Proudly presented by Subaru, the new WRX STI will make its debut as a five-door hatchback model, similar to its third-generation Impreza counterparts, steering away from its usual sedan model.Available in four colours, Pure White, Spark Silver Metallic, Dark Grey Metallic and the trademark Subaru WR Blue Mica, the Impreza WRX STI goes for RM298,035.20 (OTR with insurance).
Bestowed with the racing pedigree grinded up from the rally tracks of the world by Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the Impreza WRX STI has a lot to live up to following the rally success of its predecessors.
“Pure performance and pleasure, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI will put fun and excitement back into driving with its curvaceous contours, exquisite control and technology,” enthused Glen Tan, Group Chief Executive of Motor Image, the official distributors for the Subaru brand locally.
Available only in 6-speed manual transmission, the new WRX STI is propelled by a 2.5-liter 300hp (6000rpm), 407Nm (4000rpm), DOHC turbocharged Boxer engine that has been further fine-tuned, bestowing upon it a capability to rev up a potent yet remarkably smooth performance. An electronically controlled throttle finely adjusts the control of the 2.5-liter engine, ensuring optimal acceleration that is linearly responsive to pedal movement. The WRX STI also features a Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS) that offers increased torque and easy drivability, as well as greater horsepower and improved fuel efficiency. The cooling capabilities of the 2.5-liter, 16-valve, turbocharged unit has been further enhanced with an enlarged intercooler and additional air outlets located at the front bumper and fender.
Striving for the ultimate in performance, the WRX STI is further augmented in terms of vehicle control with the incorporation of the Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive), a driver-modifiable system that allows drivers to control car settings via a trio of driving modes – Intelligent, Sports and Sport Sharp. Each mode will deliver a distinct programmed rate of throttle opening, which ultimately determines the car’s response and overall performance. Vehicle control is given an extra boost with the inclusion of a multi-mode Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD) and a multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). The multi-mode DCCD enables the driver to choose from different modes of control (both manual and auto modes) for the centre differential, allowing optimal road handling and desired maneuvering, while the multi-mode VDC is designed to offer flexibility and ease of vehicle control with three modes – normal, traction and off.
Engine and Suspension
Externally, widened body flares accentuate the streamlined 5-door body of the new WRX STI. Aerodynamically improved body styling with a large rear spoiler optimizes the fine balance between the front and the rear quarters by reducing wind resistance. Vehicle stability at high speeds is boosted by a smooth curve from the front bumper to the front fenders, which help to minimize lift forces. The short overhang, the result of a 5-door packaging, does not hamper interior capacity but instead helps the new WRX STI to deliver excellent turning capability and stability. The turbocharged Boxer engine is mounted lower on the chassis, further advancing vehicle stability. Optimisation of body rigidity for the chassis elevates the level of ride quality and comfort, while the inclusion of a double wishbone rear suspension bumps up the spaciousness of the new WRX STI. This new feature is also able to absorb shock from road surfaces better, effectively lowering noise levels within the cabin.
Some features on the new WRX STI :
SRS dual front airbags
Frontal three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners
Rear three-point seatbelts for all three rear positions
Braking capabilities of the new WRX STI are enhanced by Brembo Performance Brake Systems
Super Sports ABS with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD).
Double wishbone type independent suspension
Remote keyless entry, multi information and electro luminescent display
Steering mounted cruise control switches
Bucket seats with 60/40 split fold rear seats
Electric controlled foldable door mirrors
LED rear combination lamps with roof spoiler
LED brake lamp
A hill start feature.
The interior of the new WRX STI integrates sleek and dynamic design, which creates an overall impression of elegance and sportiness. Sporty front seats are also included, allowing easy access in and out of the car for drivers.