New WRX — but was it worth the wait?

Riley Riley

Subaru has taken the covers off its new generation, high performance hero — the WRX.

Powered by a new, direct injection 2.4-litre boxer turbo, it produces 202kW of power at 5600 rpm and 350Nm of torque across a broad band from 2000 to 5200 rpm.

But Subaru is at pains to point out these figures apply to the global release of the car — our spec may vary when it arrives in the second quarter of next year (as in 2022).

That sounds like something of a promise and perhaps it ought to be, because a mere 5kW increase doesn’t really cut it.

Maximum torque is available 400 rpm earlier in the rev range, but Japanese journalists suggested the new one would be good for 213kW and 412Nm.

Meanwhile, it’s business as usual in the looks department, with subtle changes to the winning formula.

The rear adopts a similar tail light design to the BRZ, which in turn bears a striking similarity to Honda Civics of old.

It also appears to have grown some plastic cladding around the underbody and wheel arches — not so whether this is a good step?

Inside, there’s a new interior, with optional Recaros (designed in conjunction with Recaro), suede leather trim with red stitching and carbon-fibre look accents.

A large 11.6-inch portrait-style touchscreen has been adopted and dominates the dash.

It’s all underpinned by a new, stronger platform that should produce better dynamics.

The engine is a hopped up version of the US Outback’s 2.4-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder boxer with direct injection.

Paired with a 6-speed manual, Subaru says it delivers strong, quick and responsive acceleration. 

The auto, known as Subaru Performance Transmission, incorporates adaptive shift control to enhance the drive experience. 

With drive mode select, it has not been confirmed whether it’s still a CVT, or perhaps a twin clutch or some other variation.

A revised variable torque vectoring system has been adopted and the auto also scores a limited slip diff to help in cornering, while adaptive dampers are offered on the top spec model.

New WRX sits on the Subaru Global Platform, with full inner frame construction that significantly enhances vehicle responsiveness and ride comfort. 

Subaru quotes a 28 per cent increase in torsional rigidity, 75 per cent increase in suspension mounting point rigidity with revised suspension geometry and components to reduce body roll and deliver improved handling.

Subaru Australia boss Blair Read said the company is excited to be introducing a new WRX.

It has been eight years since the current model was introduced.

“We look forward to sharing more information about this highly-anticipated model with Subaru enthusiasts and Australian consumers in the coming months,” he said.

Customers can register their interest in the all-new Subaru WRX at www.subaru.com.au to stay up to date with the latest information.


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