Subaru Australia has launched the WRX RS40 special edition as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. The All-Wheel Drive WRX RS40 could now be availed for pre-order and will be rolled out to showrooms in the end of August 2013. The WRX RS40 offers over $7000 worth of features that pay homage to the carmaker’s motorsport heritage.
The special edition boasts of WR blue mica paint as well as golden 17-inch alloy wheels. The special also boasts of a variety of Subaru Tecnica International (STI) components, which reminds of the brand’s rallying success around the world.
Subaru Managing Director Nick Senior remarked that the WRX RS40 special edition “makes a direct visual link” to the original World Rally Blue WRXs that helped nurture the brand’s performance credentials worldwide.
He noted that WR Blue remains a customer favorite color in the WRX palette, so it is just fitting that the last of Subaru’s current generation WRX special editions feature the famous blue and gold combination.
He remarked that the WRX has been “a winner for customers in the retained value stakes,” adding that the special editions provide it with more cache. He said that with only 300 special editions available, Subaru expects customers to line up.
The WRX RS40 could only be availed in sedan form and only 300 examples -- all in WR Blue Mica paint – will be built. Subaru WRX is considered an icon in the rallying world after winning six World Rally Championship titles and 10 consecutive Australian Rally Championship crowns.
Subaru Impreza WRX 5-door model and 4-door model will both promote a wide-body style for 2011 that is similar to the WRX STI, accentuating the high-performance attribute of both cars. The new layout is based on a “wide and low” idea and provides both vehicles an authoritative road presence.
The design also keeps up a regular flow from front to rear bumper, fabricating a unique personality and a sense of solidity in the cars. More importantly, curb weight for the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX models grows by around 33 pounds over the “original body” 2010 models, maintaining their potent acceleration capability.
In front, the 2011 WRX models highlight sharpened bumper corners and broader, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to emphasize the “wide and low” profile. A protruding lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing highlights the vehicle’s athletic look. The freshly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing features the headlights’ shape to give the full front end a more robust image, highlighted by greater grille and bumper intake openings.
For the all-new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 4-door type, the broader fenders are expanded on the side more than the tail lamps, emphasizing a solid look. The new layout details add to a better drag coefficient.