Next-generation Impreza WRX and STI models will carry a 300+ hp 2.0-liter engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 24, 2011

What Subaru accomplished at the Los Angeles Auto Show was to confirm the U.S.-market name for its new small crossover and to give assurances to the media that the rear-drive-only BRZ doesn’t mean the end of its AWD hot rods. It was recently reported that for the first time, the next-generation WRX and STI will use their own distinct platform. As a result, this distances the enthusiast models from the workaday Impreza on which they were previously based.

Subaru added that the WRX will still be turbocharged and will have a forced-induction version of its new 2.0-liter “FB” boxer four. The STI version has an output of more than 300 hp. Using this new platform reduces the curb weights for both.

As they have different platforms, it’s understandable that “Impreza” will be dropped from the names of the next-gen WRX and STI when they arrive about two years from now. This means that enthusiasts will get to choose from among three models that have three-letter names.

Subaru of America came out with a new four-door version of its Subaru Impreza WRX STI performance flagship model. This means that the 2011 WRX STI is now offered in two body styles – the 5-door and the 4-door. Other than their new styling, the new cars also feature significantly revised suspension tuning as well as lighter 18-inch wheels for a much sharper and improved handling.

Since the Subaru Impreza WRX STI was introduced to the market, it has been constantly updated and improved. The 2010 WRX STI Special Edition, for instance, has previewed some of the suspension enhancements that are now incorporated into the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Moreover, the Impreza has also undergone a thorough and painstaking chassis development, which included testing on Germany’s famous Nurburgring racetrack. This resulted in the best-handling WRX STI models ever offered by Subaru.

Tom Doll, Subaru of America, Inc.’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said that the Subaru Impreza WRX STI continues to evolve with the enthusiastic support of its loyal customers. He said that the 4-door model will attract a broader range of driving fans.

The 2011 WRX STI features sharpened bumper corners as well as wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles at the front, accentuating its “wide and low” profile. It also has a jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing that highlights the car’s sportiness. Moreover, the freshly designed front grille with black base and the blacked-out Subaru wing emphasize the shape of the headlight that give its front end a more strong and powerful look, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.

The 2011 WRX STI 4-door model boasts a newly designed wider rear fenders that wrap the side beyond the tail lamps, thereby accentuating the vehicle’s stability and reliability. These fresh details also contribute to the new car’s improved drag coefficient.

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