Unlike older WRX STI models, it was solely available with the 2.5L EJ257 Flat-4. The DCCD (Subaru Driver Controlled Center Differential) was also updated with this model.
Need for Speed: Carbon
The 2006 Impreza WRX STI appears in Need for Speed: Carbon as a Tier 3 Tuner classed car with a price tag of $80,000. Depending on the career the player is on, the Impreza WRX STI is unlocked as seen below:
- Exotic Career: Take over Silverton Refinery in Silverton.
- Tuner Career: Take over Starlight Strip in Silverton.
- Muscle Career: Win the Circuit Race in Starlight Strip.
The WRX STI arguably has the best handling among the Tier 3 Tuners. However, it lacks in acceleration and top speed.
A modified Impreza WRX STI must be driven in the silver tier trade paint pursuit event of the challenge series.
Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City
Need for Speed: ProStreet
The 2006 Impreza WRX STI appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a Tier 3 car with a price tag of $29,000. It is unlocked at the beginning of the game.
Due to grippy handling and fast acceleration, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI can be a very useful Grip car during the early stage of the career mode, although it is also prone to understeer in corners. If the player installs performance upgrades on the car during this stage, it can easily outperform most of its rivals.
Need for Speed: Undercover
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI can be found in the game files of the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 releases of Need for Speed: Undercover.
The model is fully customisable with the exception of any bodykits or refined performance, and the model has no damage state.
The 2006 Impreza WRX STI appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a Tier 2 car with a price of $65,000. It is required to collect 30 Stars for unlocking the car. The WRX STI is capable of a Works conversion and has a Car Rating of 5.80.
The 2006 Impreza WRX STI reappears in Shift 2: Unleashed as a Modern Road car with a price tag of $23,100. The car has a C 520 performance index rating and 3.70 handling rating. Its 0-60mph time is 4.5 seconds.
The all-wheel drive system of the Impreza WRX STI provides good handling and acceleration, suitable for most race events in the career mode. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR-edition has a better handling and a higher top speed in Shift 2: Unleashed.
The Car Battle event in the first Shift instalment in Autopolis GP features the Impreza WRX STI competing with the Lancer Evolution IX. It is also featured in a Time Eliminator event at Dakota GP.
Need for Speed: Nitro
The 2006 Impreza WRX STI appears in Need for Speed: Nitro as a Class B car.
Need for Speed: World
The 2006 Impreza WRX STI was made available Need for Speed: World on June 28th, 2010 during the sixth closed beta session as a Tier 2 car. Since August 22nd, 2012, it has been featured as a D class car.
The WRX STI was purchaseable for SpeedBoost, but has been unavailable in the car dealer since August 22nd, 2012. The in-game cash variant returned as of the January 8th, 2013 update with the price of 500,000. It has a stock overall rating of 358.
Due to a poor nitrous boost and weak acceleration, that is comparable to that of Class E cars, the WRX STI is one of the less effective Class D cars for competitive multiplayer races.
Its weaknesses are balanced by a responsive steering; The WRX STI is fast in corners, but not as agile as the Mazda MX-5. Top speed is 148 mph (239 km/h).
|The Blue style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs 2100. It was made available on January 18th, 2011.
|The Red style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs 345,678, and was initially released on June 28th, 2010.
Before August 22nd, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 15 or above and cost 130,000. On April 30th, 2015, its price was lowered from 500,000 as part of the End of the World event.
|The Royal Purple style is a unique cash car that cost 160,000, and was initially released on November 16th, 2010.
|The Lapse style is a rental car that can be leased for 150. It was made available on July 27th, 2010.
|The Lapse style is a previous rental only car that can be purchased for 250,000. It was made available on June 1st, 2015 as part of the End of the World event.
- The standard wheels of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI are painted gold in the Shift series and Need for Speed: Nitro.
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