New Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
The Japanese market models of the Impreza WRX Sti continue with a 2.0-litre unit, Europe gets the heavier hitting 2.5-litre powerplant good for 295bhp nestling well back in the engine bay of the WRX STi. Couple this with a very clever four wheel drive system and the car will jet off the line as if clouted up the rear by a wrecking ball. Sixty mph comes and goes in just 4.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of just over 155mph. Subaru’s Si-Drive system gives the driver three different throttle response maps at the turn of a switch, with Super Sharp the weapon of choice for aggressive driving.
The throw on the six-speed gearbox has been shortened for a more direct feel and the Driver’s Control Centre Differential has now got even more driver options. This box of tricks allows the driver to select the torque distribution from front to rear, reverting to an auto mode when the ignition is switched off. The steering of the WRX STi feels meaty and aggressive and the electronics assist rather than intrude on the driving experience at the limit.
There’s only one model available and it’s priced to sell at £24,995. This is fully £1,600 less than the old car and makes its key rivals look very expensive indeed. By contrast, the Mitsubishi Evo is a whole stack more expensive and the Audi S3 also looks a bit optimistic at £27,000.