Compared to some of the big-name debuts at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Fuji Heavy Industries' (NASDAQOTH:FUJHY) Subaru might seem fairly minor -- but it's a big deal for Subaru performance fans. The company unwrapped its all-new 2015 WRX STI in an event on Tuesday that was attended by throngs of international media members.

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Subaru took the wraps off of its 2015 WRX STI in Detroit on Tuesday. The Motley Fool had a close-up look. Photo credit: Subaru.

We -- The Motley Fool's John Rosevear and Rex Moore -- were among the crowd, and after things had quieted down a bit, we were able to get up close with Subaru's new rocket. As with earlier generations, the new STI builds on the WRX, offering a more dramatic, pumped-up version of the high-performance all-wheel-drive experience.

The new model retains the wild rear wing that has become an STI trademark, but it's more sophisticated than its predecessor. As with the Impreza and the "regular" WRX, the STI's interior has taken a solid step forward. It's a comfortable place to do business -- and that business will happen at a rapid pace, thanks to some key improvements to the WRX STI's all-wheel-drive system that should make it the best-handling version ever.

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You can get an automatic transmission on the regular WRX, but on the STI, a six-speed manual is the only way to go. Photo credit: Subaru.

We filed a full video report on the new Subaru with our first impressions right from the show floor in Detroit. Check it out below, and then scroll down to leave a comment with your thoughts: Does Subaru have a winner with the new WRX and STI?

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