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The 2015 Subaru WRX and STI have made the auto show and press-drive rounds, now it's time for customers to get their hands on them.
The 2015 WRX configurator is live, and it's perfect for people who are indecisive. Subaru doesn't exactly lavish its domesticated rally cars with luxuries and frivolous gadgets, so there aren't that many choices for the prospective buyer to make.
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Once you've chosen a model (WRX or STI) and trim level, transmission, and color, you're basically done. There's only one option package, which bundles a navigation system, harman/kardon audio, and Keyless Access and Start for $2,500.
The WRX starts at $27,090, including destination. That price buys a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. Subaru's Lineartronic CVT is available on the WRX Premium and Limited models.
Upgrading to the 2015 WRX STI comes with a $35,290 sticker price. The STI retains last year's 2.5-liter turbo-boxer, which produces 305 hp and 290 lb-ft in the new model. The only transmission option is the six-speed manual.
Both models remain great affordable performance cars, and should should be perfect for indulging World Rally-fantasies. However, with the base WRX sporting an edgier attitude than before, the differences between them have begun to shrink.