You’ve seen it on this week’s Driven Web Series episode, and now you can finally sign on the dotted line for one. That’s right, the Subaru WRX and its even more hardcore sister, the Subaru WRX STI, are now on sale, with local distributor Motor Image having unveiled both cars at Desa ParkCity earlier today.
The WRX is powered by a new FA20F 2.0 litre direct injection turbo (DIT) boxer four, derived from the motor in the BRZ, that churns out 264 hp at 5,600 rpm and 350 Nm from 2,400 to 5,200 rpm.
The sole transmission choice is a Lineartronic CVT with six virtual ratios (eight in Sport Sharp mode) and paddle shifters. Zero to 100 km/h is done in 6.3 seconds before topping out at 240 km/h, while combined fuel consumption is claimed at 8.6 litres per 100 km.
If you want a manual, you’re going to have to shell out for the WRX STI instead. A six-speed manual gearbox is mated to the same EJ257 2.5 litre multi port-injected turbo boxer four mill as before, making 296 hp at 6,000 rpm and 407 Nm at 4,000 rpm. As such, the 0-100 km/h sprint is dispatched in a far sprightlier 5.2 seconds and the top speed is 255 km/h.
Both models get Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Active Torque Vectoring, as well as Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) that manages power delivery and throttle response. The STI also gets a multi-mode Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) that allows the driver to adjust the torque distribution between the front and rear wheels.
The two cars come with a decent amount of kit – auto-levelling LED headlights, keyless entry, push button start, automatic headlights and wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, aluminium pedals, a multi-function display with a boost pressure meter and a rear-view camera all come as standard.
The STI, on the other hand, adds 18-inch gunmetal multi-spoke alloy wheels (as opposed to 17-inch items on the regular WRX), massive Brembo brakes, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather and Alcantara seats with red stitching and accents and the obligatory giant rear wing.
Safety equipment doesn’t disappoint, either, with seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag), four-channel ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Hill Start Assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors on both models.
The Subaru WRX retails at RM230,979, while the Subaru WRX STI costs a rather dearer RM271,387. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance. Five colours are available for either car – Ice Silver, Crystal White Pearl, Lightning Red, Crystal Black Silica and, of course, the signature WR Blue Pearl.
If these prices sound steep, consider that the recently-launched Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro retails for around the same amount of money as the base WRX. Premium interior and badge, or a road-going rally machine? You know which one this writer would go for…
2014 Subaru WRX
2014 Subaru WRX STI