Subaru WRX gets high-tech drivetrain

  • 2014 Subaru WRX front.
  • 2014 Subaru WRX rear.
  • 2014 Subaru WRX interior.
  • 2014 Subaru WRX dash.
Date:22 May 2014 Tags:, ,

Active Torque Vectoring makes its Subaru debut in the new 4th-generation WRX. The system is available on the auto-box version of the company’s emblematic compact performance car, which has just been launched in South Africa.

Subaru describes the WRX drivetrain as new-age. That’s noticeably so on the auto version, which  features Sports LineartronicT and Active Torque Vectoring. As before, the car is based on the trademark Subaru set-up of a turbocharged horizontally opposed engine coupled to what the company calls  Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

The new car’s cabin is  roomier than before thanks to a combination of A-pillar repositioning, a wheelbase increase and overall body lengthening. The boot is a massive 100 litres bigger at 460 litres.

The WRX is supplied only in fully loaded Premium specification, with no factory-fitted options.

A question of feel. Subaru engineers have worked particularly hard on tightening up steering response. The critical area in any vehicle, they found, was around the straight-ahead position. That was identified as a zone of low steering response. According to Subaru, they’ve tried to minimise the extent of this zone and produce responsiveness such that the vehicle operates without any lag, the instant the driver makes steering input. And that effect has been developed as much through number-crunching and simulations as through actual hands-on (if you’ll excuse the pun) experience.

Traction where you need it. Active Torque Vectoring  applies the brakes to the inside front wheel while distributing torque to the outside front wheel. According to Subaru, this helps create a more agile vehicle. ATV works in concert with a new multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).

IN BRIEF

Engine: 2,0-litre turbocharged Boxer 4

Driveline: symmetrical awd

Transmission: 6M or CVT

Output: 197 kW at 5 600 r/min;  350 N.m of torque 2 400 – 5 200 r/min

0-100 km/h: 6,0 sec (M)

Top speed: 240 km/h

Price: R 449 000 (m); R469 000 (A) including 3-year/75 000 km maintenance plan