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Still the same: 2014 Subaru WRX

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On: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 11:21AM | By: Teddy Field


Still the same: 2014 Subaru WRX

If you want a road-legal rally car, then you've only got two options: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, or the Subaru WRX. Both are available in mild-to-wild performance spec. And both are just tolerable enough to be driven every day. Subaru's hot-heeled compact has been with us in its current form since 2007. Given the recent redesign of the Impreza, many have been expecting a redesigned version of the WRX to debut this year. But it looks like we're going to have to wait a little longer.

Released in 2007, the current Subaru WRX still serves up mind-blowing performance with its rally-proven Turbo/AWD setup. Contrary to popular belief, the WRX doesn't share its chassis with the Impreza. It uses a completely unique undercarriage, that's been designed to handle 'more intense' driving. Under the hood is a 2.5L flat-4 that wears an intercooler, and a massive turbo. This durable mill pumps 265-hp and 244 lb-ft of twist to all-4 wheels through an equally durable mechanical version of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Using a heavy-duty viscous coupling locking center differential, this system keeps the power split between the axles at 50:50 until wheel-slip is detected. At which point, power gets transferred to the wheels that have the most grip, and you come out of the turn looking like a hero. But you better know how to drive a 5-speed, because that's the only option for the 2014 Subaru WRX.

With more power than a Ford Focus ST, the starting price for all of that speed-tastic goodness is $25,995. For 2014, the WRX Premium gets fog lights, a moonroof, and the sedan gets a new deck lid spoiler. The All Weather pack also gets bundled with the $28,495 WRX Premium, adding heated seats, mirrors, and a windshield de-icer.

Should you desire something a bit more 'hardcore', the $34,495 2014 Subaru WRX STI comes with 305-hp, a 6-speed manual, a more aggressive suspension, 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels (new for 2014), Brembo brakes, and a Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) that allows you to manually adjust the power-split, for a more-or-less rear-biased driving experience. You can also adjust the intensity of the traction control system through the Subaru Intelligent Drive knob.

Both versions offer easily controlled performance, Subaru reliability, and the choice between a sporty 4-door body, and a practical 5-door wagon. Even though we'd rather have the redesigned version right now, the 2014 Subaru WRX still outperforms nearly every sport compact on the market. And since the new one is still being fine-tuned, you can bet that it'll be a monster of a machine. Rumors suggest that the 2015 Subaru WRX will be packing a new 2.0L Boxer-4, with 300-hp on tap. No word on what will power the STI.


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