It’s been well documented here at The Garage that hardcore fans of the Subaru Impreza WRX were not exactly thrilled at the all new 2008 Impreza, and the concessions Subaru made to make their hero car appeal to a wider audience. While Subaru made substantial improvements to the 2009 car to win back fans, there was some unfinished business that Subaru is now addressing.
At the New York Auto Show, Subaru took the wraps off the four door Impreza WRX STI, which will sell alongside the five door model. The previous generation STI was sold as a four door only, but when the current car went on sale in 2008, the WRX STI was only available as a five door. The STI’s signature giant rear wing is back, and one can hear the purists rejoicing. The 2011 STI also features a heavily revised suspension, with some of the changes previewed on this year’s STI Special Edition. The new car also features lighter 18″ wheels. The WRX STI drivetrain remains unchanged, which means a boxer 2.5L turbo intercooled four rated at 305hp, coupled to a six-speed manual. The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI four door hits the showroom floor this summer.