allcarschannel The 2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition, based on the iconic performance variant from the folks at Fuji Heavy Industries, has been announced by Subaru America. Only 1,000 units of the Blue Pearl with gold-painted 18-inch wheels and 245/40R18 performance rubber WRX STI Launch edition are available for North American enthusiasts.

Built on the standard and lightest WRX STI variant, the STI launch edition is exclusively equipped with special interior colors and trims and gets a standard STI Short-Throw Shifter for the 6-speed manual transmission. The Keyless Access & Start system, which is offered as an option on WRX STI Premium and Limited versions, is included as standard with the STI launch edition.

Powered by a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the 2015 WRX STI debuts a new four-door wide-body design, built on a stiffer chassis for even greater handling agility and precision. New for the 2015 WRX STI, Active Torque Vectoring joins the model’s arsenal of proven advanced dynamic handling technologies that includes Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), SI-DRIVE powertrain control system and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.

Subaru WRX STI launch edition: STI Cabin Design

The exclusive cabin designed interior of the WRX STI is roomier than the previous generation, with new features like a flat-bottom steering and whiplash-reducing adjustable front seats as major cabin highlights. The leather bolsters for the Alcantara-covered seats are blue and black with black stitching rather than the red and black with red stitching in other STIs. The door trim panels are blue leather with black stitching, and the Alcantara-covered center console storage box lid features black stitching. Blue trim accents the carpeted floor mats that carry the STI logo.

Subaru WRX STI launch edition: More equipment than ever

Equipment-wise, the launch edition WRX STI offers some of the best yet. Standard features include LED low-beam headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, the All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer) and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with switches for audio and Bluetooth control, as well as a 4.3-inch multi-information screen with rear view camera that shows vehicle functions, boost gauge and traction control operation; a new standard audio system; and a plethora of small storage slots in and around the center console.

As far as safety features goes, the WRX STI is enforced with the marque’s roven Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure, and the important passive feature, all-round airbags.

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Edited: Subaru America