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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Subaru drivers are part of a cult. The loyal fan base knows that they drive a car that beats to sound of its own drum. Subaru’s are designed for family people, practical people and but most importantly, people who love to drive.
You may be thinking Subaru’s look like any other Japanese car, perhaps some of their cars do, but not their new WRX. The fifth generation of the WRX is a revolutionary step forward for the WRX name plate. Its compact sedan proportions and sculptural lines ooze sexual confidence in a bad boy kind of way.
More than a looker, it’s a real driver’s car. It competes against a bouquet of egocentric yuppie hatches and sedans like the Audi S3 sedan, 235i BMW and VW’s Golf R. Its competitors can be likened socially to the ‘in crowd’. They have the ‘right’ everything – clothes, shoes, cars, houses and are precious about their images. The WRX isn’t exactly humble, its urban warrior attrite like its boot spoiler, gun metal coloured 17” rims and flared wheel arches, though bold are defiantly not all for show, but defiantly for the go. Its sports body kit can be likened to Usain Bolt’s office attire – breathable running vest, body forming running leggings and brightly coloured grip hugging running shoes, all necessary and athletically aesthetic.
Under the skin the WRX is genetically blessed, with its creators putting safety first. Subaru’s crash scorecard is so impressive; it tops the head boy of crash test cars – the Volvo brand. Subaru also make cars that are designed to glue to the road better than a magnet to a fridge door – can you say tenacious? How they do it is by making Boxer engines, these engines aren’t named after a pair of undies, but do sit as low as a hip hop artist’s jeans in the WRX’s engine bay, giving the car a lower centre of gravity. The Boxer engine configuration is more costly to produce but the payoffs are felt on the road. The WRX also comes standard with another amazing system – an symmetrical all-wheel drive system that keeps all four wheels planted to the floor at all times. The system works as well as the Kardashian family’s PR machine at keeping them in the press. The WRX also comes standard with a nifty system called torque vectoring. This system is used in much pricier cars like the Porsche 911. Power out of all wheels means more control at all times. Torque vectoring means when you finally start losing traction on one of your wheels its shifts its power to the remaining wheels with the most grip. The result the car feels like it’s on rails.
All this technical stuff isn’t just talk. At the launch last week we put the WRX through its paces on road and through a gymkhana course. It truly is outstanding and true the car’s campaign slogan ‘pure power in your control’.
Subaru have limited numbers of the WRX which is available in either 6-speed manual or Sport Lineartronic CVT gearbox. They estimate to sell between 25 to 30 WRX’s per month based on the limited stock available. Pricing is very competitive, with the new WRZ retailing at the same price as the outgoing model.
WRX Premium 6MT R 449 000
WRX Premium Sport Lineartronic™ CVT
R 469 000
The new Subaru WRX is also available as standard with a 3yr/100 000km warranty and Subaru’s 3yr/ 75 000km maintenance plan, which can be optionally extended at purchase. Service intervals are 15 000km.
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