The symmetrical all-wheel drive four-door sedan is available with both six speed manual and Lineartronic transmissions in two model variants.
NBR’s motoring editor and automobile reviewer for Autotrader David Linklater commented: “It’s a tricky business when a carmaker decides to take a great sports car and introduce a more premium feel into the package. There’s a risk that you’ll lose contact with the raw appeal that makes such a car special.
“The new Subaru WRX is vastly more refined and much easier to drive than previous generations, yet those who love the previous two decades worth will find the new model just as exciting and engaging as ever.”
The WRX produces 197 kWs and 350 Nm of torque from its turbocharged Boxer, direct injection four cylinder motor. The Lineartronic transmission has three modes, with the option of eight step paddle shifters on the steering column.
Other features include torque vectoring to limit understeer and a host of electronic driving aids including ABS, EBD, BA, TC and VDC. There are seven airbags and a high five star crash test rating.
The WRX sits on 17 inch wheels, has a reverse camera and extensive trip computer. For an extra $5000 the Premium model comes with full leather upholstery, Harman Kardon sound system, Satellite navigation, sunroof, auto sensing wipers, power driver’s seat, dusk sensing headlights, keyless entry and push button start.
The WRX, which is available from $48,990, has already won AutoCar New Zealand magazine’s Performance Car of the Year award this month.
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