Subaru WRX STI Gets More Horsepower For the First Time in a Decade

Five more horses? Sick.


The Subaru WRX STI has made 305 horsepower from its 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four for what seems like forever. Now, after 10 years, the standard STI is finally getting a power increase for the 2019 model year. How much power? You should sit down for this one.

Five horsepower. That's right, five whole horsepower. STI fans, rejoice.

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The massive bump in power comes courtesy of an updated 2.5-liter EJ engine sourced from the track-ready WRX STI Type RA. That means a new air intake, a higher-flow exhaust system, stronger pistons, and a retuned ECU. The six-speed manual transmission gets the revised third gear ratio from the Type RA as well, optimized for faster acceleration.

Along with the updated drivetrain, the 2019 STI gets a "Series.Gray" special edition model, which, as you could've guessed, comes exclusively in Gray—Cool Gray Khaki, specifically. (Photos of the Series.Gray are not yet available.) It also gets black-finish wheels, silver-painted brake calipers, black suede interior trim, eight-way power Recaro seats Bilstein dampers, and double wishbone rear suspension. Only 250 examples will be sold.

Pricing for the standard 2019 WRX STI starts at $37,480, while the Series.Gray starts at $39,695.

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