Subaru WRX STi Carbon Just Doesn’t Make Sense

At first glance the Subaru WRX STi Carbon limited edition looks like an attempt to sharpen up the STi’s handling and performance by stripping out some unnecessary weight.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi Carbon

The obvious clue to this is the new carbon fibre roof, a popular trick in performance cars that helps to lower the centre of gravity and improve handling. The next improvement that Subaru have made is to fit a five-speed automatic transmisison that …

Hang on, they’ve fitted what? I could understand if they’d designed a new twin-clutch transmission that shaved milliseconds of each gear change, but to fit a normal five-speed slushbox is going to do nothing to help performance. Something tells me this is a limited edition that’s all about shifting a few units to customers who are afraid of manual transmissions. Not necessarily a bad thing if it helps Subaru make some money, but don’t try dressing it up with a trick roof.

The other big selling point of the STi Carbon is that it’s got black suede seats with red stitching. Hmm, nice, but not for me.

Come on Subaru,  just stick the carbon roof on the standard STi and leave it at that.


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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