As much as I love spending time with tech-rich dream machines, more often than not, I like my cars to be… simple. I just want to get in and go without having to fuss with driver profiles or sport settings or anything like that. I just want simple, honest fun. And for that, it’s tough to beat the Subaru WRX.
For 2020, the WRX gets a new Series White special edition, which is what I’m testing here. Only 500 of these versions will be sold in the US, all of which feature upgraded suspension components, “ceramic white” paint, black badges and some pretty awesome matte-bronze wheels.
At its heart, the WRX is a point-and-shoot car. The turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer-four puts out enough power for backroad shenanigans — 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque — but it’s not so much that the car ever feels hard to manage. The turbocharger delivers 15.9 psi of maximum boost, and I love being able to just dig into the throttle in second or third gear on my favorite twisty road to unleash that torque, accented by the distant “psssh” of the blowoff valve.
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