Four-door model sports huge rear wing to improve handling and stability
1 April 2010

A four-door Subaru Impreza WRX STI has been revealed on the second day of the New York motor show.

It is the first time in three years Subaru has offered a four-door version of the performance car, and the first time ever that Subaru has offered the STI in four and five door body styles.

The STI also gets modified settings, including stiffer bushings, stiffer springs, and thicker anti-roll bars front and rear. It's also lighter, with the new 18-inch wheels 17.6lb lighter.

Subaru also claims the giant rear wing aids high-speed stability and on-the-limit handling.

The engine remains unchanged, offering 305bhp and 290lb ft of torque, but a change in the exhaust silencing makes the car "meaner and louder" according to Subaru.

It's not clear yet whether the saloon will ever go on sale in the UK. Importer International Motors is currently deciding whether or not to import it.

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1 April 2010

[quote Autocar]It is the first time in three years Subaru has offered a four-door version of the performance car, and the first time ever that Subaru has offered the STI in four and five door body styles.[/quote]

Correct me if I'm wrong but the "Classic" Impreza was offered as an STi in 4 and 5 door body styles. In fact don't correct me, and have a look on a***trader, prices start at about £3k.

The photo doesn't offer a great angle, but surely that is bloody daft great wing to end all bloody daft great wings? I'm sure a 1/2 inch lip on the edge of the boot lid would have had a similar effect on high speed stability, if not the "visual impact".

Subaru, if you're listening, could we have a similarly specced wagon please? Or even go back to the 4 door saloon / 5 door sportwagon for the next model generation? As a model range, it wasn't broke, but unfortunately...

1 April 2010

Picture gives great insight - Autocar reporters using camera phones these days?! I doubt if it will be imported - Yen/Pound is attrocious currently - if it was imported, you would be paying a premium.

1 April 2010

[quote S3_SportGuy]

...if it was imported, you would be paying a premium.

[/quote]

And of course, after you'd paid all that money, you'd still just end up with a Subaru.

2 April 2010

Hint of 3 series about the rear three quarters...

2 April 2010

[quote Rob 7]And of course, after you'd paid all that money, you'd still just end up with a Subaru. [/quote]

And what's wrong with that? Until they brought out the rebadged Perodua and the new Legacy, Subarus were cool and well-engineered.

3 April 2010

But we're still stuck with this ugly corporate front!,they had to change the front of the frog-eye Impreza before, why make the same mistake again!?

Peter Cavellini.

4 April 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]But we're still stuck with this ugly corporate front!,they had to change the front of the frog-eye Impreza before, why make the same mistake again!?[/quote] Have to disagree. My STi 330S looks pretty damned decent at the front. And the rear. And from all other angles...

5 April 2010

Those rear lights are strikingly similar to the ones from the last Hyundai Getz! :P

I guess the saloon may win back some fans that disappeared when the hatchback came along, but I'm really not convinced on the styling. In my opinion the old Impreza looked better!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

5 April 2010

Who styles these things?

Nothing wrong with what's underneath, it's the bit you can see that offends.

5 April 2010

[quote Autocar]It is the first time in three years Subaru has offered a four-door version of the performance car, and the first time ever that Subaru has offered the STI in four and five door body styles.[/quote] I dont quite understand this paragraph...first time in three years or first time ever? As someone said above, the Impreza has been available as a four door for ages (though obviously the saloon has been on hold since 2007). Hasn't the saloon always been four-door though? The old "sportswagon" (the name here in Japan) was also a five-door. I'm confused... Anyhoo, I'm interested to see some better pictures. Though I am mainly concerned about the interior being a little basic, as has been the norm up to now. If it wasn't for that, I would have bought one.

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