Subaru WRX S4

Subaru WRX S4 Review: “A two pedal sports sedan that is 80% WRX STI” by Yoichi Moroboshi

The WRX Series, Subaru’s best high performance model, has a two-pedal version: the S4.

It generates a maximum output of 300hp with its 2L direct-injection turbo engine. It is also mated to a Sport Lineartronic CVT. The combination of its 300hp, 400Nm engine and CVT makes me feel that it has individuality that doesn’t exist in other cars.

When you step on the accelerator pedal, the WRX gives a powerful acceleration. It is characteristic of CVTs when the speed rises as the number of engine rotations rise, but that is just one of its characteristics. It’s not like MT, but it feels more direct than a normal AT. Above all, it is great to have a smooth acceleration. Its special feature of accelerating up to its highest speed without shock feels good.

Even so, people would prefer to drive with the usual manual shifting feel. In order to respond to that, the WRX S4 can also come with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Through minor changes, you can have it equipped with 245/40R18 tires as an option, but the test drive car 2.0 GT-s was equipped with Bilstein dampers so it fully expressed the performance of those tires. I can say that it has a riding feel like that of a two-pedal sports sedan.

The WRX S4 did not acquire 100% of the STI’s performance, but it was able to acquire about 80% of it instead. This 80% certainly has a considerably high performance.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Motor Journalist

He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)