Subaru took the wraps off the 2015 WRX at the Los Angeles Auto Show being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The 2015 WRX is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo BOXER engine that can produce a torque of 258 lb-ft and 268 horsepower. With the 2015 WRX, the company has introduced the first six-speed manual transmission for the model and has also provided an option for performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic CVT with manual modes.
The flat four is mated to a six-speed manual that pushes the 2015 WRX past the 60 mph mark in 5.4 seconds. The CVT gearbox, which adds an extra 0.5 seconds to the aforementioned sprint time and can offer a six- or an eight-speed game for the driver.
Every part of the Impreza’s chassis has been practically modified, replaced or strengthened by Subaru to make it ready for the WRX. If we believe to what the Subaru engineers are saying then the WRX is closer to the old higher-performing STI model when it comes to handling and will corner as flatly as a BRZ. Curb weight for the base model is 3267 lb, that’s a mere 60 lbs heavier than the previous WRX.
Just as I suspected, the interior is finally up to 21st century standards. Along with soft-touch materials, Subaru has added a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Bluetooth, sunroof, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system pushing 440 watts, and push-button start. Two multifunction screens provide the driver with a wealth of information, from audio settings to a boost gauge display.
Availability and pricing have not yet been announced but expect the 2015 WRX in showrooms within the first quarter of next year.