2016 WRX
 

2016 STi







New color for 2016...available only on the Series.Hyperblue special edition with late availability.  This color will also be available on a special edition of the 2016 BRZ.

The Series.HyperBlue trim brings exclusive blue stitching to the standard Alcantara® seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, manual transmission shifter boot, console as well as carpeted floor mats with the traditional Cherry Red STI logo. Only 700 will be built.  Series.HyperBlue WRX STI wears 18-inch BBS® Black Alloy wheels and black badging with black painted exterior mirrors. SUBARU STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Navigation System comes standard on this trim with 9 Harman/Kardon® speakers and 440-watt amplifier.

The WRX STI is equipped exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel integrates a 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.

The Series.HyperBlue models come standard with Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN Code Access. Standard Welcome Lighting automatically turns on interior illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the car.








Executive Summary of 2016 WRX and STi Updates


The 2016 WRX and STi are on sale now at Planet Subaru.  Learn more about ordering a 2016 Subaru WRX from Planet SubaruSubaru made a surprising number of changes considering the car was just introduced last year.  However, dimensions, sheet metal, and most specifications will be identical. 



Subaru will not introduce a hatchback for 2016.  Subaru first introduced a WRX in 2002 and produced a wagon twelve years in a row, so we were surprised to lose it in 2015.  (This time around, Subaru concentrated all of its development resources on producing a world-class sedan.  Creating a wagon requires much more than just bolting on a tailgate...for example, it requires suspension modifications).  We expect to see a hatch eventually return but it will probably be a while.  Engineering the all-new 2017 Impreza is keeping Subaru's engineers quite busy, and so the earliest we could reasonably expect to see a WRX hatchback would be as a 2018 model, and Subaru has made no promises.   


2016 Highlights:

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist now available, only on WRX with Sport Lineartronic transmission
  • Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard with Eyesight package
  • Subaru STARLINK Multimedia Touch Screen Infotainment in all trim levels
  • Standard 18-inch wheels and summer performance tires on WRX Premium and Limited
  • WRX STI Limited now available with low-profile rear trunk spoiler



  • Four Minute Planet-exclusive overview of 2016 WRX and STi updates






     Planet-exclusive 2016 Subaru WRX Photo Gallery.  Click to enlarge

     





    Planet-exclusive 2016 Subaru STi Limited Photo Gallery:  click to enlarge

     






    2016 WRX changes





    STi Wing Delete Option











    Looking for a little more stealth?  86 the picnic table from the trunk and choose the lip spoiler a la WRX.


    Infotainment
    Subaru includes Starlink infotainment capabilities.

    With new AT&T 4G LTE capability, Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services will provide:
    • Stolen vehicle recovery,
    • Automatic collision notification,
    • Remote vehicle services such as lock/unlock via smartphone
    • Monthly vehicle health reports.



    Engines and Power
    No major changes here to the intercooled, four cylinder, turbocharged Boxer engine with direct fuel injection and Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System.  It already boasts an astounding torque curve, with peak beginning at 2,000 rpm and going all the way to 5,200 rpm.  











     


    2.0
    -liter

    268 horsepower
    258 lb.-ft torque

     


    It's financially prohibitive to introduce brand new engines every year.









     









    Transmission

    No major changes here.   




























    Manual:
    Six Speed

    Automatic:
    Sport Lineartronic CVT
    with stepped manual and
    automatic shift modes
    controlled with steering
    wheel paddle switches. 

     




     
    This generation of WRX is the first ever WRX with a six speed manual.  Previously, you had to pay the bigger bucks for the STi to get the six speed.  Also, this generation is the first time a CVT was ever offered as a option on the WRX. 

    0-60 Time and Top Speed













    Manual:  5.4 Seconds
    Automatic:  5.7 seconds

    Top Speed:  155 mph

    No significant performance changes.








    New WRX Handling

    Premium and Limited models upgrade to 18" wheels and get new inverted struts.
















      
    2015 Wheel: 17" all models


       
    2016 Wheel:  18" available on Premium and Limited models


     






    Expect a slightly firmer ride and sharper handling


    Driver Assistance Tech
    Subaru Eyesight is available as an option for the first time on the 2016 WRX, and it
    gets Lane Keep Assist, which uses the vehicle's electric power steering system to help the driver keep the vehicle within its lane when driving on the highway. This is the first Subaru model with Lane Keep Assist.  Eyesight is available on the Limited CVT model, and it comes with Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and steering responsive foglights.












     
    Eyesight cameras.



    When Subaru introduces new technologies, it usually offers them on its most expensive models. For example, Subaru offered its Vehicle Dynamics Control in 2001 only on the most expensive trim level of the Outback.  By 2009, it was standard on every Subaru.  Eyesight first appeared on the flagship Outback and Legacy models in 2013, then Forester in 2014, then Impreza and Crosstrek in 2015.  You can see where this is going. 
    WRX earns Top Safety Pick PLUS for the first time. Previously, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had awarded the WRX with the Top Safety Pick designation, but the PLUS accolade requires active front crash mitigation, which is now available through the Eyesight package.  See the results here








    Now, all Subaru models have a Top Safety Pick Plus variant except for BRZ. 








    Interior
    New center stack to incorporate Starlink touchscreen infotainment. 












     





      
    2016 WRX center stack




    WRX seats















    6.2 inch infotainment system incorporating a Rear Vision Camera is standard.  Limited models get 7 inch screen with additional capability.




    Pricing














    2016 WRX starts
    at $27,390

    Click for pricing and models.
     








    Subaru only increased this price by $300 over last year's model. 



    2016 Colors


     

    Take a deep dive into the 2016 WRX changes:


    SUBARU INTRODUCES 2016 WRX® AND WRX STI® MODELS, OFFERING EYESIGHT® DRIVER ASSIST TECHNOLOGY AND SUBARU STARLINK INFOTAINMENT

    • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, now with Lane Keep Assist, available for WRX with Sport Lineartronic transmission
    • Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert available for some models
    • Subaru STARLINK Multimedia Touch Screen Infotainment in all trim levels
    • Standard 18-inch wheels and summer performance tires on WRX Premium and Limited
    • WRX STI Limited now available with low-profile rear trunk spoiler
    • WRX models begin at $26,595 and WRX STI at $34,695

     Subaru introduced the new-generation WRX and WRX STI for 2015 featuring a new wide-body sedan design with a significantly stiffer chassis resulting in an expanded performance envelope. The pair joined other Subaru models in posting record sales: WRX / WRX STI combined sales increased 42 percent in 2014.The 2016 WRX continues in standard, Premium and Limited trim lines, starting at an MSRP of $26,595. The 305-horsepower 2016 WRX STI, distinguished by exclusive performance components, is offered in standard and Limited trim lines starting at an MSRP of $34,695.

    WRX: 268-hp Segment Launcher
    With its 268-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct injection turbo BOXER engine and standard Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, the rally-bred WRX is a performance and value benchmark in the high-performance AWD sport-compact segment. The 2016 WRX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and offers an optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic with manual mode.

    The new-generation WRX's stiffer structure and chassis greatly enhanced handling agility, and improvement continues for 2016 with the adoption of 18 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels with 245/40 R18 summer tires on Premium and Limited trims.

    New Safety Tech
    The 2016 WRX joins other Subaru models in offering the company's EyeSight system, one of the highest-rated front crash prevention systems by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). EyeSight, which is integrated with Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure warning, uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology. Newly added to the 2016 WRX EyeSight system is Lane Keep Assist, which uses the vehicle's electric power steering system to help the driver keep the vehicle within its lane when driving on the highway.

    EyeSight is available for the WRX Limited (with Sport Lineartronic transmission) in a package that also includes Navigation and Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This comprehensive technology upgrade package also includes a harman/kardon® amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system plus Keyless Access and Push-Button Start with Pin Code Access.

    Models equipped with EyeSight also come with Steering Responsive Fog lights. This feature (which works when the fog lights are turned off) activates the left or right fog light independently, depending on the vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn. The fog lights are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.

    Today's Most In-Demand Infotainment Technology

    All WRX trim lines for 2016 feature significantly upgraded infotainment capability. The standard WRX receives a new Subaru STARLINK 6.2" Multimedia system featuring today's most in-demand user technologies, including: 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display, AM/FM stereo, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio®, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc CD player, Subaru STARLINK connectivity with Aha and Pandora® smartphone integration, iHeart® Radio, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. A rear vision camera is standard on all trims.

    For the WRX Premium with 6-speed manual transmission, the upgraded Subaru STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Navigation system comes in a $2,100 package that also includes the harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system.

    The STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Navigation system includes all features of the STARLINK 6.2" Multimedia system and adds a high-resolution 7-inch LCD screen featuring multi-touch gesture controls, much like a smartphone or tablet. In addition, this system includes SMS text messaging, iTunes® tagging capability and dual USB ports. SiriusXM NavWeather® and NavTraffic® are also available with a subscription. Also included with the navigation system are three years of complimentary map updates.

    The top-of-line Limited trim builds on the Premium, bringing luxury to the WRX with leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat and Welcome Lighting. Exclusive to the WRX Limited, LED low-beam headlights provide a unique look and enhanced visibility. The high beams are multi-reflector halogen units, and the system includes automatic off/on. Pricing on the Limited trim begins at $30,395.

    2016 Subaru WRX STI: Heart and Soul of a Rally Champion
    The WRX STI is powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled BOXER engine. For the 2016 WRX STI Limited trim, a low-profile trunk spoiler is now available as a no-cost option in place of the standard large signature wing.

    Standard features for the 2016 WRX STI also include dual-zone automatic climate control and the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer). The standard trim WRX STI receives the same new Subaru STARLINK 6.2" Multimedia system as the WRX, and a rear vision camera is standard, as well. The standard trim STI can be upgraded with a Navigation option packaged with the harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system along with Keyless Access and Push Button Start with PIN Code Access for $2,600.

    The WRX STI Limited returns with the luxury of leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat and power moonroof. For 2016, Subaru equipped this top STI trim with significant new safety and infotainment technologies. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are both included, plus Keyless Access and Push Button Start with PIN Code Access. The Subaru STARLINK 7.0" Multimedia Navigation system is standard and is combined with the harman/kardon amplifier and 9-speaker premium sound system.

    Exclusive STI Performance Engineering
    The WRX STI features a rally-bred drivetrain and Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that is exclusive to this model. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.

    The WRX STI is equipped exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel integrates a 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.

    The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) powertrain management system (also on the WRX Premium and Limited with automatic transmission) allows the driver to tailor the car's driving characteristics by choosing from three selectable modes - Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp - using a rotary dial on the center console. SI-DRIVE alters vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the engine control module and by fine-tuning the electronic throttle control system.

    Alcantara® seating surfaces, accented by red and black leather bolsters and red stitching, set the tone for the STI's driver-focused interior. Rich-looking appointments and details abound, including soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest. A multi-information central display with a 4.3-in. LCD screen provides displays for numerous vehicle system functions, including the standard rear camera, boost gauge, Bluetooth, climate control settings and a VDC screen showing traction control operation. The display can also provide a vehicle self-check and maintenance reminder.

    2016 Subaru WRX and WRX STI
    Model/Trim
    Transmission
    Applicable Option Code
    MSRP
    MSRP + destination and delivery ($795)
    WRX
    6MT
    01
    $26,595
    $27,390
    WRX Premium
    6MT
    11, 12
    $28,895
    $29,690
    WRX Premium
    CVT
    11
    $30,095
    $30,890
    WRX Limited
    6MT
    21, 22
    $30,395
    $31,190
    WRX Limited
    CVT
    21, 23
    $31,595
    $32,390
    WRX STI
    6MT
    02, 03
    $34,695
    $35,490
    WRX STI Limited - Wing
    6MT
    21
    $39,995
    $40,790
    WRX STI - Low Profile  Trunk Spoiler
    6MT
    21
    $39,995
    $40,790
     
     







    CODE 01    Standard WRX Model
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    CODE 11    Standard WRX Premium Model
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    CODE 12     Navigation + harman/kardon amplifier and speakers
    $2,100
    CODE 21     Standard WRX Limited Model
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    CODE 22       Navigation System + harman/kardon amplifier & speakers + Keyless Access & Start + SRVD (Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert)
    $3,100
    CODE 23       Navigation System + Harman/kardon amplifier & speakers + Keyless Access & Start + SRVD (Blind Spot Detection & Rear Cross Traffic Alert) + EyeSight
    $4,095
    CODE 02       Standard WRX STI Model
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    CODE 03      Navigation System + harman/kardon amplifier & speakers + Keyless Access & Start
    $2,600
    CODE 21      Standard WRX STI Limited Model
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