2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
Subaru’s Wild Child Gets Wilder Expect to have the hairs on your neck stand up when you see this brute looming in your rear view window. Subaru’s Impreza WRX has always made a big impression on onlookers, but this new one is a whole ‘nuther “waxball,“ so to speak. The new 2011 WRX has a wide body design now that resembles the WRX STI, the car that strikes fears in the hearts of its competitors and that could have inspired the saying, “Something evil this way comes.” Subaru says the redesign includes “an approximately 1.5-inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 WRX. The standard wheels are now 17 x 8-in. vs. 17 x 7-in. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17. “ The Subaru news release adds that the “new wide-body designs mark another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package." That’s according to Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. The 2011 Impreza WRX 4- and 5-door models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. WRX an aggressive road presence and also allow wider track dimensions. Both the four and five door models are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cyl. SUBARU-BOXER® engine teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 2011 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction. The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline. The new muscular look embodies a “wide and low” theory for Subaru that gives the cars” an aggressive street presence,” Subaru says. “The design also maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity and a sense of stability in the vehicles. Significantly, curb weight for the 2011 WRX models increases by just 33 pounds over the "original body" 2010 models, preserving their powerful acceleration performance.” Subaru says that “in front, the 2011 WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to accentuate the "wide and low" profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars' sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights' shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.” The interior for the 2011 WRX models features carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching sets the tone for the sporty interior. All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver's footrest. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, the instrument panel electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine startup. The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a three-spoke, leather-wrapped design and features control switches for Bluetooth® hands-free phone function. A new AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player features Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calling, iPod control capability, a USB port, 3.5mm aux. input jack and has XM/SIRIUS satellite radio capability (subscription is extra). An available navigation system integrates a vehicle information center and Bluetooth hands-free calling.