Subaru Announces 2018 WRX and WRX STI!

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Today Subaru of America unveiled the 2018 WRX and WRX STI with some nice upgrades across the board.  While power plants remain the same with the WRX featuring a 268 HP 2.0L direct injected turbocharged BOXER engine and the STI continuing on with the 305 HP 2.5L turbocharged BOXER engine, a slew of upgrades to the suspension, chassis, and interior promise to make these the best performing iterations to date.

Both WRX and WRX STI receive updated styling to the front fascia giving them a sporty, yet perfectly aggressive, attitude.   Redesigned LED Steering Responsive Headlights are featured on the WRX Limited and all STIs.

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Upgraded brakes can be found on both models as well.  The STI gets a significant upgrade to a Brembo 6-piston caliper in front and 2-piston calipers in the rear squeezing larger pads onto drilled rotors to improve heat dissipation.  The WRX receives new JURID brake pads.

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We really like where Subaru is going with the wheel designs on the newer cars.  The WRX STI features 19″ wheels for the first time and the WRX gets styleish new double-spoke rollers.

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No expense was spared with the interior either.  Both models are available with power Recaro seats, larger multimedia screens, a larger multi-function display, upgraded materials throughout, and CUP HOLDERS IN THE REAR!!!

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http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease/1067/1/subaru-debuts-2018-wrx-wrx-sti-performance-comfort
For the complete list of changes, see the official press release below.

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Tevin Corbeil on May 30, 2017 says:

ETA on the 2018 maps yet ?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on May 30, 2017 says:

    No ETA quite yet. We are already doing some background work so we’ll be ready when cars hit the lots, though! Hopefully calibration time is relatively quick once we take delivery of our 2018 cars.

    Marshall@COBB

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    Tevin Corbeil on May 30, 2017 says:

    That’s great to hear! Thank you for the response.

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Russell Cloak on June 4, 2017 says:

Will the existing accessport V3 and SF Intake system fit the new 2018’s?

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    Marshall on June 5, 2017 says:

    Hey Russell, we do not yet have Accessport support nor have we confirmed hard parts fitment for the 2018 WRX. We are due to have our car delivered very shortly and should have more information on that front. Keep an eye on our social channels or Subscribe to our newsletter to ensure you see the announcements once we have confirmed fitment.

    Marshall@COBB

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Matthew Welshans on June 26, 2017 says:

Any ETA for the accessport support yet? I’ve had my ’18 WRX for a week now and I’m having trouble containing my excitement for a different tune.

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    Marshall
    Marshall on June 26, 2017 says:

    Very soon! Internal testing is going well on the 2018 WRX project. I suspect we’ll have something available within the next month or so.

    Marshall@COBB

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      Matthew Welshans on June 26, 2017 says:

      That’s great! Thanks for the update.

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Clay Stock on July 8, 2017 says:

I know everyone keeps asking but I took delivery of my 2018 today and went from a stage 2 ST to this and it def needs a tube lol. Any update and what’s the process to trade in to a wrx ap3 from an ST ap3?

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    Marshall on July 10, 2017 says:

    Hey Clay! Congrats on the new WRX! We are still working on finalizing Accessport support for the 2018 MY cars but it should be available on the SUB-004 Accessports very soon. We do have the ability to swap your Ford Accessport to a Subaru unit, you will just need to reach out to our Customer Service team at 1-866-922-3059 or support@cobbtuning.com to get that process started.

    Marshall@COBB

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      Clay Stock on July 15, 2017 says:

      Thanks, I’m loving the car but can’t wait to get the tune to get rid of the awful rev hang from 1st to 2nd. Appreciate the response and love all the products I’ve gotten from you guys keep up the good work.

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Steve Leonard on July 23, 2017 says:

+1 to the waiting list for the OTS maps for the 18s, also for the mishimoto CAI I hope. Thanks guys.

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Jerry Burnell on July 24, 2017 says:

I just purchased the Accessport 004 model without realizing it wasn’t yet compatible with my 2018 WRX. I’m hoping to be able to use this model because I got the stage 1 package and would prefer not to have to return it. I feel like Cobb should be far enough along with testing to know whether a new model will be required, or just a map update. Thanks for the help and I can’t wait to get this setup!

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    Marshall on July 24, 2017 says:

    Hey Jerry! Good news, the SUB-004 part number will indeed support the 2018 WRX and STI once we wrap up development. You will simply need to perform a firmware update using Accessport Manager after support is announced in order to utilize that Accessport with your car.

    Marshall@COBB

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      Jerry Burnell on July 26, 2017 says:

      That’s great news! I know the question has been asked in previous comments, but since it’s almost August, I’ll ask it again. Is there a rough estimate of when the maps will be released for the 2018 WRX? I’m dying to get this accessport installed. I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone I’ve talked to about it. Any feedback would be appreciated! Thank you.

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        Marshall
        Marshall on July 26, 2017 says:

        Hey Jerry,

        We are still trending towards the end of August for a 2018 WRX release.

        Marshall@COBB

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Jerry Burnell on July 26, 2017 says:

Sounds great! Thanks for the speedy reply. I’ll be checking in daily so if you guys get it out earlier than expected, I won’t be upset! Haha. Thanks again.
Jerry

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William Ryan on July 27, 2017 says:

Hi! I apologize if these are repetitive questions, but are we waiting for 2018 support in general, or just the maps? I ordered a sub-004 and was wondering if I can get it protuned now?

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    Marshall on July 27, 2017 says:

    No worries, sorry for not making that clear. Support, in general, is not yet available. Once it is available, a simple Firmware Update will render that SUB-004 compatible with your 2018 WRX.

    Marshall@COBB

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      William Ryan on July 27, 2017 says:

      You’re the man. thanks

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      Patryk Molczan on August 14, 2017 says:

      Hello. Do we have an official data for support of 2018 WRX?

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        Marshall
        Marshall on August 14, 2017 says:

        Keep an eye on the blog and social channels, we will be pushing everything out today!

        Marshall@COBB

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          Patryk Molczan on August 14, 2017 says:

          When you say social channels. Do you mean Twitter & facebook or here? Thanks again Marshall :)

          Marshall
          Marshall on August 14, 2017 says:

          All of the above! I’m about to push everything right now. ;) – Marshall@COBB

          Patryk Molczan on August 14, 2017 says:

          I’m so excited right now

          Patryk Molczan on August 14, 2017 says:

          Wanted to let you know the install was a total success. I was able to install the Accesport and load stage 1 map 93 octane with success. Didn’t get to drive car yet.

          Marshall
          Marshall on August 14, 2017 says:

          Glad to hear everything went as expected! Let us know what you think of the added power once you have a chance to drive it!

          Marshall@COBB

William Ryan on August 14, 2017 says:

@Marshall – I see the Big SF for the 15-17 says it is not compatible. I know you’re not going to recommend anything other than waiting for the ‘correct’ part, but let’s say hypothetically I’m very impatient and have a very capable welder to help me. Will modification of the support brackets be a super difficult task to accomplish? Or is there another issue preventing installation? I know its the same engine, so I would assume it isn’t TERRIBLY difficult to get it working. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks

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    Marshall on August 14, 2017 says:

    You’re on the right track. The changes for the updated intake will only be related to mounting provisions and not impact tuning. While I can’t recommended it, we can’t stop you from trying! ;)

    Marshall@COBB

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      William Ryan on August 14, 2017 says:

      Haha! I love how you answered that. I totally get you. Thanks brother, and by the way, you under-promised and over-delivered. Thanks for getting this out over two weeks earlier than anticipated. I love it when companies do it this way, rather than letting us down via delays.

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Alex H on August 14, 2017 says:

Hi,

Do we have any updates on the 2018 sti??

Thanks

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    Marshall
    Marshall on August 15, 2017 says:

    We’re working on it. Subaru has made some changes that are requiring a bit more work on our end. Hope to have good news and an ETA by the end of this month!

    Marshall@COBB

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Michael Mason on August 14, 2017 says:

Any update for the 2018 STI maps? I am hoping my AP V3 that i used with my 2015 WRX will still be compatible.

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    Marshall
    Marshall on August 15, 2017 says:

    Our RE team is still chugging along with the 2018 STI. Hoping to have an update by the end of the month that includes an ETA. You should be able to use your current AP3-SUB-004 Accessport after a firmware update is pushed that includes 2018 STI support.

    Marshall@COBB

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Michael Mason on August 22, 2017 says:

Marshall!!! Tell me you have good new coming soon! Update at the end of August like, this week, next week or August 31st.?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on August 23, 2017 says:

    Nothing to update on yet, unfortunately. I’m still hoping to have good news to share in the next couple of weeks!

    Marshall@COBB

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      michael drozd on September 6, 2017 says:

      Any news or updates regarding maps for the 2018 STI?

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        Marshall
        Marshall on September 6, 2017 says:

        Hey there! I unfortunately do not have any significant updates to share other than work continues for 2018 STI support. While we have made steps forward and are making progress on flashing the 2018 STI ECU, we are not quite close enough to provide a solid ETA.

        Marshall@COBB

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Michael Mason on September 18, 2017 says:

Marshall! Still no update?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on September 18, 2017 says:

    Hey Michael, we are still on schedule with our internal tasks related to 2018 STI support. Currently trending towards a late October release however that could still move either direction.

    Marshall@COBB

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Patrick OBrien on September 21, 2017 says:

Any update on the 2018 STI maps?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on September 21, 2017 says:

    Hey Patrick, we’re still working towards the release of 2018 STI Accessport support. No solid ETA as of now, but should be somewhere around late October/early November.

    Marshall@COBB

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Michael Mason on October 11, 2017 says:

2018 STI Maps in November?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on October 11, 2017 says:

    That is the plan!

    Marshall@COBB

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Jack Thelin on October 15, 2017 says:

will cobb ever work on 15-18 sti in eu?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on October 17, 2017 says:

    Hey Jack, we do not currently have plans to support European market Subarus however it is something we may look into in the future.

    Marshall@COBB

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james moore on October 17, 2017 says:

any updates or ETA on the release for the 2018 WRX intake?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on October 17, 2017 says:

    Any day now!

    Marshall@COBB

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      james moore on October 19, 2017 says:

      great, i didnt want to have to order the turbo back and the intake separately. Thanks for the prompt reply!

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michael drozd on November 2, 2017 says:

Any further ETA update on 2018 STI maps? Are we looking at mid or end November?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on November 3, 2017 says:

    Trying to get those out next week!

    Marshall@COBB

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Joseph Yong on November 6, 2017 says:

Any ETA on when the 2018 STI maps will be released this week? Sorry for the constant ask–I took delivery of my STI early Summer and I’m dying to flash haha.

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    Marshall
    Marshall on November 6, 2017 says:

    Hey Joseph, we are shooting for mid-week.

    Marshall@COBB

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michael drozd on November 6, 2017 says:

So is this the current accessport compatible? (AP3-SUB-004). So this way I can order it say tomorrow and just download the tune the day it is released?

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    Marshall
    Marshall on November 7, 2017 says:

    Yes! 2018 STI support will be an addition to the existing SUB-004 Accessport. Once available, support can be added with a simple firmware update.

    Marshall@COBB

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