ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES- Launch of the new Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI

Published on August 8th, 2014

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Cometh the challenge, cometh the beast, the legendary boxer has arrived on our shores with a meaner stance as of today Motor Image Subaru has just launched the new iteration of the people’s favorite boxer, the Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI in Desa Park City today.

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This new iteration called the version 11 is an all-new generation that forgoes mental design with subdued yet muscular and luxurious dynamic improvements over its predecessor.

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First-up is the Subaru WRX which is propelled by a 2.0 litre Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) boxer engine good for 268 bhp available at 5,600 rpm and with 350 Nm of torque available through 2,400-5,200 rpm.

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Channeling the power is done through all four wheels with the usage of Subaru’s core technology of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Variable Torque Distribution via a new Sport Lineartronic transmission with six virtual ratios and available with manual mode of which the driver can select it via paddle-shift mounted behind the steering wheel.

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Added goodies for those who has a naughty streak that come with the WRX are a quad-piped sports exhaust system, new flat-bottomed steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels

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Next up is the alpha boxer, the new Subaru WRX STI combines aggressive performance with some added luxury. But the joke is on you if you think this package is a bit girlish as this car still hasn’t lost its razor sharpness and stinging performance.

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Power comes courtesy of a new 2.5 litre turbocharged Boxer engine that is good for 300bhp available at 6,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque that is transferred to all four wheels via a reinforced six-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifting.

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The WRX STI hasn’t lost its edge yet as it comes equipped with a new wide-bodied design and stiffer high-performance chassis with an all new Active Torque Vectoring System that handles all the power through those four 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels courtesy of Subaru’s famed All-Wheel Drive System.

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Added equipment to differentiate the alpha offering is the familiar SI-Drive controls and Multi-mode DCCD to offer drivers the ultimate customization of driving hoonery.

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The all new WRX and WRX STI are available in Ice Silver, Crystal White Pearl, Lightning Red, Crystal Black Silica, and WR Blue Pearl.

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The WRX price is priced at RM229,800 and the WRX STI is priced at RM269,800 and is now available for booking at all Subaru Showrooms across Malaysia.

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In tandem with the launch, Motor Image has flown in world-renowned precision driver and Guinness world record holder, Russ Swift to demonstrate his precision driving and showcase the remarkable driving characteristics of the all-new Subaru WRX STI.

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Swift will be awing the crowd in Desa ParkCity with his remarkable skills in a two-day show taking place on 9 and 10 August 2014.

Words: Azri | Photos:  Haznajims

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