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Is sharper styling and a few more kWs enough to return the Impreza WRX to power?

7 Apr 2003

REX is back. That's right, after two long years in the wilderness - during which time Subaru petrol heads have been offered a heavier, slower and uglier version of the WRX nameplate that took the performance car world by storm in 1994 - the hottest Impreza has returned to its turbocharged, all-wheel drive rally roots. Comprising all the benefits of the larger, stronger and more refined new Impreza that appeared with controversial new bug-eye headlights in late 2000, this hurriedly facelifted WRX also has the performance that made the original Rex so revolutionary. Throw in big advances in driveability and a more pleasing front-end design, plus extra equipment, safety and security features, and the 2003 WRX is perhaps even more convincing than ever. Hail King Rex: it's good to have you back.
Model release date: 1 December 2002 to 1 September 2005

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Subaru Impreza WRX

Released: October 00
Ended: November 02
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AFTER seven long years as Australia's undisputed performance car bargain, Subaru replaced the original Impreza WRX with a new MY2001 version featuring radical new lighting, better refinement, more weight and the same 160kW boxer four. Naturally, it was slower. Enter Subaru's quickest ever facelift: the more powerful, unbugged MY2003 WRX.

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