2015 Subaru WRX Will Offer A CVT Transmission

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We'll see the 2015 Subaru WRX in the flesh next week at the LA Auto Show, but one detail just slid across our desk that is rather interesting. The WRX will be available with a CVT or a manual transmission.

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This roadmap of Subaru's plans for the 2015 WRX and WRX STI was just sent our way, and didn't reveal much that we didn't know. The WRX gets a 2.0 liter turbo four for the first time since it moved to a 2.5 in 2006. The WRX STI sticks with a 2.5 liter turbo four and also gets a "launch edition" that is only available in my personal favorite car color, WR Blue. Hopefully gold wheels are a thing too.

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While the STI is only available with a manual trans (heck yes), the automatic option for the WRX is no longer a traditional automatic, but a CVT. It does make sense, as the car is based on the Impreza which already offers a CVT as the automatic option.

CVTs aren't typically thought of as a sporty option, though they were tested in F1 for quite a while. We'll have to see just how Subaru tunes it before we pass final judgement.

Or we'll just drive the manual always and not worry about the CVT. Either or.

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DISCUSSION

mike-mckinnon
Chairman Kaga

OK, hear me out. The secret to a turbo is maintaining full boost in order to extract maximum power. A CVT is designed to optimize an engines rev range in order to seamlessly provide maximum power or efficiency to the wheels. What if Subaru has engineered this thing so that the CVT holds the engine right in the meat of the power curve, so there's never lag or fall off? I mean, THAT would be pretty slick, wouldn't it?

I'm just trying to justify this because my wife doesn't drive manual so my next car has to be automatic...