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Trusty old REX, our Subaru WRX


THREE months ago we received a Subaru WRX, which was to become our new long-term test car. You see, sometimes it�s difficult to get the full essence of a car over a week, especially when we have to be in the office or when we�re away on a launch. This though wasn�t a normal test. Oh no! We were going to use the Subaru WRX for track days, breakfast runs and more.

Our deep red Subaru WRX came with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is exactly what we wanted. It had a sunroof fitted and it sat on black-chrome rims. It looked so good and we were very eager to get this four-pipe beast out onto the road. Luckily for us, an opportunity arrived not long after we took delivery of the WRX - a track-day at Kyalami, which was to be hosted by the BMW Club of Gauteng. We signed up and entered the car into the event. I arrived at the event early on a Saturday morning; it was cold and the pit-lane was filling up with some pretty impressive BMWs. I looked at our little red Subaru and I started having my doubts. It would be up against BMW M3s, CSLs, M5s and even racing cars; talk about dropping it into the deep end. Luckily, it was a time trial event but still, I really didn’t want to be last.

Much to my amazement and no doubt thanks to the WRX’s outstanding symmetrical AWD system we managed to set a time of 2:09:183 around Kyalami. It took us all day and the Subaru really took a beating but we did it. We managed to get up close to a number of high performance BMWs through the many corners and this is where the WRX really impressed.

We also took part in a breakfast-run with other Subaru owners. It was a great chance to show off the new WRX as well as enjoy the day with like-minded people. The run went out to Hartbeespoort Dam and the Subaru once again impressed on the twisty roads that surround the area. We would love to see more of these runs, more clubs joining together and enjoying one common passion…cars. With our hectic lives and with everything going on in our country at the moment, it’s rather nice to escape it all, even if just for a day. You meet new people and make new friends at these events. If you love cars and would like to join a club then Google will definitely find one that is perfect for you.

I also used the Subaru WRX just because it was there and because I really enjoyed driving it. I drove it to Witbank occasionally and on the highway it returned a very comfortable drive and proved to be quite economical at times. We added about 3 000kms to the Subaru’s odometer over our three-month period and not once did we experience any issues.  What’s more, many people - especially petrol attendants - really admire the WRX. Everywhere we went, people would comment on it, take pictures of it or even ask us about it. It was also nice to know that there are so many people out there who actually know that the WRX is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged Boxer engine that produces 197kW and 350Nm of torque. What they didn’t quite know was the price so I had to inform them that it was R478 400. It proved to us that there are more petrolheads out there than we actually realize.

Our time with the WRX came to an end on the 1st of July; it was my birthday and although the car wasn’t with me at the time I felt a bit sad. That WRX crept into my heart over these past few months, not because it’s the best car or because it’s class-leading, no, but because whatever we asked of it, it delivered. It was there when we needed it and it will be missed by us here at Autodealer.

Article written by Justin Jacobs
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