Subaru ‘shocks industry’ with WRX price

Automobile manufacturer Subaru believes that it has caused a stir with the cost of its new WRX STI model.

The model, which was unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show in November, will hit dealerships at £24,995 on-the-road – £1,600 cheaper than had been anticipated.

Fans of World Rally Championship (WRC) driving may be particularly enamoured by the vehicle, as it is roughly based around the cars used in the event.

In Europe, the WRC lookalike comes with a 2.5-litre boxer engine rather than the 2.0-litre variant Japanese motorists receive.

Subaru added that the car’s top speed is 155.3 mph and that environmentally-friendly drivers can rest easy – fuel consumption is improved compared to the previous generation.

"With a heavily-revised new 300 PS turbocharged 2.5 litre boxer engine, totally new platform and suspension plus even more advanced symmetrical all-wheel drive system, the World Rally Championship lookalike is sure to satisfy Subaru traditionalists," said the firm.

Subaru’s WRC team initially made its debut in the competition in 1993.

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