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There’s a lot of smart engineering behind the razor-sharp handling performance of the 2016 WRX. The 4-wheel independent suspension uses aluminum front lower control arms, and double wishbones in the rear to make it all possible, aided by stiff anti-roll bars, performance-tuned shock dampening and spring-rates, and available inverted front struts. Altogether, this results in minimal body roll, which contributes to more confidence, better control, and a phenomenal lateral grip measurement of 0.96g.
The FA20 2.0-liter, turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The use of a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection help propel the WRX from zero to sixty miles an hour in 5.5 seconds. Despite such phenomenal acceleration, the WRX still manages respectable fuel economy—20 mpg city, and 27 mpg highway.
The chassis is the heart and soul of a performance car. No amount of aftermarket modifications can mask a weak, flexy chassis. The WRX core is anything but, it’s fortified and overbuilt with high-tensile strength hot-stamped steel in all the right places. The result is unparalleled handling and a confident feel that can’t be duplicated.
To perform at a high level, solid braking performance is indispensable. That’s why the WRX didn’t just get big rotors. The brake master cylinder has a large bore for progressive and consistent pedal feel. Coupled with 12.4-inch front and 11.3-inch rear discs, the WRX has stopping power above and beyond expectations, with control optimized by ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with Active Torque Vectoring sharpens cornering response for tighter lines through every turn. It actively reduces understeer so the apex of every corner is just an easy turn of the wheel.
Aluminum front lower control arms with pillowball bushings help to deliver a near-instant response. A double-wishbone rear suspension with pilowball bushings makes for flat cornering at every turn.
The standard STI-design rear spoiler creates added downforce and improved stability, while an available low-profile rear spoiler provides subtle style.
Standard SUBARU STARLINK™ in-vehicle technology brings your digital life all together on either a 6.2 or 7.0-inch, high-definition LCD touchscreen. It connects you to news, weather, stocks, music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other multimedia content while you're on the road. The available navigation system's improved functionality lets you navigate and zoom just like you would on your smartphone and all STARLINK™ systems integrate key functions from your favorite iOS and Android™ smartphone apps like Pandora®, iHeartRadio®, STITCHER and Aha™.
There’s Hyperblue WRX STI exclusivity everywhere, thanks to the Black Leather/Alcantara® interior with Hyper Blue stitching and the full complement of interior tech—Keyless Access with Push-button Start and the SUBARU STARLINK™ 7" Multimedia Navigation System.
The available high-res touchscreen and voice-activated SUBARU STARLINK™ 7.0" Multimedia Navigation System makes finding that perfect drive easier, thanks to smartphone functionality right in your dash. Plus, standard SUBARU STARLINK™ in-vehicle technology offers safe access to apps like Pandora®, iHeartRadio®, STITCHER and Aha™, along with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, NavTraffic®, and even the ability to read your text messages to you while you stay focused on the road.
The instrument panel of the WRX is designed to deliver vital stats quickly and effortlessly. Its electroluminescent speed and RPM gauges are sharp and clearly visible. And with the centrally located LCD display, you get all the information you need, fast.
The new Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system uses radar sensors to help warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up, utilizing an audible warning and flashing visual indicators in your side mirrors and Rear-Vision Camera display.
The WRX and WRX STI feature a driver’s side knee airbag, bringing the total to seven standard airbags for additional protection in the event of a crash.
Our Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame is exceptionally strong for maximum resistance to impact energy, while its unique configuration helps divert that energy away from occupants. Also, front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags—standard on every WRX and WRX STI—surround outboard occupants in the event of a crash to further help prevent injury.
Safety begins with avoidance. The traction and balance of the Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and the stability of the SUBARU BOXER® engine provide you with the outstanding control you need to react to hazards. Every WRX and WRX STI also comes with standard VDC electronic stability control, which can detect a loss of control and intervene to help keep you on your intended path.