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.