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As we've said before to all you boy racers, say goodbye to the WRX as you know it. With much reluctance, out of our beds we went early one morning with the simple task that stemmed over a scalding hot cup of Green Tea...

13 Feb 2008

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Let us remind you of the key differences between the old and new model WRX. First, the bonnet mounted air-scoop - a signature move from Subaru.

It has been shrunk, and moved forward about 15cm in order to work with the new, square-ish intercooler that you might know of from the Legacy, which by the way, the new Rex in it's entirety (crudely speaking) has been engineered after.

In addition to the dropping of several, more expensive aluminium parts, the terrible pig snout has gone, in favour of an even more sedate looking grille that looks more like an inverted frown. Smooth, round and fluid suggests Subaru has lost it's way in an attempt to incorporate heritage and future in the current one.

Excuses?

But things aren't all that bad though, because Subaru has a valid reason for making the new one into a hatch. Think World Rally Championships. Save for the Mitsubishi Evo, all competitors utilize the aerodynamically superior hatch, which is essentially an aerofoil in itself, already works well in terms of downforce.

World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, driver for the Subaru WRC Team, has managed to convince the fellas over at Fuji Heavy Industries that a hatch was indeed necessary should they want to buck up to win the next World Rally Title.

You'll also be surprised to know that the new model weighs almost the same (approx 1425kg) as the old one despite being 43.2mm shorter, 43.2mm wider, 12.7mm taller. It sits on a wheelbase that's nearly 101.6mm longer.

In addition to having more legroom and truckloads of storage, we somewhat took a liking to the new car's driving position. The driver is seated lower, by more than 25mm. This automatically translated into a much better driving position than that of the old WRX

The same treatment goes for the 2,457cc EJ255, equipped with familiar, 5 speed manual. Power figures remain the same (230 PS at 5,200rpm) but a peak torque of 320 Nm happens lower down the rev range at 2,800rpm.

Worthy of mention are the new double wishbones in the back, a slacker steering ratio of 15:1, and a brake caliper/rotor setup found on the BL5, US-spec and spec-B Legacy.
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders 16-valves DOHC Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

2457cc

Horsepower

:

172kW (230 bhp)

Torque

:

320 Nm

Transmission

:

5-speed (M)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

6.5sec

Top Speed

:

209km/h

Fuel consumption

:

9.6km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

2457cc

Horsepower

:

172kW (230 bhp) / 5600 rpm

Torque

:

320 Nm / 3600 rpm

Transmission

:

5-speed (M)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

5.9sec

Top Speed

:

230km/h

Fuel consumption

:

9.7km/L

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