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The Subaru WRX returns to Singapore with a 2.4-litre engine, a stiffened chassis, and the aggressive body styling to match.

17 Jan 2023 | Local News : Singapore

Subaru has launched the WRX and WRX Wagon here at the 2023 Singapore Motor Show.

This fifth generation WRX is now based on the Subaru Global Platform, which Subaru states brings with it an increase in torsional rigidity of 28% for the WRX, and an astonishing 44% for the WRX Wagon.

The Subaru WRX Wagon gets two pairs of tailpipes at either end at its rear, alongside an imposing rear bumper
Increased use of high-tensile steel sheets for the body is also said to aid collision safety for the new WRX, while the use of aluminium continues on the bonnet of the car, although this WRX also gets aluminium front fenders, allowing a weight saving of 2.3kg.

The steering for this WRX is also said to adopt a new dual-pinion design, a change from the former electric power steering setup. This new design separates the driver's input shaft from the motor assistance shaft to deliver a more natural steering feel.

Both cars sport a striking hexagonal grille at the front, flanked by the firms' current C-shaped head lights, and of course, feature the iconic bonnet scoop to feed fresh air into the intercooler.

The cabin sports red stitching throughout, and also features an 11.6-inch touchscree infotainment screen
At the rear, the WRX gets two pairs of exhaust tailpipes, alongside a sizable rear bumper and LED combination taillights, said to offer up lighting effects that are inspired by magma.

The WRX will be offered in Solar Orange, said to be a tribute to the car's history in the world of rallying, but the WRX Wagon will be offered in either Ceramic white (also available on the WRX sedan) or Crystal White Pearl, options said to reflect its status as a classy sports tourer.

The WRX Wagon will also get two tailpipes instead of the four present on the WRX Sedan.

Powering the WRX is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder boxer engine, now equipped with an improved turbocharger than its predecessor. This engine produces 271bhp and 350Nm of torque, and is paired to a CVT which can offer eight simulated ratios.

The 2.4-litre turbocharged engine in the WRX produces 271bhp and 350Nm of torque
Power is put to all four wheels via Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel drive technology, which will nominally split 55% of available power to the rear wheels.

The cabin of the WRX features racy red stitching on the steering wheel, as well as on the leather utilised on the centre console, door panels and passenger-side dashboard. A classic two gauge layout instrument cluster sports a 4.2-inch LCD combination display within, while an 11.6-inch touchscreen display will also offer easy access to vehicle and climate control settings.

Deliveries of the WRX in Singapore are expected to commence in June 2023.

Car Model Price as of press time (inclusive of COE)
Subaru WRX 2.4 EyeSight (A) $246,800
Subaru WRX GT-S Wagon 2.4 EyeSight (A) $256,800

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