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Tur­bocharged tech­nolo­gies are com­bined in Subaru’s fourth gen­er­a­tion WRX to pro­duce the best han­dling ver­sion of the pocket-rocket icon yet, at its most com­pet­i­tive price ever.

WRX in­tro­duces a more re­spon­sive, fuel ef­fi­cient new gen­er­a­tion 197 Kw FA Boxer en­gine, fea­tur­ing Di­rect In­jec­tion Tur­bocharged tech­nol­ogy.

And for the first time in 10 years there is an auto WRX, fea­tur­ing the very lat­est in Subaru trans­mis­sion tech­nol­ogy – an amaz­ing pad­dle-shift Sport Lin­eartronic Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Trans­mis­sion with the op­tion of a man­ual mode with eight-speed shift­ing.

WRX man­ual also lifts the gear count to six, with a sporty, slick stick-shifter.

An 11.5 per cent im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency has been achieved thanks to a dra­matic in­te­rior up­grade and a sig­nif­i­cant lift in stan­dard equip­ment lev­els.

De­spite all the added tech­nol­ogy and spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the price of en­try to WRX is less than when then orig­i­nal ver­sion launched 20 years ago – from $38 990 Man­u­fac­turer’s List Price. This means the new WRX is a $1000 sav­ing over the su­per­seded en­trylevel model.

But value,

per­for­mance and tech­nol­ogy do not come at the price of safety. The new model has a five-star rat­ing for oc­cu­pant safety from the highly re­spected and in­de­pen­dent Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram. The new WRX of­fers a new level of han­dling fun thanks to sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive, fully re-tuned sus­pen­sion, stiff­ened struc­ture, up­graded brakes, quicker steer­ing ra­tio and Ac­tive Torque Vec­tor­ing.

It is also roomier in­side and its en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem is taken to a new level on Pre­mium vari­ants with the in­tro­duc­tion of a har­man kar­don sound sys­tem, with Fu­jitsu Ten head unit.

Push but­ton start with smart key tech­nol­ogy is also a new fea­ture on WRX Pre­mium.

New gen­er­a­tion WRX is avail­able as a sedan-only.

Subaru Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Se­nior said since in­tro­duc­ing the WRX 20 years ago, it had be­come an iconic name in Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing, syn­ony­mous with value for money, per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity.

“Aus­tralia is the third big­gest mar­ket world­wide for WRX and we have sold more than 37 600 since 1994, so it has mas­sive ap­peal in this mar­ket,” Mr Se­nior said.

For a full run­down on Subaru ve­hi­cles call into Ken Mus­ton Au­to­mo­tive, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or give Brad or James a call on 5821 6688.

Aus­tralia is the third big­gest mar­ket world­wide for WRX

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