Subaru Australia unveiled a new special edition based on the Impreza WRX sedan. Called the WRX Club Spec 10, this special edition will be limited to only 250 units and will be priced at $49,990. Sales will begin in May.
This special edition will be distinguished by an STI front lip spoiler, a flexible strut tower bar, a flexible lower bar and front support kit, 17-inch Enkei alloy wheels, factory-fitted leather seats, sunroof and satellite navigation.
At $49,990, it seems that consumers will only be paying for the exclusivity of owning this special edition considering not many fancy upgrades have been made to substantiate the dramatic increase in price. Of course, if this is the type of thing that tickles your fancy then feel free to head down to the Subaru dealerships where they are now taking orders for this special edition model.
Subaru was quite a busy brand at the New York Auto Show, showing off their sales figures for 2009 and proudly announcing that the brand has rebounded quite strongly from the global financial crisis of 2008. But while these are all fascinating to us, the real highlight of the Subaru press conference was the unveiling of the 2011 WRX STI, a car that we’ve been pining for release for quite some time now.
Subaru of America’s Director of Corporate Communications, Michael McHale and Executive Vice President and COO of Subaru of America Thomas Doll both took the stage to personally unveil the new 2011 Subaru WRX STI.
Most of the press conference will talk about the awesomeness that is Subaru so if you’d like to skip that part and head over straight to the reveal of the 2011 WRX STI, we suggest you fast forward to the 3:38 mark of the part 2 of the press conference where Mr. Doll himself gives us the rundown of the highly-anticipated car before pulling off the covers at the 7:45 mark.
Subaru unveiled the 2011 Impreza WRX STI today at the 2010 New York Auto Show. Aesthetically speaking, this year’s model is drastically different than the Impreza from before. For the first time the WRX STI will be offered in two body versions; 5-door and 4-door. The Impreza also comes with a new design and a significantly revised suspension tuning with lighter 18-inch wheels for even sharper handling.
The biggest changes are made on the exterior. Up front it gets sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamps, a lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing, a newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing. The exterior package is finished by a newly designed wider rear fenders.
On the mechanical end, the 2011 Impreza WRX STI comes with a lowered ride height and new pillow-ball, higher-rate springs for both front and rear suspensions, and spring rates increased by 15.6 percent in front and 53 percent in the rear. The car sits on 18-inch aluminum wheels featuring high-luster paint.
And finally, on the interior, the trim panels, the steering wheel air bag cover, and steering wheel switches are now dark cast metallic which compliment the silver and black interior.
To finish off the updated Impreza model, Subaru has added technological features such as control switches for Bluetooth, a Navigation system, iPod capability, and an XM/Sirius radio.
UPDATE 06/09/2010: Subaru today announced that the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan has become the fastest WRX STI Ever. It recorded a Nurburgring time of 7’55’’00, the fastest lap time ever in a Subaru. Hit the jump to watch the video of the record setting Subaru!
UPDATE 10/07/2010: Prices for the 2011 Subaru WRX STI have just been announced for the UK. The four-and five-door variants for the Subaru WRX STI can be yours for £32,995.
On April 1st, Subaru will be lifting the covers off of the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI at the New York Auto Show.
But before Subaru breaks cover, they we’re kind enough to give us a teaser photo of the WRX STI, giving us a brief glimpse of what to expect when the New York Auto Show officially opens gate. Judging from the teaser photo - which really doesn’t show a whole lot, apart from the car’s front to rear contour - we can expect something different for the 2011 version of the Impreza WRX STI. And if the shape is any indication, the added rear wing of the car is sure to make this new WRX STI aesthetically pleasing as well as performance-enhancing.
Then again, further information is scarce until the 1st of April, so until then, let’s cross our fingers and hope that Subaru has something in store for all of us.
Subaru announced today the debut of the 2011 Impreza WRX models at the New York Auto Show. The model will be offered in both four and five doors versions and will go on sale later this summer.
A first for both model version is a wide-body design inspired by the STI model: sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp, a new lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing and newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing.
Both models will be powered by a turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 265 hp and 244 lbs-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Subaru unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the Impreza XV crossover. Based on the Impreza 5-door model, the new Impreza XV features a totally redesigned chassis offering a class-exceeding ride performance. The crossover will be offered in two versions: 2.0R and 2.0D.
The car’s exterior is defined by an exclusively designed grill and bumper, a specially designed thicker rear spoiler and roof rails. The interior is also changed compared to a standard Impreza: the information gauge, audio, and navigation system are laid out along the top of the centre panel, there are bucket seats in two-tone color, audio control satellite switches and Bluetooth hands-free switches on the steering wheel.
The 2,0 liter gasoline engine will deliver a total of 150 hp and 196 NM of torque, while the diesel one delivers 150 HP and an impressive 350 NM. The two engines can be combined to a 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. All version will be available with S-AWD (Symmetrical All Wheel Drive System) system.
Only a few hours ago we told you about the Japanese premium automaker’s plans to release a razor sharp Special Edition Subaru WRX STI complete with a host of suspension parts from the track tuned Spec C model. Well now the all wheel drive automaker is telling us that they are also bringing a more luxurious Limited Edition of the slightly less powerful WRX to the L.A. Auto Show.
Although it’s not an STI with its more mundane 265 HP 2.5 Liter turbocharged flat four, however with its symmetrical all wheel drive system and refined interior this is much like the leather wrapped Limited model that Subaru sold back in 2007. Based on the 2010 Impreza WRX, the Limited Edition adds a leather interior, moonroof and SIRIUS Satellite Radio over the already well equipped WRX Premium. Wow, it looks like Subaru is finally giving their customers what they want, if scandinavian flicks and embarrassing cars more than three times as expensive at the track then you can have your all out Special Edition STI and if you just want to have a smile on your face every time you get out of your Impreza and also relax in leather, then this Limited Edition WRX is for you.
Updated 02/08/10: Subaru announced prices for the Impreza WRX Limited Edition: the 4-door WRX Limited will be priced at $28,495 while the 5-door model will be priced at $28,995.
The Japanese all wheel drive automaker Subaru unveiled the latest addition to the Subaru Road Racing Team this past weekend with their entry in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at the Daytona Speedway as a precursor to the acclaimed Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona. The race ready Subaru ImprezaWRX STI is a wide body version of the standard five door STI powered by a boosted flat four and features a driver selectable power train and dynamic handling controls to ensure world class performance for the Japanese sport compact.
The SRRT STI-R is motivated by a high output version of Subaru’s 2.5 Liter turbocharged and intercooled four cylinder Boxer engine that produces a maximum output of 305 HP and is mated to a six speed manual transmission that features Subaru’s advanced Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive that allows the torque to be manually split between the front and rear axle. The SRRT Impreza WRX STI also features a lightweight suspension made up of lots of aluminum pieces to ensure that the road racing STI is light on its feet with as little unsprung mass as possible and a Brembo Performance Brake System to ensure that their drivers don’t encounter brake fade no matter how many times they run deep into the turns.
Subaru made a name for themselves in the WRC with the late great Colin McRae behind the wheel of their blue and yellow Impreza rally car. In celebration of the automaker’s 40th anniversary and by that point, multiple World Rally Championships, the Japanese automaker built the special edition 22B STI back in 1998. 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.
Although the Japanese automaker Subaru pulled out of their factory backed World Rally Championship efforts, the company that built those iconic blue WRC competitors, Prodrive, are still working hard on new versions of the purpose built rally car for privateer racers. Prodrive has just released details about the 2010 Group N Subaru Impreza that will compete in 2010, priced at just under $200,000 the Prodrive Subaru Impreza N2010 WRC is sure to deliver for those willing to take the risk on the stages of the World Rally Championship.
The Impreza N2010 utilizes a new larger 33 mm air restrictor connected to the turbocharged. The new piece was introduced by the FIA in order to help balance the performance between the Group N and unrestricted Super2000 rally cars. Simply by increasing the size of the opening by only one millimeter, fitting a set of high flow fuel injectors and recalibrating the ECU to make everything work harmoniously gives the Scooby a 20 HP bump while beefing up the torque curve and increasing throttle response throughout the entire RPM band while the new Ohlins suspension ensures that the all wheel drive rally car stays on course until the end of the stage.