Lazy Suby gearbox in
The STI auto is a big disappointment, writes Paul Gover
THE arrival of the latest Subaru speed machines brings big changes to the WRX and STI. The go-faster sedan is finally back in the mix alongside the hatch and both models have pumped-out guards, the STI gets a giant rear wing and there is a bunch of other detail stuff.
But the biggest change in many ways is the first WRX automatic. The five-speed self-shifter is old-school, not a double-clutch manu-match, but has been on the wish-list for a lot of WRX buyers for a long time.
They might like the idea of a rampaging allwheel drive turbo car, but the reality of a day-today suburban slog turns them towards an auto instead of a heavy-clutch manual.
The only problem? The auto comes only on the STI. But we’ll get to all of that stuff soon enough, right?
Now, Subaru has done the usual job and also kept prices sharp with a $39,990 starting sticker for the WRX and a price cut to $59,990 for all the STI cars, manual-sedan-auto-manual.
There are ways to bump the prices, and the fully loaded STI — with Recaro seats, sunroof and satnav — hits $66,990, but it’s still a good deal.
THE WRX has always been great value and nothing has changed. A $39,990 sticker