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Ottawa Auto Show: 2015 Subaru WRX & WRX STI

Published on March 19 2015

With such a strong history in rally racing, it’s only fitting that the latest performance sedan versions of the Subaru WRX and WRX STI stand alone from the pack, and are finally a model line all their own no longer associated with the Impreza.

Forging their own path, the WRX and WRX STI mean serious business when it comes to on-road motoring and all-weather capability.

Both the 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI feature brand new exterior looks that deliver a menacing message on the road; a message that’s highly appropriate for both of these enthusiast-driven road beasts. From exaggerated wheel arches to an over-the-top but oh-so-appropriate rear wing (only on the STI), the WRX and WRX STI are instantly recognizable on the road.

The distinctive Subaru BOXER engine rumble helps set them apart, too. The 2015 Subaru WRX is equipped with a 2.0L horizontally opposed turbocharged SUBARU BOXER mill that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Jump up to the WRX STI model and beneath the gaping, monstrous hood scoop you’ll find a 2.5L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine that’s good for 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. Both feature plenty of boost and performance and, of course, symmetrical all-wheel drive.

When it comes to transmission choices, for the first time the 2015 Subaru WRX offers an available CVT, a Sport Lineartronic transmission that offers 6-8 “gears” for performance driving without a clutch. If CVTs are not your thing, there’s also an optional 6-speed manual transmission. As for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, there’s only one choice: a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission with hill-hold assist and a standard flywheel.

If it’s behind-the-wheel thrills coupled with superior stability in winter weather conditions that you are looking for, look no further than the boosted brothers, the 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI.

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