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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R

The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor...

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Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out
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Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out

Subaru's latest WRX STi is out to find a broader audience, while the new Golf R and S3 are faster and sportier than ever before - so, which has found the sweet spot?


Old v New : 1994 v 2014 Subaru WRX, 1989 v 2014 Peugeot GTi, 1968 v 2014 Mini Cooper S
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Old v New : 1994 v 2014 Subaru WRX, 1989 v 2014 Peugeot GTi, 1968 v 2014 Mini Cooper S

Comparing old with new might seem like an unfair comparison because, with few exceptions, new models are bigger, safer, more refined and more economical, often quicker, too. All of which might leave an earlier iteration without a hope. However, the flipside is that previous models are smaller and rawer, which are negatives if you’re talking about a Corolla, but can be desirable qualities in the rarefied realm of high-performance icons...


Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared
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Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared

Would you swap your classic car for the current model? The owners of a 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S, 1989 Peugeot 205 GTi and 1997 Subaru WRX compare their iconic first-generation vehicles with the new models.


Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test
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Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test

Reigning Renault hot-hatch comes under fire on two fronts, as Subaru and Volkswagen attempt to dethrone it in a straight line and around a racetrack.


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265

Rewind two decades and the Subaru WRX was the affordable performance king, its launch immaculately timed with the rise of Playstation rally games and the temporary demise of hot-hatches. By the end of the 1990s the Peugeot 306 GTi had died, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI had become a softie. Not long into the new millenium, though, a hot-hatch reprise was led by a reborn Golf GTI, and the tables turned...


Subaru WRX smashes Australian sales record
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Subaru WRX smashes Australian sales record

The Subaru WRX has smashed its monthly sales record, with Australians purchasing 691 of the all-new fourth-generation sports cars in April. The landmark sales result easily surpasses the WRX’s previous 469-unit record that has stood since popularity of the original first-generation model peaked in 1999...


2015 Subaru WRX STI Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Subaru WRX STI Review

There’s a lot to be said for history and heritage, but it also means a car like the 2015 Subaru WRX STI also has a mighty weight to carry in motoring terms when the new kid on the block has such high standards to live up to. Subaru fans will be expecting serious performance and ability from this new STI given the brand’s reputation for rally-bred performance at a relatively affordable price...

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$49,990 to $54,990

2015 Subaru WRX STI : stuns with $49,990 price tag
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2015 Subaru WRX STI : stuns with $49,990 price tag

The 2015 Subaru WRX STI has been priced at a scarcely believable $49,990, a full $10,000 under the starting price of the model it replaces. It’s the most surprising price tag for a performance model since Toyota launched the 86 at $29,990 in 2012. There’s an $11,000 reduction for the Subaru WRX STI Premium model, which now starts from $54,990 and adds a number of creature comforts...


2015 Subaru WRX Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Subaru WRX Review

The 2015 Subaru WRX is an attempted return to form for an icon that made the word ‘Rex’ a household name in Australia. A smaller engine, an additional gear for the manual gearbox, the introduction of a CVT auto, and the ditching of the alternative hatch body style are the front-page headlines for the new Subaru WRX...

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$38,990 to $45,990

2015 Subaru WRX Specifications : Technical guide
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2015 Subaru WRX Specifications : Technical guide

The launch of the 2015 Subaru WRX marks the fourth generation of the iconic model that now brings more power and torque, higher levels of standard equipment and at the lowest entry price in its 20-year history. Starting from $38,990, the new Rex has seen substantial technical changes from the previous model, including a smaller engine, new transmissions options and upgrades to the chassis, transmission, brakes and other areas...


2015 Subaru WRX pricing from $38,990
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2015 Subaru WRX pricing from $38,990

The fourth-generation 2015 Subaru WRX will go on sale in Australia with a starting price of $38,990, making it the cheapest WRX to ever grace Australian showrooms. The new Subaru WRX goes on sale almost exactly 20 years after the original WRX was launched in 1994...


Subaru WRX STI Video Review
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Subaru WRX STI Video Review

Alborz Fallah heads to the iconic Laguna Seca race track in California, USA to drive the new Subaru WRX STI.


Subaru WRX STI : Engine has "reached the highest point"
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Subaru WRX STI : Engine has "reached the highest point"

Subaru admits that its EJ25 engine utilised in the soon to be release Subaru WRX STI has all but reached its full potential. Subaru WRX project manager Masuo Takatsu admitted that work on the engine for the new Subaru WRX STI was not high on the agenda, given more could be done with an improved chassis and body structure...


2014 Subaru WRX STI : the technical guide
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2014 Subaru WRX STI : the technical guide

The 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI will arrive in Australia in April, one month after its less powerful WRX sibling. Only a few weeks before the WRX marks its 20th anniversary in Australia, the new fourth-generation performance STI sedan has kept true to its predecessors by offering a raw performance car designed for everyday and motorsport use...


2014 Subaru WRX STI Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Subaru WRX STI Review

The 2014 Subaru WRX STI has a lot of weight on its shoulders. The Japanese brand has been fighting a war it started more than two decades ago when it launched the WRX and took the market by surprise. Before then, a small all-wheel-drive performance car wasn’t nearly as affordable or fun to drive...

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$60,990

Subaru WRX more revolutionary changes than STI
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Subaru WRX more revolutionary changes than STI

The all-new Subaru WRX has seen the bulk of the changes to Subaru’s performance range as Subaru evolves its higher-performance STI while giving the WRX a more revolutionary step up. With the new WRX set to launch in March, followed by the STI in April, fans have been left wondering why the new STI carries over the exact same powertrain as the previous model while the WRX has seen a boost in performance and new transmission options...


Subaru WRX STI : real enthusiasts want to drive manual, says boss
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Subaru WRX STI : real enthusiasts want to drive manual, says boss

The fourth-generation Subaru WRX STI will shun its entire competitor set by being offered singularly with a six-speed manual transmission, a position the company has defended by saying true enthusiasts don’t want an automatic...


Subaru WRX STI : 227kW sports sedan revealed
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Subaru WRX STI : 227kW sports sedan revealed

The all-new Subaru WRX STI has become the most powerful production car in the Japanese manufacturer's history, and claims to be stiffer, more agile and more luxurious than ever before. Like its predecessor, the fourth-generation Subaru WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder 'boxer' petrol engine, maintaining a half-litre advantage over the regular WRX...


Subaru WRX STI racer previews production sports car
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Subaru WRX STI racer previews production sports car

A racing version of the all-new Subaru WRX STI has been revealed, giving us our first official look at the highly anticipated sports sedan. The computer-generated image of the livery-splashed racecar comes a day after shots of the new Subaru WRX STI production car leaked online, uncovering its exterior styling days ahead of its planned unveiling in Detroit on Tuesday...


Subaru WRX STI revealed in leaked images
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Subaru WRX STI revealed in leaked images

Images of the new-generation Subaru WRX STI have leaked online, revealing the exterior styling of the heavily hyped sports car. Not due to be officially unveiled until next week's Detroit auto show, the images – which appeared on Mexican website Terra Autos – confirm more aggressive aesthetics for the Japanese car maker's flagship performance model...


Subaru WRX STI : Detroit debut confirmed for performance flagship
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Subaru WRX STI : Detroit debut confirmed for performance flagship

The Subaru WRX STI has been confirmed to make its world premiere at next week's Detroit auto show. Subaru of America announced the planned US unveiling this week, though remains tight-lipped on details, releasing only one image (pictured above) at this stage...


2014 Subaru WRX: 0-100km/h in "just over" 5.0sec
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2014 Subaru WRX: 0-100km/h in "just over" 5.0sec

The all-new fourth-generation Subaru WRX will claim a 0-100km/h sprint time of "just over five seconds" to become the best-performing WRX ever, according to the brand's US division. Subaru America national product communications manager Dominick Infante made the claim in a newly released video about the new 199kW/349Nm four-wheel-drive Subaru WRX...


Subaru WRX pre-order campaign fails to reach BRZ heights
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Subaru WRX pre-order campaign fails to reach BRZ heights

The Subaru WRX pre-order campaign has failed to reach the frenzied heights of that of the BRZ, with just seven customers submitting a deposit in the first 24 hours. Subaru Australia made the surprise announcement yesterday morning that the first 100 fourth-generation WRX sports cars destined for our market would be available to pre-order on the company’s website from 12pm, with customers required to place a $2500 deposit to secure a vehicle...


Subaru WRX: online pre-order for first 100 Australian cars from 12pm
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Subaru WRX: online pre-order for first 100 Australian cars from 12pm

The first 100 new-generation Subaru WRX sports cars destined for Australia will be available to pre-order from 12pm today. A secure payment portal on Subaru Australia's website will allow the first 100 customers to select the colour, transmission and preferred dealer for a new WRX, which isn’t scheduled to arrive in local showrooms until March/April...


Subaru WRX: 199kW fourth-gen hero car revealed
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Subaru WRX: 199kW fourth-gen hero car revealed

The highly anticipated all-new Subaru WRX has made its first official public appearance at the Los Angeles auto show. The fourth-generation WRX becomes the first to fully break away from the compact Impreza to become a standalone model, and debuts a new high-performance 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, a self-shifting transmission, individual styling and a host of new technologies...


Subaru defends WRX's simplified styling, claims handling was better investment
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Subaru defends WRX's simplified styling, claims handling was better investment

Subaru claims that improving the handling on its all-new WRX sedan took priority over styling, with the new model's watered-down design a clear deviation on the sleek concept version glimpsed earlier this year. Subaru’s Director of Communications, Michael McHale, told CarAdvice the concept version first revealed earlier this year at the New York auto show was visually stunning, but was never intended for production...


CVT automatic transmission for all-new Subaru WRX 'delivers on response' says carmaker
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CVT automatic transmission for all-new Subaru WRX 'delivers on response' says carmaker

The next-generation Subaru WRX will launch with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an optional CVT automatic transmission that engineers claim will deliver a dynamic driving experience. Based on the Subaru Forester XT unit, the new transmission in the WRX – known as Sport Lineartronic CVT in Subaru-speak, differs from the standard system by offering several operating modes: Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp, as well as step-shifting...


All-new Subaru WRX benchmarks Porsche 911's agile handling
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All-new Subaru WRX benchmarks Porsche 911's agile handling

Subaru engineers singled out the latest Porsche 911 as its performance benchmark in its bid to substantially lift the handling prowess of the all-new, fourth-generation Subaru WRX. Speaking at a special sneak peek tech briefing of the car in LA yesterday, Subaru’s General Manager of Product, Masuo Takatsu, told CarAdvice that Subaru’s main focus with the development of the new-generation WRX was to make sure handling was “at a higher level altogether”...


Subaru WRX revealed in leaked images
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Subaru WRX revealed in leaked images

Images of the all-new Subaru WRX have leaked, revealing the entire exterior design of the new-generation all-wheel-drive sports car. The front and rear three-quarter images of the red WRX appeared shortly after Subaru released a teaser image (pictured bottom) of its highly anticipated fourth-generation hero car, which will make its official public debut at next week's Los Angeles auto show...