Subaru WRX S4 Sporvita

Subaru WRX S4 Sporvita Review: “A car that has the performance of a discerning adult” by Naoto Shimazaki

One of the trademarks of the fastidious group of Subaru car owners is the sticker of the image of the Nurburgring race course. Nevertheless, the WRX S4 Sportiva has proposed something new by having Italy emblazoned on its body.

The point is in the interior. It is adorned with a leather interior which was procured from Mario Levi of Turin, Italy. The color combination is tan and black; with the tan being used as an accent for the door trim, shift boot, armrest, the steering wheel and the like. Moreover, the stitching (the pattern of the main part of the seat is also elaborate) creates harmony in the overall interior, as it also uses the tan color scheme. It is not possible to convey through photos the kind of ambiance that it exudes; one must simply see the actual car itself; however, its excellent gentle texture and its pleasant scent imbue it with a sense of a distinct mode system which sets it apart from the existing Subaru cars, which certainly displays its exceptional quality.

It has a first-class performance as it is based on the most recent WRX S4 2.0GT-S EyeSight. The DUNLOP SPORT MAXX 245 / 40R18 93W-equipped chassis is configured in such a way which conveys the strength of its character. Nevertheless, it always points out the gentle foundation of flexibility whenever it is driving on ordinary roads.

Its horizontally-opposed two-liter turbo engine, which has a 300ps / 40.8kgf・m performance, enables a high-level drive which is naturally on par with the existing standards. Having said that, it gives off an impression of being a car that still has a lot more to show, a gentle behavior that is splendid, and the appearance of a high-performance car that is like a discerning adult.

â–  5 Star rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / comfort: ★★★★★
Power source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Michael Sabaldan)