2014 GP Subaru WRX has 199kW/349Nm 2-litre turbo; 6-sp manual or CVT

Subaru has finally unveiled its new fourth generation Impreza-based WRX and, in the US at least, it ditches the 2.5-litre turbo for a new 2-litre direct injection boxer engine. While it has fattened up guards and a much better look than the uninspiring Impreza, it doesn’t come close to matching the expectations set by the WRX Concept.

In the US, the fourth generation Subaru WRX is powered by a 2-litre direct injection turbo boxer engine churning out 199kW of power and 349Nm of torque to all four wheels via either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission; the new WRX rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Compared to the Impreza that it’s based on, the WRX has a wider body, with reshaped front and rear guards, as well as rear doors. Reshaped, less droopy headlights; new revised tail-lights; bonnet scoop; a body kit; redesigned grille; all new bumpers; quad exhausts; and a lower stance round out the WRX package.

Top spec WRX models will feature LED headlights, carbon fibre dashboard highlights, an electronic boost gauge, sat nav, climate control, red instrument lighting, drilled alloy pedals, leather interior and a Harman/Kardon sound system. All WRX variants will include LED tail-lights and a colour trip computer in the instrument cluster.

According to reports, the new WRX will arrive in Australia from around March 2014.


Length: 4,595mm
Width: 1,795mm
Height: 1,475mm
Wheelbase: 2,650mm


Displacement: 2 litres
Type: Direct injection, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer
Power: 199kW
Torque: 349Nm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]