The launch of the limited edition Subaru WRX, the N1WRX, highlights the WRX’s strong rally heritage, according to Subaru New Zealand managing director Wallis Dumper.
Limited to only six numbered models, the WRX N1WRC follows the Nemesis, Blizzard, Crouching Tiger and Ace of Spades limited edition WRXs of the last 18 months.
Wallis says the N1WRC gets its name from the number plate on the car Colin McRae drove in several rounds of the 1996 World Rally Championship.
In 1996 Subaru won the World Rally Manufacturers Championship for a second successive year before scoring the hat trick in 1997.
And Colin’s WRX bearing the N1WRC number plate won the Acropolis, San Remo and Spanish rounds of the series and finished third on the Swedish Rally.
“These limited edition WRXs have reinvigorated our WRX sales,” says Wallis.
“They offer more performance potential than a standard WRX and a longer list of standard features and equipment at a value for money price. This model in particular will have a special meaning for those driving enthusiasts that have respect for the heritage that surrounds Subaru and the World Rally Championship.”
The WRC blue paintwork is offset by traditional gold 17 inch alloy wheels as used by the rally team with blue side mirrors and STi boot lid spoiler.
The N1WRC’s quad cam 2.5 litre turbocharged “Boxer” motor has been re-tuned to produce 211 kWs, more than 300 horsepower, compared to the standard WRX’s 195 kWs and the STI’s 221 kWs.
It will also features up-rated STI springs, lowering the car by 20mm, while full privacy glass and a STI Strut Tower Brace completes the N1WRC look.
Subaru’s unique symmetrical All Wheel Drive transmission features a limited slip rear differential, a viscous centre differential in the WRX Nemesis, together with a five speed manual gearbox.
Xenon self-levelling headlights with an automatic off system and fog lamps light the way. And the wipers have Subaru’s variable intermittent function. There are four exhaust pipes.
The car also boasts 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.
With six airbags the WRX Nemesis has a top five star safety rating from the European and Australian crash testing programmes.
There are the usual accessories and the driver can tune an ideal driving position in the Recaro sport’s seat with blue Alcantara trim thanks to the height and reach adjustable steering column, as well as the height adjustable seat.
There is full leather upholstery with a unique “WRX” motif stitched into the front seats, and a leather covered steering wheel and alloy sports pedals.
A centrally positioned tachometer takes pride of place in 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.
Like all other Subarus, the WRX Nemesis comes with a three year unlimited kilometres warranty.
It will sell for $54,990. The entry level WRX is $49,990 and the STI is available from $69,990.
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