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Subaru brings back the STI sedan and its rear wing

By Rigval on 06 Apr 2010

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Subaru had unveiled the new 2011 (model year) WRX STI 4 door sedan together with the earlier mentioned Impreza WRX sedan version at the 2010 New York Motor Show. The car sports the same wide arches as the hatchback and the trademark tall goal post rear wing. This brings back the look that is recognizable by almost all Subaru enthusiasts as being the quintessential Subaru Impreza STI look. I suppose Subaru has finally realized that people who buy the Impreza STI still wanted the trademark styling of the GC and GD series STIs and that the usual customers who bought those cars had stayed away (or went and bought a Lancer Evolution instead) from the hatchback version. Now it only needs gold rims to complete the package. They could be saving that for 2012 I suppose.

According to Subaru, this latest version of the STI was developed under the concept of “The Fastest WRX STI Ever”, the 2011 model has achieved even more advanced driving performance due to a re-tuned suspension. As usual, the both sedan and hatchback underwent repeated testing at the Nurburgring track in Germany as well as in Japan, which served to enhance the nature of the car as a true driver’s car that offers “total driving control” with a high level of cornering performance, secure and supreme handling, and overall vehicle stability.

The STI's re-tuned suspension consists of stiffer bushings, stiffer springs, and thicker anti-roll bars at both ends of the car. The STI has less unsprung weight than the 2010 model due to lighter 18-inch wheels that weigh a total of about 8kg less. Power is unchanged at 305bhp and 400Nm of torque for this global (non-JDM) spec Impreza STI. According to the press release, high-speed stability of the four door is greatly improved, as is high speed on the limit handling. This is made possible by the rear wing of course. The sedan is marginally lighter than the five-door (10 or so kgs) to those kilogram counting Scooby fans out there (and there are many).

I have to say it has more road presence in this form compared to the hatch. I like it, as it rings all the bells and whistles of what a STI should be, in a weird Subaru sort of way that is. With the exception that it lacks those gold coloured rims that go well with the blue cars.

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- "Plasma Blue Silica" is a newly launched colour - available for both hatch and sedan
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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Xspace Apr 06 2010 08:47 AM
This version remains ugly
Whyeme Apr 06 2010 09:32 AM
yup still ugly as heck
subaru needs to hire the Audi or Kia designer
Lammy84 Apr 06 2010 09:52 AM
the face looks like a frog that has been stepped on and squshed
Wreckwrx Apr 06 2010 11:27 AM
Finally!! The backside and high-mount spoiler is back!!! Been holding on to my GC and refusing to get the hatch hoping one day they will bring back the HM spoiler..... thumbsup.gif

Now I can see the light of day.....
Gdspd08 Apr 06 2010 09:21 PM
First pic I see..first thought...why they put the Evo spoiler behind???
Frenzs Apr 28 2010 02:44 PM
Totally agree! The best looking is still the c--k-eye model!
Dzeisn May 02 2010 08:10 AM
somehow they lost it...but i am sure they will be back with heads turning design...
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