The Impreza and WRX are going their separate directions when the next-gen models debut. This divorce will bring about a fully revised version of Subaru's sports sedan that has dropped the "Impreza" prefix, leaving just the WRX. The WRX will feature a revised turbocharged boxer engine that rumors point to pushing out 300-plus horsepower.
Ever since 2011, rumors have been swirling that once the new-generation Impreza hits the market, Subaru will separate the Impreza and WRX models. Of course, both will share the same platform, but the WRX and the WRX STI versions will be radically modified and each part on it will be unique.
As no surprise, shortly after the WRX Concept was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, our spy photographers caught the production version testing around the Nürburgring race track. Now, after many testing sessions, teasers and speculations, the 2015 WRX made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The model offers a new design language, a powerful four-cylinder engine — not as powerful as hoped though, as it was rumored it will deliver more than 300 horsepower — and, for the first time, the choice of two gearboxes: a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 11/27/2013: Subaru unveiled a new promo video (above) that gives you a little more info on the totally redesigned, completely reimagined WRX. The video offers an in-depth explanation of everything that makes the 2015 WRX the sharpest-handling, best-performing WRX ever. Enjoy!
Hit the jump for more details on the new Subaru WRX.
The 2014 STI risks getting lost in the shuffle of the next-gen WRX ’s launch at this fall’s Los Angeles auto show . As is customary for Subaru when upgrading the Impreza -based models, the next-gen STI will follow the regular WRX as a projected 2016 model year intro.
That is more than enough time to fall in love again with the current model’s brash styling, forceful turbocharged power delivery, and better tech integration in the cockpit than ever before. 305 horsepower and a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph means the WRX STI is still a favorite here in the TopSpeed Garage .
Introduced for 2011, the current STI’s strength as a Subaru performance flagship is fully intact. As a low-volume model, its boxer rumble casts a performance glow over even the base $18,000 Impreza sedan. No changes to the STI for 2014, aside from the audio system now offering integration of Aha’s music app.