Subaru Impreza WRX

From Subaru press: Subaru of America has introduced the new 2011 Impreza WRX models, which now shares the wide-body design with the brand’s iconic second-generation WRX STI® performance flagship model, including the new-for-2011 wide-body WRX STI 4-door sedan.

The wider body designs give the 2011 WRX an aggressive road presence and also allow wider track dimensions. An approximately 1.5 inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 WRX.

“The new wide-body designs for the 2011 WRX give this performance icon a new level of street presence,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. “This is one more step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package.”

The 2011 Impreza WRX models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. Both are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission.

The highly responsive engine produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently, the 2009 model received the 265-horsepower engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade.

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