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ubaru of America, Inc. has introduced the new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX models, which now use a wide-body design like the brand’s iconic WRX STI® performance flagship model.

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The wider body designs give the 2011 WRX an aggressive road presence and also allow wider track dimensions.

Photo: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STIPhoto: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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 standard wheels are now 17 x 8-in. vs. 17 x 7-in. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17.

“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.

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The 2011 Impreza WRX 4- and 5-door models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. Both are powered by a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter 4-cyl. SUBARU-BOXER® engine teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission. This 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-hp engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade. For 2010, the new Limited trim lines expanded the WRX model’s appeal to a broader range of driving enthusiasts.

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The 2011 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction.

The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

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New Designs for 2011
Both the WRX 5-door model and 4-door model will now feature a wide-body design for 2011 similar to that of the WRX STI, underscoring the high-performance character of both models . The new design is based on a "wide and low" concept and gives both cars an aggressive street presence.  The design also maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a distinctive identity and a sense of stability in the vehicles.
 
Significantly, curb weight for the 2011 WRX models increases by just 33 pounds over the “original body” 2010 models, preserving their powerful acceleration performance.

Photo: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRXPhoto: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

In front, the 2011 WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to accentuate the “wide and low” profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars’ sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights’ shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.

For the 2011 WRX 4-door model, the wider fenders are stretched out on the side more than the tail lamps, accentuating a look of stability. The new design details contribute to an improved drag coefficient.

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Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior
In the WRX models, exclusive carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching sets the tone for the sporty interior. The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright position. In the 4-door, which is 6.5-inches longer than the 5-door, the trunk can accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and convenience in both models and the 4-door also features a rear seat fold-down center armrest.

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All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver’s footrest. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, 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 (subscription is extra). An available navigation system integrates a vehicle information center and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

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Proven Subaru Safety
The Impreza models are built around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones. This design has been proven in Subaru models for over a decade to provide outstanding crash protection. Side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models, as is a 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

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New for 2011

Impreza® 2.5i and Outback Sport

New Outback Sport Special Edition model features optional power moonroof and TomTom Navigation System (removable 4.3-inch touch-screen portable navigation device); AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD/DVD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability and USB port. Also, a backup camera is available as an accessory.

The TomTom Navigation System described above is available as an option for the Impreza 2.5i Premium model.

All models except base Impreza 2.5i have new audio system: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability; USB port and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio capability.

Impreza 2.5 GT models discontinued.

Photo: 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback SportPhoto: 2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport

Impreza WRX®

2011 Impreza WRX models share wide-body design with WRX STI performance flagship, including newly developed 4-door wide body.

Front and rear track widened by approx. 1.5 inches.

Stiffer rear subframe bushings.

Wheels now 17 x 8-in. vs. 17 x 7-in. before; summer performance tires now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17 before.

New audio system: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability; USB port and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio capability.

Steering wheel audio controls now standard on all models.

Power moonroof standard on WRX Premium and Limited.

Leather-trimmed upholstery on WRX Limited.

Auto up/down driver’s window with pinch protection.

Revised speedometer and tachometer with finer numeric gradations.

Impreza WRX STI®

New 4-door wide-body sedan joins 5-door.

Major chassis upgrade with retuned suspension featuring higher rate springs, thicker stabilizer bars and new bushings.

5-door features revised front styling, shared with new 4-door to emphasize a “wide and low” look.

Rear spoiler on 4-door maximizes the aerodynamic configuration.

New, lighter 18-inch wheels with high-luster paint.

Polished stainless steel quad tailpipes.

New audio system: AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers; 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands free calling; iPod control capability; USB port and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio capability.

All-Weather Package standard (heated front seats and side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer).

Power moonroof standard on WRX STI Limited.

Leather-trimmed upholstery on WRX STI Limited model.

Auto up/down driver’s window with pinch protection.

Revised speedometer and tachometer with finer numeric gradations.

View more 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI pictures in our 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI photo gallery

View more 2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i and Outback Sport pictures in our 2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i and Outback Sport photo gallery

2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i, WRX, WRX STI and Outback Sport specifications, overview, information and imagery courtesy of: Subaru

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