Subaru goes for a more aggressive look for its 2011 standard WRX model and gives it wider body panels. Of course, the WRX is still inferior to the WRX STI, which remains as the top car in the Impreza lineup. The 2009 WRX got a boost of horsepower to achieve 265hp, only 40hp lower than the WRX STI.
The 2011 WRX also gets WRX STI's bulging fender flares and its front and rear track will be widened by 1.5 inches each. To boost performance further, the model gets firmer subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires. With these revisions, 34 pounds are added to the 2011 WRX's curb weight.
The 2011 WRX gets a revised front end with a new grilled, sharpened bumper corners, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles, and a protruding lip spoiler. Subaru claims that the exterior changes record a lower drag coefficient than the outgoing model.
Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, said that the new wide-body designs signify another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX.
This provides enthusiasts with a more impressive all-wheel-drive performance package. The WRX's turbocharged 2.5-liter H4 will have the same output for the 2011 model, with 265hp and 244 pound-feet of torque.
Also unchanged are the WRX's five-speed manual transmission and its Continuous AWD version of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Watch out for the 2011 Subaru WRX at the 2010 New York Auto Show towards the end of March.