The Subaru WRX is the ultimate rally car. In fact, the name stands for World Rally Experimental. The WRX is the souped up version of the Impreza a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. It doesn’t get much better than that.
HISTORY OF THE WRX
The WRX was first introduced in 1993. The WRX was designed to be a street fighter from the beginning, with a turbocharged engine and rally tuned suspension. It went through much iteration but kept the same basic formula.
Fourth Generation WRX (2012-2014)
The fourth WRX was released in 2012. Upon initial release, the WRX was offered in either sedan or hatchback form. Trim levers include base and STI. The base model includes standard features such as a sport-tuned suspension, special 17-inch wheels, Summer performance tires, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. The STI offers even more impressive standard equipment including18-inch wheels, high-performance tires, Brembo brakes, front and rear limited-slip differentials, SI-Drive vehicle settings, a more aggressively tuned suspension and a bigger hood scoop along and xenon headlights.
Of course, the biggest difference between the WRX and other Impreza models is the turbocharged 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. From there, power flows through a manual transmission to all four wheels – there is no tw0-wheel drive option.
Fifth Generation WRX (2015-present)
New standard features for the base model include active torque vectoring system, while the STI gets standard LED headlights, and Alcantara upholstery. Both models get standard safety features including seven airbags and a full array of electronic stability aids.
Under the hood, the STI keeps the 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the base model gets an all-new 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. A refined 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive complete the drivetrain.
There aren’t many 4-cylinder imports that can keep up with American V8s, but the WRX has been doing it for more than 23 years. Owning a WRX is sure to make your daily commute more exciting.