looking for a performance ride that can satisfy the speed demon in you and also execute a regular family outing routine with ease? then you might want to keep your eyes peeled for the next-generation Subaru WRX. first introduced in April at the New York Auto Show, this newest Rex from Subby has been officially been spec-ed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. at the heart of this much ‘plumped’ performance sedan is a 2.0-liter DIT Boxer Turbo engine pumping out 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that’s optimized from the five-speed manual transmission for better drivability and smoother shifting, which also leads to lower engine speeds, better fuel economy and a quieter ride when at high speeds (which you probably be doing quite often with this beast). it will, of course, come standard with Subaru’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that ensure the 17-inch alloy wheels stay glued to the tarmac.
for non-stick shift lovers, the new Rex will be optionally available in Sport Lineartronic with eights-speed manual shift mode. sporting a slightly longer wheelbase, the new WRX touts a tad more rear legroom, as well as overall overall volume for a more comfortable ride. additionally, it also boast better visibility, larger front and rear opening for easier ingress and egress, and has an increase in trunk space with 60:40 split fold seat. honestly, the Legacy-ish styling might not be for everyone. in our humble opinion, the WRX has matured from a racer boy ride into a touring beast, which as we said, might not be everyone’s cuppa. other highlights include a diffuser-integrated bumper, twin dual mufflers, LED lightings, a subtle but functional rear spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, and a sporty interior accented with carbon and metal trims, while a D-shaped steering wheel takes the center-stage and custom tuned Harman/Kardon audio system takes care of the audiophile needs.
though it has been spec-ed (and this is, btw, US specifications), no performance figures were being offered. similarly, no word on when it will be appearing at US showrooms (or anywhere else for that matter) or what sticker will it be carrying with it. in the mean time, we would like invite you to a few more look at the 2015 Subaru WRX in the high-res gallery below.