As per the recently leaked memo, Subaru of America announced today the 2009 Impreza WRX will indeed receive a 41hp increases via its revised 2.5-liter flat-four engine.
As per the recently leaked memo, Subaru of America announced today the 2009 Impreza WRX will indeed receive a 41hp increases via its revised 2.5-liter flat-four engine. With a larger turbo, larger-diameter exhaust and low-density catalyst for reduced backpressure, the 2009 WRX makes a total of 265hp at 6,000 rpm and 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.
Compared to the 2008 model which had 224 hp and 226 lb.-ft., the 2009 is only available as a 5-speed manual transmission. For those who want an automatic transmission will have to settle for the new Impreza GT model, which receives the old 224hp 2.5-liter turbo.
The 2009 WRX also receives a few other goodies such as the Aero Package as standard (formerly part of the optional WRX Premium Package), STI-type grille with WRX badge, revised suspension with increased spring rates, STI upper strut mounts, stiffer shocks plus thicker front and rear stabilizer bars. Also standard are 17 x 7-inch alloy wheels with 225/45R17 summer performance tires, compared to 205/50R17 all-season tires on the 2008 WRX.
The interior for 2009 gains a new WRX-exclusive carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching. The standard tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel is also accented by red stitching and standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers now include the driver’s footrest.
If you recently bought a 2008 WRX, you have our sympathies.