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Subaru Impreza(R) WRX(R) STI(R) Restyled for 2006

300-hp Supercar Gains AWD Enhancement and New Safety Technology


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CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc., America's all-wheel drive leader, has restyled its Impreza line for 2006 and in addition given the all-conquering 300-horsepower WRX STI model several performance enhancements. On the safety front, all Impreza models gain the new dual-stage Subaru Advanced Airbag System.

Following an interior redesign for 2005, all Impreza models have been restyled for 2006 to reflect the new brand identity. The new Subaru signature front-end design for Impreza features a three-section mesh-type grill inspired by the company's aircraft heritage, plus boldly styled headlights with smoke- tinted lenses. All 2006 Impreza models are also identified by a new tail lamp cluster design.

 

The 2006 WRX STI is also distinguished by the lower-profile hood scoop from the standard WRX to aid forward visibility. Daytime running lights (DRL) are added to the safety roster to make the WRX STI more visible to other drivers. A new roof vane spoiler, inspired by the Impreza World Rally Championship competition car, contributes to stability at track speeds and reinforces the car's high-performance attitude.

The WRX STI received several significant chassis performance enhancements for 2005, including wider wheels. For 2006, the addition of a steering sensor input to the DCCD All-Wheel Drive system enhances power distribution response by more accurately relaying the car's cornering situation.

The WRX STI is based on the Impreza WRX platform but is completely re- engineered to provide even higher levels of acceleration, handling and braking performance that challenge the world's best sports cars. In its first year, the WRX STI won Road & Track magazine's "Best Car 2004" Reader's Choice Award, edging out several dedicated sports cars, including the Porsche(R) 911(R) GT3.

The Impreza WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter DOHC boxer engine producing 300 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 300 lb-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Teamed exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission, the engine can propel the WRX STI from zero-to-60 mph in under five seconds. Power is transferred to all four wheels by a sophisticated Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) to optimize performance in all conditions.

(July 21, 2005)


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