The new Subaru WRX will be offered with a choice of manual and CVT gearboxes
Matt Burt
20 November 2013

Subaru has promised that the forthcoming Subaru WRX, unveiled at the LA motor show, is “the best-handling WRX ever” due to its stiffened chassis and new technology such as a torque vectoring system.

After teasing the Subaru WRX Concept version at the New York and Frankfurt shows earlier this year, the Japanese manufacturer lifted the covers on the definitive US specification WRX at Los Angeles.

The new model – which loses the 20in alloys and lightweight carbonfibre roof of the concept – affirms Subaru’s intention to prove that it can still produce appealing performance cars.

Built on a new platform, the new WRX features a bolder front design and aggressive stance than its predecessor. The new WRX body structure makes greater use of high-tensile strength steel than the previous model and features stiffening elements at key locations.

About 80 per cent of the body panels featured on the WRX are exclusive to the model, including the bonnet, front bumpers, rear doors and quarter panels. The WRX’s trademark air scoop is now set more deeply into the bonnet to provide better forward visibility for the driver.

Combined with the new electronic power steering system and specially tuned suspension, the stiffer chassis yields improved steering response. The WRX, which is equipped with 17in wheels and tyres as standard, also features a new, understeer-reducing torque vectoring system that distributes power to wheels with the most traction during cornering.

The new WRX is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine from the new Subaru Forester, which produces 264bhp at 5600rpm and 258lb ft between 2000-5200rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, although a Sport Lineartronic automatic is available as an option.

Models equipped with the auto ’box also have a powertrain management system that allowed the driver to toggle through Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp modes which are tailored to provide either fuel efficiency or more dynamic gear changes.

The wheelbase of the new WRX is 25mm longer than its predecessor, a factor that has enabled Subaru to design a roomier cabin. The windscreen is more raked than before, with the A-pillar pulled forward nearly 200mm at the base for better forward visibility, aided by a lower dashboard and narrower A-pillars.

Higher seating hip points, lower side sills and wider-opening doors make it easier to get into and out of the WRX. Rear seat passengers gain nearly 50mm of legroom and boot space is increased.

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Comments
6

20 November 2013
More of the same. How can the gorgeous WRX Concept have morphed into a baked spud. Subaru need to start poaching designers from Jaguar, Mazda, Hyundai/Kia.

20 November 2013
Fools.

21 November 2013
Why bother with a concept if all you are going to do is trot out this ugly thing.

21 November 2013
spanco@ The concept would have been an opportunity to move it up a notch,show that upstart Focus RS a thing or two about style, performance etc.

Peter Cavellini.

22 November 2013
Why even bother with a concept if the are just going to produce this bland saloon. More of the same thinking from Subaru with a cheap shot at publicity on the back of the past accomplishment. Some would say the Subaru's of the past were never beautiful, I would agree. But the designs were aggressive, sporty and most importantly for any design, they looked good from front to back. Even the new M4 and CLA AMG saloon have more sporty intent and much better overall design. Subaru you missed a great chance. You went from a GTR cross Mustang concept to a Kia. Well done....

22 November 2013
Simply awful for a halo model to look this bad! Those alloys look more like wheel covers from halfords! And to say that it has a more premium interior... More tha what a lawn mover.. It looks awful and dull! This is supposed to be wrx a car that has sporting heritage... Yet they produced a car that looks like Prius with a couple of more tail pipes

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