• Apr 5, 2011
2011 Subaru WRX STI – Click above for high-res image gallery

For a limited time, Subaru UK is offering customers a slightly more powerful version of its Evo-battling WRX STI. Between April 1st and June 30th, buyers can fit their four- or five-door STIs with a power package, good for an additional 20 horsepower and 32 pound-feet of torque.

This means the turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four now puts out 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of twist. What's more, the torque punch is now delivered at 3400 rpm – 600 rpm sooner than in the standard car. According to AutoExpress, these upgrades are enough to shave three-tenths of a second off of the STI's 0-62 mile-per-hour time.

In addition to more power, Subaru will be fitting its STI with a standard Pioneer navigation system at no extra, complete with Bluetooth connectivity and iPod integration. Pricing for the upgraded STI starts at £32,995 (a whopping $53,572 based on current exchange rates).



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[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish we get more power from subie's in the future. It seems like entry level sport cars (mustang, camaro) are starting to get into the 400 hp range.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Entry level Mustang's & Camaro's come with 300hp+ V6's.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are getting that from 8 pistons.

        The next logical step for Subaru is to put a good gearbox behind the EZ-series flat 6, and tune it to match or beat the 3.4-3.9 liter engines from other companies.

        The EZ is currently corked at 250hp/tq, so not to blow up automatic gearboxes. Subaru's EJ-series turbo flat 4s are also corked to that power level for that gearboxes, in the likes of the previous Automatic-equipped Legacy GTs, and the JDM WRX STI Spec.A (for Automatic)

        If the Automatic gearbox were upgraded to not break between 350-375lb-ft of torque, or if they simply used the STI's 6MT more widely, they could un-cork the H6 to much more competitive power levels.

        With dual AVCS, plus Valvematic valve timing, and D-4 direct+port fuel injection (gotta keep the intake carbon buildup in check, which is a problem for DFI-only), the EZ36 could probably go to about 350 horsepower reliably.

        That is in the neighborhood of Ford, GM, Nissan, Hyundai, and other V6 engines, and even Porsche's mid-range flat 6s.

        Otherwise, I guess we'll see where the new flat 4, the FB series goes, in terms of turbocharging. Probably 2013 at the earliest, when the WRX/STI will probably be ported over to the 2012+ next generation Impreza.

        I highly doubt Subaru would ever put a flat 8 in front of an AWD transaxle, like Audi puts a V8 ahead of theirs. We'd probably see a turbocharged flat 6 before that ever happened.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The WRX is constantly one of the ugliest cars on the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Subaru and I have since I started watching Rally Races in the late 90s. My dying dream is to own an STI hatch. Even with my undying Subaru love...this is an ass ugly car. Its performance is impressive, but I wouldn't be caught dead paying $50k+ for something with those looks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They can offer more power, and add more scoops and holes, its as if your adding lipstick on a pig and you can't erase the fact it's just a compact economy car underneath.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how they show their cast aluminum front control arms like its "so amazing" and never been done before, then they have the whole rear end made of weak stamped steel parts that'll corrode after a year or two. Quality.

      Not to mention it looks like a Corolla with ricey wing from the back.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I'd be interested to know is if UK STIs suffer from ringland problems, or if their tune is better because their emissions standard is not the same as in North America.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oops..."Consistently"
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really love this car. I drove an older STi a few years back for a weekend, but the one thing I really don't like about this car: the spoiler! (http://pushroad.com/tags/r/60662) If I get one for myself, it's definitely going to be the hatchback.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You cannot simply compare US and UK car prices based on a simple currency conversion, there are many reasons why cars cost more in the UK that simply don't get reflected in this simple comparison. For example, the standard STI is listed at £32,995 on Subaru's website (the same as the price listed above), whereas the starting price in the US is $33,995; hence a simple currency conversion is not acceptable. Thus is not a $53,572 car, but rather a limited edition $33,995 car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        People always seem to forget that. Inflation in Europe is worse than it is in the US I'm afraid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not sure that I would "need" more factory horsepower in a WRX STI. I can do an AccessPort map re-flash on my own. (although I wouldn't argue with it being un-necessary to un-load it before warranty service.)

      Actually, in terms of things I can't do aftermarket, and would like from the factory, I could do with less in a few specific areas...

      Less side door parts count
      Less roof length
      Less roof height
      Preferably less window-frame, as in NONE.
      Less ugly, blunt aesthetics on the front and back ends.
      Less visual mass in the whole car.

      In a word... COUPE!

      If Audi is talking about producing the Quattro Sport concept car as a production car, but unfortunately likely to be well over $50K...

      Why can't Subaru go back to 3 bodystyles for the next Impreza generation, with a 4-door, 5-door, and coupe (preferably a sleek liftback 3-door.), and price it around where they already sell the 4 and 5 door WRX STI? Where I might actually be able to AFFORD IT, and ENJOY IT.

      The Impreza Design Concept looks fantastic with the rear side doors out of the picture, no roofline changes required. Here's hoping....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Have we seen what the Subaru version of the FT-86 looks like? It may not be the same underneath, but somehow I doubt Subaru would want to sell 2 coupes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Which is why, since the rumors even started to surface that the FT-86 would not be AWD, and CANNOT be AWD... I have been dis-interested in that project.

        That is why I think the FT-86 should be built, but sold solely under the Scion/Toyota umbrella, and leave Subaru to build AWD peformance, as they rightfully should.

        Since it is clear that Subaru seems intent on destroying it's market position based on the advantages of AWD traction, I am only left to hope that Subaru can see it's way to sell more than one coupe.

        If that means that the turbo 4 or H6 powered AWD coupe has no base model, and stays at the 30-35K price point, so-be-it.

        Audi could build the Quattro Sport at A4-like levels of equipment, but they seem determined that it should slide in with the S5, RS5, TT-S and TT-RS, just under the R8 4.2.

        So, if Audi can sell 3 different versions of the A5, three different versions of the TT, two different R8s, and the Quattro Sport is going to production, too... all to compete with the Carrera 4, 4S, Targa 4, 4S, Turbo, and the Nissan GT-R, as well as the CTS-4 coupe, and the G37x coupe... There seems to be a market for AWD coupes.

        If Subaru can't see it's way to sell a RWD very compact little coupe at 20-25K, and a full-featured, more powerful mid-size AWD coupe at 30-35K, based on hardware they already sell in a 4 and 5 door pair of body styles right now... I don't know who else will.

        If Subaru doesn't, then all of those AWD coupes mean absolutely jack to someone who can't afford to spend more than the US Avg. Household Income on a car, and wants an AWD sport coupe with a 6-speed manual and at least 250hp.

        There are plenty of RWD options on the market. The Toyota/Scion version of the FT-86 will be another.

        I don't see why Subaru needs to duplicate that car, and abandon it's own market segment, and core competency based reputation.

        They could build an STI-grade sport coupe, with the buyer's choice of Turbo H4, or NA-H6 power, and backed by an automated gearbox or STI-sourced 6MT+DCCD drivetrain so easily. They would just have to stamp the steel for the body changes, and source a better gearbox for those who don't want a clutch pedal, in order to make the car as widely attractive as it can be for that role. Limiting it to a manual gearbox is limiting it's appeal, just like limiting it to an automatic-only would also limit it's appeal.

        Subaru could do it easier than any other brand it competes with, they have most of the tech already on the road, and already selling at the appropriate price.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ZZZZZZZZZZZZbaru !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can they make one that's fast and looks like it's for adults? This thing is a ricer's dream.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've got one.

        It is called Legacy GT. More precisely the 2005-2009 model years of Legacy GT.

        The 2007-2009 Legacy GT Spec.B is even closer, and a little fiddling, and it meets or exceeds stock STI power levels. The 6MT Spec Bs have VTD-AWD which is basically Auto-mode-only equivalent to the STI's DCCD system.

        It is sad that the new Legacy GT doesn't meet the 2007-2009 Spec.B specifications, nor it's looks, and that the Spec.B didn't get the Brembos and 5x114.3 hubs, and the higher-output turbocharger from the factory. It did get USD Bilsteins.

        With enough money for STI take-offs, or a JDM source for S402 parts, one could create an STI-equivalent, part for part, in the Legacy's better looking shell, inside and out.

        We didn't even get the overseas option for a 3.0R Spec.B. All the same equipment, but powered by the EZ30R NA flat 6, backed by said 6MT+VTD-AWD. A manual-shift Subaru H6 with torque-biasing AWD would be something very nice. I'd trade the turbo RUSH for H6's sweet, smooth song, better fuel economy with nearly as much power, and likely higher reliability and lower maintenance cost.

        If they had made the Spec.B, turbo-4 or H6, as a Legacy derived 2-door coupe... and somehow imported it to the US... I would already have one.

        I badly want the best of both worlds from my newer manual-shift Legacy GT and my older H6-powered SVX LS-L.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you don't like the styling then don't get one. Few Imprezas are "pretty"
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rev,

        Well, the blunt nose with big rectangular openings, and extractors ahead of the front wheels, for starters.

        Chunky fender flares that abruptly end, and aren't graceful in the least.

        A park bench wing that looks more imposing than it is effective at street-legal speeds.

        Generally, either heavy handed styling, or lack of styling whatsoever, from nose to tail, inside and out.

        The car looks like a rally car loosed on the street. Some people like that, other people want something a bit more sleek, graceful, subtle, and sublime. Those words are anti-thetical to the WRX STI's styling. Legacy GT used to be the alternative that those adjectives did apply to.

        The hood scoop is the one piece I do really like on the 2008+ Imprezas, otherwise the car looks like the automotive equivalent to Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame.

        Face it, WRX STI is an amazing machine that isn't going to be winning automotive aesthetic design beauty contests.

        Some people like to enjoy the aesthetics, both inside and out, of the machine, as well as the technical capabilities, for the tens of thousands of dollars that those machines cost.

        I say that as a Subaru enthusiast, and current owner of not one, but two Subarus. (and not coincidently the two best looking, IMHO.)
        Larry
        • 3 Years Ago
        see my comment above yours!
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 to the Legacy GT!
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