Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec.R

28 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec.R

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Subaru’s WRX has been criticised for being a too gentlemanly. Its softer suspension it easier on ageing backsides, but engaging to drive.

The STI was designed to the balance by delivering a more … sports car experience. and torque are up by almost a third on the model, while suspension are stiffer although still more agreeable than the STI.

Our test car was the Spec.R, adds lightweight BBS 18-inch and leather/alcantara Recaro bucket – and $5000 to the price.

On the road, the car delivers an excellent between grip and cornering on the one hand and comfort on the other. It that a relatively softly car doesn’t have to handle a small dingy. The body more through corners the Audi and the Mitsubishi and the steering is to react to inputs, but the car still to grip and hold its line at

For the tech-heads, the STI has a new version of Subaru’s centre differential, which the handling characteristics of the car by tightening or the car’s two limited-slip differentials. The place you are likely to legally the difference, however, is on a race

The other gadget is Subaru’s which allows you to adjust the setting to sensitive for sporty normal, or ‘intelligent’ for pottering town. Subaru says encourages drivers to use less

The STI’s engine feels until you hit 3000rpm, at which it feels like a thoroughbred tugging at the reins, demanding to be let Pass 4000rpm and the STI’s becomes manic.

The only minor quibble is a slightly gearshift and a relatively muffled note at lower speeds. You as if a car with this intent spit and growl more.

Overall, the car is a lot closer than its to the feel of a Euro hatch in the way it although around town, the is still a little clunky, some whine at low speeds for Subaru fans this is part of the car’s character).

If it more like a Euro the STI sure doesn’t look one.

Only three – the bonnet, roof and rear – are shared with the regular WRX This thing looks it’s been hitting the

The wheel-arches bulge at the front and accommodating a wider wheel and bigger 18-inch wheels performance brakes.

There is a large rear roof quad exhaust pipes, air on the front wheel guards and the bonnet scoop. The overall is more HSV Commodore or FPV Falcon Euro hatch.

Inside, the STI has surface finishes and a different panel to the standard WRX. not convinced by the colour scheme, while the rest of the cabin, neat enough, is spoiled by plastics on the dash and doors, as as a centre dash that is rather than pretty.

The seats, however, offer support and plenty of adjustment.

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