It may not quite end up like the WRX concept shown much earlier in the year, but the production 2015 Subaru WRX is no slouch. It looks decent enough – watered-down from the concept, yes, but still a big step up from the standard Impreza – and its new 2.0 Boxer turbo promises 268 hp and 350 Nm.

Paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, it can cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in “just over five seconds,” and Subaru USA claims it’s the best performing WRX model yet. Mind you, this is the half-cooked WRX, not the full-blown STI – that’s why it’s painted red, and not the latter’s signature blue with gold wheels.

This latest promotional video highlights the new WRX’s improved dynamics – 20% less body roll, quicker steering, upgraded brakes (40% more fade resistant) – while showing off that it still feels at home on gravel tracks, rally style. It sounds good too. Excited about the new Scooby, yet?