South Africa – Born out of the World Rally Championship (WRC) and admired as one of the most formidable sports vehicles, the all-new Subaru WRX is now available in South Africa.
As is tradition with all Subaru vehicles, the new WRX is powered by a Boxer engine. The horizontally-opposed piston design provides for excellent balance and power delivery. The Boxer engine design also allows for a reduction in the vehicle’s centre of gravity, being mounted low down and enhancing handling characteristics.
Available exclusively in Premium guise, the WRX models feature high levels of specification, leaving no factory fitted options available, matching the performance and handling with value for money and a sound motoring experience overall.
The interior features full leather upholstery and soft-touch surfaces, keyless access and push-button starting, a 6-speaker multimedia audio system with USB and auxiliary connectivity, voice control, Bluetooth, a full-colour multi-information display which provides clear readouts for fuel efficiency, trip information, audio details and a new boost gauge, a rear view camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, electric power steering with satellite controls, SI-DRIVE and red ambient lighting.
On the outside, feature highlights include the sporty dual-twin exhaust outlets, rear spoiler and diffuser, LED tail lights, automatic headlights with self-levelling LED elements, automatic wipers, daytime running lights, the bonnet scoop, privacy glass, an electric sunroof, the sports body kit and 17-inch alloy wheels running on Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT tyres in 235/45 R17 94W specification.
The new WRX presents an all-new body design and is available only in sedan form. Embodying the latest in Subaru design DNA, the taut, muscular and wide stance of the new WRX conveys an immediate sense of sporty, powerful driving fun.
True to type, the wide body design and aggressive visage impart the kind of cheeky and virile attitude the WRX is famous for, the downsized headlights designed to make the new WRX look like a raptor eyeing out its prey.
Sports overtones abound of course, the deep front air dam being matched by the signature bonnet scoop, the dark-painted 17-inch alloy wheels being accented by muscular side skirts and the pert rear end, which features an integrated boot spoiler and sculpted tail lights, rounding off the athletic look with a diffuser and dual-twin exhaust outlets.
Comfort has always been a WRX selling point and in the new version, this has been reemphasised by the supportive sports bucket seats and an increase in rear legroom specifically, enhancing the WRX’s duality as an everyday vehicle. The 460-litre boot is also larger than before by almost 100 litres, allowing for greater practicality along with the folding rear seats.
Linked to Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, two transmission options are available – the new six-speed manual derivative offers ultimate driver engagement with the refined manual gearbox serving up a slick shift and engaging pedals, along with a centre differential and viscous limited slip differential. Highlighting comfort and ease of use, the Sport Lineartronic CVT model presents a new age automatic WRX option, with variable torque distribution.
Available on the Sport Lineartronic model, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) provides three pre-programmed and driver-selectable drive modes which alter the way the new WRX behaves, depending on driver requirements or preferences. Intelligent mode (I) is optimised for fuel economy, providing a linear and less responsive throttle map and six simulated ‘gears’ with smooth shifts and uninterrupted power for improved efficiency and comfort.
Sport mode (S) provides for sharper throttle response and a more engaging feel from the steering, heightening the senses in many respects. For full-bore performance driving however, Sport Sharp mode (S#) realises the full potential of the engine as well as eight close-ratios from the transmission, allowing the driver to experience a no-holds-barred attack on the senses.