Grip, grip and more tarmac shredding grip. That all I have to say about the WRX. Its amazing what a good chassis and symmetrical all wheel drive and do for handling.
The WRX has been a wet dream for most petrol heads for a long time and to be honest its easy to see why. All wheel drive, a turbo charged boxer engine and sharp aggressive lines on the bodywork. Its almost as if the WRX wants to eat, its fellow motorists and spit it out those quad exhaust tailpipes and out onto the road.
The new has been changed somewhat from the previous generation and the biggest most noticeable element is the body. The arches has been widened and this one is much more of a looker. Lets be honest. 99Percent of the WRX owners wants their WRX to look like the STI. The WRX carries the same body kit, minus the wing, the 18inch forged alloys and the STI front fender. If you glanced quickly, you would be able to mistake the WRX for the more racier STI.
The WRX features Xenon headlights with spot lights and auto-levelling for the headlights. The visibility at night is pretty good, but the high beam is still halogen. The sharp front nose area for the car is pretty pleasing and its something I could look at, for hours at once. There is just nothing that looks out of place. Its almost as Zeus carved up the car with a lightning bolt!
I’ve never really been a fan of previous generation WRX interiors because they were just simplistic. Nothing fancy, nothing to write home about. But Subaru has gone a long way from the first WRX’s interior from the early 90’s. The new vehicle has leather bucket seats with a leather multi function steering wheel and a leather based gear nob. The pedals are also aluminium with rubber inserts for grip. There is no doubt in my mind, that this is a drivers car and the interior points that out clearly.
Driving the WRX is much better than just admiring it in the driveway. Its a car that begs to be driven, whether on a track or on the road. The WRX suspension feels pretty comfortable around town. It soaks up the bumps and this car would actually be a very good daily driver for those who want something a little extra ordinary and different. Sure you could settle for a Golf R, but you would have less space and obviously there are more Golfs on the roads than anything else, so where is the uniqueness in that. 0-100kph is claimed in 6 seconds flat and a governed top speed of 220kph. Overtaking acceleration from about 100kph in 5th gear is excellent with a strong pull all the way to the speed cut. It actually surprised me to say the least. The 195kw turbocharged boxer just wants to go on and on and on. The lovely forged 17inch alloys with 245/17” Dunlop tires provide ample grip and comfort, with very low road noise, which was surprising.
The 60l tank should take you around the 550km mark of you control your right foot. With our open road consumption minded run in mind, we averaged a 10.4km/l, which is not bad for this vehicle. I’ve owned a couple of Subaru’s myself and I’ve been off far worse at times. Drive it like you stole it and you will see about 7km/l, which can be costly, but how much is that smile on your face worth?
The Subaru WRX is a great car. It swallows a family of five and with a boot space of 368l it will take their luggage too! With a price tag of R429 000, its good value for those that need something different and out of the norm. The acceleration is strong enough to make you giggle and the grip through the bends will make you wonder how did you just do that, but at the end of the day it comes down to if you can live with a car like this. I’ve had two and to be honest, its so very easy.
The Suburu WRX comes standard with a 3 year / 75 000km maintenance plan, and a 3 year / 100 000km warranty. For more info and your nearest dealer, www.subaru.co.za