There's a reason why the hit action  caper film Baby Driver used a Subaru WRX  for its opening sequence-it's an amazingly fast and fun car that looks dead  sexy when it's barreling down the road.

The WRX in the film  was a 2006  model, but the upcoming 2018 Subaru WRX STI doesn't  miss a beat and has made quite a few improvements over its predecessor. For the  new model, Subaru has beefed it up and made a number of other mechanical and  aesthetic improvements consumers are going to love. Now available at Subaru dealers in NJ, the  new WRX is something for fans of the brand and newcomers alike to get excited  about.

Car Dealership - 2018 Subaru WRX STI

The WRX STI represents the two upper  trim levels-STI and STI Limited-of the Subaru WRX. Both models have a more  powerful engine than the STI. The STI Limited offers a few more creature  comforts and electronic features than the STI.

Consumers scouring Subaru dealers in NJ for  a vehicle they can use as a daily commuter, as well as a fun vehicle for the  highway, should consider the WRX STI's styling, power, performance, interior,  and product history before making a decision.

STI-ling

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI's exterior  design is reminiscent of past designs-including the impressive rear spoiler-but  Subaru has added a few tweaks that  freshen it up.

A new front bumper makes the vehicle  look more athletic and aggressive, with an enlarged lower grille that just  snarls at the road. New LED headlights that turn as you drive add visibility  and a cool, modern look to the vehicle. Outdoorsy owners will be happy to know  that you can purchase the WRX STI with roof-mounted bike racks.

Changes to the vehicle were not dramatic  for this year, but that's because Subaru has already hit upon a winning formula  with the car. The WRX STI looks exactly like what it is-a small car with a lot  of muscle that's a lot of fun to drive.

In  the Clearing Stands a Boxer

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI comes equipped  with one of the best engines available-a boxer-style 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

2018 Subaru WRX STI Vehicle Engine

Boxer engines have  horizontally opposed pistons. This design balances out the pistons, allowing  auto designers to forgo counterweights and vibration-dampening systems needed  by non-boxer engines. It also allows designers to place a vehicle's  transmission directly behind its engine.

The boxer engine design combined with a symmetrical drivetrain  offers a number of benefits, including smoother acceleration, improved fuel economy, and more agile handling.

The WRX STI's powerful turbocharged  engine cranks out 305 horsepower, providing excellent acceleration for the small  vehicle. The WRX STI can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and has  a maximum speed of 159 mph.

Gas mileage is just 17 mpg in the city  and 22 mpg on the highway, but, if you're buying a car like the WRX STI, you're  not buying it for fuel economy; you're buying it for pure driving excitement.

About  That Driving Excitement

The 2018 Subaru  WRX STI makes you remember why driving is fun. The engine provides plenty of  accelerating power and the vehicle handles with great precision. Subaru  upgraded the vehicle's all-wheel drive and the improvements are very apparent-this  WRX STI handles much better in rainy and other challenging conditions.

Interior & Technology - 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Subaru also added Bembo brakes to this  iteration of the WRX STI, and they perform beautifully. The new brakes provide  plenty of stopping power.

The new WRX STI has a  stiffer suspension than past models, meaning you'll feel more bumps, but that's  part of the appeal of this rally-inspired vehicle

Quality  Interior & Tech

The new WRX STI doesn't  skimp on interior styling. The new  vehicle offers a handsome ultrasuede- and  leather-trimmed interior. The materials are of high quality and look  incredible.

The cabin provides a surprising amount  of room. Front and back seats both provide ample room for adults-even taller  adults. The trunk is roomy, and the rear seats of the vehicle can fold to  create more cargo space.

The WRX STI has a low dash and hood.  This setup gives drivers a good view of the road. Big mirrors and tall windows  also aid with visibility. For a vehicle that sits fairly low to the ground, the  new Subaru WRX STI is surprisingly easy to get in and out of.

Slick Subaru WRX Design & Style

With regard to controls, the WRX STI is  laid out in a logical manner. Controls are in sensible places and are easy to  use. Tech for the vehicle is smart and responsive. The STI comes with Subaru's  STARLINK Multimedia Plus system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, HD radio,  a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, compatibility with popular apps like  Pandora, satellite radio, and Siri Eyes Free.

The upper STI Limited trim includes  navigation and an upgraded STARLINK system, as well as electronic safety  features like blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. A rearview  camera comes standard on the vehicle.

When stacked up against similar models  from other manufacturers, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI shines like a diamond in a  coalfield. The Ford Focus RS doesn't have the looks, and the Volkswagen Golf R  doesn't have the power. The Subaru WRX has long been a favorite of car critics,  and the 2018 model will be no exception, thanks to its thoughtful design.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI starts at around  $36,095, and the STI Limited will set you back around $40,985.

WRX/Impreza  History

WRX/WRX STI

The WRX STI is the  high-performance version of the Subaru Impreza, a compact family car  manufactured by the Japanese automaker since 1992. Impreza WRX models have been  marketed since the first generation of the Impreza and, since the third generation, WRX and WRX STI variants of the  Impreza have been simply called Subaru WRXs.

Variants of the Impreza have been used  as police vehicles by departments in Australia, Japan, France, Singapore,  Britain, and the U.S. The WRX has found great success in the racing world,  winning many victories in rally racing. Over the years, the WRX and WRX/STI  variants of the Impreza have gained a growing share of total sales of Imprezas.

                                                                                                               

        WRX/WRX    STI Sales

Year

Sales

2010

8323

2011

13,805

2012

13,624

2013

17,969

2014

25,492

2015

33,734

2016

33,279

Source: http://media.subaru.com/pressrelease/1065/120/subaru-america-inc-announces-december-2016-best-ever

The WRX is manufactured in Japan and at  a factory in Lafayette, Indiana. The vehicle is currently in its fifth design  generation. Rumor has it that Subaru will completely redesign the vehicle and  add a new engine in 2020.

2018 WRX Subaru Keys in Hand

Subaru is the  corporate child of Fuji Heavy Industries, a Japanese firm founded in 1915.  Subaru got its start in the 1950s and is known as an innovator in auto design,  including the company's famous boxer engine and all-wheel drive designs.  Subaru's unique take on car design has won it a passionate and loyal following  in the U.S. and around the world.

For automobile consumers ready for the  ride of their lives, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI will soon be available  at Open Road Subaru. Located in Union,  N.J., Open Road Subaru is among the best new and used car dealers in N.J., offering outstanding  deals on a wide selection of vehicles.

The Open Road Auto Group has a great  reputation for customer service before and after the sale, and Open Road  Subaru's friendly staff is ready to help you find just the right vehicle for  your needs. Visit today to browse the lot, chat with Open Road Subaru staff,  and take a test drive.