Subaru Unleashes Impreza STI tS And WRX STI Spec C
First order of business, the Subaru Impreza STI tS is something to dream about if you are not a part of their home market. Although the new model does not come with an extra bump in the power figures, it does however bring to the table a bundle of extra goodies that make it a very appealing car, something that we can expect for any Subaru model that rolls out of the factory.
The STI tS model is based on the new 2011 four-door sedan version of the popular STI and packs a carbon fiber roof. With this feature, the overall weight of the car should reduce in a very significant matter, which will most likely improve handling and performances. In order to further reduce the weight of the car, the engineers at Subaru used an aluminum hood for the STI tS. The suspension of the car has been completely revised, featuring new front and rear springs as well as damper settings, plus a front stabilizer bar.
Moving inside the car, you will find new sporty leather RECARO seats, a new gear knob and brake lever coverings.
If you are a lucky reader that lives in Japan, the starting price for this beauty is approximately 4.2 million YEN. Subaru did not mention if the car will be launched on other markets except the native Japan.
Another surprise for the Japanese market is the launch of the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C. Similar with the tS, the WRX STI spec C is offered with various significant updates, along with a tiny power upgrade. The car is equipped with new turbocharger turbine axle ball bearings which reduce the friction and with a tweaked ECU that adds 8 Nm of torque. With these upgrades, the car is now capable of producing 308 PS @ 6,400 rpm and 430 Nm of torque. In order to reduce the intake-air temperature, the Japanese engineers have added an inter-cooler water spray.
The suspension of the car was also upgraded and now sports a reinforced front-suspension cross member plus a Torsen mechanical rear limited slip differential – LSD (no, not the drug). Featuring a lighter battery, new 18-inch alloy rims, laminar glass for the front and side windows and an aluminum hood, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C is now considerably lighter.
The optional 18-inch alloy rims will be wrapped in Bridgestone POTENZA RE070 (245/40R18) which according to the official press release published by Subaru will enhance the cornering capabilities of the car, especially in dry conditions. A more accurate steering is now available thanks to the increasing oil flow volume in the car’s power steering system.
We hope that in the future Subaru will allow customers located outside Japan to get their hands on these babies as they can be the perfect alternative to people that are tired of the European / North American sporty sedans and hatchbacks. On the other side, we fully understand the company’s desire to keep the good stuff inside Subaru’s native country.
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