Subaru WRX STI MY2011: Bolt-On test

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After our Exhaust Test on a Subaru Impreza STI MY2003 from last week we have a new test ready for our entire EJ25 owner. The Chip-Racing Bolt-On Test

The car for todays test is a Subaru WRX STI MY2011. Chip-Racing is tuning those cars since they were introduced back in 2008 and has a huge database for the newest EJ25 generation. With our CRTEK2 for the 08-13 models we have a street legal solution ready for our customers. For those who don’t want the Invidia exhaust and open intake we have the test with various bolt-on’s!


  • Subaru WRX STI Sedan MY2011
subaru wrx sti my2011 bolt-on test chip-racing
subaru wrx sti my2011 bolt-on test chip-racing



As usual we took the car on our dynapack to get a baseline. 99% of all EJ25’s we measured had the power output the factory promises! After that we installed the bolt on parts and made some more runs on the dyno.

Chip-Racing Subaru WRX STI Tuning: OEM vs. Bolt-ons
Chip-Racing Subaru WRX STI Tuning: OEM vs. Bolt-ons

blue line:    stock                                          308.5hp / 431.5 Nm

red line: mit Bolt-On’s                                338.4hp / 488.4 Nm

When we take a look at our dynoplot we see 3 major things! The torque and therefor the power of our testcar has increased quite a bit. This comes from the reduced backpressure in the exhaust which results in more boost, ergo more torque and power.

Second thing we notice is that the turbo spools quicker and delivers more boost at lower RPM. This is the merit of the Tomei manifold. Due to its design, exhaust gases reach the turbinewheel smother than with the stock manifold, making the turbo work more efficient.

Third point we see is the powercurve itself. Due to the lower backpressure and better spool the boost is increased and overshoots at around 3500rpm. This causes the ECU to regulate the boost back a bit. The resulting groove in the curve is not just visible on the dyno, it can actually be felt while driving. To get rid of this side effect a custome tune is needed!

Ecu remap

Subaru WRX STI on our Dynapack
Subaru WRX STI on our Dynapack

Since Chip-Racing is highly specialized in remapping we just had to strap the Subaru back onto our dyno and get it tuned properly! The result of a good hardware and software combination below:

Subaru WRX STI: Bolt-on's and CRTEK
Subaru WRX STI: Bolt-on’s and CRTEK

red line:    Bolt-on’s                                                 338hp / 487 Nm

orange line: Bolt-on’s and CRTEK                       396.5hp / 597.6 Nm

Our Verdict

With the right hardware and bolt-on’s the EJ25 engine shows good gains. Surely the complete exhaust system helps a lot, but don’t forget about the missing TGV. In stock from, those are very restrictive and prevent the engine from breath free.

No matter how good the hardware is, your car will never feel perfect unless it is tuned on a dyno. This will generate the maximum power out of your engine while keeping it safe!

chip-racing dyno copy





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