The 2016 Subaru WRX can seem like the black sheep in the Subaru lineup. But that’s not a bad thing at all for us at O’Brien Subaru of Ft. Myers. In fact, we love the WRX because it’s different with its sporty exterior and refined interior. The Subaru WRX is also separate from the pack due to its performance based engine and styling. Now that’s not to say that other Subaru models don’t harness some power of their own. The 2016 Subaru Outback is more than capable of bringing the heat to any terrain.
But when you want the top safety ratings that you’ll only find in a new Subaru model, refined technology with the best smartphone app integration, and an awesome amount of power, the 2016 WRX is definitely a top choice. Even the base 2.0-liter turbocharged, horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine is the best in its class. It makes 269 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which gets you to 60 mph in under six seconds.
The WRX isn’t just a great little speedster for everyday drivers, however. It’s ready to prove what it’s capable of by attempting to shatter the Isle of Man Lap Record. For this feat, the company teamed up with British tech firm Prodrive to build an even more extreme version of the already beefed up 2016 Subaru WRX STI. The company Prodrive has also teamed up with Subaru automakers before to build some highly successful rally cars in the past.
Now, the new one-of-a-kind model is a track-ready STI that has a complete body kit with a specific front bumper, new hood with air vents to keep the temperature manageable, flared fenders, and an awesomely large wing in the back. The cabin is almost bare to help the performance and shed weight, and a roll cage has been added.
The Isle of Man record has previously been set by the driver Mark Higgins, who will drive the new STI. He set the record back in 2014 with a bone stock 2015 WRX STI. The current record for the 37-mile course is 19 minutes and 15 seconds. Higgins is expected to come in under 19 minutes this time around.