2015 Subaru WRX Revealed in Los Angeles
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On November 20th, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru finally spilled the beans on its new 2015 WRX. Key words of the presentation were “power” and “handling.”
Under the sharply creased hood lies a new-to-the-WRX 268-hp 2.0-liter boxer engine with Subaru’s own direct-injection system (a similar engine made its debut in the 2014 Forester XT.) Peak power hits at 5,600 rpm, with enough torque to make even hardened tuners giggle: 258 lb.-ft across a broad 2,000 to 5,200 spectrum. MPG figures have yet to be announced, but they should improve on the outgoing model’s 21mpg combined EPA score.
Buyers will have a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission (!!) with carbon synchronizers on first and second gears for added durability, or a revised CVT that can also emulate either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed ‘box. The CVT also includes paddle-shifters, naturally. Here’s one particularly interesting side-note: only the CVT models get SI-DRIVE.
Subaru says this new model is a major step for the line, and to back that up they’ve equipped it with a Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) all-wheel drive system. This uses a planetary gear-type center differential and an electronically controlled hydraulic transfer clutch to control front-and-back power distribution. Under most conditions the system is rear-bias (55%) to lend a RWD sportscar feel. Power transfers based on driving conditions and input from the steering wheel angle, yaw and lateral g-forces, much like the system currently used on the STI… although, here’s the kicker, this fancy AWD system will only be standard with the CVT transmission.
Should you select the 6-speed manual, you get the good ‘ol viscous differential with a straight-up 50:50 split. Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) is included, however, to assist with slippery conditions and to transfer more power to the wheels with the best traction. Still, doesn’t sound nearly as fancy as the VTD setup.
Stock tires are now 235/45 R17 94W Dunlop Sport Maxx RTs. Plus the steering has been revised and suspension tuned to potentially make this the best handling WRX, ever. We'll be driving it soon and will give a full report.
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