2018 Subaru WRX, WRX STI pricing and specs revealed

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Lots of (mainly cosmetic) changes for the 2018 WRX and WRX STI.

The MY18 Subaru WRX and WRX STI are now on sale in Australia and, as expected, both models boast a series of upgrades designed to keep them fresh before all-new models arrive in 2019.

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As well as a swathe of cosmetic, mechanical and safety enhancements, a new spec.R model has also been added at the very top of the range.

The “heavily revised” pair receive a revised grille and front bumper, new 19- and 18-inch wheel, new steering-responsive LED daytime running C-shaped headlights and new LED fog lights.

In addition to the new headlights and fog lights, all models also get a new higher-resolution 5.9-inch instrument display, which replaces the previous 4.3-inch unit.

According to Subaru, all models across the entire range have also been upgraded on the inside and have “a more cohesive interior finish”.

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All models also get a revised suspension setup by way of changes to the front and rear to the damping force of the struts and to the coil springs. The rear also gets stronger stabilisers.

Jurid performance brake pads – which promise a 20% improvement in braking efficiency over previous models – red callipers, heated door mirrors and electric lumbar support are all also included.

STI buyers will get Brembo six-piston brake callipers at the front and Brembo two-piston grabbers at the rear – all of which are finished in a dashing yellow – as well as cross-drilled rotors.

The WRX features the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 197kW and 350Nm, matched to either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission.

The STI models utilise a 2.5-litre turbo petrol unit that produces 221kW and 407Nm, available with a six-speed manual transmission only.

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI pricing*

WRX manual – $39,240
WRX Lineartronic CVT – $42,240
WRX Premium manual – $45,640
WRX Premium Lineartronic CVT – $48,840

WRX STI – $50,890
WRX STI with rear spoiler – $51,190
WRX STI Premium – $55,640
WRX STI Premium with rear spoiler – $55,940
WRX STI spec.R – $57,690

*All prices exclude on-road costs