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2015 Subaru WRX Features and Specs Announced

268hp sedan gains new six-speed manual transmission and torque-vectoring system

Annette Carrion
Nov 20, 2013

2015 Subaru WRX Details:

  • 2.0L turbo Boxer engine makes 268hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Subaru adds first six-speed manual transmission
  • New torque-vectoring system implemented to reduce understeer
  • More fuel-efficient than its predecessor
  • Premium audio system offered for the first time

2015 subaru WRX front view Photo 2/9   |   2015 Subaru WRX

For the 2014 model year, not many changes were made to the Subaru WRX, except for a price increase. The same can’t be said for the 2015 WRX, which receives many new and exciting features as it makes its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Some of the more notable changes include performance upgrades, such as a new 2.0Ldirect-injection turbo Boxer engine capable of producing 268hp at 5,600rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,000-5,200rpm. Apart from squeezing a few more ponies out of the engine, Subaru also added the first six-speed manual transmission and a new (optional) performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic CVT with two manual modes to the WRX.

The standard AWD system remains, and for 2015 a new torque-vectoring system has been implemented, which is designed to reduce understeer. Additionally, the chassis is stiffer, the brakes are larger, and due to the new powertrain, the 2015 model is more fuel-efficient than its predecessor – the best of all worlds.

The interior is not only roomier than the previous year’s model, but for the first time ever, a premium audio system is offered for the WRX, along with navigation, heated seats, and standard automatic climate control.

The four-door sedan’s rear doors and fenders are also unique to the 2015 WRX and its widebody stance. The headlights were given a narrower look and the hood scoop is set more deeply into the hood. All of these changes create a more refined WRX.

2015 subaru WRX side Photo 9/9   |   2015 Subaru WRX

Lastly, the car comes standard with 17” wheels, and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx RT tires. To round out the package LED taillights, a diffuser, LED center high-mount stoplight (CHMS) and an available lip spoiler are also featured on the vehicle.

The new 2015 Subaru WRX is a huge improvement from the 2014 model, but with new upgrades a higher sticker price is usually attached. Although pricing has not yet been announced, one can only hope the price stays close to that of the base 2014 WRX, which starts at $26,790 with destination fee. Expect official pricing announced in the next few months.

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