2014 SUBARU WRX AUSTRALIA
Sedan only - the hatch has been dropped from the Australian range - the new WRX kicks off from a starting price of $38,990.
Subaru is making a point of that price with the new model, comparing it to the $39,990 launch price of the original WRX back in March 1995.
The new price is also $1000 less than the asking for the outgoing model, but comes with a huge leap in quality and refinement for the new WRX.
For 2015, the new WRX gets a turbocharged 2.0 litre boxer engine, six-speed manual and CVT auto, all-wheel-drive and a host of other performance enhancements.
“Australia is the third biggest market worldwide for WRX and we have sold more than 37,600 since 1994, so it has massive appeal in this market, where it established the so-called pocket-rocket category,” Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior said today.
“While many have challenged, WRX remains a constant sales success and this new version retains that ‘bang for your buck’ essence.”
Subaru Australia expects sales of around 150 per month, with about 120 of those going to the manual model.
Power in the 2015 WRX is provided by a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder boxer engine, producing 197kW (at 5600rpm) and 350Nm of torque (2400-5200rpm).
A six-speed manual transmission is standard - replacing the five-speed shifter in the old model - offering wider gear ratios to keep engine speeds lower.
Buyers opting for an auto will get a sports CVT unit. In Sport mode it offers eight programmed and paddle-shifted 'gears' to offer a faux-manual experience; otherwise operating with six ratios in Normal mode.
Subaru claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.0 seconds.
Fuel consumption is listed at 9.2 l/100km with the manual, and 8.6 l/100km with the CVT auto. Minimum fuel requirement is 95 RON.
The new WRX again gets Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technology, although there is now two different systems depending on the transmission choice.
In manual form, Subaru's permanent symmetrical all-wheel-drive remains the key feature, with a viscous coupling locking centre differential distributing torque 50:50 front to rear.
There is also a new torque-vectoring system, delivering improvements to handling and cornering speeds.
The new WRX also benefits from a stiffer chassis, thanks largely to greater use of high-tensile strength steel and a more rigid body. Subaru claims a boost in lateral stiffness of 35 percent.
Suspension is by MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone arrangement at the rear, and there's thick stabiliser bars at both ends (24mm front, 20mm rear). A new electric power steering system is also featured.
The braking package includes 12.4 inch front rotors - up from 11.6 inches - and thickness has increased from 24 to 30mm.
Subaru claims a significant 140 percent improvement in fade resistance, thanks partly to a high-response booster.
There's 17-inch alloy wheels as standard - wrapped in 235/45 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT tyres.
The new wheels weigh the same as the outgoing model’s hoops, but Subaru claims they are 5.0 percent more rigid.
The new WRX measures 4595mm long, 1795mm wide and 1465mm tall, riding on a 2650mm wheelbase - the latter marking an increase of around 25mm.
The base of the A-pillar has also been extended forward 200mm, with smaller quarter windows added for improved visibility.
Rear cargo capacity is listed at 460 litres, marking a 40 litre increase over the old model.
Standard features in the 2015 WRX include 4.3 and 3.5 multi-information displays, Bluetooth/iPhone/USB connectivity and audio streaming, climate control, cruise control, immobiliser and alarm, sports seats with contrast stitching, height and reach adjustable steering wheel with mounted controls, leather trim to steering/shifter/handbrake, and remote central locking.
There’s also 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, auto-off headlights, self-levelling headlights, and a roof mounted ‘shark fin’ antenna.
Go for the $43,990 WRX Premium and there’s auto headlights and wipers, an electric sunroof, leather trim throughout, powered driver’s seat, push button start, satellite navigation, and harman kardon audio.
Safety features include seven airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, child seat anchor points, reversing camera, hill start assist forward and reverse, Vehicle Dynamics Control and seatbelt indicator lights.
All WRX models get three years roadside assist and a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
Price (excludes on-road costs)
- WRX sedan manual $38,990 (a saving of $1000 versus MY14)
- WRX sedan Lineartronic CVT $40,990
- WRX Premium sedan manual $43,990
- WRX Premium sedan Lineartronic CVT $45,990
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