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Journeys : Feb March 2011
28 February / March 2011 First drives Twin turbos The new Subar u WRX and STI models have hit the ground, with more than enough changes to take the interest of current or would-be owners. The first and biggest change by far for me is the return of the sedan version of the STI, with the rear wing also making a welcome retur n. For those w ith a little less to spend, the WRX gets the pumped guards of the STI, giving an aggressive look that clearly sets it apart from the run of the mill Impreza. Darren Moody In recent model releases the WRX has tracked towards a softer proposition, but the new model signifies a direction back to its roots. Along with the wider body, front and rear track is increased by 35 and 40mm respectively and a 5mm lower ride height. The mechanicals are largely a carry-over from the previous model with the 2.5 litre turbo boxer engine still producing a racy 195kW w ith 345Nm of torque dr iving through a 5 speed manual box, a viscous centre limited-slip diff (LSD) with lighter and larger 17 x 8 inch wheels. Mechanically, the STI changes are more dramatic. For the first time it’s being offered with an automatic transmission and there are some sig nificant differences between the manual and auto versions. Both offer around 220kW from their turbo power-plant but the auto loses 57Nm of torque over the manual, and you can really feel it. Also missing from the five-speed auto is the front helical limited-slip differential, the Torsen rear LSD and the Driver Control Centre Differential (DCCD), which gives the driver some control over Life on the move
Apr May 2011