Big changes, at least cosmetically, have gripped the upcoming 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Gone is the narrow body, the 2011 will be sporting an all new redesigned wide body platform with stability to match. The first change from the 2010 WRX STI to the 2011 is the widened front bumper, featuring sharp angles, and matching stretched fog lights. But that’s not where the changes end, this upgrade to the STI comes in 2 different model types, both spelled with a four letter word…fast!
The 2011 WRX STI front bumper wraps the blacked out fog lamps in a 3-dimensional styled lip spoiler. This aggressive styling, coupled with a fresh grill and blackened base makes this STI an intimidating ride on any road. Not all the wide cosmetic changes affect just the front end, the rear of the car also benefits from wider rear fenders. Furthermore, for the first time ever, Subaru is offering the 2011 Impreza WRX STI in two model types, 4 and 5 door versions.
New in 2011 is a freshly tuned suspension, which offers a lower riding height than previous years. The 2011 STI shown at the 2010 New York Auto Show featured a higher spring rate setup, which eased the chassis down on 18″ rims. The impressive stance coupled with a high luster paint set the car apart amongst a sea of vehicles looking to compete with the longing stares of consumers. What’s great about the Imprezza WRX STI is that it can back up the bark with a high performance bite, rivaling cars twice the price.
Not only has the 2011 Impreza WRX STI gone on a diet, but it also features the juiced up 4 cylinder from the 2010 model years. 305 horsepower from a turbo charged and intercooled 4cylinder, linked to a 6-speed manual transmission makes even a trip to the grocery store a thrill. As in previous STI’s the 2011 features a transmission capable of multiple settings, which allow the driver to select performance points to fit their own driving style. All of the auto settings are built upon Subaru’s infamous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Inside the 2011 WRX STI, things haven’t changed a whole lot. There’s a new color scheme for the seats and panels, wrapped in black and silver highlights. Also, trim on parts of the dash and switches show off a new for 2011, Dark Cast Metallic.
The 2011 Impreza WRX STI will rocket into Subaru show rooms some time later this year. Industry analysts expect the sporty multi-door to be priced close to the 2010 model year, at around $35,000.