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Subaru WRX is fast, furious and frumpy

Subaru has a new WRX. Ordinarily we’d celebrate this news by sprinting around the room and sliding on our knees, arms held aloft, towards the nearest colleague. But then we saw the pictures. It is, to put it mildly, a bit butters.

The Subaru WRX is back with a slightly tempered vengeance.
The Subaru WRX is back with a slightly tempered vengeance.

Butters is a bit strong. It’s muscular, looks like it could haul ass and is instantly recognisable as performance car, but it reminds us of an 80s action hero who’s bulked up, sucked his gut in and is doing his best to roll back the years for one last shot at glory. And we can’t quite decide whether that’s nostalgic or sad. Time will tell.

The new Subaru WRX is designed to be far more sensible than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase has been stretched by a pretty significant 25mm, boosting rear legroom and improving elbow- and shoulder-room for all passengers. That slightly lardy-looking body is made of ultra-high tensile steel throughout, which makes it lighter and more rigid than the previous car, with new safety structures for the bonnet and bulkhead improving safety.

The doors open wider than ever, so even lard-arses can get in and out without a fuss.

“But what about the performance?” we hear you cry? Well that’s taken care of by a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed direct injection turbo Boxer engine that churns out 268bhp at 5,600rpm, with 350Nm of torque happening between 2,000-5,200rpm. The old 2.5-litre turbo managed 265bhp at 6,000rpm and 330Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, meaning this new unit isn’t significantly more powerful, but it does give up the goods with less of a struggle.

Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system makes an appearance, as does the company’s Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring, so it should handle pretty well on dirt or tarmac, and be pretty forgiving for novices and idiots alike.

The latest Subaru WRX will go on sale in the US and Japan in 2014. Currently, there’s no word as to whether it’ll be released in the UK.

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