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The Subaru WRX: milder, but still spicy

Subaru's WRX holds its own against more accomplished STI sibling

Published on Aug 10, 2014 1:36 PM
 

Mention Irish rock band U2 and fans like me will think of their 1987 hit With Or Without You.

In 2009, British indie band Keane took the same song, stripped it of rock music and recorded a version which focused on the melody and vocals. That gentler cover was also a hit on the airwaves.

Both versions of the song came instantly to mind when I drove the "regular" Subaru WRX this week, three months after Life! first reviewed its more illustrious sibling, the WRX STI.

The pair come from a long line of WRX rally cars that has rolled out of Subaru plants since 1992. The latest generation has dropped the Impreza badge, cutting its ties with the bread-and-butter line.

 
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Specs

SUBARU WRX

Price: $170,600 with COE

Engine: 1,998cc 16-valve flat-4 turbocharged

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with paddle shift

Power: 268bhp at 5,600rpm

Torque: 350Nm at 2,400-5,200rpm

0-100kmh: 6.3 seconds

Top speed: 240kmh

Fuel consumption: 8.6 litres/100km

Agent: MotorImage