San Francisco: Subaru
has learned how to make a lot from what they have. Their intercooled,
turbocharged WRX turns the Impreza compact sedan into a powerhouse in
the world rally scene and in your neighborhood.
A Garnet Red Pearl test
WRX followed weekly tests of two large SUVs, so I welcomed a chance to
drive a taut, manual transmission-equipped ride. The Imprezaís stubby
body sat poised, ready to run, its squinting headlight pods staring into
the distance and its 17-inch, 7-inch-wide alloys glinting like a new
pair of Jordanís.
Subaru sells only
all-wheel-drive cars in America. Even the plainest Impreza has the
Symmetrical AWD system, which takes advantage of Subaruís flat,
horizontally opposed engine to deliver superior grip and balance when
you need it.
The biggest draw of the
WRX over the standard Impreza is its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine,
which pumps out 224 horsepower, thanks to intercooled turbocharging,
dual overhead cams and high tech engine management. The WRX also
features a sport-tuned front suspension and four-wheel antilock brakes
with electronic brakeforce distribution.
The hood gets an
intrusive, extra-sporty working hood scoop to feed air to the
intercooler. My wife didnít care for the scoop, but if you want
intercooling and turbocharging, youíre getting it, like it or not!
Owners will enjoy quick
bursts of speed. Road & Track magazine, in its December 2006 issue, got
a WRX Limited from zero to 60 in just 5.6 seconds. Thatís the same as
the magazine recorded for the 300-horsepower 350 Z, and .6 seconds
faster than a straight-six equipped, 255-horsepower BMW 330i. The
stability and control the WRX delivers every day belies the modest,
upright proportions of its form. Itís really the affordable sport sedan
of today, now that the original, the BMW 3 series, starts in the low
With its four-cylinder
engine, the WRXís fuel economy isnít too bad, considering the carís fun
potential. Ratings are 20 City, 27 Highway, although itís questionable
if anyone ever achieves those numbers. As far as the environment goes,
the EPAís 2007 Green Vehicle Guide give the WRX a 6 (out of 10) for air
pollution and a 6 for greenhouse gases - about in the middle of the
pack. Thatís not bad, considering the vehicleís performance.
It would be easy to
make this a highly loaded, premium offering and price it out of the
range of a working young adult. Subaru, being an intelligent company,
has created the TR (Tuner Ready) version, which gives you the
performance goodies but only the essential comfort and convenience
For example, you get an
80-watt AM/FM stereo audio system with a single-disc CD player, but if
you step up to the regular model, that gets bumped to 120 watts with a
six-disc in-dash changer with MP3 capability. You get air conditioning,
but the regular model upgrades that to automatic climate control.
Tuner Ready is a great
idea, because when you build your customized model, you want to add the
aftermarket features you choose. The TR gives you all the things you
need to drive your WRX while you add the pieces slowly, paycheck by
With the Limited model,
you get leather seats, a power glass moonroof, heated front seats and
outside mirrors, a windshield de-icer (handy in California this winter),
and a rear trunk spoiler.
You can even buy the
WRX as a wagon! So, if you have to schlep your music or sports equipment
around you can still enjoy the power and performance of a WRX.
Prices start at $23,995
for the WRX TR, with an extra $1,000 for the standard WRX. Add another
$2,500 for the Limited package. My TR tester came to only $24,620,
including shipping, with no options. Thatís a real performance bargain.
The Impreza 2.5i sedan offers 173 horsepower for just $17,995.
If you crave more power
and eye-popping attention, order up the STI version. It boasts 293
horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque, with a prices starting at $33,495.
You get the giant rear wing, too. Back in June of 2003, Road and Track
got an STI from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Thatís Porsche
territory, for half the price.
refreshing about a car that does its high performance job without
unnecessary flash or equipment. The WRX TR has things like power locks,
windows, and mirrors, as well as keyless entry and cruise control. But
it left the canvas half empty, for young artists to make their own WRX.
By Steve Schaefer © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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Topic: The 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX TR
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