New 2015 Subaru WRX details leaked ahead of LA reveal
The 2015 Subaru WRX is just about ready to make its world debut, but a few details have been released ahead of time to Car and Driver magazine. Car Scoops is reporting that Car and Driver was privy to some information on the new-generation WRX so they could have it in time for their next issue. Car Scoops was able to see a PDF file before it was quickly taken down by C&D.
If what Car Scoops saw was accurate, we can get an early idea of what the new 2015 WRX will feature. The next-gen WRX will get a new powerplant that will be getting more horsepower but in a smaller package. As with many automakers, they are producing highly efficient smaller engines while delivering substantial performance like the new Mercedes CLA45 AMG with a 2.0-liter engine.
It looks like Subaru has taken a page from the CLA playbook and will dump the outgoing model’s 2.5-liter turbocharged Boxer flat four. Subaru will use the Forester’s new 2.0-liter flat-four but it will be tuned to produce 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of peak torque. The outgoing 2.5-liter engine produced 265 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque. Subaru is wanting to attract new buyers to the brand with the WRX and the new more efficient engine will help with that task.
The new 2.0-liter engine will likely be more efficient and produce better fuel-economy. Many automakers are now using this latest direct-injection technology to achieve higher horsepower output while increasing fuel economy. Like the new 2014 Forester, the finely-tuned 2.0-liter Boxer engine for the WRX will also feature direct-injection and a new intercooler for increased performance.
The report also states that Subaru will do away with the five-speed manual gearbox and replace it with a new six-speed manual tranny. Sprint times for the new WRX are said to be from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. With the available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, the WRX will increase that time to 5.9 seconds.
Other details that were seen in the C&D PDF file were that manual gearbox models will feature a new center differential with a fixed 50:50 (rear:front) torque split, while the CVT model comes with Subaru's All-Wheel Drive system featuring Variable Torque Distribution with a 45:55 (front:rear) torque split.
As we reported here back in August, Subaru is dropping the five-door hatch body style and the 2015 WRX will only be available only as a four-door sedan. Car Scoops also reports the new WRX will come with a new electrically assisted power steering, bigger brakes, 235/45 R17 tires, a stiffer suspension setup, and a 9 percent increase in torsional rigidity over the regular Impreza and 41 percent over the 2014 WRX.