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Subaru fans rejoice: The WRX has been completely revamped for 2015, dropping the Impreza name. Its redesign is expected to bring a little more sophistication to the boyracer favorite while still retaining the sprightly performance that comes with the WRX tradition.
The 2015 Subaru WRX is all new, with a stiffer chassis, high-strength steel body structure, and larger brakes for better performance and handling. It is powered by a turbocharged version of the BRZ's 2.0-liter turbo boxer-four that boosts horsepower to 268. A six-speed manual transmission is available along with a new optional Sport Lineatronic CVT with two manual modes. Along with some structural changes, the WRX sports a sleek yet aggressive hood scoop and elegant body lines. The design is topped off by wide-set headlights and wide air intakes.
Who It's For
The WRX has always appealed to a young, performance-minded crowd. Buyers of the WRX are looking for a visceral driving experience, but don't want to pay the BMW price tag. Its competition includes the ultra-responsive Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the agile Mazda Mazdaspeed3, and the more expensive VW Golf R, but none of these cars has quite the power attached to the name. The WRX label itself has gathered a loyal and enthusiastic fan base, which will guarantee this car a favorite among its segment. It also appeals to the fuel-minded: The WRX will achieve up to 30 mpg on the highway, making it a little more practical than before.
The Subaru WRX is expected to come with improved handling and more sophistication than previous models.
- Harman/kardon audio system
- New standard 17-inch wheels
- Whiplash-reducing seats
- Available Aha smartphone integration
What We Think
According to Subaru, around 80 percent of the body work on the exterior of the car is unique to the WRX this time, meaning the WRX is certainly breaking away from the Impreza label. The WRX name has behind it a tradition of affordable performance and superior handling capabilities. We don't have enough details yet to make a final call, but we are confident that the styling changes and structural enhancements will keep it popular among sports car fans. Rumor has it that Subaru will eliminate the hatchback version and only sell the sedan, which would help it focus on its target audience.
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