The all-new Subaru WRX, which launches in South Africa on 23 May 2014, is set to redefine one of the world’s most famous nameplates, elevating the WRX badge to new levels of refinement, quality and value.
“The all-new Subaru WRX represents a new era of sports vehicle manufacture for the Subaru brand and, in South Africa where these vehicles have formed a cult following since introduction in 1992, we expect the all-new model to be received with continued enthusiasm and excitement,” comments Subaru Southern Africa Marketing Manager, Ashley Lazarus.
“The new range brings with it improvements in every aspect, with heightened quality levels and higher refinement levels matching the increased driving performance and enhanced handling characteristics which the new WRX exhibits at all times. The Subaru WRX remains a powerful car with the practicality and comfort which has always enabled it to double as a daily drive and a focused performance vehicle.”
The WRX legend continues
True to form, the Subaru WRX continues to headline the brand’s performance vehicle portfolio. Under the all-new body, a new 2.0-litre DOHC direct injection turbocharged (DIT) Boxer® petrol engine develops 197 kW at 5 600 rpm and 350 Nm between 2 400 and 5 200 rpm, with performance figures translating into a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.0 seconds (manual transmission, 6.3 seconds for the Lineartronic™ model) and a top speed of 240 km/h.
The Boxer® engine is mounted either to a six-speed manual transmission or Sport Lineartronic™ CVT, either of which transfers the power and torque to Subaru’s legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ system which, in the case of the new WRX, also features Active Torque Vectoring (ATV) for crisper turn-in and improved cornering dynamics.
Sport Lineartronic™ is based on Subaru’s own CVT, albeit with special sports tuning for quicker response and better driver engagement, benchmarked against some of the world’s finest and quickest single- and dual-clutch transmissions. Linked to Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), Sport Lineartronic™ offers the perfect balance of transmission performance and smoothness in all driving modes. In automatic mode and under Intelligent (I) mapping, six simulated gear ratios are served up with a focus on fuel efficiency and comfort. Switching to Sport (S) or Sport Sharp (S#) modes reprograms the transmission with eight predetermined ratios, which maximise performance from the Boxer® engine. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles transfer Sport Lineartronic™ into full manual mode, allowing full driver control of transmission ratios.
New WRX Premium lives up to its name
The two new models in the new Subaru WRX range are both available in Premium guise, featuring high-grade specifications, with no options available. Exterior highlights include the trademark bonnet scoop, dual-twin exhaust pipes, an electric sunroof, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler, daytime running lights, automatic headlights with self-levelling LED elements, rain-sensing wipers, LED tail lights, privacy glass, a sports body kit and 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/45 R17 94W Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT performance tyres.
On the inside, the full leather upholstery and soft-touch surfaces create a comfortable driving zone which is complemented by features which include a full six-speaker multi-media audio system incorporating USB, Bluetooth and voice control, red stitching accents, electric power steering, keyless access and push-button starting, folding rear seats, a 4.3-inch full colour multi-info display screen with readouts for audio details, economy figures, trip information and a new digital boost gauge, a rear-view camera, cruise control, SI-DRIVE, automatic climate control and red ambient lighting.
As with its fellow Subaru vehicles, the new 5-star ANCAP-rated WRX subscribes to the highest safety levels and features a host of safety systems and equipment such as ABS with EBD and BAS, VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), TCS with LSD (Traction Control System with Limited Slip Device), seven airbags, Subaru’s Ring-Shaped Reinforcement™ body construction and ISOFIX child seat anchor points.
The all-new Subaru WRX is now available for pre-order at Subaru dealerships across South Africa, with pricing to be confirmed at a later stage.