Subaru Launches Hopped-Up WRX S4 in Japan
The rally-bred WRX slots into Subaru’s North American lineup boasting 265 horsepower. Zippy for sure, but in its home market, Subaru just upped the ante. Subaru has announced a new WRX S4 model on sale in Japan, and instead of just 265 ponies, this new Japanese domestic market (JDM) version wallops output up to 296 horsepower, slotting it neatly below the potent STI. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Subaru WRX S4
‘S4’ you say? The moniker has seen extensive use on the bumpers of Audis since the early ‘90s, but Subaru says it embodies the four core values, or S’s, of the WRX – sports performance, safety, smart driving, and sophisticated feel.
The first of which comes courtesy of the company’s 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine (296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque), mated exclusively to Subaru’s new Sport Lineartronic CVT transmission. It’s certainly not what the short-throw shifting crowd wants to hear, but it does allegedly turn out an impressive 31 mpg, according to Japan’s JC08 test cycle.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Subaru WRX
Advancements in safety and smart driving follow through thanks to Subaru’s EyeSight system, which can alert drivers and automatically brake before a collision. The automaker has also made strengthening improvements to the WRX chassis using high-tensile steel, cut weight throughout the body, and tweaked the vehicle’s dynamics control system to allow better torque vectoring.
Inside, the WRX S4 wears leather trim accented by red stitching and adopts a D-shaped steering wheel for the first time. Occupants in the rear also benefit from an added inch of legroom.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Subaru WRX STI