Subaru has launched the latest version of the Impreza WRX, and initial response from the automotive community puts the all-wheel drive, boxer engine sedan in relatively lukewarm territory.
Memes are already circulating on the internet about its looks, many comparing it to the Lancer Evolution X, the Impreza's arch nemesis. The Impreza's popularity has dipped in recent years, but the performance still has the ability to silence critics.
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The numbers: 305 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine and drivetrain are the same as the last gen, but the redesigned, slightly more upmarket Japanese rocket gets tech improvements all across the board. It'll also have a CVT gearbox, which has alarmed the automotive enthusiasts around the world. Honestly, though, this piece of news isn't all that shocking to us, and there's probably no cause for alarm. Subaru knows how to engineer a properly fast car, with or without a conventional manual gearbox, so hopefully they'll iron out any kinks the gearbox might have.