The world of sport compacts has been turned on its ear, again, by the Subaru Impreza.
Already the stuff of World Rally legend, the Impreza has always impressed engineers and enthusiasts around the globe with its symmetrical all-wheel drive and the turbocharged Subaru EJ purring under its hood. But the 2011 Impreza WRXs break the mold – widening their appeal by widening their size.
The new 2011s are the first consumer WRX models to share the wide-body design of Subaru’s iconic WRX STI® performance model, which has turned heads at rally, autocross and road-racing events for years. Including the new-for-2011 wide-body four-door sedan and the classic WRX five-door model, the new Imprezas enjoy a roughly 1.5-inch increase in their front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels – improvingtheir grip and strengthening Impreza’s aggressive road presence.
John Fanuzzi, Hassett of Wantagh’s Subaru sales manager and self-professed “car crazy,” has been an Impreza fan for years. Never at a loss for words when it comes to discussing autos and especially the Subaru line he proudly promotes, even John finds only one word to capture the essence of the 2011 Imprezas: “Wow!”
“What a car,” the auto enthusiast says. “And what a difference with the new wide-body designs. The wide-and-low trim not only improves handling and gives the driver a better sense of stability, but it creates a really consistent flow from the front to the rear. It’s so smooth … a beautiful car that drives beautifully.”
While stellar handling has been a consistent trademark of the Subaru line, there’s always been something else about the Impreza – power. And the 2011 WRX STI® models don’t disappoint, motivating drivers with high-boost, 305-horsepower, turbocharged/intercooled, four-cylinder Boxer engines and six-speed manual transmissions. (In its review, the New York Times notes that “rocket fuel [is] recommended.)
Depending on their specific handling needs, drivers can also choose from “Intelligent,” “Sport” and “Sport Sharp” automatic driving modes.
Along with all that power, all those racing-grade control options and that patented Subaru all-wheel-drive command comes the icing on this automotive cake: Missing from previous generations, the classic rear-wing spoiler makes a triumphant return on the 2011 Imprezas. (“You have to admit,” notes autoblog.com in its 2011 Impreza review, “the wing is pretty sweet.”)
Factor in better-lit control panels, Bluetooth® hands-free functions, iPod control capabilities, available navigation system and Subaru’s exclusive Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones, and it adds up to a driving experience that’s “a complete joy,” according to AllAutoReviews.com: “If your criterion when choosing a car is impressive performance, safety or comfort, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI® fits the bill.”
With their debut this summer, Hassett of Wantagh will feature the new Impreza models all season long. John is ready to show a new generation of driving enthusiasts just what makes the Subaru flagship so special, so come on in and check one out. Just remember: Rocket fuel sold separately.