Sports car enthusiasts don’t buy a sports model for its ride quality, and couldn’t care less about a bit of a rough ride. They want power, superior braking performance, and a car that will take the curves without going in the ditch. Subaru WRX STI and WRX owners want the same things, but Subaru happens to add all-wheel-drive which ups its game even more.
So why worry about ride quality?
Consumer Reports recently came out with its Best Mainstream Brand for road test scores and Subaru scores better than all other automakers. The Ascent 3-Row family hauler gets the best test score, followed by Outback, Forester, Legacy, Crosstrek, Impreza and BRZ. Where is the Subaru WRX STI and WRX?
The Subaru WRX and STI get low marks for ride quality
The 2020 Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance sedans scored so low in the Consumer Reports’ road tests, they didn’t even make the Subaru list. CR says the WRX STI and WRX have tremendous handling abilities because of its performance-tuned suspension but falls painfully short in its refinement with a “near-brutal ride”, it’s very loud inside the cabin and it’s difficult to drive smoothly due to its “hair-trigger” throttle, “clunky” shifter and stiff cutch.
Ouch, that’s a pretty harsh statement for the popular WRX STI. CR puts cars through comprehensive road tests based on 50 tests performed at their 327-acre auto test center and track so they should know how the sports sedans perform in all driving situations.
The next-generation models will ride on the Subaru Global Platform
Here is why the ride quality of Subaru’s performance cars will be fixed when the next-generation models arrive sometime next year. The WRX and WRX STI are the last (along with BRZ) to be upgraded with the new Subaru Global Platform. They still ride on the old architecture.
All other models get its new Subaru Global Platform that the Japanese automaker spent $1 Billion dollars to develop. We’ve driven all of the new-generation Subaru models, and you can feel the difference. In our test drives, we could see three differences in the new SUVs and compact cars. The new models come with improved ride comfort, handling agility, and a quieter cabin.
In a nutshell, the new underpinnings reduced vibrations and produced a smoother ride quality over the previous-generation models. The body and chassis is 70-100 percent more rigid which translates to improved steering response, and the increased rigidity of the suspension mounting has reduced body roll by 50 percent compared to current models. The vehicles also have a lower center of gravity improving driving dynamics in the corners producing a more dynamic ride.
When the next-generation Subaru WRX STI and WRX arrive sometime next year, look for improved ride quality and driving dynamics.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!
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