New performance and sports car debuts were plentiful at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. One of the most eagerly anticipated was the debut of the next generation Subaru WRX STi. The blue and gold car is an icon of rally racing with multiple championships in its history. The 2015 WRX STi is Subaru’s performance flagship model, while they will be offering a ‘standard’ version, the real interest and fight for enthusiasts will be to get one of the ‘Launch Edition’ models.
Subaru will only make 1000 of these special edition versions. What buyers will most want is the well known blue and gold paint combination, the same paint scheme as all the factory Subaru rally cars. It is likely one of the only vehicles ever made where the exterior paint colors contribute so much to the cars’ identity.
The other expected feature is a giant rear spoiler, mimicking the race car version. While more of a style statement than a functional element, the spoiler does a lot of transform the car’s look from mellow Impreza sedan, to performance-oriented sports car.
We got a peek at the WRX STi in concept form last year at the New York Auto Show. Take a look back and see how the design evolved from idea to production model.