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Gennady Belyakov
Gennady Belyakov

2018 Subaru WRX And WRX STI First Drive: One-two Turbocharged Punch For Street And Track

While both cars are gifted with standard all-wheel drive, the STI's Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD, also updated for 2018) provides a level of granular control over power distribution that's simply absent from it sibling (and stands as the only real piece of digital trickery in what remains a largely mechanical approach to managing traction). It's a similar story when it comes to the six-speed manual transmission found in each sedan: the number of gears may be the same, but their design, and they way they allow the driver to access the power band, are both quite different. These two details were far more apparent on the track than on the street, adding light and shade to the STI's more dialed-in package.

2018 Subaru WRX and WRX STI First Drive: One-two turbocharged punch for street and track

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Even now, few cars can keep up with a well-driven Scooby, whether on the tarmac or down a forestry track, thanks to that turbocharged punch and grippy chassis. This example still runs well and drives exactly as it should.


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