2011 WRX – Widebody

The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX will be wider and look more like it's cousin, the STi. The new widebody look will become standard on both the WRX sedan and hatch making for a more aggressive look. The official unveiling will be at next month’s New York Auto Show. I'm guessing that Subaru is doing this so that they can manufacture the widebody panels at a lower price than current. The more parts produced the lower they cost.

The front and rear tracks have been widened by 38mm with firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17 inch wheels and tires will improve grip on the 2011 WRXs. The standard 17 wheels will be fitted with wider 235mm meats, but a tire supplier has not been named yet. The car's overall extra width results in a weight increase of around 33lbs. (15kg) over the previous 2010 model.

The drivetrain is unchanged from the 2010 specification from the car’s EJ255B 2.5-litre turbocharged engine. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system remains as standard and the viscous coupling locking center differential also stays.

Inside, all WRX models are equipped with aluminum-alloy pedal covers, sports bucket seats, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and iPod/USB connectivity.

Look out for the better looking 2011 WRX at a Subaru dealership near you in the near future. Just don't get jacked and buy a 2010 model anytime soon because you will have gotten straight robbed if you don't get the widebody 2011. The Ford Focus-like look of the hatchback STi has grown on me a bit admittedly (modified ones especially).  I'm kind of neutral about how the 2011 WRX looks. What do you guys think?

SOURCE: CAR AND SUV NZ

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