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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