2015 WRX STI – The Experts React

Before the 2015 WRX STI hit the streets, Subaru made sure it received the nod of approval from industry experts and pro drivers. See Laguna Seca track footage and get driving impressions from the likes of Subaru Rally Team Drivers Bucky Lasek and David Higgins, Ian Armstrong of COBB Tuning, Martin Musial of AMS Performance, Tony Barber of Turn In Concepts, Butch Eccles of ScoobyTuner, Travis Barnes of Snail Performance, and Gary Castillo of Design Craft Fabrication.

Hear their comments on the remarkable track-day performance of the STI, made possible by its stiffened chassis, enhanced handling, and Active Torque Vectoring.

2015 STI Spacer Options

The STI’s BBS wheels in stock form, not just the 2015s, can be improved by adding 15, 20 or 25mm spacers.

These spacers generally feature a ‘perfect fit’ hub-centric design that makes the spacer function as a precise extension of the axle hub. Fill that gap by adding spacers thus widening or pushing the wheels out a little  can really improve the overall look of your car.

There are a few options available from various manufacturers currently in the market. Price range is from $250 to 320 for a full set (4 spacers). See below.

ISC 15mm or 25mm Spacers from SubiSpeed
$137 – sold in pairs.
$274 for a full set.

Perrin 15mm or 20mm Spacers
$160 – sold in pairs.
$320 for a full set.
* Same product sold at SubiSpeed at $144 for a pair or $288 for a full set.

*BEST DEAL* Grapple 15mm or 20mm Spacers
$250 for a full set.

Grapple seems to have the best deal that I’ve seen so far and from the looks of it they are quite new to the market. Definitely check them out!

Subaru WRX STi vs Audi S3 Saloon

Does the new Subaru WRX STi live up to its predecessors – and can it match the new Audi S3 Saloon?

The Subaru WRX STi and Audi S3 Saloon may not seem like obvious rivals, but both have the same power output and distant rally heritage to call upon for their performance kudos. 

The Subaru has a fraction more torque than the Audi, but it’s where that torque arrives that really makes the difference. In the Subaru you’ve got to wait until 4,000rpm to get peak torque, whereas in the punchy Audi it arrives at just 1,800rpm. These cars have got very different characters.

There was a time when we thought the new WRX wasn’t going to come to the UK but fast Subaru fans can relax – it’s finally here. In an age when cars are accused of all looking and feeling the same, there’s no doubting that a WRX doesn’t feel or look like anything else on the road.

Performance car fans will forgive the Subaru’s cabin because this car is all about the driving experience and if you’ve driven a WRX before then this new car will feel very familiar. First of all the boxer engine sounds the same, you’ve got that unique sound from about 4,000rpm as you start to work it hard.

You’ve got a gearbox that’s got quite a short shift on each change, with a slightly notchy, quite mechanical feel, and the steering is very fast but at the same time quite light – which can be a bit disconcerting. It’s also got quite aggressive self-centring, but once you get used to it you realise that that’s a contributing factor to what makes this car feel so agile.

This is a car that you really will enjoy on the average British road.

The first thing you notice is when you get into the Audi S3 is the upmarket interior is in a different league to the Subaru. It’s a real contrast to the dated cabin of the Subaru.

The driving experience is completely different, too. Where the Subaru is really vigorous all the time, the Audi is very relaxed: it drives like any other well-sorted fast Audi.

But the performance is there: it’s got the same power as the Subaru’s engine. In the Audi you’ve got really instant power all the time so you don’t feel like you’ve got to work the engine so hard.

And the handling’s pretty accomplished as well. The steering’s not as sharp and the way that the diffs work is not as aggressive but there’s plenty of traction, decent body control and the car turns in nicely. It’s not a thrilling car on a road like this but it’s just very accomplished.

Off the line, both cars have superb traction, but the Audi is nearly 100Kg lighter than the Subaru, and that shows by the time we reach 60mph. The S3 punches to 60 in 5.4 seconds, whereas the Subaru is 2 tenths behind at 5.6 seconds.

So which car comes out on top in our test? Well, Subaru fans will love the sound of the WRX’s boxer engine and the car’s unique character. But the Audi has a much nicer cabin, it was faster in the drag race and it’s a nicer car to live with day-to-day. Yes, it’s more expensive, but if you want a fast, comfortable and stylish performance saloon, the Audi S3 is the one for us.

Source:  Auto Express

COBB Accessport for your 2015 WRX STI

Most of us already know that the COBB Accessport V3 is available for the new 2015 WRX STI. But what is an Accessport and once you have it, what’s next?  Here are 2 short videos from COBB Tuning that gives you an intro and break down of what you can expect. These are one of the many ‘mods’ I will be looking to get installed on mine. Enjoy!

What is an Accessport?

I have an Accessport, now what?

What can I do with my Accessport and Accesstuner Software?