Sporty Subaru makes its LA en­trance in style

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

THE all-new Subaru WRX sports sa­loon from the Ja­panese brand has this week made its world pre­miere at the 2013 Los An­ge­les Mo­tor Show.

Equipped with Subaru’s Sym­met­ri­cal All-Wheel Drive and Boxer en­gine, the new WRX is due on sale in North Amer­ica and Ja­pan later in 2014 but no news yet on when or if it might come to the UK.

The US model will be pow­ered by a new, high­per­for­mance 2.0litre hor­i­zon­tally-op­posed di­rect in­jec­tion turbo Boxer en­gine which of­fers im­proved per­for­mance over the out­go­ing 2.5litre model. It pro­duces 268bhp at 5,600rpm and 258 lb ft torque from 2,000-5,200 rpm (com­pared to 265bhp at 6,000rpm and 244 lb ft torque at 4,400rpm for the 2.5litre en­gine).

It’ll be fit­ted with a sixspeed man­ual trans­mis­sion as stan­dard while a newly de­vel­oped Sport Lin­eartronic CVT with an eight-speed shift will be avail­able as an op­tion.

As might be ex­pected with a sports sa­loon, Subaru engi­neers have worked on the sus­pen­sion and steer­ing to en­sure the per­fect set-up for high per­for­mance han­dling.

Aes­thet­i­cally it has been tweaked, too, with new nose and rear plus a sleeker sil­hou­ette. The wheel­base has been upped by 25mm and the door open­ings en­larged.

SEE­ING RED: The Subaru WRX.

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