Friday, November 19, 2010

2011 Subaru WRX STI


For the first time in three years, Subaru is offering up a four-door sedan version of their performance icon, the WRX STI. This is the first time that Subaru has ever offered an STI in two body styles. That's right, you can also buy the five-door STI. And while we love hot little performance wagons, you have to admit the wing is pretty sweet. Or at least admit that the four-door Impreza body is so... awkward looking (we know, we know) that the looks are actually improved by a 14-inch wing.

New for the STI(s) this year is an improved suspension consisting of stiffer bushings, stiffer springs, and thicker anti-roll bars at both ends of the car. The 2011 STI also sports less unsprung weight than the 2010 model due to lighter 18-inch wheels that are a combined 17.6 pounds less heavy. While power is unchanged (305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque), high-speed stability of the four door is greatly improved, as is at the limit handling, by – you guessed it – that mega wing.

Since the sedan is marginally lighter than the five-door, 0-60 mph times might improve. However, since there's less weight over the rear wheels (and since the STI's diff is slightly rear-biased) they might be a bit slower. Also, the sedan STI features two mufflers (still has four pipes) as opposed to the wagon's one giant muffler (and four pipes). Subaru claims that while this has no bearing on horsepower or torque, it makes the car sound, "Meaner and louder."

We mentioned to Subaru that we dig the new wing, but really think the wheels should be gold like the classic STI/BBS marriage of years past. Even the optional 18 x 8.5-inch BBS wheels are silver. Our Subaru PR pal smiled at us and said, "Glad we gave you something to bitch about." Also, a quick PSA for those of you thinking about buying a new STI and deleting the wing: Subaru highly recommends you also change the trunk springs, because minus the weight of the wing, the trunk will smash in the rear window.

45 comments:

  1. I remember way back when the Subaru 4 door legacy hit the shelves. That was a big deal then.

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  2. Subaru is one of my favourite car brands. Even though i dont understand in cars, i love Subaru Impreza and mustang is not bad also, new and old models...

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  3. performance wagon although 305 hp still stayed the same. i guess the wing was a extra accessory to make it look more stylish. but we are over the fast and the furious times.

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  4. This car >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> My car
    lol

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  5. nice looking car, wings are for ricers tho

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  6. Pretty cool car. Wouldn't mind one of these.

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  7. That looks like something straight out of ridge racer, yo.

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  8. Too bad I don't know anything about cars.

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  9. Despite the fact that i don´t know nothing about cars, this looks amazing =P

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  10. Why look at cars I will never afford to have? Becouse of masochism propably ;P

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  11. Dude - that looks sick as hell :)

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  12. I always thought that Subaru had some pretty neat cars...good info!

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  13. the car looks nice..but i would prefer another color that blue is ugly...but it's great that it got 4doors

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  14. Nice. Waaaaaaaaaay out of my price range though.

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  15. so pretty! i dont really like subaru, but this looks sleek

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  16. Agree 100% on the gold wheels. Still pretty sweet though.

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  17. I've always wanted a nice subaru.

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  18. best car ive seen in a long time

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  19. Nice one. 2011 is gonna be a great year :P

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  20. i always wanted a wrx.. from when they first came out

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  21. Neato car. I like the insides of Subarus but not the outside.

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  22. Those are some crazy stock rims.

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  23. sweet.
    I like when they're blue.
    yeah.
    that's the kind of car I like. blue ones. =)
    Following your blog now!

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  24. well i dont know not really my kind of car

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  25. Not really sure if it's just the lighting or not but the body of the car looks great.

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