Subaru Teases New WRX S4 for Japanese Market

Fuji Heavy Industries announced the name of a new sports sedan model that will debut in Japan on August 25. It's called the "WRX S4" and a teaser photo has also been provided for us though a dedicated website.
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After a quick search on, we learned that they still sell the old WRX STI and the less powerful WRX isn't even offered right now in the country. We thus believe that the 2015 Subaru WRX is making its JDM debut with right-hand drive and a few market-specific features. The "S4" in its name is just their way of letting us know it's a 4-door sedan and not a hatchback.

The performance to "tackle the highest mountain" and safety are the main attributes of the new WRX. Power should come from the now familiar 2-liter boxer engine that's been turbocharged to produce 272 PS (200 kW) at 5,600rpm and 350 Nm of torque (258 lb-ft) from as low as 2,000rpm. With a manual gearbox, the permanent all-wheel drive system should unable the Japanese buyer to reach 100 km/h in only 5.2 seconds.

Since the Japanese press statement also mentions an "S driving model" we can only presume the optional automatic gearbox will also be offered. This uses the latest generation of Sport Lineatronic CVT and in its most dynamic setting can simulate the gear changes of an 8-speed auto. Better features, more luxury, a larger cabin and smoother ride are just some of the things customers in the land of the rising sun should look forward to.

The same new WRX sedan has been available in The United States and Australia for a few months now. It's kind of interesting to see how Japan is now the third most important market for this rally-stage refugee.
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