Subaru has decided that it needs to shake off its image of producing nothing but high performance cars and they’ve decided to do this by, erm, releasing a new Subaru Impreza. To be fair, though, they are dropping the Impreza from the name so it will be called the WRX STi and, in an even greater bid to be fair, it does look more sensible than previous models although it still has the massive gaping hole in the front bonnet and still delivers a whopping 296bhp.
The WRX STi will be available in a 5 door hatchback like all Imprezas have been for the past couple of years, there will also be a four door saloon version that from the back at least does actually look a little more sensible, even having something of a BMW look about it. Skip to the front view though and you’ll very quickly realise that the trademark bonnet hole is still there in its full and unashamed glory.
Both models will fly from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds but there is a difference in top speed; though not a massive one to be honest. While the hatchback has a 155mph top speed, the saloon offers 158mph – those 3mph make all the difference to somebody we’re sure.
A 2.5 litre turbo petrol engine throws 296bhp your way but delivers more grunt at lower range. Somehow it manages to meet european emissions standards, and the exhaust has been tuned to make it sound better.
New Recaro bucket seats have been fitted are accompanied by keyless entry and ignition, hill start assist, air con, and an absolutely essential count of ten speakers in the new and improved audio system.
For all of these new features you will be execpted to pay £32,995 regardless of which model you choose.