2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Review: Car Reviews

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Improved handling, cheaper and a big wing: the Subaru WRX STI Sedan is

FAST FACTS

1. Upgrades for include new springs with a ride height, thicker bars, new pillow-ball bushings in and stiffer bushings for the rear as well as lighter 18-inch

2. The engine remains unchanged, 305-hp for a 0-60 mph time of 4.9

3. Driver Controlled Center (DCCD) features three Auto, Auto – and Auto +. The two settings hold the torque for improved handling and tighten the LSD to traction on slippery surfaces

4. The 2011 STI hatchback is priced $35,995 while the sedan for just $33,995.

STI SEDAN

However, when the current car was in five-door hatchback form for 2008, it polarized opinion, among Subaru enthusiasts. The STI had been a sedan, yet here was that looked like a Ford Focus RS. Yes, the new car it’s lusty 305 horsepower stiffer structure and improved was better built, easier to and faster, but there was still missing – a proper four and one with a monster wing on the

Well Impreza diehards, for Subaru has relented; reintroducing bodystyle for the STI and one that quite has that monster wing on the rear. Not only does it aggressive, it’s functional and is to generate greater downforce and stable handling at high It also gives the four-door a top speed than its hatchback (160 versus 155 mph).

with the bulging fenders rears are noticeably more on the sedan) plus an aggressive functional) front air dam, the harkens back to the golden age of performance cars and is very a boy-racer look. Besides the of the four-door body style, all STIs get a new front grille, up lower fascia and the sedan larger, specific 3-inch exhaust tips.

Filling the flared fenders, are wider tires than year – meaty Dunlop SP600 Sports, on Enkei alloys that 18 lbs less than those on the 2010 model, allowing for grip and less rolling

SPEC C HARDWARE

But tires and are only part of the equation. combined with an updated pirated from the Japanese Market Spec C model, includes higher rate bigger front and rear bars, plus the use of pillow bushings in the lower control to reduce deflection in cornering and a lower ride height.

the driveline remains essentially – the 2011 STI is powered by the same 305 turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four; the same meaty 290 ft-lbs of at 4000 rpm – the suspension and tire result in a car that feels quicker than before, through the corners.

Aided by the symmetrical all-wheel system and three differentials helical limited slip Torsen rear and Driver Center Diff (which allows the torque split to be manually from 50/50 to front/rear), the 2011 STI is tremendous fun and seems almost never

UPGRADES YOU CAN FEEL

Throw the car a turn, plant the throttle and the do the rest – those to RWD performance will be tempted to off, but the STI just digs in, through one corner and onto the Poise is excellent and the car feels and remarkably solid – nicely steering and a slick shifting manual gearbox are simply on the cake.

Yet for all its cornering prowess, the STI doesn’t punish you during the commute, with the shocks and C springs cushion serious imperfections quite nicely. truly is a serious performance car you can every day, no matter the or how bad the weather gets.

Whether driving on the street or around the track, power and delivery are smoothly satisfying. The spools up quickly and the dense air from that monster mean that no matter gear you’re in, plant the and the STI takes off like a scalded The car will scoot to 60 mph in under seconds (4.9 according to the stats) and run through the quarter in under 13.5 with a driver at the helm.

Thanks to the tremendous grip it will close to 1.00 lateral g on the pad and under braking, thanks to the 13-inch (326 mm) front and Brembo calipers, stop thing on a dime, with squat and progressive feel.

IT’S JAPANESE FOR BARGAIN

At any price, the STI’s performance as good value – for under it’s an absolute bargain. right, the 2011 STI starts at for the new four-door sedan variant, for the five-door hatch. Even the top four-door Limited with leather seats and a sunroof, at under 38 large ($37,345 to be

There is, however, a catch fuel economy. Turbocharged have never been for thrift at the pump and the 2011 remains much the same. In driving you’ll be lucky to get than 17 miles per gallon and the road, 22 is about the best hope for (worse than V8s we can think of).

But then fuel economy isn’t why you buy a car this.

Inside, the 2011 STI that Subaru has come way in terms of fit and finish. The cabin seem a touch basic on the car (our tester wasn’t with the optional $1,800 navigation/Pioneer AVIC system centrally mounted multi-function but it’s ergonomically sound, and functional.

Compared with Imprezas (those built 2007) it also feels a lot put together with sturdy and durable surfaces, something contrasts strongly with Lancer Evolution X; a car that’s still manages to feel and tinny. The STI’s Alcantara are also quite supportive – not as as those in the Mitsu (which almost like pure buckets), but decently bolstered, you firmly planted during driving, without taking a on your back.

THE VERDICT

In today’s more automotive environment, there are real choices out there it comes to true performance but considering its performance and entry the 2011 Subaru Impreza STI out as one of the best bang for the buck on the market. It’s still a of far more expensive sports and thanks to some carefully upgrades for the 2011 model it proves that there’s a lot to be said about owning an that delivers world-beating without breaking the bank.

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