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New Subaru WRX – fifth to carry World Rally badge

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Subaru SA has unveiled the fifth model to wear the iconic WRX (World Rally eXperimental) nameplate that, in 1992, signalled a new era for performance motoring.

The car, Subaru says “seamlessly combines an assertive and exhilarating stance with a refined approach to the fluidity of motion styling concept. It cuts a striking silhouette thanks to a design philosophy that boldly fortifies all angles of the car’s exterior”.


This is evident from a 10mm reduction in height (1465mm), a 75mm increase in length over its predecessor to 4670mm and a 30mm increase in width (1825mm).

Subaru’s signature bonnet scoop and hexagonal grille take centre stage up front — multi-functional LED, self-adjusting, headlights further complement the wider, more assertive, stance.

2023 SUBARU WRX. Image Supplied

At the heart of the cars is a new 2.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged and horizontally-opposed, Boxer petrol engine capable of 202kW at 5600rpm and 350Nm from 2000 to 5200rpm.


There are two derivatives – WRX manual and WRX tS ES. The manual has a six-speed manual ‘box, the WRX tS ES a new eight-speed performance transmission that’s up to 50% faster than its predecessor.

The ES derivative also has an Si-Drive performance management system that lets drivers tap the multi-faceted driving modes.


Subaru WRX 2.4 DIT manual – R759 000

Subaru WRX 2.4 DIT tS ES CVT – R859 000

Each Subaru WRX will be delivered with a three-year or 75 000km (wcf) maintenance plan and a five- year or 150 000km warranty.

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