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post #1 of 26 Old 01-17-2014, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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WRX 2014 vs 2015

Hey guys so Im new to the forum and Ive been looking around and reading a lot before post anything. Like everybody knows the new WRX is out and I haven't made up my mind yet in which one to choose. Right now Im deployed and I thought about getting the car as soon I get back, (march). Ive read all the new specs for the WRX 2015 and i think is a better machine than a 2014 but theres a lot of aftermarket for the 2014 already...

so with the mpg of the 15, the +3 hp more and +14pounds of torque over the 14, the 6 speed tranny, buuuuuuut more expensive... vs the 14 that has bigger engine, and a lot of aftermarket already which one would you choose?

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It really depends on what you are planning for it. If you are going to want to immediately start modding it, then get the 14, if you want to keep it close to stock and use up that warranty for a while, then the 15 would be better. For the price of the new 15, you could get a nice STI with low milage from earlier years though.
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I really dont want to get a used wrx or sti, cause usually owners drive the sht out of them... But thanks for your input ill think about it though.
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Subaru's can handle a beating. A lot of friends of mine own previous STi's and WRX's.
They might need some tuning up, but hey, if you buy a used car.. I would do the same.

Now if you are strictly trying to go for newer.. this decision is really all up to what you WANT. Just like Brockton said, If you are trying to go for modifications quickly, go ahead with the 2014. That is what I currently own and I love it. I've had it for a month now and I already have bought a CBE and Accessport, I plan to be STG 2 around Summer.

If you are trying to just do some basic bolt on's, go with the 2015. (Only CBE and Intake)
But keep in mind when you install a new Intake that isn't stock. It WILL need a tune, so you would have to go pick up an Accessport.
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^ that is when they make an AP for the 15s. Maybe a few months for that, being it's a new setup.

OP, If you go with the 14 the issues have been worked out of this setup by Subaru and aftermarket companies. You never know with a new setup what may come up over time. I'd wanna wait before buying a first gen of something so any kinks can be worked out, but that's just me. Not trying to discourage you from the 15 by any means either. I'm sure it will be sick!

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^ that is when they make an AP for the 15s. Maybe a few months for that, being it's a new setup.

OP, If you go with the 14 the issues have been worked out of this setup by Subaru and aftermarket companies. You never know with a new setup what may come up over time. I'd wanna wait before buying a first gen of something so any kinks can be worked out, but that's just me. Not trying to discourage you from the 15 by any means either. I'm sure it will be sick!

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You don't think the V3 will work with the 15's?
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IMO.
All around it's like comparing a hawkeye to an eagle eye

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You don't think the V3 will work with the 15's?
It will work once Cobb makes a OTS maps for the car. They will have to build tunes for them just like previous years. Being that this is a 2.0 apposed to a 2.5 engine and whatever else is different will need to be accounted for, like a higher stock boost level for the 15s from the 14s. 14s are at roughly 14 psi and the 15s are said to be roughly 18 psi. You won't be able to buy a V3 tomorrow install a map for a 2014 WRX and expect it work.
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Hey guys so Im new to the forum and Ive been looking around and reading a lot before post anything. Like everybody knows the new WRX is out and I haven't made up my mind yet in which one to choose. Right now Im deployed and I thought about getting the car as soon I get back, (march). Ive read all the new specs for the WRX 2015 and i think is a better machine than a 2014 but theres a lot of aftermarket for the 2014 already...

so with the mpg of the 15, the +3 hp more and +14pounds of torque over the 14, the 6 speed tranny, buuuuuuut more expensive... vs the 14 that has bigger engine, and a lot of aftermarket already which one would you choose?

Thanks in advanced!

Hey Sammy. I'm new to the forum and new to WRXs so I can't compare my new 2015 REX to past years. Some background: I've run a streetable track prepared E36 M3 for the past 10 years as a driving instructor for the BMW CCA and have had various daily drivers over the years. I just traded in my GLI for a new 2015 WRX and I can tell you that the car REALLY handles. With only 350 miles on the ODO the car is very fast with great torque that comes on quickly - but it was the handling that sold me. The car turns in amazingly well, corners flat and digs into the turns under power. Very neutral and little to no understeer (of which I spent thousands to cure on the M3). Plus the suspension is very compliant for every day driving (something my M3 is NOT). I'm very impressed with the power delivery too...very smooth for a turbo and it spools up quickly. I'm looking forward to taking her to the track to get a better feel of what she can do!
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I like the new style... But decided to hang on to my 08 till they develop this gen more (with aftermarket parts).

By the time the 16's come out there will be plenty of bolt ons out there.. and some of the bugs will be gone! (hopefully)
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^ I fully agree with this theory.
But congrats new 15 Wrx member

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What's up. I'm new to the forum, but not new to Subarus. I've been selling Subarus for Byers since 2010, but I've been driving WRXs since 2005. I'm a car enthusiast 1st and a sales person 2nd.

15WRX, thanks for your input! It helps me on my decision. I have a 2011 now, but I've been itching to order a 2015. I will probably place my order any day now.

If this helps anyone... I went to the 2015 WRX ride and drive. Even on winter tires (due to the temperature at the time) it handled way nicer than my stock suspension '11. And the boost does come on quick. I was trying to gauge it and it seemed like I felt pull at 2,700 rpms in CVT 4th "gear". Wicked. I will buy a MT, but the CVT is actually bad a$$. So if you happen to prefer an Auto, you won't be disappointed. It shifts fast. I recommend Sport # mode for fun driving though.

The ride is quieter. We had them on the freeway for part of the street drive. And the articles make a big deal about the stiffer frame and reduced body roll, but I felt the ride in down town High Street to be comfortable. The struts seem to dampen well. But I know opinions may vary. The door speakers put out more bass than my '11 and no rattles. The enclosures were enhanced for that. The Harman Kardon is sick, if you don't mind the cost. It's the best Subaru optioned H/K audio system I have ever heard.

Also about the hp and tq claimed numbers... road and track dyno'd 15 WRX and STI. Google search that and tell me what you think.

The other guys are right though. If you want to buy it and instantly build a 400hp car, the support is not out there yet. But I'm sure someone will figure it out over time. Everyone knows we are a big tuner market.

Ok, that's all I got for ya. I come on strong sometimes, but that's just because I get excited about the new stuff. It's fun for me to think about buying a new WRX. I'm sure that's why my manager sends me on the ride and drives. He gets to sell another car to me lol.

The older models are still very strong cars. I don't think you can go wrong with a Subaru of any year.

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In my opinion the 2015 has better options, but looks TERRIBLE! Sorry to any of the 2015 owners out there.
But if you are looking for brand new, the 2014 would be my choice. All the bugs have been worked out

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I will say I didn't prefer the looks of the '15 when I first saw pictures. Mind you they were some pretty unphotogenic angles. Then I saw later photos from better angles and thought it looked much better. In person, I think it looks great. It's also easy to appreciate when you can see it side by side with older models. Little things like the rocker panels are more sculpted instead of just being straight lines. It looked like it was designed to be a wide car, instead of the '14 that was originally a slimmer design with widened features added to it. Sleek instead of muscular. But some of the sleek lines and body features are hidden from certain camera angles. It's much easier to appreciate in person.

Just another way to look at it.
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I am new to Subarus and I just picked up a 15 on Saturday. I cant compare it to anything else as I have not driven any other WRXs but this car is one bad ride. The speed is obviously impressive but when you go ripping around a corner at stupid speeds and with very little body roll it keeps asking for more.
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