2011 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi
Subaru has simultaneously released a sedan version of its flagship Impreza WRX STI performance model. For 2011, the STI comes with a heavily revised suspension to accompany the new design language found on a five-door hatchback and four-door sedan.
The drivetrain remains the same. The 2011 STI routes 305 horsepower from the same 2.5-liter flat-4 through a 6-speed manual transmission to all four wheels, meaning a blast to 60 mph will take 4.8 seconds, and the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 100.6 mph.
To help stop the 2011 STI while pushing its new found suspension to the limits is the Brambo Performance Brake System, exclusive to the STI trim level. The Brembo package calls on ventilated four-wheel Super Sport ABS disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, or EBD. The combination of these systems allows for brakes forces to be controlled individually at each wheel, optimizing braking and reducing understeer.
The STI gains new 18-inch rolling stock that weigh 17.6 pounds apiece. Besides assisting in the looks department with silver paint, a set of optional forged aluminum BBS wheels reduce unsprung weight even further, according to Subaru.
2011 SCION tC
Having been on the market since 2004, Scion’s most mainstream model, its tC coupe, was due for a refresh – and that’s exactly what Toyota’s youth-oriented division unveiled at the New York International Auto Show.
Powered by an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, the 2011 tC might look similar to the outgoing model, but it rides on a new platform. The new 2.5 cranks out 180 horsepower, and it is more efficient than before. A new intake manifold design and a sport-tuned exhaust are made to improve the tC’s sound, too.
A pair of new six-speed automatic and manual transmissions replace the outgoing four-speed automatic and five-speed manual.
The new platform features a lowered suspension with standard 18-inch alloy wheels and 16-inch disc brakes for all four wheels.
Inside, the tC features a more driver-focused dashboard, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and more rear seat room.