Subaru of America revealed today at the New York Auto Show the all-new 4-door version of its 2011 Impreza WRX STI. The new car promises to offer new styling as well as a revised suspension and lighter 18-inch wheels for even sharper handling.
Regarding the design of the new car, this features sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to accentuate the "wide and low" profile, a newly designed front grille with black base, newly designed fenders (for the 4-door models) and a big rear trunk spoiler.
The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI features a major chassis tuning and 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, improving in this way camber and toe stiffness.
The newly designed 18-inch aluminum wheels feature high-luster paint and weigh 17.6 lbs. less than the previous standard wheels. As an option, Subaru offers the 18 x 8.5-in.
BBS forged aluminum-alloy wheels, which further reduce unsprung vehicle weight (highlighted by silver high-luster paint for 2011). Also, Subaru installed a Brembo Performance Brake System which uses ventilated 4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Under the hood we find the same turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder Boxer engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and capable to deliver 305 hp.
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.
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.
Also, a new AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player is available featuring 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). The 2011 Impreza WRX STI models arrive in Subaru dealerships late this summer.