Subaru has produced the WRX sedan since 1992, with the lettering denoting “World Rally eXperimental”, and the vehicle existing as a variant of the Subaru Impreza compact sedan. Greeley Subaru was recently kind enough to loan me a 2015 WRX for testing. It was painted Blue Pearl and was equipped with Carbon Black leather interior. The WRX has been offered in several versions, all with rally inspired technology, all-wheel drive, stiffened suspensions, and turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engines.
My test WRX was equipped with auto-dimming headlights, bumper appliqué, a cargo tray, fog lights, blue interior illumination package, security system, performance short throw shifter, wheel locks and a stereo tweeter upgrade. Those items plus the base price of $26,295.00, brought the total M.S.R.P. to $28,911.00, including freight charges. Also included with the WRX sedan were automatic climate control, satellite radio, USB and iPod connections, backup camera, cruise control, tilt/telescope, remote keyless entry and performance-design front bucket seats.
This car must not be mistaken for a commuter car, for ferrying kids to school and picking up supplies at Walmart. All those tasks can be done with minimum fuss, but the Subaru is track ready, and the owner should take it to one if at all possible. Revised suspension pieces added to the 2015 result in a 20% reduction in body roll and high-strength steel provides increased torsional rigidity. Active Torque Vectoring is a feature of the new WRX, a system that applies braking (when cornering) to the inner front wheel and thus a reduction in understeer. ATV, coupled with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel drive, provides superior traction and pure vehicle control. The 17″ dark-aluminum alloy wheels were fitted with 235/45R17 Dunlop Sport Maxx RT summer radial tires.
Power for the WRX is supplied by a horizontally-opposed, 2.0 liter, four cylinder aluminum engine with 268 horsepower (@ 5,600 rpm) and 258 lb. ft. of torque (@ 2,000-5,200 rpm). A twin scroll turbocharger is underneath the engine (helps keep the hood low), and a six-speed manual transmission with short throw shifter and incline start assist is on hand. The low hood features a scoop for bringing fresh air to the “boxer” engine and rearward on the car are four performance-tuned chrome exhaust outlets. EPA fuel economy ratings for the WRX are 21 mpg-city, 28 mpg-highway, and 24 mpg-combined. The tank holds 15.9 gallons of premium gasoline.
Zero to 60 mph acceleration of the WRX is reportedly 5.5 seconds at sea level and the quarter mile can be covered in between 14 and 15 seconds (98 mph). I drove the WRX to Ft. Lupton and around Greeley extensively, and it’s a hoot to handle. The noise comes predominately from under the back bumper, the seats are supportive (seating for five), and although not sumptuous, the interior is attractive. A carbon-fiber material is present inside, soft surfaces are everywhere, and the pedals have aluminum-alloy covers. A backup camera is high on the dashboard and the steering wheel is flat on the bottom (it’s fun).
The Subaru WRX advertises its rally heritage with aggressive styling, scoops, trunk spoiler, front and rear under spoilers, and fog lights. Behind the front wheel is a scallop and “WRX” identification. As I drove from destination to destination, I was surprised at the attention the car attracted. It was a pleasure to test and I can see why “boy racer” enthusiasts flock to it in showrooms and fear it at stoplights.