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2015 Subaru WRX First Impressions and Review by Mishimoto – Part 1

The team at Mishimoto gives you a quick glance at the brand new 2015 Subaru WRX! This video highlights some of the basic features that set this new model apart from the previous generation. Please comment with any information or image requests you would like to see in the next edition of this series!

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6 thoughts on “2015 Subaru WRX First Impressions and Review by Mishimoto – Part 1”

  1. Hi Guys,

    Following your nasioc postings from Australia where the new WRX has just launched too. Very interested in your cvt review (it’s great you’re seeking questions from drivers) and so I have some questions;

    Reportedly the front brake discs are larger than previous generations, but now only use a floating caliper which appears to be a backwards step (cost saving?). How do the brakes on the new model compare to previous WRX’s from your experience so far in terms of feel, fade and stopping performance? Are they the same, better or worse than before?

    What are the advantages of having the turbo mounted underneath the engine as compared to previous WRX’s that had this up top? I did read somewhere that one advantage may be throttle response (how does this equate to your experience so far?). Does the turbo being mounted on the underside of the car leave it vulnerable to thermal stress (eg, driving through water with sudden cooling if the turbo is hot)?

    Can you pls post launch times for 0 to 60 mph as well as 0 to 100 kph via a speed testing unit? Am interested to know times that you can get in real world testing (using the cvt launch mode as well paddle shifts in different modes). Pls specify which grade fuel you have used.

    Just a note on fuel usage commentary from the nasioc forum where some posters are commenting that the cvt uses more fuel, this is wrong. In the US Subaru cannot post mileage from the most economical SI-drive mode, if they do they open themselves up to compensation to customers who didn’t reach this figure (via a survey sent later). In Australia, for example, the listed fuel usage of the cvt (from the economical mode allowed for testing) is more efficient than the manual.

    Thanks,
    Brett.

    1. Hello Brett,

      Thank you for the comment and the kind words! We are hoping to answer as many vehicle related questions as we can. We realize that the enthusiast world is chomping at the bit to see a “real world” unbiased review of the car and that is one of our main goals outside of new product development. The front discs are quite large on the new model, and during our drive seemed to be quite impressive in my eyes. If you watched our first video, Jason explains all of the new features and is our in-house Subaru expert. His most recent daily driven vehicle was a 2012 WRX so he should be able to provide a direct comparison of the braking. We will be covering this in our next video.

      The new turbo setup is another aspect we intend to cover in video 2, following numerous requests for more information. I can confirm that throttle response is adequate and turbo spool time is incredibly quick. We were making boost well below 2000 rpm!

      We will also be putting together some in-car video for different pulls and transmission selections. We are using premium fuel, 93 octane.

      Thanks for the information regarding mileage. I would assume the CVT is more efficient for mileage. We achieved nearly 23 mpg on our commute home, however this included some time under boost so it would not portray a proper best-case mileage report.

      Thanks again for these comments and suggestions. We will certainly cover these points in our video series.

      Let me know if you come up with any additional points for our team to hit!

      Thanks
      -John

  2. My question for you guys not that you know yet but is the cooling in the CVT adequate enough to take more power?

    Are you guys going to test the CVT’s limits?
    I would be very interested in the results. Thank you so much for getting the CVT model!

    1. Hello Alex,

      Thanks for the comment! We have yet to test the full capabilities of the CVT transmission. Because we plan to develop cooling products for this particular component, we will need to see how efficient the factory cooling system is to provide an accurate comparison. At this time we are working on development of other components, but we hope to get to this soon!

      Thanks again
      -John

  3. Hi guys. Hope all is well.

    In Europe the have a Diesel Boxer Engine using a CVT as well. That engine produces 350 ft lbs of torque and is pretty stout. I contacted Subaru of American and asked if the CVT in the WRX is the same as that diesel model and they could not confirm.

    With your companies extensive contacts maybe you guys can figure it out. If it is indeed the same CVT then this car shouldn’t have a problem making power. If its not then their could indeed be more than a few issues.

    I know they beefed up the CVT in order to get it to work with the diesel and im sure they beefed it up before throwing it into the WRX. Questions are, are they the same (god i hope so) or was the one placed into the WRX at leased beefed up to insure it can handle higher amounts of power (fingers crossed).

    You think Subaru would love to answer this question so that it makes their car more marketable. It seems they like common business sense though lol

    1. Sorry about the horrible spelling and grammar. Damn iPhones is pretty useless when it comes to articulating thoughts into words.

      Sorry once again

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