To achieve this, technicians fitted a high-flow performance exhaust, a new air intake, sturdier pistons, and an ECU remap. All that for 5 HP? In any case, this means the output of the 500-limited STI Type RA has been matched. Furthermore, the third gear ratio of the manual gearbox has been changed for better acceleration.
The base WRX now costs $27,195 or $28,080 if you include the destination. Under-hood is still a 2-liter turbo'd to 268-hp. Last year, both cars got a modest refresh, but 2019 brings a standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
On the WRX Premium trim, expect to pay $30,380 with the manual or $32,280 with the CVT. Limited add LED steering responsive headlights, 10-way power driver seat for $32,680 or $34,580 with the CVT. The STI is now priced from $37,480, and Limited models go for $42,280. Obviously, there's no CVT
Also new for 2019 is the Series.Grey special edition, which will be limited to 750 units of the WRX and 250 of the WRX STI. The base model costs $32,595 before destination and brings with it all the kit from the WRX Premium trim plus Cool Gray Khaki paint, black 18-inch wheels, folding electric mirrors, and Crystal Black Silica badging.
The STI, meanwhile, features larger 19-inch alloys, has the familiar boldly colored Brembo brakes, Recaro 8-way adjustable seats, keyless start, and access. All that can be yours for about $40,000... minus change.
The simplest way to think of the Series.Gray is as a $3,100. Is it worth that much? We'll leave it up to you to decide.