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2020 Subaru WRX STI spec.R review

The turbocharged rally rocket is set to move to an all-new platform next year, so how does the last analogue WRX STI hold up in today's digital world?

How to drive fast in a Subaru WRX STI

Patience. That’s a concept I don’t explore too often, but being on a racetrack and in the driver’s seat of a Subaru WRX STI with a professional rally driver next to me, patience was very much a virtue I dearly lacked. Many, many years ago I owned a Subaru WRX...

2018 Subaru WRX STI spec.R review

As the flagship model, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI spec.R could really do with more grunt. Yes, seriously.

2018 Subaru WRX manual review

In an age of increasingly homogenised hot hatches, the 2018 Subaru WRX delivers an old-school approach to performance motoring.

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Subaru WRX Videos

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 2: Road

Welcome to Part Two video feature for our recent 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test. To recap, we've assembled three all-wheel drives and three front-drivers from non-premium marques, with pricing ranging from $43k (i30 N) through to $57,690 (STI Spec R). It's a rich and diverse field with each competitor representing its maker's fastest and most fun-filled efforts...

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test, Part 1: Track

It's time. With some new entries in the Australian scene, it's time to pull together some of the most compelling hot hatches to see which is most deserving.  ...

Subaru: Performance for the people

Sponsored by: Subaru Subaru is sure it has the right option for just about every type of new-car buyer in the Australian market. Especially when it comes to practical performance options. To prove the case, the Japanese car maker asked CarAdvice to pair six potential shoppers with the right car for their tastes and needs...

How to drive fast in a Subaru WRX STI

Patience. That’s a concept Alborz doesn't explore too often, but being on a racetrack and in the driver’s seat of a Subaru WRX STI with a professional rally driver next to him, patience was very much a virtue he dearly lacked. So, he set out to learn some patience, and hopefully improve his lap times as a result!  ...

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Subaru WRX Comparisons

2018 Hot Hatch comparison video, part 2: Road

Welcome to Part Two of the video feature for our recent 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test. To recap, we've assembled three all-wheel-drivers and three front-drivers from non-premium marques, with pricing ranging from $43k (i30 N) through to $57,690 (STI Spec R). It's a rich and diverse field with each competitor representing its maker's fastest and most fun-filled efforts...

2018 Hot Hatch comparison video, part 1: Track

We pit five of the best turbo hot hatches - and one wildcard sedan - against one another to find out which is the fastest and most fun small rocketship for under $60k. In this video we test outright performance and lap times...

Best hot hatch: 2018 Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R v Hyundai i30 N v Peugeot 308 GTi v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R

Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled 'hot hatch'? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks...

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Subaru WRX News

2022 Subaru WRX imagined as new spy photos surface

Subaru's next WRX is, slowly but surely, taking shape. Due for a likely 2021 unveiling, official details are trying our patience here at CarAdvice, so we tasked auto artist Theophilus Chin to render his take on the final product. In reality, the styling of the 2021 Subaru WRX is no real mystery, with the Japanese car maker having dropped plenty of hints, starting with the Viziv Performance STI Concept in January 2018...

2021 Subaru WRX Club Spec limited edition due in Australian showrooms

A limited-edition Subaru WRX Club Spec – based on the current generation model – has been revealed, with the manufacturer’s Australian distributor announcing 150 cars will be available nationwide. As with the standard WRX, the vehicle is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged "boxer" engine producing 197kW and 350Nm...

Next-generation Subaru engine range detailed – report

Details have emerged of Subaru's next generation of engines, according to a report from Japanese website CarSensor. Three new turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engines are expected to be introduced in Subaru's new range from 2021. The first is a 1.5-litre direct-injection engine, understood to replace the 2...

The unlikely cars reversing the COVID-19 sales slide

As Australia braces for a recession, some surprising new cars have bucked the sharp downward sales trend. New-car sales fell by 35.3 per cent in May compared to the same month the previous year, following a shocker in April (down 48.5 per cent). Both represented the biggest declines in at least 30 years...

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Subaru WRX Owner Reviews

2014 Subaru WRX Premium (AWD) review

The venerable WRX; a car that has built a reputation for being affordable, fast, fun to drive and a head turner with that unique boxer thrum. When I decided to sell my highly-modified B5 Audi S4 to get something a little newer and reliable, a WRX seemed the obvious choice. I searched and found a 2014 (MY15) WRX Premium at a decent price, so I snapped it up...

2016 Subaru WRX Premium (AWD) Review

WRX. Three unmistakable letters to anyone in the automotive world! When the origional 1994 Subaru Impreza WRX came onto the scene, the automotive world was changed forever. The combination of a finely tuned, turbocharged boxer engine and 50/50 split AWD drivetrain was a game changer, when sold in what was a practical 4 door family car...

2018 Subaru WRX Premium (AWD) Review

Since I was 10 or 11 years old, with a poster of the original Subaru WRX STi in rally blue with gold wheels on my wall, all I have wanted was to own a WRX. I'll start the review by saying that over the years I have had a number of performance cars, from a Mark 6 Golf R to an FD Mazda RX7. So when I was able to purchase a WRX and realise that boyhood dream, I jumped at the opportunity...

2015 Subaru WRX STi review

I had always wanted to own a high performance vehicle but was never particularly taken by the offerings (that I could afford) from VW, Nissan, Toyota or Suzuki. The Subaru WRX was always a car that I noticed when it drove past or overtook me due to distinctive exhaust note and styling. When I finally test drove one in 2016 I loved every second of it...

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