When I first saw the new renderings of the 2011 Subaru WRX I was less than impressed, but now, after seeing it in person I have to say that this little rice rocket is a burly little beast. Subaru has widened the track of its little hot rod by 1.5 inches, flared out the front and rear fenders ala’ the STI, added a much more aggressive front fascia and gave it a dual exhaust. This all adds up to a very cool little corner carver.
The WRX is one of those select cars that truly has a cult following. People love these things, and why not, they’re great. This is a car that you can enjoy on just about every level right out of the box. It’s all wheel drive, has plenty of power, aggressive looks and even better still, handling and performance that will satisfy just about everyone. The WRX is a favorite amoungst the tuner crowd, and is also much loved by the autocross and track day guys. Not to many cars are able to bridge that gap, but the WRX succeeds at this nicely.
The interior of the WRX has also been spruced up nicely as well. Black cloth seats adorned with red stitching lend to the sporty feel, as does the red stitched, leather wrapped steering wheel. Seats are supportive enough and provide a nice pass-through for those wanting to install some harnesses and a cross bar for track day excursions. Rear seat room is about what you’d expect – sure it’s a bit tight back there, but will be fine for short trips for those rear seated passengers.
Again, I was very skeptical about the new styling, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. Its aggressive style emulates the more expensive STi and in the end is a very simple design. It gives buyers everything they want and nothing they don’t. I suppose my only gripe, and it is a small one, is that the WRX is still a bit boy racer-ish. If Subaru could figure out a way to adult-it-up a little bit then they’ll really have a rock star on their hands.