2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Unveiled

The North American division of Subaru had just introduced the new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX models, now with a wider body (similar to that of the WRX STI) and enhanced handling performance, the carmaker says. The car has a 1.5-inch increase in front and rear track, while standard wheels are now 17 x 8-inch, shoed with 235/45R17 tires.

Both 4- and 5-door models are powered by a 265 horsepower turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Curb weight, however, has increased just 33 pounds over the 2010 models.

"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," Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, said in a release.

Inside, the sporty feel is given by the carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching. All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver's footrest. Moreover, 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. An available navigation system integrates a vehicle information center and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Safety wise, the 2011 Impreza WRX are built around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones that are meant to provide crash protection. Side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models, as is a 4-wheel disc ABS witH EBD and Brake Assist.

The 2011 Impreza WRX 4- and 5-door models will arrive at nationwide Subaru dealerships this summer, with pricing due to be announced closer to the market launch.
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