Current WRX revealed in ‘Club Spec’ guise

Unlike the previous ‘Club Spec’ edition, this iteration doesn’t come with a wing.

First revealed in 2014, this current fourth generation of WRX has been a continuous success in Australia, however as 2021 draws closer, the popular performance saloon is soon due for a replacement.

Before the new WRX arrives however, Subaru still has another special edition up their sleeve to bid farewell to the long-running platform.

Arriving at local dealerships in just a few weeks time, Subaru Australia’s new ‘Club Spec Limited Edition’ WRX will enter the market at $47,990 for the manual and $50,490 for the continuously variable automatic. So what do you get for the 7.5 to 10k premium over the base model?

Although the 2.0L turbo flat-4 remains unchanged with power sitting at 197kW (264hp) and 350Nm, the automatic ‘Club Spec’ model gains 18-inch wheels borrowed from the WRX STI, and the more affordable manual variant gains the same wheels alongside larger Brembo branded brakes.

Apart from the few minor performance improvements, the customer receives various exterior modifications such as black badges, black wing mirrors, and a small lip spoiler, whilst in the interior, drastic changes include a premium Harman Kardon sound system, Recaro sports seats and a suede steering wheel, likening the ‘Club Spec’ to the marginally higher priced STI. Unlike the previous generation’s ‘Club Spec’ edition however, this iteration won’t feature Subaru’s iconic STI wing.

Although Subaru Australia believes that this will be “the most sought-after WRX yet”, we’re more likened to believe that with a soon-to-be-revealed near 300kW WRX just over the horizon, many customers may be holding off for now.

Either way, if the Club Spec tickles your fancy, you better be quick because Subaru only plans to built 150 units of the saloon, making this a truely limited, limited edition WRX.


AutoNews Australia

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