WRX 4dr Sedan AWD w/Premium Package (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Options on test vehicle
Turbocharged horizontally-opposed four-cylinder
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
265 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
244 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.166, II = 1.882, III = 1.296, IV = 0.972, V = 0.738, R = 3.333, Final Drive = 3.90
It has been years since we've enjoyed an aggressive launch with at least some wheelspin from a WRX, and this year is no different. The best launch was a bit of a bogger with an aggressive clutch drop, but it didn't feel good. Attempts at slipping the clutch were not rewarded. Shifter feels far more positive and smoother than before, and power delivery feels broader.
Despite a little wiggle in the rear of the car, brakes felt powerful and trustworthy. No ABS flutter and little evidence of fade. Pedal feel, though, was a little mushy -- otherwise, excellent brakes.
Slalom: Mediocre turn-in and slightly "doughy" feel to the steering is obviously due to long-travel suspension, but there's plenty of compliance and grip, too. Though not as sharp as it could be, there's an ability to rotate off-throttle and leap for the exit on-throttle with the front tires grabbing/pulling the nose where it's pointed. Whatever "it" was, Subaru put "it" back this time around.