Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

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.

Subaru Impreza WRX Limited Edition

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 Impreza WRX 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.

Press release after the jump.

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.

Press release after the jump.

Travis Pastrana is never one to back down from a death-defying stunt so as you can expect, when he talked about ringing in 2010 by jumping 250 feet into the air on board his Red Bull Subaru WRX STI rally car onto a waiting barge, none of us second-guessed his sanity.

After a few botched practice sessions, the time finally came for Pastrana to do his New Year’s jump and as the video of the whole episode will show you, Pastrana surely kicked off 2010 off to a rousing start.

Check it out.

Source: Red Bull

Subaru Technica International has followed up the recent assortment of special edition WRX STIs with a high output Impreza with a few well thought out upgrades to create the Impreza R205. Based on the standard vehicle, Subaru’s in house tuners the beefed the car up in preparation to go racing at the Nurburgring 24 hour race back in 2009 and now we will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor, the only downside is that there will only be 400 examples of the unrestricted STI.

The new R205 is easily recognizable with a zero bling blacked out front grill as well as matching under spoilers front and rear (take a closer look at the back one) with a wing on the top of the hatch to complete the dark theme. WRC fans might recognize the 18 inch Prodrive P1 style wheels housing a massive brake package consisting of 6 piston calipers up front and 4 pots in the rear, all clamping down on a set of slotted oversized rotors. This is definitely a car meant to be tracked.

Thanks to some heavy duty equipment including a ball bearing IHI turbocharger, free flowing exhaust and a retuned ECU to keep the pistons in the crank case, new car shoppers can now enjoy what the Japanese automaker Subaru is calling their Road Sport Impreza. The new go fast parts are good for a maximum output of 315 HP and 317 lb-ft of torque. The race tested components ensure that this STI will not only be able to endure the hard city life, but allow its owner to unwind all day long at his or her local racing circuit.

Press release after the jump.

The Subaru Impreza is entering the 2010 model year with minor exterior detail changes to grille/headlamp treatments and two new packages: Special Edition Package that includes a power moonroof, fog lights and the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer.

Subaru Impreza

The Impreza is being offered in two body versions: four-door sedan and five-door hatchback and four distinct output levels: 2.5i 170 hp; 2.5GT 224 hp; WRX 265 hp; and STI 305 hp, with prices starting at $17,495 for the 2.5i version.

The 2010 Impreza is being offered with standard aluminum-alloy 16-inch, 12-spoke wheels, a black leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons and a black leather-wrapped shifter handle, AM/FM stereo that includes a 6-disc in-dash CD changer featuring MP3/WMA audio file capability and an 10-speaker audio system that integrates the SRS Circle Surround system.

Full details after the jump.

Subaru’s WRX STI is definately one of our favorite rides here at Top Speed, however ever since the turbocharged all wheel drive Japanese automaker chose to go with a distinct five door hatchback layout for their flagship performance vehicle we have been yearning for a return to sexy two door bodies with a set of boxed fenders much like the special edition 22B Impreza. It appears that the creative re stylers at Digimods shared our ambition and came up with this sleeker STI. The virtual designers started off by smoothing the rear doors in the digital world before flaring the fenders even more then from factory. Digimods then continued to emphasize the STI’s attitude by fitting a set of large diameter deep dish wheels to go along with the new bodywork and Ferrari style bumper exit exhaust. Stepping into the wilder realm of digital tuning, the boys at Digimods moved the engine behind the driver for better weight distribution, however in order to make it work they have had to feed in tremendous amounts of air to the turbocharged flat four through a variety of scoops on the roof and rear quarter panels with a rather large vent integrated into the hatch.

Source: Digimods

If you’ve ever doubted the power that comes from a Subaru, then this video should – at the very least – make a believer out of you.

In an ironic twist of fate, a tractor-trailer got stuck on a icy and snowy road, rendering it immobile and, in the process, clogging up traffic and feeling the wrath of some pretty hot-headed drivers behind it.

Never fear, semi-truck, you’re savior has arrived!

A Subaru WRX STI – a miniscule car compared to that behemoth truck – showed up and pulled the hapless semi out of the road, saving it from the wrath of a lot of angry drivers that got stuck behind it.

Normally, in these situations, the shoe should have been on the other foot. But seeing this video has made us rethink our opinions about the WRX STI. It may not be a Superman-esque feat, but it was nevertheless impressive in every which way you look at it.

Source: YouTube

The Japanese sport compact maker Subaru has just announced pricing for the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition that was revealed just a few days ago. With a scheduled production run of only 125 units, this special edition STI will be in high demand when it goes on sale in the spring of 2010 starting at $32,995. What is even better about the Spec C inspired STI is that it will cost $2,000 less than the standard 2010 WRX STI.

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition prices announced

Aside from the high performance suspension, the Special Edition differs from the standard WRX STI with a few cost cutting options like a set of halogen headlamps rather than HID units; the 6 CD 10 speaker system turns into a single disc player with 4 speakers; manual air conditioning in place of automatic climate control and side mirrors without integrated signals. However if getting around a track as fast as possible is what you are after it is very unlikely that you will miss any of those creature comforts.

Press release after the jump.

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