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New Subaru WRX Gets Unique “VDC” Improving Your Fun Factor With The Push Of A Button

The 2019 Subaru WRX comes standard with a technology called VDC. See how it can ramp up your driving experience.


Since 60 percent or more buyers of the 2019 Subaru WRX are new to the brand of performance cars, here’s a brief overview of how you can customize your drive experience and get maximum fun from the sports car. You bought the WRX for Subaru’s excellent Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, but it also features a less well-known technology called VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control). Here’s how it can ramp up your driving experience.

Subaru Corporation started out as an airplane manufacturer 100 years ago, and they are still involved in the aerospace industry today. It’s where they got their VDC technology, and it comes standard on the new 2019 WRX. First introduced as an option in 2001, it’s now standard on every Subaru since 2009, but WRX gets a unique version for added performance.

2019 Subaru WRXHow VDC works

In three words, VDC prevents skids. VDC uses sensors to let the WRX know exactly where you want the vehicle to go, where it's actually going and makes sure those two places are the same. In a curve, you know where you want to go, but road conditions could cause the wheels to move laterally, sending the sport-tuned sedan into the ditch. If this happens, VDC will reduce engine power and/or apply the brakes to slow down individual wheels, pulling your car back into your intended path through the curve.

The two highest-performing AWD vehicles in the Subaru fleet, the WRX and WRX STI, take this approach to the next level with a multi-mode VDC system. This system features three different settings (normal mode, traction mode and off) to give the driver even more control over the driving experience without sacrificing safety. Each mode has different driving advantages.

Subaru WRX STI Mode functions

Vehicle Dynamics Control mode is the default mode and is used for most driving situations enabling all controls for the ABS and traction control systems. Traction mode can be selected to restrict the function of the traction control system. This delays the reaction from the traction control and the VDS. This is useful when dynamic performance is needed without decreasing response from the engine.

2019 Subaru WRX

Turning the VDC off is useful when you want max performance such as when you are on a track or when the WRX is on stuck on a surface where there is not much traction. This allows for only the anti-lock brakes (ABS) to intervene.

If you own the higher-performance WRX STI, it comes with extra customizable hardware called Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD). You can read how it works here. The 2019 Subaru WRX customizable VDC improves your driving experience and fun factor with a push of a button.

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Martina (not verified)    June 27, 2019 - 9:27AM

This is a weird article, my '16 WRX has the same VDC and TCS on/off switch, so this is another "No news" article from the Subaru blog...

I get it, the new WRX isn't ready, hasn't the new Vizio frame been tested enough?