Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bold, Mean, Agile

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Bold, Mean, Agile

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THEY'RE bold, mean and agile Co meet Subaru's newest turbocharged twins, the WRX and WRX STI, sporting new metal jackets and muscular engineering.

Both high-performance Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive variants are available as aggressive widebody sedans, as well as the established hatch body.

And for the first time WRX STI offers an automatic choice Co the fine-tuned five-speed paddle-shift until now only available in Japanese domestic market A-line versions.

Incredibly, despite extra engineering and specification, WRX pricing still starts from $39,990 Manufacturer's List Price* for both sedan and hatch variants. The WRX with optional SatNav, leather trim and sunroof is $1000 less than the superseded equivalent model.

WRX STI has reduced by $2000 and now starts from $59,990 for both sedan and hatch, auto or manual.

Optimising performance, WRX STI's auto is mated to the A-line's 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 221 kilowatts of power at 6200rpm and 350 newtonmetres of torque between 3000-6000rpm.

Manual WRX STIs retain the current engine, producing 221kW at 6000rpm and 407Nm of torque at 4000rpm.

WRX STI is five millimetres lower, literally taking handling to a whole new level.

WRX and WRX STI share the sporty blistered guards that now set all performance variants apart from the normally aspirated Impreza range.

WRX STI suspension is totally revised, highlighting its renowned roadholding. Sedan versions wing it with a large aerodynamic spoiler that confirms its sporty status.

Increased WRX tyre and track width enhance driving performance.

Both cars offer Bluetooth wireless technology compatibility.

Among the many major changes, WRX adds:

Widebody sedan and hatch design

New STI exhaust system Co four tailpipes

New lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels with gun metal grey finish

New bumpers

Wider front and rear track

Wider tyres

Rear suspension upgraded

BluetoothEowireless technology compatibility. …

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