Since the WRX came out the guys at Subaru have never missed a beat with the WRX. Every generation has been widely accepted by tuners all around the world. Later this year the 2015 Subaru WRX will be realesed for all you would be new car shoppers. Having all-wheel-drive, a turbocharger, four doors, and aggressive handling who wouldn't want one?
Aside from the updated good looks the new WRX packs a powerful 268hp under the hood. Yes, that's right 268hp making it the most powerful WRX to date. To test drive the new turbo beast we needed long sweeping roads and Subaru took us to the best spot on the westcoast for that, Napa.
Now being offered in to flavors, the WRX comes in a 6-speed manual and a Sport Lineartronic automatic with paddle switches. Now before you pass up the automatic let us just tell you that it features the Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive), allowing you to switch from Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp. This doesn't actually give the transmission more gears but it has an electronic 8-speed operation. Unfortunately as soon as we got into the automatic we were pulled over by the good old po-po. It seems that the California Highway Patrol started got tired of seeing so many WRX cars fly up the coast they decided to pull me over and make an example of. After that I took it pretty easy to our destination where we swapped cars for a 6-speed manual.
Holy crap they weren't kidding when they said the chassis was reinforced more than the previous version. The car is flat flat flat in the turns. I've been in caged race cars that didn't feel this solid. Subaru decided to use aluminum lower controls which is common on a lot of sports cars but Subaru also decide to use pillow-ball bushings in some spots underneath the car too. That's something you don't' see everyday on factory cars. Climbing the hills and cutting down in the canyons was so much fun I didn't want to share the WRX with my co-pilot. Turbo cars are fun and even more fun when they are connected to a AWD drivetrain. We had the center dash mounted boost gauge peaked out at 18.8psi!
If you're considering on getting one I say do it. Don't think just do it. There isn't much else available when you consider AWD turbo cars. And when no one does AWD Turbos like Subaru does. Just like the previous generations the WRX 2.0L engine will see tons of aftermarket support to make it into any monster you want. Aero and chassis are never a problem for cars like as Japanese aftermarket will have everything you could want in the next 1-2 years. But if you're not into heavily modifying cars, I'd still say buy one. It's the perfect all-around daily driver. Four-doors, AWD, turbocharged, and all the new amenities of any new car make it the perfect car for any age in any terrain. You really don't need to modify it to enjoy it either. Just sit back and enjoy the head-up display, paddle shifter, Navigation, 60/40 folding rear seats, 400-watt 9-speaker sound system, and of course that turbo.
2015 Subaru WRX
Power: 268hp / 258 lb-ft
MPG: 21/28/24 (6-speed manual), 19/25/21 (Sport Lineartronic automatic)
Engine: 2.0L, 16-valve, flat 4-cylinder engine, 10.6:1 compression, Direct Injetion; twin-scroll turbocharger with intercooler, 86x86mm bore stroke
Drivetrain: AWD, Active Torque Vectoring with SI-Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
Chassis: aluminum lower control arms, pillow-ball mount bushings
Weight: 3267 lbs
Wheels/Tires: 17x8" with 235/45-17 tires
Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes, 2-piston front caliper, single piston rear caliper, 12.4" front rotors with 11.3" rear rotors.
Exterior: Aluminum hood with top scoop, fog lights, LED exterior lights, shark fin antenna, trunk lip spoiler
Interior: Electronic seats, cloth or leather seat option, red stitching accent, carbon fiber accent, push start button
Electronics: 4.3" GPS screen, 3.5" LCD center screen, heads-up display, 6-speaker or Harman Kardon 440-watt 9-speaker option
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