Beauty Beneath the Surface
by Gaywheels.com Staff
We all know the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and many times, we’ve seen the reality of it. Come on, I know you’ve seen a couple where you thought one half was decidedly more attractive than the other and wondered “how? why?……”. Sadly, our culture is focused on a very limited definition of what is attractive. The lucky ones among us are able to see beauty in its various forms and could give a damn what anyone else thinks.
Translating this to the world of four wheels; to most consumers, the deciding factors when buying a car are brand, design and price. For a select few enthusiasts, however, it is all about performance, design be damned. Subaru must have had this group in mind when designing the WRX. Let’s just put it out there, a looker it isn’t.
Our “WR Blue Pearl” Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan arrived in our driveway and like the growth on “The Mole” in Goldmember, we couldn’t see much beyond the boy-racer wing. Thankfully it is an option on the base WRX but if you opt for the limited package, you are stuck with it. But as we alluded at the beginning of this diatribe, this vehicle is not about looking good, it is all about going FAST, FAST, FAST.
Once we settled into the cockpit and got this Subie rolling, we understood the appeal. With 230 hp flowing effortlessly from a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder boxer engine through Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, you get moving quickly. Once you master the clutch and get in tune with the power delivery, any worries about design melt away. This puppy is all about acceleration, handling, braking and flat out “drivin’”.
The WRX isn’t a bad daily driver either. The ride is compliant , there is enough room for four (albeit a bit tight in the back seat) and it has a usable trunk. It also gets an estimated 20/26 city/hwy MPG. We didn’t get close to those numbers but we couldn’t help but redline it in every gear. With a lighter foot, it is possible. In addition, if you live where lots of wet stuff in various forms falls from the sky, the AWD is key.
For those of you who don’t give a damn about performance and want a car that looks good, impresses the neighbors and attracts the “mandy” (man candy), this Subaru may not be for you. If you are an enthusiast that doesn’t care about styling but needs something that can pass as semi-responsible, it is worth a look. After all, we should all strive to find beauty in everything…..and in this case, it is clearly beneath the surface.
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