• 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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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.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Subaru of America today introduced a new 4-door version of its Impreza WRX STI performance flagship model. This will be the first time that the WRX STI has been offered in two body styles (5-door and 4-door). In addition to the new styling, the 2011 WRX STI features significantly revised suspension tuning and lighter 18-inch wheels for even sharper handling.

The WRX STI has been a recipient of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently, the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition previewed some of the suspension enhancements now migrated to the 2011 WRX STI. Thorough and painstakingly detailed chassis development, including testing on Germany’s famed Nurburgring racetrack, has resulted in the best-handling Impreza WRX STI models Subaru has ever offered.

"The continuous evolution and development of the WRX STI is driven by the strong, loyal and vocal support from thousands of enthusiastic owners of this exciting high-performance vehicle," said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. "The 2011 4-door WRX STI will expand the appeal of this iconic performance model to a wider range of driving enthusiasts."

New Designs for 2011

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In front, the 2011 WRX STI models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to accentuate the "wide and low" profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars’ sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights’ shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.

For the 4-door models, newly designed wider rear fenders are stretched out on the side beyond the tail lamps, accentuating a look of power and stability. The new design details contribute to an improved drag coefficient.

New Chassis Tuning for 2011

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The Subaru WRX STI was already a highly optimized performance machine. Specific chassis tuning. Aluminum front lower L-arms reduce unsprung vehicle weight. Major chassis tuning changes include a lowered ride height and new pillow-ball bushings in front and stiffer bushings for the rear subframe that supports the double-wishbone suspension – these improve camber and toe stiffness.

Both the front and rear suspension systems employ higher-rate springs and thicker front and rear stabilizer bars than the 2010 model: 21 mm vs. 20 mm in front and 19 mm vs. 18 mm in rear. Spring rates have increased by 15.6 percent in front and 53 percent in the rear.

New standard 18-inch aluminum wheels feature high-luster paint and weigh 17.6 lbs. less than the previous standard wheels. The optional 18 x 8.5-in. BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels, which further reduce unsprung vehicle weight, are highlighted by silver high-luster paint for 2011.

Exclusive to the WRX STI, the Brembo Performance Brake System uses ventilated 4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Super Sport ABS can control the braking forces at each rear wheel independently, which optimizes braking ability during hard cornering to help reduce understeer.

The Ultimate Performance Subaru

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The 2011 WRX STI continues as the ultimate-performance Subaru with its high-boost 305-hp turbocharged/intercooled 4-cyl. Boxer engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The STI also features Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with three "Auto" modes, as well as a manual mode with six driver-selectable differential locking settings.

The WRX STI is equipped with advanced dynamic control systems, as well: the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard and features a track performance-optimized mode; Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) technology allows the driver to tailor the car’s driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes – "Intelligent," "Sport" and "Sport Sharp" – using a rotary dial on the center console.

The 2011 Impreza WRX STI models arrive in Subaru dealerships late this summer.

Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior

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New for 2011, the WRX STI interior is finished in black and silver to highlight its sporty design. Trim panels, the steering wheel air bag cover and steering wheel switches are now dark cast metallic.

The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a three-spoke, leather-wrapped design embossed with the STI logo and features control switches for Bluetooth® hands-free phone function. A new AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player features Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, iPod control capability, a USB port, 3.5mm aux. input jack and XM/SIRIUS satellite radio (subscription is extra). An available navigation system integrates a vehicle information center and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

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  (531) posted on 02.15.2011

yeah, it would be nice to see a Legacy Wagon. With the new EZ5 body came a higher ride height and an Outback only green. It would be nice to have an Legacy Wagon option where the lower ride height was retained and the plastic crap around the bottom was non existent. I could care less about the green though.

  (762) posted on 02.15.2011

But you knew that, because you are the expert from VW. You already know everything, nothing more to learn huh? Must be boring days for you...

  (528) posted on 02.15.2011

Just because the vehicles do not have something does not mean it was not thought of. I can see where rear A/C vents would be nice for passengers considering they can now fit in the new model, but rear A/C isn’t something you can just toss into a car. Someday it may get worked in but I can’t imagine where the duct work, no matter how flat, would fit in.

  (619) posted on 02.15.2011

Would really like to see dyno results for the car used in the instrumented testing.
Also, was the car run on a race track to get an idea of of how the claimed suspension improvements play out in terms of improved or worsened lap times compared to the previous model?

  (613) posted on 12.28.2010

Its enhanced engine and chassis performance is a sure winner. As the chassis will improves its handling specially on rainy days. Its engine will increase the maximum torque.

  (665) posted on 12.9.2010

good thing that subaru has already made a sedan version of the WRX, also WRX sedan is the main reason why they are one of the well know car makers today.

  (366) posted on 10.7.2010

Once you get behind the wheel of an STI, all that matters is the shifter, wheel, & the road. The car is a bit on the ugly side but the ride is rewarding hell... My tuned STI (360HP) is far more fun then my RUF-997 (650HP) smiley For interior styling you might as well get another car, and pay the price. It’s a trade off, either or! If you want looks get an EVO.

  (201) posted on 09.28.2010

Step in the right direction but I think the sedan’s biggest problem was the old Ford Focus rear look it has going on. Still looks pretty weak. Any of the previous sedans (Impreza or Legacy) had a nicer rear, if not that exciting.

  (1022) posted on 08.9.2010

I’m a big fan of the new WRX update. The wide fenders give it style instead of the flat sided Toyota look like side panels on the plain Impreza. The STI features like dual tip dual exhaust, fenders, wheels, etc. really make me want this car that much more. Sure the STI has 305 hp and leather stitching, special gauges, bigger wheels. But for me 265hp out of a turbo 4 is plenty for me to be happy. I am in a 2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD with 140hp, so any bump is good. The wing on the STI is a bit of the turnoff being I’m almost 30 and getting married and it’s just not my style to pull into the office with that hanging off the back of my car. Plus I don’t need to be stereotyped as a duchess on the roads.

  (129) posted on 07.21.2010

Another car to look forward to this year. I’m a big fan of Subaru cars. I really like their design and most especially the sedan.

  (477) posted on 05.16.2010

IMO when it comes to subaru. I like it more in a sedan version than the Hatchback.

  (763) posted on 04.26.2010

Excellent style! I don’t expect this type of design this is much better than the hatchback version of subaru.

  (868) posted on 04.24.2010

True, not everyone who buys an STi or even the majority of people who buy STis consider practicality a huge issue, but clearly enough do, which is why 2008 and 2009 were the STi’s top-selling years.

  (1022) posted on 04.24.2010

Not faster, just better looking. The sedans chassis will probably be stiffer, meaning better handling. Besides few people buy an STi with practicality in mind. Its all about pocket speed and of course, the big bad wing.

  (868) posted on 04.24.2010

Is the sedan going to be any faster than the hatch though? It may look cooler, but it’s less practical and I don’t think that there’s any performance difference.

  (1022) posted on 04.24.2010

The STi is probably the best all round car money can buy. The EVO X is faster and is a great car but you can’t drift in an EVO.

  (392) posted on 04.20.2010

I think this model of impreza are the one that are tuning up to max level and compete on the race track.

  (16) posted on 04.11.2010

I love sedan version more than hatchback. BEAUTIFUL <3

  (868) posted on 04.9.2010

I recently saw a video of what appeared to be a test mule for the FT-86 with an STi front bumper and headlights, so the coupe version of the STi should return in the form of the FT-86 concept with the STi’s powertrain. That should give a 0-60 time of between 3.8 and 4.0 seconds. I think Toyota should succeed the LFA (which is supposed to have only a two year production run) with a Supra derived from an FT-86 with a twin-turbo version of the Camry’s V6.

  (701) posted on 04.7.2010

I really miss the sedan version of the WRX. What the hell happened to the STI? they pulled out over the WRC.

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