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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 18th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 18, 2010 SUBARU WRX and WRX STi Welcome return of the Rex IN PASSING MEAN: The WRX has had a boost that will make it even more popular. THE Rex is back with a body to match its bite. Subaru has given fans of the cult budget blaster a huge boost by filling out the WRX with the same bulging body as the even faster STI. The Rex now looks like a mean machine with pumped out front and rear wheel arches and has the added benefit of a larger footprint and extra stability because the wheels sit out further. Even better is the fact that Subaru has managed to keep the entry price for the all-wheel-drive slingshot pegged at $39,990, the same amount the very first WRX cost when introduced back in 1994. Subaru has also worked some magic on the STI range-topper by bringing back a sedan version and fitting it with a great big wing, a move that should please the young at heart. It has also introduced an automatic transmission. Subaru's boffins have also sharpened up its handling. A handy $2000 has been chopped off the entry price of the manual version, which drops to $59,990. No change has been made to the engines, except for the automatic STI which has been given a different tune. The standard WRX runs a 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer with a turbo on top that helps make 195kW and 343Nm of torque. It has variable valve timing, but only for the intake camshafts. It is only available with a five-speed manual, which is linked to a permanent all-wheel drive system. The gap between the wheels (the track) is now 35mm wider at the front and 40mm wider at the rear which helps with stability, while each tyre is 10mm wider. Subaru has also fiddled with the rear suspension to improve agility. It sits on stylish new 17-alloy wheels which are lighter than those they replace. Both the WRX and STI get a full safety suite of six airbags and electronic stability control and all have been rated with five stars by ANCAP's crash test regime. The STI runs a 2.5-litre boxer four like the WRX but it has a several upgrades including variable valve control for both the intake and exhaust camshafts. It generates a healthy 221kW and 407Nm when paired with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. The automatic version generates the same power, but 57Nm less peak torque. The automatic is a regular five- speed gearbox, not an advanced dual-clutch unit, but it can be controlled with paddle shifters and is a no cost option. Subaru lowered the STI by 5mm, changed spring and damper rates, roll bar thickness and redesigned some components to sharpen up its handling. It also has new, lighter 18-inch alloys. on the road The people have spoken and Subaru has given us the WRX we always wanted. As a WRX owner (a 1998 two-door STI) I can say this is the first of the recent versions that really makes me want to start saving for one. It is the best performance car bargain in Australia and provides a heap of bang for your bucks. We tested the Rex on slippery tarmac and loose gravel and it was remarkably well behaved. The AWD system provides lots of traction as you would expect, but the WRX is so stable and predictable that it is even more fun that before. The engine performance is as good as ever. It isn't a high-revver, but it is so strong from low down in the rev range that you don't need to wind it up too far. You can leave it in a higher gear and still surge out of a turn. The biggest downside is the five- speed manual, which is nice enough but means you do 2600rpm at 100km/h. It needs an extra gear. Then there are the sports seats which are not very supportive at all and the underwhelming interior. But it is easy to forgive these few issues. We tested the fast and forgiving STI at Phillip Is. It maintains awesome corner speeds, dives incredibly late into the turns (thanks to standard Brembos) and has stunning acceleration, wet or dry. JAMES STANFORD small torque Subaru Impreza WRX Price: $39,990 Engine: 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder Power: 195kW at 6000rpm Torque: 343Nm at 4000rpm Transmission: Five-speed manual, all- wheel drive Economy: 10.4L/100km and 247g/km CO2 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Price: $59,990 Engine: 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder Power: 221kW at 6000rpm Torque: 407Nm at 4000rpm (350Nm at 3000-6000rpm Auto) Transmission: Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic Economy: 10.5L/100km and 243g/km CO2 FOOTY FEVER www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park Easy on-site finance available 17745Jono 07 Hyundai Accent FX 1.6lt manual, a/c, p/s, alloys, only 55 000km 97 Subaru Forester GX 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, towbar, economical 4x4. 02 Toyota Camry Altise 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, only 106,000km, tint. 02 VY Exec Commodore 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, towbar, popular model. 00 Mitsubishi TH Magna wagon 3.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, central lock, only... $9995 $8995 $9995 $8995 $3995 93 Toyota Landcruiser 80 series GXL 4.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, towbar, 8 seater. 99 Toyota Camry CSi wagon 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, 143,000km, 7/11 rego, economical. 94 Mitsubishi Verada KS Ei 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, well optioned. Hyundai Getz GL 5 door 1.5lt manual, a/c, electrics, alloys, 70,000km, p/s, one owner, stunning. 01 Ford Laser KW LXi sedan 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, low 115,000km. $11,995 $7995 $2995 $9995 $6995 01 Holden Vectra GL 2.2lt manual, p/s, a/c, economical 4 cylinder. 04 Hyundai Elantra XD sedan 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 79,000km, c/lock, airbags, value. 03 Ford Falcon BA XT 4.0lt semi auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, tint, 166,000km, nice. 95 Suzuki Swift Cino 5 door 1.3lt manual, only 129,000km, ideal first car. 98 Mitsubishi Triton club cab tray 2.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, towbar, value. $5995 $8995 $8995 $2995 $5995 03 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4x4 2.7lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 145,000km, airbags, towbar, value. 97 Toyota MR2 GT Coupe 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, turbo, sunroof. $10,995 $11,995 got KICK a winning deal this month at the Carmart! David Steer 0410 297 976 Sam Maddox 0424 352 085 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) FINALS S AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO
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