Updated : 11am 24/03/2010 - Subaru have been making changes to its third generation Impreza WRX in stages. The most noticeable is the adoption of the STI's widebody design.
Both the hatch and sedan get the new pumped-up sheetmetal, giving the sedan a much needed injection of testosterone.
With a more aggressive stance the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX gets a 1.5 inch wider track front and rear, wider 17x8-inch wheels and the rear subframe bushings from the STI all help to keep it stuck to the road better than the outgoing model.
The designers didn't stop with the sheetmetal changes, the front end gets a restyled front lip spoiler with a larger blacked out grill and intakes.
The WRX has gained 15.42 kg of weight, the turbocharged 2.5 litre flat four produces 197.61 kW of power which hardly notices the extra weight and backs up the go fast looks with the ability to go fast.
“This new look gives the iconic Impreza WRX even greater presence in a package which has already won accolades for its turbocharged Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive ability. This design further distinguishes our turbo Impreza variants, including the Impreza WRX STI, from the normally aspirated versions, which we’re sure will please the many loyal WRX fans out there.” Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia said.