Just can't wait for New York? Here's an early peek at the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX, which now boasts a tough new "wide-body" look first seen on the top-line WRX STI model. Also in the 2011 mix for this all-wheel-drive road rocket are a handful of other visual and functional tweaks that further accentuate its aggressive personality.
In addition to STI-style prominently flared fenders, the new 2011 Impreza WRX gets an edgier front fascia that also emphasizes its wider-and-lower look. A revamped grille, blacked-out headlamp trim and larger air intakes play up a now badder-boy image while the reshaped rear fenders reportedly help trim its aero drag. On a functional front, the track dimensions have been expanded at both axles by 1.5 inches and tire fitment on the now-wider 17-inch alloy wheels has risen from 225/45 to 235/45 spec. The rear subframe bushings also have been firmed up to afford more precise feel and control. Collectively, these enhancements add just 33 pounds to the WRX's curb weight.
No changes are in store for the WRX drivetrain, which continues to match a 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled boxer four that makes 265 horsepower and 244 lb.-ft. of torque with a five-speed manual transmission. Completing the mix are Continuous AWD version of Subie's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that includes a viscous-coupled locking center differential as well as Vehicle Dynamics Control stability/traction functions. The well-appointed WRX interior trappings also carry over intact.
"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," said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. Both the Sedan and Wagon versions of the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX will go on sale this summer, although pricing has not yet been announced.