New WRX. New Boxer engine. Same powerful punch.

September 29, 2017




My name is Jimmy Photirath and I am a 4th year BIT/BComm student at the University of Sydney and I currently drive a 2017 6-speed manual Subaru WRX in World Rally Blue.


How long have you had the car for?

I’ve had the car for just over 5 months now since April 2017.



Is this your first car? If not, what was your previous car?

This is my first personal car but I previously “co-owned” a 2014 Toyota 86 GTS in Velocity Orange with my brother (which he now fully owns). Before that, I learnt to drive in a 2002 Toyota Tarago and learnt manual for my red P’s in a 2000 Honda S2000.


What do you like or dislike about the car?

I’m going to compare this to the 86 because it was the car I drove quite extensively on my P’s. Right from the start, I can say I love the power of this car when compared to the 86, as well as being much more spacious and comfortable. Maybe I’m being overly dramatic but the handling is probably the thing I dislike the most in comparison. On “spirited drives” it doesn’t feel as planted and rolls quite a bit. Moreover, it has mismatched window tint.



What modifications have you made to the car? Do you have any favourite?

I wish this list was longer but unfortunately I’ve only done cosmetic mods, adding a front lip, side skirts and rear pods.


What are your future plans with this car?

My first step would be to get better suspension and tyres - I’ll go for power eventually but since I’m enjoying it enough already, I’d rather work on handling at this point in time. I’m currently looking at MCA Purples or Blues - depending on the price - and Yokohama AD08R’s. I would also like to get a new set of wheels soon and I've been looking at some Enkei RS05RR’s.


What is your dream car/favourite car of all time?

My dream is to own a 2002 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A in Innocent Blue Mica. Definitely looking to own one in the future.





2017 Subaru WRX


Price guide: $39,900 Brand New

Body: 4-Door Sedan

Drive Type: All Wheel Drive

Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged FA20DIT

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Power: 197kW @ 5600RPM

Torque: 350Nm @ 2400RPM

0-100km/h: 5.9 seconds

P Plate Legal: No


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