This Pure Red WRX Premium is an appreciable example of a dynamic daily driver that can satisfy both wants and needs.
Since our most recent post overviewed Kayla’s switch from a Subaru to a Saabaru, we figured we’d tell you about another Subbie lover’s sweet daily driver: Cody’s 2016 WRX.
After beginning his career at a hospital and earning a steady income, Cody set out to purchase a new vehicle. He needed something that could manage to comfortably dredge through commutes plagued with stop-and-go traffic. Practicality was a concern, but it also needed to be fun with just the right amount of athleticism.
Cody had his eye on the Subaru WRX, and after test driving a Pure Red Premium model equipped with a few options, including the CVT transmission, he knew it was what he wanted. When asked why he ended up choosing the WRX over the other potential candidates, well, it turns out there weren’t any:
I couldn’t tell ya when I started to want a WRX. It’s been a dream car of mine for a while now.
And he really does treat it as such, with frequent details and a few changes that have given this Subbie a bit more character and capability. It’s a prime example of how, with a little effort, you can make your car your own without expending every resource you have.
From a performance standpoint, Cody’s equipped this Subbie with goodies from the ever-so-popular Cobb Performance, including Stage 1+ tuning software and a cold-air intake. He’s also fitted the car with a Nameless Performance cat-back exhaust.
Cody is in the process of installing a Nameless Performance down-pipe and a Stage 2 tune, which will give his WRX a little more pep. He says that he’s enjoyed his experience with Cobb so far, with the only downside being that he had to pay an e-tuner to modify Cobb’s Stage 2 tune since Cobb doesn’t support CVT-equipped WRXes (which added $150 to the total costs).
The rest of the mods are little changes that, when looked at collectively, help separate Cody’s WRX from the others. Under the hood you’ll see Perrin decor, including a top-mount intercooler shroud, pulley cover, and oil cap.
Cody’s outfitted the headlights with OPT7 HIDs, Mishimoto LED switchback C-lights, and he blacked-out housings. Other lighting upgrades include a 32-inch MICTuning RGB light bar, F1-style brake light, a Mishimoto taillight module, and smoked taillight lenses.
This WRX also features several other cosmetic enhancements, like the SPT carbon fiber trunk accent trim, blacked-out emblems, gloss black vinyl under the lower grille or what some might call an “Evo mod”, a rear tow-hook, carbon fiber vinyl-wrapped mirror trim, and, of course, Rally Armor mudflaps.
Next on Cody’s list are Tein Street Basis coilovers and AVID1 AV06 wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx tires. To keep up with Cody and his 2016 WRX, follow @flasssk on Instagram. Peep the gallery below to see a preview of his iPhoneography skills.