Visitors witnessed a number of important car launches at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and one of them was the 2015 Subaru WRX. The WRX is an iconic high performance model from Subaru and with the latest iteration of the car the brand aspires to set the benchmark even higher. Some of the highlights of the 2015 model include a new platform which offers a stiffer and more agile chassis, a new torque-vectoring system for reduced understeer, a new 268-hp 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo BOXER engine, a new standard 6-speed manual transmission, and a new Sport Lineartronic® CVT with manual modes.
Starting with the new features, the most important one is the new engine. This new 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder BOXER engine puts out 268 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 258 lb.-ft of torque between 2000-5200 rpm, and comes with a host of features including direct fuel injection, high compression (10.6:1), Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System (D-AVCS), a twin-scroll turbocharger and an intercooler.
With the 2015 WRX, Subaru has also put on offer a new Sport Lineartronic CVT which combines the benefits of a continuously variable transmission with eight preselected ratios. It also comes with 6-speed and 8-speed manual shifting modes utilizing the steering wheel mounted paddle switches.
The exterior of the new WRX reflects the design of a sport sedan with a bolder front design, thanks to a deep front spoiler and unique grille. Other exterior highlights include new, standard 17-inch wheels, hood, front fenders, rear doors and quarters, bumpers, headlights and taillight clusters. For better front visibility, Subaru has also repositioned the functional hood scoop deeper into the hood. In addition to the above mentioned features, customers will also get foglight surrounds with a carbon fiber-like pattern, vertical front fender vents featuring a bright garnish and a mesh screen, new LED low-beam headlights and more.
The Symmetrical All wheel drive system is available in two configurations – a standard version mated to the 6 speed manual offering a 50:50 torque distribution and a Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) version coupled to the new Sport Lineartronic CVT offering a 45:55 torque distribution.
The cabin is now roomier thanks to an extra inch of wheelbase. Highlights of the cabin include new flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls,soft-touch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest, power sunroof, a 3.5 inch instrument panel, a 4.3 inch multi-information central display, climate control, 8 way adjustable driver’s seat, key-less access, push button start and much more.