Still wide and low, the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI retains that aggressive road presence we’ve become accustomed to.

Subaru Canada announced the release of the 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.  Ultimately it’s all about performance, and the 2013 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 system.

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Improved Handling

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 weight.

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 2013 WRX STI features Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 summer performance tires with 18-inch Enkei aluminum wheels in a charcoal finish on the entry model and a high-lustre finish on the Sport-tech Package.

Advanced dynamic control systems

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.

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI taillights
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 example.

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 and put down the power sooner.


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.

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI interior

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 2013, the 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. The WRX STI with Sport-tech Package further features a power sunroof, Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, automatic climate control, and mirror-integrated LED turn signals.

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