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2018-12-14 09:01

Janine Van der Post

raylene abrahams subaru wrx

Image: Wheels24 / Janine Van der Post

Matric Ball season has come to a close for 2018 and for some, it's taken a year's worth of planning. While dresses and colour co-ordinating with your partner is vital, so is the make-up, the food and having your family and friends around to mark this important milestone.

But just as important are the cars. The vehicles that make a statement upon arrival at the homes of the students, and even more so, at the venue of the Matric farewell dance. The choice of vehicle is pivotal.

Raylene Abrahams was raised in Zoar by her grandparents, a small little town in Ladismith, riddled with poverty. She realised that life there was going to be a mirrored reflection. She was determined to finish school and moved down to the Strand in 2016 to begin Grade 10 at Rusthof Secondary School.

Her folks went out of their way to give her a special send off, and Wheels24 stepped up with a car that Raylene fell madly in love with.

She recently attended her Matric Ball in a beautiful white Subaru WRX and shares her thoughts with Wheels24's Janine Van der Post who chauffeured her to the event.

Subaru WRX AWD CVT - R631 400

Janine Van der Post says: The Subaru WRX is a sophisticated vehicle with the rich heritage of WRC still prominent in its driving dynamics. And it made for the perfect matric ball car which complimented Raylene's dress and look for the evening.

I totally understand the connection she felt with the car when she first experienced thee WRX, since she likes "fast cars". The 2.0-litre DIT Boxer engine delivers 197kW and 350Nm. It sits low and flat in the engine bay enabling less noise and vibration in the cabin but at the same time the lower centre of gravity allows for better stability and more confidence in corners. AWD means there's grip on the road, on all four wheels, all the time resulting in even more traction.

The fine-tuned suspension system has stiffer stabilisers and stiffer pillow ball bushings also aide better control while you're driving.

The rear diffuser with twin exhaust pipes on either side helps carry out that beautiful sonorous drone ringing out from the engine through the exhaust. From the moment you press the car's start button to when you're changing driver modes by hitting that Subaru Intelligent Drive button, the sound of the car is infectious. It has stunning design lines making it look assertive and beautiful at the same time.

subaru wrx

Image: Clavern Van der Post

The WRX is comfortable with lush full leather seats inside the car and loads of cabin space, and legroom. It's easy to drive, sits in corners and gives you the confidence to push it through the paces.

The biggest highlight though is the technology featured in the vehicle. Driving assist and safety systems include rear vehicle detection with blind  spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. Even the side mirrors shows you the distance from the pavement or a parked vehicle. These systems of course all work in tandem with the automaker's Eyesight Driver Assist technology which acts as a warning system to the driver of potential hazards.

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