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  • I'm Richard Fong, feature editor for DSPORT magazine

  • and I'm test driving the 2015 Subaru WRX

  • today we're going to drive not only the new six-speed transmission

  • but we're also going to try out the new CVT automatic transmission

  • so we're in the 2015 WRX

  • equipped with the automatic CVT transmission

  • there has not been an automatic WRX since 2007

  • and they only offer it in a sedan form at this point, in the meantime

  • the CVT it's surprising. The transmission is a

  • more responsive than you would imagine, the paddle shifters

  • they're very crisp and with the various modes of SI drive you can

  • totally tell S mode is more responsive obviously then

  • the I mode which is the most economical and the most efficiency

  • focused drive mode and then the S #(sharp) mode offers

  • the quickest and most responsive shifting of the three modes

  • it also offers a basically a virtual

  • eight-speed transmission, and i say virtual because

  • with the CVT there really isn't a defined gear

  • as in a traditional manual transmission whereas this one here

  • it actually can create shorter ratios on the fly

  • the new FA20 engine with direct injection

  • and Garrett Turbocharger is all new for this car

  • it's even a little bit different than what comes with the BRZ

  • this one's a hundred percent direct injection

  • and Subaru states that it puts out 268

  • horsepower compared to the previously rated each EJ 255 engine that came with

  • the last WRX. those are rated at 255 horsepower

  • yet those are two and a half liters and this one's only a 2 liter

  • 86 by 86

  • bore and stroke dimension. The turbocharger is located

  • just below the crankshaft so they really kept down and low

  • much better compared to the position on the turbocharger on the EJ

  • which is located up by the firewall the chassis on the whole

  • impressive. Subaru stiffened it up by adjusting the

  • control arms in the front. The lower control arms are now aluminum

  • they've also improved the rear suspension of the chassis

  • the SI Drive controls work together with the suspension design

  • to provide a driving experience that doesn't roll

  • nearly as much as one would expect from a factory ride height

  • sedan, on 17-inch wheels still which the bolt pattern is now

  • 5x114 so that opens up more wheel options available on the market.

  • Now we're in the six speed WRX

  • and I'm glad we tested this one second because it helps you remember

  • the advantages to a true manual transmission

  • it applies the power much much more aggressively

  • And it definitely pulls a little bit harder than it did on the CVT

  • and the clutch is easy to modulate the shifter it is a little notchy

  • If you take it on the track, you might find it a little frustrating

  • as aggressive acceleration

  • a quick shift into the next gear, the clutch hesitates to engage

  • with the release of the pedal so that is one thing you might notice

  • wouldn't hurt to be

  • upgraded in the future

  • The FA20 accelerates phenomenally off of the line

  • for what it is, its a 3300 pound car. it's about 60 pounds heavier

  • in the way of chassis stiffening and various other adjustments in the suspension

  • it's well worth it so much so much better than the previous model

  • you know you could always find a little room for refinement

  • but you get it you can drive this about every day

  • and have a blast with it. whether you're going to the track

  • whether you're going to work, traffic

  • weekender

  • in the mountains

  • to go skiing

  • snowboarding

  • it's a

  • very confident vehicle

I'm Richard Fong, feature editor for DSPORT magazine

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