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Admiring the Subaru WRX S4 From Afar

Check Out The Incredible WRX S4 From Subaru

Updated September 27, 2018

Perhaps the most impressive offering from Japan-based Subaru in 2015 is the WRX S4. It’s not the most luxurious, sporty, or technologically advanced vehicle on the road, but it’s a move in the right direction for Subaru. The WRX S4 has an adult feel, compared to other related models that seem more appropriate for a teen’s first car for reliable college commutes. Unfortunately, Japan is keeping this higher-end model all to itself, relegating the rest of the world to watching it perform from the sidelines.

Those in North America have to settle for the Subaru WRX, but we can admire the WRX S4 from afar.  According to the company, the S4 stands for the four S’s of “Sports performance’, ‘Safety performance’, ‘Smart driving’ and ‘Sophisticated feel.” Judging by its specifications, this new Subaru offering fulfills each of those categories.

The WRX S4 features a more powerful engine than the standard WRX Americans get. It boasts a 2.0L turbo engine that can put out 296 horses and 295 lbs-ft of torque as opposed to the 268 hp and 258 lbs-ft of torque in the standard WRX. Also, the Sport Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission simulates eight-speed shifting in sport mode. Even with all of this power, the S4 still achieves good fuel economy of approximately 31 miles to the gallon.

In regards to safety, there are no shortage of features. The S4 is the first WRX to be outfitted with Subaru’s own EyeSight driving assist system with a wide-viewing angle and color recognition. A steering assistance system ensures the vehicle stays in the proper lane when drivers are distracted, and the brake light recognition system in conjunction with pre-collision braking control is expected to prevent a lot of fender benders. In the event of a collision, however, the hood, bulkhead, and engine compartment side are fashioned from ultra-strong collision-absorbing material to minimize the damage.

Looking at the exterior, however, the WRX S4 isn’t all that different from the plain WRX offered in the United States. The 18-inch wheel design is a little different, and silver mesh lies in the lower air dam and grille. The interior gets a few extra decorative bells and whistles like red stitching on the sports seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Otherwise, the WRX S4 and WRX are cosmetically comparable. Those of us without physical access to the WRX S4 know the difference, however, and will just have to hope Subaru will extend the sales of future years models outside of Japan.

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