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2011 Subaru WRX Gets STI’s Wide Body Look…And A Wider Stance

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

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In advance of its New York Auto Show debut next week, Subaru has previewed the 2011 Impreza WRX, which will be distanced even further from basic Impreza models, adopting an aggressive wide-body look that bears more in common with the top-performance Impreza STI model.

The wide stance matters, too. With about an inch and a half of extra track front and back, plus wider 17-inch wheels and firmer rear subframe bushings, the 2011 WRX should have significantly improved grip and poise, as well as a more authoritative presence.

As before, the WRX will be powered by a 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (‘flat’) four-cylinder engine, still making 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, and hooked up to a five-speed manual transmission.

Cosmetically, the WRX gets a more assertive, aggressive look that closely resembles that of the top-performance STI model, with carved-outward fenders and flared wheelwells, sharpened bumper corners, and racier-looking air ducts, and in front blacked-out fog lamps plus a new lip spoiler and grille that again serve to emphasize the width. Alongside, the gentle fold of the sheetmetal just below the beltline in the 2010 model has been turned into a sharp crease in the 2011 WRX.

The new WRX gains 33 pounds, according to Subaru, but the design changes together improve the model’s drag coefficient.

There are more changes to the 2011 Impreza WRX on the inside. Carbon black checkered upholstery with red stitching is included, with ‘performance design’ front seats and aluminum-alloy pedal covers and dead pedal. A new sound system now accommodates Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, plus a USB port, iPod compatibility, and an input jack. It’s also ready for an XM or Sirius satellite radio subscription.

Specifically, the WRX’s standard wheel size goes from 17x7 inches to 17x8 inches, with the tire size going from 225/45R17 to 235/45R17.

Since the 2011 Subaru WRX hasn’t structurally changed, we expect it to retain its excellent safety reputation—including top results in all tests and IIHS Top Safety Pick status. Electronic stability control, front side and full-length side-curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist will remain standard—including of course all-wheel drive.

The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX models—in four-door sedan or five-door hatchback form—are set to arrive at dealerships beginning this summer.

[Subaru of America]

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  1. Butt Ugly! I pitty the tool who drives this.
     
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  2. Subaru are trying to claw back with a design more reminiscent of the macho looking ones of a few years ago before they went soft with the dreary hatchbacks, supposedly to get a different market appeal. Fail.
    I wish car makers would look at headlight designs from a few years back and realise they are designed to light the road not look like they dragged the style pen too far along the fender.
     
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  3. I love the new WRX, can't wait to be driving this baby. I pity Rich, who moan and whine no matter what the new design looked like. Hey Rich, you want some cheese to go along with that whine?
     
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