Subaru to separate WRX and STI performance models from the Impreza

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

According to the latest reports, it seems that Subaru will begin selling the well-known Impreza WRX and STI performance models separately from the standard Impreza when the car will be redesigned next month. Moreover, the Impreza name will be removed from the derivates, which means that we should get used to the Subaru WRX/STI names.

The new cars will also get their own platforms when they will be redesigned in 2013. According to Bill Cyphers, senior vice president of sales for Subaru of America, this new strategy will allow Subaru to focus on the redesigned Impreza's improved fuel economy and added interior space.

New WRX and STI models will allow Subaru to market them more easily as performance cars and to give them interiors and features more appropriate for more expensive sports cars. Regarding the 2013 models, Cyphers refused to give any details, but he said that the STI will continue to be powered by a 300+ hp engine.

Subaru Impreza will go on sale in November as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, at the same price as the current model but with a new engine and a roomier interior. Its launch was delayed by the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Impreza comes with a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine with 148 hp and a new continuously variable transmission capable to deliver a fuel consumption of 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined, compared with 27 mpg highway/24 mpg combined for the outgoing models.

Subaru of America has launched a new 4-door model of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. This is the first time that the performance flagship model will be offered in five-door and four-door body styles. On top of this, the 2011 WRX STI will have redesigned suspension tuning and 18-inch wheels that are lighter to make way for sharper handling.

Impreza WRX STI has been continuously improved since it was first introduced. If you want to see the new suspension improvements in the new Impreza WRX STI, then take a look at the 2010 WRX STI Special Edition. The chassis has also been improved and tested on the Nurburgring racetrack, giving the new 2011 WRX STI the best handling that Subaru has offered in its vehicles.

Subaru of America, Inc., executive vice president and COO Tom Doll says that the continuous improvement and development of the Impreza have been fueled by the loyal, vocal, and strong support that they get from previous owners of the vehicle. He says that the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4-door will help to reach more driving enthusiasts.

New Designs

2011 WRX STI models have sharper corners for the bumper as well as wider fog lamp nacelles to help underline the wide and low profile. The lip spoiler juts out with 3-D detailing, giving the vehicle a sportier look.

You also have a redesigned front grille that has a black base and wing, helping to make the front appear more powerful. There are also bigger bumper intake and grille openings. The four-door models also feature wider rear fenders that go beyond the taillights and contribute to lower aerodynamic drag.

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