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2010-03-23 08:11
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Subaru
Model WRX
Engine 2.5l, flat-four turbo
Power 195kW
Torque 343Nm
In an attempt to cannibalise STI sales Subaru will introduce an upgraded WRX sedan at the New York motor show next week.

Although the 2011 model year WRX will not benefit from a boost in power (in fact, the 2.5l flat-four remains rated at 195kW) it does cue some STIesque styling changes and chassis tweaks.

The revised four-door WRX will feature the STI's rally heritage widebody styling.

Wider, meaner

From a styling perspective the WRX sedan inherits a new lip spoiler, larger front air intakes and blacked-out fog lights. The most pronounced styling change is undoubtedly the car’s wider stance courtesy of a 38mm increase in tracking width at both axles.

Wider fenders accommodate slightly wider tyres (235/45s instead of 225/45s) whilst firmer rear subframe bushings ensure those increased cornering forces, courtesy of the more generous tracking width, are matched by a commensurate increase in road holding ability.

The newfangled widebody styling package, tyres and increased track width add a scant 15kg to the WRX’s kerb weight.
Sporting faux STI styling cues and neat chassis tweaks, the range topping Impreza is under threat from within its own derivative range in the form of this 2011 WRX.

It would appear Subaru’s keen to let the STI moniker die a slow death in the wake of the company’s retirement from WRC competition.


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