudge the braking point for the track's infamously tricky Turn 2 hairpin, but it was certainly the genius of the 2015 STI's revised symmetrical all-wheel-drive system that saved my bacon in the end.
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