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Subaru Impreza WRX STi sedan should return in 2011

Our chat with Subaru left us sensing that the Japanese automaker is moving their lineup in a much more luxurious direction than it has in current years, now there is nothing wrong with this approach to selling cars, in fact it is a pretty smart one, but what about the boy racer in all of us that lusted after owning the same blue and gold car that Colin McRae raced to multi WRC championships. One of our concerns with the automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries withdrawing from the World Rally Championship is that their cars could lose that competitive performance edge, but the entry level Impreza has been replaced by the more spacious Legacy as Subaru’s GT300 competitor in the Super GT championship and a much more mundane version is currently being campaigned in the Koni Challenge Series here in the U.S. which makes sense because even the old WRC car was a Legacy. So with all this attention being paid to the larger vehicles in their lineup what is going to happen to the STi ?

When I told the Subaru representative that my favorite of all time is the mighty 22B STi, he knew exactly what myself, and most WRX enthusiasts, were looking for in the next version of the best bargain sports car on the market. The 22B was built back in 1998 to celebrate the automaker’s 40th anniversary and by that point, multiple World Rally Championships. This special edition Impreza started out as a lightweight WRX RA coupe shell and then had a set of much wider rear arches to match the boxed front fenders that housed special gold BBS wheels, which widened the Subaru’s track and made it look just as bad as the WRC car .

Update 04.01.2010: Official release the new 2010 WRX Sti is introduced at the 2010 New York Auto Show .

Update 04.27.2010: We just receive the first picture of the 2011 Sedan WRX STi caught in the wild, Thanks to Robbie Tigan for the tip!

Continued after the jump.

When Subaru redid the Impreza and STi for 2008 the design included a new rear suspension that would increase back seat room, a toned down front and an overall much smoother body. They also tuned a bit of the STi’s edge out of turbocharged all wheel drive hatchback, a mistake they admittedly made but claim to have corrected with the 2009 model. Our other concern is the hatchback only option for the Sti, something that he promised me would be resolved very soon, and told me to keep my eyes out about the future of the high performance flat four powered four door. Form what we have uncovered on the internet it should arrive as a 2011 model.



18 comments:

It’s still the body style of the sedan that just doesn’t do it for me. And this particular wing does not help, IMO. Something about the wing doesn’t even look right.

Well, I guess Subaru is beginning to put some failure into their production cars. I really don’t know why.

Burn out that turns into failure. Sorry for your engine dude.

Lovely WRX sedan, looks more aggressive than the EVo and the STI hatch itself.

Hi, I’m sorry my english is not great could some1 confirm to me if he’s talking about the ECU reflash recall on 2008s?

"They also tuned a bit of the STi’s edge out of turbocharged all wheel drive hatchback, a mistake they admittedly made but claim to have corrected with the 2009 model."

Oh, and Subieforlife, Subaru does offer a stiffer suspension for the STI. SPT (Subaru Performance Tuning) - the not very well-known Subaru equivalent to TRD and Nismo - offers stiffer shocks, lowering springs, as well as exhaust and chassis refinements. Not every dealer carries them, though.

Subaru should return to the 22B coupe body style and market that along side the hatch.

I don’t know what would be the best choice for the STi, ditch the hatch or reinvent the sedan? I own an ’08 STi and happen to like it very much. Sure, it isn’t the glaring STi of yesterday, complete with periscope hood scoop and enormous wing, but does continue on the STi tradition quite well.
Many of the die hards that rejected the new body have come to like it very well. I know I have.
Only suggestions would be to stiffen the suspension back up and offer increased horsepower. The WRX is putting numbers out very close to STi. Given the price tag, and the fact that it is an STi, it should have a wider performance gap versus it’s little brother the WRX.
Offer heated mirrors and wipers. Otherwise I don’t see the need in luxury gizmos. I have learned to appreciate an auto without all the gizmos.
I would hope Subaru will not sell out and make the STi become just another performance oriented sedan. This car was not and should never be intended to be a luxury sports sedan.

If this will be the next impreza sedan, many tuner wont hesitate to have their hands on this baby, because it looks more aggressive and sporty in rally even in street racing. a very tight competitor of the evo is now coming back from sedan version.

well i really miss the Impreza STI Sedan, good thing that subaru will produce a STI Sedan again, i really like the sedan STI rather than the hatch.

I’m not generation Y nor a "Boy Racer" and I know a number of driving enthusiasts (who are neither) who would jump on buying an STI if Subaru would listen and develop an STI that included the creature comforts of the WRX Premium. Subaru is turning sales away from the STI because people would like some 21st century amenities and a stylish interior for this fantastic car. Instead, they are offering a stripped down version of the STI (minus dual climate control and HIDs) - the Spec C for a truly niche group. Subaru... give people the option of a fully loaded STI - it’s ridiculous that it’s not offered. Mitsu offers a fully loaded EVO - the EVO MR Grand Touring. And please... restyle that generic looking sedan for the WRX - it is ugly. Subaru has missed the mark on the new generation WRX appearance. It is soooo boring looking - get those fender flares back on the WRX. Sorry... one last note... what is the deal with these limited production models. The new "limited edition" WRX with leather and HIDs this Spring... why not just make it an option for the car?

Subaru-Are you listening ???? Make any kind of version of the 2011 STi that you want...Hatch, Sedan,Convertible (hmmm); but for once listen to the public and INCLUDE the creature comforts that the WRX Premium has-like a Sunroof-the heated seats-the heated mirrors that the "lower" model WRX Prem has. Some of us like the idea of performance AND creature comforts. WOW-What a concept !!!

My understanding the new Toyota/Subaru will offer a WRX STI and all wheel drive.

Dear Subaru, please improve the WRX STI’s interior design. I currently have a 2008 Honda Civic SI and love the design of the dashboard. Give me that huge digital speedometer that I readily see how fast I’m going and the comfortable interior. Then, I’ll buy the 2011 WRX STI. Oh, and more break hp at lower revs please.

- Gen Y’er with money

Thats more like it. If they still keep the trick DCCD, it would make for a great all round car. One can have it as a drift AND a track monster. The hatchback may be more practical but it says soccer mum. A sedan gives the STi the original bada$$ look.

Even if they don’t sell well, sportscars are very beneficial for manufacturers because they draw attention to their other models, just like when Mazda’s US sales dropped significantly in 1996 upon the death of the RX-7.

We talked about that as well, apparently the problem is that Generation Y can’t seem to get enough jobs to buy new cars. It is a good idea and both company’s have acknowledged that it exists but without a market to sell to they aren’t in any hurry to make a product that its market couldn’t afford at the moment. When we spoke to our Subaru representative he said that everything that he knows about the future sport compact is the same as what I know from searching the internet.

All that switching to a sedan would do is lessen practicality. If Subaru really wanted to get sporty, they’d offer a STI version of the new "Toyobaru" or whatever it’s called.

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