Subaru's latest SUV offering fills a need for drivers looking for something smaller and a little more potent than your average.
Limited to 12 models with numbered limited edition badging, the WRX Nemesis follows the Blizzard of early 2013, and the Crouching Tiger and Ace of Spades car from 15 months ago.
“These limited edition WRXs have reinvigorated our WRX sales,” says Wallis Dumper, managing director. “They offer more performance potential than a standard WRX and a longer list of standard features and equipment at a value for money price.”
The WRC blue paintwork is offset by black 17 inch alloy wheels and black side mirrors and STi boot lid spoiler.
The Subaru WRX Nemesis quad cam 2.5L turbocharged Boxer motor has been re-tuned to produce 211 kWs, compared to the standard WRX’s 195 kW and the STI’s 221 kW.
Up-rated STI springs lower the car by 20mm and it has an STI front suspension strut brace.
New to this limited edition are the STi side skirts and STi front lip spoiler. Full privacy glass completes the Nemesis look.
Subaru’s unique symmetrical all-wheel-drive transmission has a limited slip rear differential, a viscous centre differential in the WRX Nemesis, and a five speed manual gearbox.
Xenon self leveling headlights with an automatic off system and fog lamps light the way, the wipers have variable intermittent function and there are four exhaust pipes.
There are four wheel disc brakes – the fronts are ventilated – with a four channel antilock system, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution and a vehicle dynamics control function.
Six airbags the WRX Nemesis have earned the car a five star safety rating from European and Australian crash testers.
The driver can tune an ideal driving position in the high backed seat with a height and reach adjustable steering column and height adjustable seat. All leather upholstery bears a WRX motif stitched into the front seats.
A centrally positioned tachometer dominates the red back-lit electroluminescent instruments.
Security is handled by a standard engine immobiliser, Datadots, deadlock central locking and an alarm system.
Cruise control and the 6-speaker sound system can be controlled from the steering wheel and there is USB and Bluetooth connectivity and an auxiliary jack point to aid MP3 and iPod use.
Warranty is three years unlimited kilometres.
Price $54,990. The entry level WRX is $49,990 and the STI is available from $69,990.