Subaru Releases More Powerful WRX in Japan

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
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subaru releases more powerful wrx in japan

The first step for those who want more from the new Subaru WRX is to buy a plane ticket to Japan.

The brand has just released the WRX S4 and WRX STI Type S in its home market of Japan, offering more power, unique looks and tweaked driving dynamics.

Power still comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the base WRX S4, but the motor has been tuned to produce 296 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 28 hp and 37 lb-ft of torqe compared to the North American WRX. Before you get too jealous of the Japanese option however, the base model is only available with Subaru’s CVT.

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All-wheel drive remains standard just like here, but unique body and chassis modifications make the Japanese car stiffer while the steering is revised to feel more direct and connected. For looks, the WRX S4 gets new side sills, customer exhuast tips, a trunk lid spoiler, 18-inch wheels and a rear diffuser. Move inside, and the seats are leather, piano and carbon fiber trim is fitted and red accent stitching is found throughout.

Moving up, the WRX STI Type S gets its power from the same turbo four, but in this application it makes 305 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque, a full 21 extra lb-ft than the North American car. Luckily, a six-speed manual is the only transmission you can get with STI Type S. A unique shifter with claimed improvements is debuting on the Japanese Type S, while the car also gets Subaru’s multi-mode driver’s control center differential.

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Discuss this story at our Subaru WRX Forum

Stephen Elmer
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  • Shiratori90 Shiratori90 on Aug 25, 2014

    "Before you get too jealous of the Japanese option however, the base model is only available with Subarus CVT." Nope. Still jealous. Screw manuals.

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    • Smartacus Smartacus on Aug 26, 2014

      Hahaha! That does not even make sense!!

  • Kwk1 Kwk1 on Aug 26, 2014

    The new Japan S4 states 258 lb. ft. of torque, which matches the North American spec. How do you figure the torque is up 37 lb. ft.