Safety & Engineering

World-class standards, complete confidence

Subaru has forged a reputation for building vehicles that offer superior levels of protection through the use of the most technologically advanced active and passive safety systems available. In the case of the high-octane WRX and WRX STI, the challenge was to find the perfect balance between outright performance and absolute security. The end result: vehicles that inspire confidence on every type of road, under all possible conditions and at all times.

Razor-sharp response mechanisms

The combination of a highly advanced, world-class all-wheel drive system, striking agility, superior visibility and class-leading active safety systems such as VDC and ABS gives these cars excellent evasive capabilities. In the case of both models, over-sized brakes bring increased performance, while the WRX STI also benefits from an advanced, multi-mode VDC system.

Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
The Subaru VDC (VDC is also known as electronic stability control) system utilizes advanced sensors to monitor and analyze if the vehicle is following the driver’s intended course. When the limits of stability are approached, the system automatically adjusts the engine output and brakes at each wheel to help keep the vehicle on-course. The Multi-Mode VDC system on the WRX STI offers three different settings – Normal, Traction and Off – giving the driver even more control over the performance of this purpose-built vehicle.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
The ABS on the Subaru WRX and WRX STI incorporates the latest thinking on anti-skid prevention, as well as other features designed with added safety in mind. Electronic Brake-force Distribution automatically adjusts front/rear brake pressure under different vehicle loads, while Brake Assist automatically provides added stopping power in panic-braking situations. For the WRX STI, Brembo® brakes and Super Sport ABS bring even more control and performance to the picture. Full stop.

Leading safety systems, ease of mind

In the event that an accident is unavoidable, every Subaru boasts a wide range of passive safety systems designed to deliver class-leading levels of protection. Each vehicle features exceptionally rigid construction and incorporates the latest thinking in passive safety protection. Together, these advances minimize the impact of collisions and, in turn, generate greater peace of mind.

Advanced Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame
The strength that comes from within: This proprietary design strengthens the passenger compartment by linking the roof to the side pillars and the floor. As a result, impact energy coming from all directions is dissipated and diverted away from the passenger cabin. A front crumple zone and an engine designed to slide under the passenger compartment provide further protection in the event of a frontal impact.
Airbags
The focus on passive safety is an integral part of the Subaru offering and always will be, even for the most high-performing vehicles in the line-up. This is the reason why the Subaru WRX and WRX STI both feature a full complement of supplemental restraints, including dual-stage deployment front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard occupants.

Safety and Security*
  • Airbags (SRS): Driver dual-stage deployment
  • Airbags (SRS): Front passenger dual-stage deployment with occupant detection system
  • Airbags (SRS): Front seat side-impact
  • Airbags (SRS): Side curtain
  • Assist grips: Outboard seating positions
  • Brake pedal: Collapsible
  • Child safety: Rear door locking system
  • Child safety: Rear seat ISO-FIX/LATCH anchor system
  • Driver's footrest: Impact-absorbing
  • Head restraints (front): Integrated
  • Head restraints (rear): Height-adjustable
  • Seatbelts (front): 3-point with pretensioners and load limiters (Driver - ELR / Passenger - ALR)
  • Seatbelts (front): Height-adjustable shoulder belt anchors
  • Seatbelts (rear): 3-point, all seating positions (ALR)
  • Seatbelts (rear): Integrated outboard shoulder belt anchors
  • Security: Anti-theft system
  • Security: Engine immobilizer system
  • Security: Keyless entry system with panic alarm
  • Steering column: Collapsible
  • Traction Control System
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control system with lateral-g and yaw-rate sensor
  • Multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system with lateral-g and yaw-rate sensor
Superior engineering, uncontested control

The 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI represent the absolute pinnacle of the Subaru philosophy on vehicle engineering. These two cars offer a wide array of advanced technologies, such as Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, the SUBARU BOXER engine and a rally-honed, long-travel independent suspension system. The net result: a pair of vehicles that deliver incredible acceleration, tremendous handling, unmatched stability on any surface and a significant edge over the competition.


The spine-tingling SUBARU BOXER engine
Torture-tested for decades in the FIA World Rally Championship, the award-winning 2.5L turbocharged DOHC SUBARU BOXER engine benefits from its horizontally opposed layout, which naturally cancels out vibration and creates superior balance. The WRX and WRX STI further benefit from a super-efficient high-flow intercooler, two different versions of the Active Valve Control System and a less restrictive exhaust to produce high levels of low- and mid-range torque, breathtaking acceleration and surprising fuel efficiency. The WRX STI engine is a higher-performing version with increased output that features the SI-DRIVE engine management system with three different driver-selectable modes ranging from maximum response to optimum efficiency. This powerplant is the very definition of lightning in a bottle.
High-performance Turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder (WRX STI)
Dual Overhead Cam
305 hp @ 6000 rpm
290 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Dual Active Valve Control System
Meets LEV2 standards

Fuel Economy
Manual Transmission (6MT)
12.6/8.8
City / Hwy
(L/100 km)

22/32
City / Hwy
(Imperial MPG)
Turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder (WRX)
Dual Overhead Cam
265 hp @ 6000 rpm
244 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Active Valve Control System
Meets LEV2 standards

Fuel Economy
Manual Transmission (5MT)
11.1/8.0
City / Hwy
(L/100 km)

25/35
City / Hwy
(Imperial MPG)

Transmissions + Symmetrical AWD

The manual transmissions offered with the Subaru WRX and WRX STI are each designed to work with different versions of the legendary Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system to create optimum response to a full range of driving conditions. For maximum control and performance under a wide range of driving conditions, there’s nothing that comes close.

5-speed Manual Transmission (5MT)
Standard on the WRX, the 5MT is linked to a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential that provides near neutral handling and precise control under all driving conditions. The transmission itself is crisp, intuitive and direct, so it provides the perfect mode of expression for those who take their driving very seriously. The Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system also plays a starring role by delivering the kind of positive traction required of purebred sports cars.
6-speed Manual Transmission (6MT)
The short-throw, 6-speed manual transmission on the WRX STI is designed for speed, precision and bulletproof reliability. Built to withstand the significant torque of the turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine and the superior traction of this highly advanced version of Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, this transmission is crisp, responsive and ready to deliver countless miles of adrenaline-pumping pleasure. The AWD system also features the multi-mode Driver Controlled Centre Differential with four different settings to suit the mood.

Super-tough, rally-ready chassis

Like all Subaru models, the WRX and WRX STI are equipped with a lightweight, super-strong chassis that delivers a secure feeling and sets the stage for superior agility. The long-travel, fully independent suspension system and wide track give these cars racy handling, a surprisingly smooth ride and natural, precise steering feel, regardless of the road being traveled.

Front suspension

The highly rigid, MacPherson strut-type front suspension system is remarkably light and fine-tuned to optimize steering feel and handling precision. The design incorporates stabilizer bars for greater stability, direct response and improved driver feedback, as well a very wide track for a more planted feel in the corners. Honed over decades of punishing competition on the World Rally circuit, this suspension system is an absolute strength of the Subaru technical package.

Rear suspension

The double-wishbone rear suspension utilizes stabilizer bars for a smoother ride and a truly stable feeling, especially when cornering. The rear bushings and shock absorbers have been fine-tuned to minimize harshness and soak up bumps easily, yet still increase stability, reduce understeer and maximize tire contact with the road. This rally-honed suspension system is also designed not to encroach into the cargo area, so it also preserves storage space.

Learn more about the benefits of the Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, the SUBARU BOXER engine and the most capable suspension system in the business.

Chassis*
  • Brakes: Power-assisted, dual-diagonal system
  • Brakes: ABS, 4-channel/4-sensor/4-wheel
  • Brakes: Super Sport ABS, 4-channel/4-sensor/4-wheel and g-load sensor
  • Brakes: Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brakes: Brake Assist
  • Brakes (front): Ventilated discs (294 x 24 mm), dual-piston calipers
  • Brakes (rear): Solid discs (286 x 10 mm), single-piston calipers
  • Brakes: Brembo® high-performance brake system, STI branded
  • Brakes (front): Ventilated discs (326 x 30 mm), four-piston calipers
  • Brakes (rear): Ventilated discs (316 x 20 mm), dual-piston calipers
  • Steering: Engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack and pinion
  • Structure: Advanced ring-shaped reinforcement frame
  • Structure: Dual, side-impact door beams (front and rear)
  • Structure: Energy-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
  • Suspension: 4-wheel fully independent
  • Suspension: Performance-tuned
  • Suspension: STI performance-tuned
  • Suspension: Stabilizer bar (front and rear)
  • Suspension (front): MacPherson strut with steel lower suspension arm
  • Suspension (front): MacPherson inverted KYB™ struts with forged aluminum lower suspension arm
  • Suspension (rear): Double-wishbone
Engine*
  • Engine: 2.5L Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC), 16-valve, horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with turbocharger and intercooler, Electronic Throttle Control and Active Valve Control System
  • Power: 265 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 244 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  • Engine: 2.5L Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC), 16-valve, horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER high-performance engine with high-pressure turbocharger and high-capacity intercooler, Electronic Throttle Control and Dual Active Valve Control System
  • Power: 305 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 290 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
  • Emissions: Meets Low Emission Vehicle (LEV2) standards
  • Engine mounts: High-strength solid rubber
  • Engine mounts: Liquid-filled rubber
  • Engine oil cooler
  • Engine: Red powder-coated intake manifold
  • Fuel injection: Sequential multiport
  • Ignition system: Direct
  • Intercooler
  • Intercooler: High capacity
  • Spark plugs: Iridium-tipped
  • SI-DRIVE (Subaru Intelligent Drive) engine management system
Transmission and Drivetrain*
  • 5-speed Manual Transmission (5MT)
  • 6-speed close-ratio Manual Transmission (6MT)
  • Differential (front): Helical-type limited-slip
  • Differential (rear): Shot-peen open type
  • Differential (rear): TORSEN® limited-slip
* Selected features may not be available on all trim levels. Check specifications section for full details.

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