So as the new Subaru WRX goes on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2013, the Japanese car maker releases details of this popular high performance sedan. As expected, the American-spec WRX comes with a 2.0 liter boxer unit developing 268 horsepower.
With that kind of power and 258 lb ft torque, the new engine is not only more powerful than the outgoing 2.5 liter unit (265 hp and 244 lb ft), it is also a lot more economical. Standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but you can opt for a newly developed Sport Lineartronic CVT with an eight-speed shifting mode.
2015 Subaru WRX also benefits from stiffer body and carefully-tuned suspension that improve the cars cornering capabilities when combined with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring. The new model also has a more direct electric steering system, so the handling should still be its biggest strength.
The new WRX has 25mm longer wheelbase than the old model which means it is a bit more spacious inside the cabin. Door openings for front and rear passengers have been enlarged for easier ingress/egress and boot space has been expanded. What’s more, the design and quality of the materials inside the cabin are improved, so all in all, the 2015 WRX is a lot more usable on a day to day basis.
Some of the nice new details inside the cabin include a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and supportive sports seats, subtle silver ‘WRX’ logos, red stitching and red lighting, plus new multi-purpose screens.