• Feb 24th 2009 at 3:57PM
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Fed up with your Triptronic Boxster? Need more space to haul the kids and their baseball gear? Live in Japan? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, Subaru has a STI they'd like to show you. The Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line is aimed at the discerning enthusiast looking for a more relaxed ride from their performance hatch, someone who isn't interested in messing with the manual gearbox that comes standard on the top-spec Impreza.

The 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four remains the same, equipped with Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) to boost low- and mid-range torque and a Tumble Generation Valve (TGV) that supposedly controls the stream of air into the intake for optimal combustion. Subaru is offering the A-Spec exclusively with a five-speed automatic gearbox featuring "Downshifting Blipping Control" and steering wheel-mounted paddles. A new body color – "Satin White Pearl" – is included, along with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat and optional leather trim and front seat heaters. While we're pretty sure Subaru Japan's PR team made a mistake on the brake specs – listing the front discs at a whopping 17-inches and the rear rotors at 16-inches – if not, the A-Spec has enough stopping power to halt the rotation of the earth.


FHI to introduce a New Additional Model in the Subaru Impreza WRX STI: A-Line

Tokyo, February 24, 2009 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today launches "Subaru Impreza WRX A-Line" which is a new addition to the current WRX STI model. The model goes on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships today in Japan.

Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the WRX STI A-Line model was developed to offer its distinctive driving performance to a wider range of customers by integrating 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine and 5 Speed Automatic Transmission with SPORTSHIFT*.

In addition, the current WRX STI was given some refinements to enhance comfort and quality feel; 8 way power adjustable front seats and a new body color, "Satin White Pearl", is now available.
*SPORTSHIFT is a registered trademark of Prodrive Ltd.

The model features the exclusively developed 2.5-litre Subaru BOXER turbo engine with SPORTSHIFT* E-5AT, while retaining the basic component such as chassis and body of the WRX STI, Subaru's performance flagship.

  • The unique 2.5-litre BOXER engine comes with a single scroll turbocharger and produces a flat torque from the low and mid-rev range to high-rev range.
  • Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) was adopted to control continuously valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves, which improves low and mid-range range torque, high-rev range output and environmental friendliness.
  • Tumble Generation Valve (TGV) controls the intake air stream to generate high combustion efficiency.

Drive train:
  • SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive), that enables the drivers to choose three different engine mappings, is standard.
  • Paddle shift is featured to allow manual shifting without requiring the driver to release the steering wheel.
  • Downshifting Blipping Control system was adopted. When down-shifting, the automatic transmission control unit interacts with the engine management system and increases engine revolutions instantly and to the exact required setting.
  • Changing gears with the paddle shift can also be done by a temporary operation that does not require the selection lever to be set to the manual position.
  • VTD (Variable Torque Distribution)-AWD system was adopted to provide excellent stability of the vehicle, which controls the torque distribution ratio between the front and rear axles depending on driving conditions.
  • 17-inches ventilated dual piston disk brakes for the front, and 16-inches ventilated disk brakes for the rear were fitted.
  • VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control) System is standard.

  • 8-way power adjustable driver's seat is standard. Leather seats are available as optional and include (front) seat heating. Soft leather door trim with silver stitch is featured.

Major specifications:
  • Engine type: Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbocharged engine
  • Displacement: 2457 cc
  • Maximum output: 221kW (300 PS)/6200 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 350 Nm (35.7 kgf·m)/2800~6000 rpm
  • Turbo type: Single Scroll turbocharger

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      +horrible, +rice, +horrible
        • 6 Years Ago
        Subaru STi's can't be rice one they are actually fast from the factory, two they have a boxer motor so they don't sound like a I-4 with a "custom" exhaust on them, 3 they are driven manly by older people 25 - 40, and not 16 - 21 year olds which is the ricer crowd, four you can't drift them very easily.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was referring to the transmission. Regardless of the appearance, the automatic means that any buyer choosing this will be bringing more than enough rice to the table on their own.

        Altho now that you mention it, it looks pretty freaking ricetacular from the outside. Like a cartoon video game. I would probably want one of these or an Evo (both MT of course) if I did not have to look like a 22 year old male Bestbuy employee living with mom and dad whenever I drove it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Compared to the GD with the ginormous wing? The hatch definitely looks more mature.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I can't find a single thing in the included images that say "rice". The hoodscoop? Foglights? Venting??? Let me guess: you drive a white trashmobile or a secretary car...

        You'd be better off calling a mini or one of the ten thousand Mustang variations "rice".
      • 6 Years Ago
      shrug... I don't see what the big deal is here. it's not like they are killing the manual version. They're adding a slushbox because they think there's a market for it. Uncool for car purists but if it will make them some money, why not?
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I know is that "Downshifting Blipping Control" (that's really what Subaru calls it) is the best (read: funniest) Japanese techno-moniker in quite a while.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah, for christ's sake...at least make it a twin-clutch transmission. F*** a slushbox.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I remember hearing rumors a year ago about a Subaru dry twin clutch in the works... but I haven't heard anything since then. I was impressed by how well the VW and Mitsu units worked when I drove them (sadly, I couldn't convince the dealer to let me test drive a GTR), and I think a DCT would do more to help STI sales than a 5-speed auto, even with paddles. Maybe we can look forward to it in the Toyobaru?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Now, after the last drag-on w/Seminole, BMcLH, et. al....a sensible crit of Subaru.
        I understand that one is in the works w/Getrag.

        I'd take a 7-gear floppy paddle shift in my STi. Hell, good enough for Petter, good enough for me.

        Right, now, though, I am a non-Lethargic 'merican driving a 5-Speed Spec. B.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Richard

        That's good news. I (unlike a lot of sports car fans, I know) like paddle shifters. It's faster at the track damn it -- that's what I care about. And what's up to a fellow LGT owner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't an auto STi be a good amount slower? The only way these things get those amazing 0-60 and 1/4 mile times is with a very aggressive clutch slip/drop. I mean, they are quick cars, but there's no way this thing is going to be pulling mid-high 4's to 60 now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      auto or not, still ugly designed car. imho
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't think you could get much more relaxed than the current STI but I guess someone was complaining loudly.

      The WRX/STI lineup is getting messy. The STI body should be standard on the WRX, and the 5AT should be the auto trans on all WRX models. The STI in current form really doesn't shine as it isn't manic, hardcore - or really that much more fun than the stock WRX. They need to be stripping it down, tweaking the steering and figuring out how to make it fun again - not lazy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suppose an automatic tranny in an STI is good for handicap drivers......
      • 6 Years Ago
      What no JATCO 7 speed automatic?
      5 speed auto is weak sauce.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 Horrible 2 Ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, nice strategy they really want to get more people to buy STI imagine those people who cant drive manual now would buy STI too. I guess they do this because EVO X MR offered auto transmission. Its a great move by Subaru now they can compete for more customers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh. So they put the Legacy GT's 5-speed Auto in the STI. Ok. No big whup.

      Seriously, you can get this as a Legacy GT 5EAT, the 3.0R Limited has the same transmission/AWD setup, as well.

      The '10 Legacy is likely to be offered VERY close to this configuration, as the rumors have the Legacy GT possibly stepping up to Spec B (bilstein suspension, 6-speed manual above the GT Limited) configuration as standard, with a 300hp H4 Turbo, 6MT or 5EAT choice of transmission. The only thing missing is the Brembo brakes, unfortunately. (although they do fit Legacy pretty easily, aftermarket.)

      The only real differences from a 6MT STI and a 5EAT STI, would be not having a limited slip front differential, and not having manual torque bias control over the center differential (same as auto-setting, no manual diff control option), and the standard slushiness of a torque converter and hydraulic system, the rest of the car will likely be the same.

      I wouldn't buy one, but I sought out a manual transmission Legacy GT which is much harder to find than a USDM STI, so I am not about to buy an automatic transmission equipped anything.

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