2014 SUBARU WRX DETAILS SURFACE
Subaru's new 2014 WRX has already been given an unscheduled early unveiling if our earlier 'leaked' images prove authentic.
Now, a new leak suggests that not only are those images 'the real deal', but it also reveals a host of technical details for the new sports sedan.
According to a leaked specifications file that surfaced through a broken embargo overseas, the new WRX will offer 200kW and 350Nm of torque, marking a 5kW and 7Nm increase over the current model.
That power will come from a turbocharged 2.0 litre flat-four, replacing the 2.5 litre engine that powered the outgoing model.
Subaru says the new WRX will hit 100km/h in 5.4 seconds for the manual version - more or less matching the outgoing model - while the auto will get there in 5.9 seconds.
The auto is a CVT system but, importantly, the manual WRX will swap out the old five-speed in favour of a six-speed unit.
Manual models are expected to get a centre differential wit ha fixed 50:50 front/rear torque split. The auto however will get variable torque distribution over a 45:55 front/rear split.
A new electric power steering system will reportedly also feature, along with stiffer suspension and bigger brakes than the outgoing model.
The document reportedly also confirms a 41 percent improvement in torsional rigidity over the previous WRX, marking a nine percent increase over the regular 'new' Impreza.
A second leak, this time in the form of a dealer bulletin obtained by website Jalopnik, appears to confirm that the new WRX STI will continue with a 2.5 litre turbo engine.
Outputs and other details for the STI, however, have not been revealed. In its current form, the STI offers 221kW and 407Nm of torque.
Watch for the new WRX to appear at this month's LA Auto Show.