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2013 Subaru WRX Press Kit


2013 SUBARU IMPREZA® WRX® DELIVERS AFORDABLE TURBOCHARGED, ALL-WHEEL DRIVE PERFORMANCE


• Wide-body design with Aero Package shared with WRX STI
• Most affordable all-wheel drive performance car on market
• Turbocharged/intercooled BOXER engine with 265 hp, 244 lb.-ft.
• Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for full-time four-wheel traction
• Roomy, practical 4-door and 5-door versions
• High-tech infotainment features


Cherry Hill, N.J.  -  The Subaru Impreza WRX continues for 2013 as one of the most iconic affordable performance cars on the market. The 2013 WRX combines the performance of a 265-horsepower turbocharged/intercooled Subaru BOXER engine with the brand’s renowned Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, a sport-tuned suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels to deliver exciting yet accessible performance.

In its 12 years in the U.S. market, the Subaru Impreza WRX has inspired numerous competitors, but none combines high performance with all-wheel drive traction and value as well as a WRX. For example, the 2013 Impreza WRX has an MSRP that’s $8,395 less than the Volkswagen Golf R.*

Sharing its wide-body design with the ultimate-performance Impreza WRX STI model, the 2013 Impreza WRX continues on a different platform than the new-generation Impreza 2.0i models. The 2013 WRX models are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter BOXER engine teamed exclusively with a 5-speed manual transmission. The highly responsive engine produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. A functional hood scoop delivers air to the intercooler, which helps to lower the temperature of the air compressed by the turbocharger, boosting performance.

In addition to its high-performance capability, the 2013 Impreza WRX continues the model’s reputation as a very practical performance car. The roomy Impreza body, in either four-door or five-door versions, imposes none of the compromises of a sports coupe, and the Symmetrical All Wheel Drive offers versatility not found in rear-drive or front-drive competitors.

The compact layout of the Impreza WRX models’ double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 4-door, which is 6.5-inches longer than the 5-door, the trunk can accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and convenience, and the 4-door also features a rear seat fold-down center armrest.

Wide Body Designs
The WRX shares the WRX STI model’s wide body design in both 4-door and 5-door versions. The “wide and low” design concept gives both models an aggressive road presence. The wide-body look with its projecting front fenders and rear quarter panels is functional, as it accommodates wider track dimensions than on pre-2011 WRX models. The design maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity and a sense of stability.

Sharp bumper corners and wide, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles accentuate the “wide and low” profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars’ sporty stance. The front grille with black base and blacked out Subaru wing highlights the headlights’ shape to give the entire front end an assertive appearance, accentuated by large grille and bumper intake openings. Both WRX models feature quad tailpipe outlets. The WRX Limited models add standard HID low-beam headlights.

Giving the WRX the same wide-body design as the WRX STI allowed Subaru to also widen track dimensions and install wider wheels and tires than on the pre-2011 WRX models. Those changes, along with firmer rear subframe bushings, helped to reduce body roll and improve cornering stability. The standard aluminum-alloy wheels are 17 x 8 in. and are fitted with 235/45R17 summer performance tires.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which forms the common core technology on all Subaru models, gives the Impreza WRX a significant handling-performance advantage over front-wheel drive competitors. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a complete system comprised of the BOXER engine and the full-time power distribution system, which varies by Subaru model and transmission. The aluminum BOXER engine and simple, symmetrical drivetrain layout help to lower the car’s center of gravity, which in turn contributes to its sporty handling characteristics.

The 2013 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction. The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start Assist can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

It is important to note that, in Subaru vehicles, traction control plays a second line of defense against wheel slip after AWD torque distribution. In contrast, some All-Wheel Drive systems on the market lack the performance advantage of a locking center differential and rely solely on traction control to redistribute torque away from slipping wheels.

Sporty Interior With Everyday Comfort

The WRX-exclusive carbon black checkered upholstery is accented by red stitching, setting the tone for the sporty interior. All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and a driver’s footrest. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, the instrument panel electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine startup. Steering wheel controls for the audio system cruise control and Bluetooth® are standard for all 2013 Impreza WRX models. The WRX Premium and Limited models feature a standard power moonroof, with the Limited also providing standard leather-trimmed upholstery.

The WRX models’ standard audio system features an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming; iPod® control capability; a USB port and XM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability. The WRX Premium and WRX Limited models also offer a touch-screen navigation and audio system and audio package that combines a 6.1-inch touch screen LCD display, voice control, iPod control capability, iTunes® tagging, SMS text messaging capability, as well as XM® Satellite Radio and XM NavTraffic (both XM services require subscriptions). The system plays through six speakers. Updated map data can be downloaded to a personal computer and then transferred into the vehicle’s system via secure digital (SD) card.

Proven Subaru Safety Technology

The Impreza models are built around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones, proven in Subaru models for over a decade to provide outstanding crash protection. All Impreza WRX models feature a 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Brake Assist analyzes the force and stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced emergency braking, also activating the ABS system early if needed.

All five seating positions in the Impreza WRX provide 3-point seatbelts (height-adjustable for outboard front seat positions), and the front seatbelts have electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters. Front seat side pelvis/torso airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models. The Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System (SRS) features a passenger side front seat sensor module that detects weight – first determining if the seat is occupied, and if so by a child or adult – to control airbag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features an “Airbag” indicator light.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel-efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

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* Based on comparison of MSRP’s published on manufacturers’ websites as of Sept. 1, 2012.