Good things certainly comes to those who wait. Many were appalled to the idea of launching the Subaru WRX only with an eco-friendly and gas-friendly CVT. While it does have inherent advantages in day-to-day living, the durability and performance credentials of a CVT on a racetrack is still unproven. Well, for those who had faith in MotorImage Pilipinas shouldn’t fret no more. The Subaru WRX is not available with a 6-Speed manual transmission.
Priced at P1,818,000, the Subaru WRX is priced lower than the CVT variant, at the expense of some equipment. While the CVT illuminates the road with LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, the manual version does the same duty by means of a halogen projector-type headlamp with LED daytime running lights. Inside, the leather seats have been swapped for fabric ones, and the smart entry system with push button start has been replaced by a traditional keyless entry system and a twist key slot. The power adjustable seats have also been swapped for manual adjustable ones. Other than that, core WRX technologies such as the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, Active Torque Vectoring, and Hill Start Assist remain.
It also must be noted that the WRX STI with its trademark rear wing returns. The non-winged WRX STI is now called the WRX STI Premium. The WRX STI’s core technologies remain, such as the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, Active Torque Vectoring, and Hill Start Assist. The WRX STI, priced at 2,498,000, sees some equipment changes. Apart from the wing, it loses the 18 inch forged BBS wheels in favor of 18 inch cast alloy black wheels, and the sunroof has been ditched as well. The interior also has been changed as well, with the winged STI having leather and alcantara upholstery, while in the process, loses the power adjustable driver’s seat.
The WRX STI is now priced at P2,598,000, a 100,000 increase, in order to make room for the return of the winged WRX STI. Do all these changes make the ever popular WRX and WRX STI even more appealing?