What exactly is a Subaru WRX? And why do they have a cult following?

What exactly is a Subaru WRX? And why do they have a cult following?
August 17, 2020 City Subaru
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The WRX embodies everything you could dream up for a day at the track followed by a cruise along the foreshore, windows down, speakers amped. The world is yours to conquer at the wheel. The WRX is bursting with performance potential, capturing the driving enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates a gutsy kick of power behind their daily commute. The WRX is Subaru’s peak performance car, an ode to 1990’s rally culture, and a step forward into the latest technology. It’s good-looking yes, but why has this vehicle gathered a cult following?

Looks isn’t everything

Those who drive a WRX will quickly tell you it’s more than a good looking beast. In truth, this car is surprisingly safe and will accommodate a quick getaway down the coast with no qualms. With generous boot space, you’ll easily fit an esky and a swag. Throw on some roof racks and the sky’s the limit for surfboards, fishing rods, or even a bike. Don’t be fooled, this car is a secret all-rounder, and those who own one know it.

Is the WRX a safe car?

State of the art safety features balance out the turbocharged boxer engine, making it a smart choice for anyone who appreciates a 5-star ANCAP safety rating when stepping on the gas. Even with a great deal of power, this car satisfies even the most cautious of drivers in that its commitment to safety is just as strong as any other road-going Subaru sedan.

Excellent handling

If it isn’t the WRX’s surprising practicality that has people frothing, it’s the little things that give owners of this car a sense of being part of something larger than themselves. The WRX’s suspension and active torque vectoring mean the car is well balanced on corners. AWD capability, and superb performance features added on the STI, means this car is seriously grounded no matter your speed. For those drivers who seek a bit of excitement, the WRX delivers on all fronts.

The rally car: tried and tested

The WRX is of rally blood, and good stock too. Born on the track, the WRX conjures images of flying dirt and cheering crowds. From its early days as a rally car, the WRX started to win titles in the early 1990s, and through toil and sweat, a legend was born.

Subaru’s commitment to building the rally car saw the likes of the Impreza and the Crosstrek become household names. The WRX is no different, and it’s the car that even in its most recent iteration has captured the elements of performance and utility in one impressive sedan.

Perfection takes time

It’s no secret that the likes of the WRX have been the result of years of hard labour, driven by a competitive and cutthroat industry. The history of the WRX is intertwined with the Legacy and the Impreza, two legendary rally cars that were breaking speed records around the world in late 1989. The WRX STI debuted on the track with champion Colin McRae at the wheel: a real moment of automotive prowess that still touches the hearts of Subaru fanatics.

The WRX came in wagon and sedan body types and was scattered across the globe with varying horsepower and some early iterations never making it to major markets including the US. The first generation of WRX was all about the performance, everything from it’s design to engine screamed power to the wheels. After multiple facelifts and mechanical tweaks, the WRX as we know it has captured the epitome of everyday performance capability, plus attitude.

WRX makes power and performance accessible

With close competitors struggling to match the WRX’s personality. Considering the likes of the Ford Focus and Honda CV, if you’re chasing a bit of extra novelty, it’s not hard to see which car takes home the prize. For a car that means business, the WRX has an attractive price tag. With AWD a given across all variants, the WRX compromises nothing making it one of the most accessible compact sports cars on the road.

Does the WRX compromise on tech?

With so much power and muscle in the body, the latest technology almost feels too much to ask for, but clasping the wheel it’s clear nothing is wanting here. With Siri compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and eight Harman Kardon speakers in Premium and STI models, the WRX is more interconnected than ever. Calling friends or picking a track can all be done without taking a finger off the wheel. Upper trims feature a 7-inch LCD touchscreen with 2 USB ports for extra convenience. The WRX is a monument to the unfettered driving experience; peak performance awaits those who want to join the clan.

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