As promised, Subaru unveiled the WRX S4, a new version of the WRX that will be exclusively in Japan. According to the official press release, the S4 tag is actually formed by four values: sports performance, safety performance, smart driving and sophisticated feel.
The 2015 Subaru WRX S4 is powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo (DIT) engine that produces 300 hp (221 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. The engine is bolted to the Sport Lineartronic transmission and offers a fuel consumption of 7.57 l/100 km.
This means that the WRX S4 is more powerful than the 2015 Subaru WRX, which offers 272 hp (299 kW) and 349 Nm of torque. As expected, the new WRX S4 comes with a new design which includes the Subaru hexagonal grille, hawkeye headlights and a front hood featuring a stylish air scoop for better cooling of the engine.
At the rear, we find LED taillights, a trunk lip spoiler and a rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system. In addition, the WRX S4 comes with two new exterior colours: WR Blue Pearl and Crystal White Pearl.
Inside, we find a D-shaped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped gear knob with red stitching, piano black finishes and metallic accents. Moreover, the decorative carbon trim panels and metal trim accents complete the design.
The dash is dominated by the 3.5-inch full color liquid crystal display. Furthermore, the red is used for stitching throughout the interior as well as on the meters in order to keep the WRX racing image.
New Subaru WRX built to US specifications made its global debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show taking place at the LA Convention Centre.
The concept for the new WRX is "Pure Power in Your Control". Controlling the intensive power and excellent eco friendliness of the 2.0-litre Horizontally-Opposed direct injection turbo (DIT) engine with a thoroughly hardened body and chassis, the all-new WRX has drivers jubilant at the amazing control they have over this highly powered machine.
Aside from the six-speed manual transmission that comes standard, the transmission also has a newly adopted Sport Lineartronic. As well as a mode featuring smooth shifting, the Sport Lineartronic has an eight-speed manual shift mode with quick shifting reaction, letting more drivers enjoy a lively drive.
Outfitted with a system of Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel drive) constructed around Subaru's Boxer engine, the WRX is the epitome of Subaru AWD sports performance. From the moment the first WRX became available in 1992, it has received global attention from sports car fans as a distinct sporty sedan that combines impressive sports performance with the functionality of a four-door sedan.
"Pure Power in Your Control"
The "Pure Power in Your Control" concept came into being while developing the all-new Subaru WRX. This concept endeavours to achieve an even greater order of "absolute speed" and "driving excitement" for sport sedans, the aim set in consecutive eras of WRX ranges. This concept was exemplified to optimise the turbo Boxer engine potential and the search for ultimate controlled performance, letting drivers control the automobile exactly how they want. To this aim, the body’s construction is lighter and more rigid, combining wide-ranging reinforcements to the chassis.