We quickly became fans of the new WRX once we got a chance to review the car late last year: http://www.windingroad.com/articles/r... Our only regret from the time we spent with the ‘Rex was that we didn’t get a chance to capture the driving experience on the video. This week, we’re finally able to remedy that issue with this Limited trim example, which is coated in Crystal White Pearl paint.
In terms of motivation, the new WRX gets a new direct-injected 2.0-liter motor based off the unit used in the BRZ. However, unlike the BRZ, this mill gets a twin-scroll turbocharger and intercooler, which results in 268 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. peak torque at 2,000-5,200 rpm. While a CVT is now optional on the WRX, our tester today is equipped with the fan-favorite six-speed manual gearbox.
Inside, a 4.3-inch LCD screen atop the center stack provides various information including performance data, audio and Bluetooth info, and also serves as a backup camera, while a new, flat-bottomed telescoping steering wheel offers integrated audio and cruise controls. The range-topping Limited model also includes leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver’s seat, and automatic low-beam LED headlights.
Engine: 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed, turbocharged/intercooled
Output: 268 hp/258 lb-ft
Weight: 3,267 lbs. (6-speed manual) / 3,433 lbs. (Sport Lineartronic)
Fuel Economy, 21/28/24 (6-speed manual) / 19/25/21 (Sport Lineartronic)
On Sale: April 2014
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