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Monday, 9 Oct 17

Subaruís 2018 performance range has been dressed up

Subaru’s 2018 performance range has been dressed up

Subaru’s 2018 performance range has been dressed up, with the many changes to the All-Wheel Drive turbocharged WRX, WRX STi and Levorg 2.0 GT-S - leaving them even better looking on the outside but just as wild on the inside.

The trio sport multiple external and cabin changes, which include new alloy wheel designs, front grilles, front bumpers and LED headlight designs. Mechanical and cosmetic modifications will muscle up the owner experience as the “Rex” pair add to their rally-backed reputation.

The Levorg 2.0 GT-S’s external refinements mean the spiritual successor to the Legacy GT wagon looks sharper than when it was launched in New Zealand in June last year. It is now available a new Storm Grey colour and Subaru engineers have further refined Levorg’s ride with improvements to the Bilstein suspension and other suspension components. Front View Monitor, which helps prevent collisions at intersections, or when parking close to walls or other objects; Smart Rear View Mirror that features a camera located in the top of the rear tail gate, showing a rear image in the rear view mirror and Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH), which alleviates driver fatigue by holding the vehicle in position when stopped have been added.

Across the performance range greater attention to interior quality adds to an air of exclusivity, while the introduction of EyeSight® Driver Assist in the WRX automatic transmission variant extends the potentially accident-avoiding technology to the masses. All automatic WRXs also add an electronic parking brake and AVH.

New on all WRX STi models is a significant braking and wheel upgrade from the already impressive Brembo four piston front and two piston rear calipers on the superseded model, to enormous 340mm front and 326mm rear cross-drilled rotors clamped by six piston front and two piston rear yellow Brembo calipers. They also receive a new design 19” alloy wheel. Entry-level WRX STi’s gain heated door mirrors, while WRX STi Premium and WRX STi add the Front View Monitor. All STi models have also received changes to suspension components and the DCCD (Driver’s Controlled Centre Differential) to improve performance even further. WRX Premium, WRX STi, WRX STI Premium and Levorg 2.0 GT-S also bump up the driver comfort with a 10-way power driver seat with memory.

Driving performance, the features list and quality, are all big in Subaru’s revised Model Year 2018 line-up, which despite all the extra kit, still has a starting price of $48,990 (RRP) for the manual WRX.

As with the entire Subaru new car range, every Levorg 2.0 GT-S, WRX and WRX STI has an independent five-star rating for occupant safety.

Subaru of New Zealand Managing Director Wallis Dumper says: “Over the years WRX and STi have gained a special place in our rally heritage market and continuously rate very highly in the bang for buck equation. Now we have added the Levorg 2.0 GT-S, which falls into the same performance category but provides more boot space for Kiwi adventurers to fit all their sporting gear into. There are a huge amount of safety and specification improvements to the full range of WRX, STi and Levorg cars, yet the price move on them has been minimal. These are cars that are exciting to drive and have very little competition, especially considering they all come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and we have now added our safety technology EyeSight to the WRX auto models. Our Subaru customers have realised our performance cars can deliver exceptional driving performance. Value for money, they provide a premium drive at a best value price.We believe our Subaru drivers like to look the part too and with sporty new brake caliper colours on the WRX and WRX STi range, plus the new design wheels on the Levorg and 19” wheels on the STi, these cars all look as good as they go. These three models keep true to the spirit of Subaru as drivers can ‘do’ New Zealand roads in style and comfort but with a degree of performance others will be envious of,” says Wallis Dumper Subaru New Zealand’s Managing Director.