Press release after the jump. Subaru has also brought small improvements to the interior. If it were up to us, we might have asked for better reliability; our long-termer required a new short block during its stay. A Familiar Tune So far, so good. Up front it gets sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamps, a lip spoiler with three-dimensional detailing, a newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing. List of Subaru Performance Specs.
Top speed has been recorded to be 158 mph, which is just slightly faster than the hatchback. Pedal feel is dramatically improved from the 2007 car, but the distance separating the gas and brake pedal feels wider. Unlike the steering of, say, an Evo, you don't have so much of that telepathic feel for the road that many enthusiasts and track day junkies crave. Just because the vehicles do not have something does not mean it was not thought of. But the verdict is mixed on the chassis tweaks.
The ride height is lower by 0. Instead of plunging sales, 2009 marked the third consecutive year of sales growth; giving it a record market share in the process. And fanboy racers and wannabes couldn't be happier. A few back-to-back laps at the former Aspen International Raceway now part of the Aspen Racing and Sports Car Club in— surprise! But romp on the loud pedal, and this Subi scoots. The steering, though a little light, is excellently precise, needing little correction once you've committed. And finally, on the interior, the trim panels, the steering wheel air bag cover, and steering wheel switches are now dark cast metallic which compliment the silver and black interior.
The power guides the front tires the rest of the way as if they were caught in a tractor beam. So far in 2010, Subaru has done even better. An available Limited trim adds leather and a moonroof, while the standard setup uses a black checkered cloth with red stitching. At 3420 pounds, the sedan we tested here was 34 pounds heavier than our. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure. The new stance also allowed one-inch-wider wheels now 17 x 8. The wide fenders give it style instead of the flat sided Toyota look like side panels on the plain Impreza.
This helps the car to handle the increased horsepower. That should give a 0-60 time of between 3. These are minor differentiators, so choose which one you like looking at most. So in came new struts, anti-roll bars, and firmer rear subframe bushings. At a glance, the engine doesn't look any different from previous iterations, but there are big changes on the inside. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50.
The Premium package adds fog lights, a sunroof, a rear spoiler, and heating elements for the front seats, mirrors, and windshield-wiper rest. Gone are the cheap silver dash accents and the ancient radio technology. Hit the jump to watch the video of the record setting Subaru! This year the similarities are even closer: Little bro is wearing big bro's clothes. The same aggressive fascia, the same bulging fenders -- the rears actually poke out beyond the taillights -- and the same quad-exhaust pipes that protrude from the very M5-ish rear valance. The car sits on 18-inch aluminum wheels featuring high-luster paint. Auto +, on the other hand, tightens things up and sends torque forward for stability on loose terrain.
The rear coils are now 53 percent stiffer and the ride height has also been slightly reduced. While the power was achieved, the new configuration was met with much dismay. The optional 18 x 8. Incline Start Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline. But back to cargo capacity. That's something income deficient buyers won't feel shortchanged about.
The system allows a driver to choose from three modes of throttle response. There are also three automatic modes, which vary in their willingness to hold the rear torque bias. The aggressive new look caters to function, not form. But the dashboard is still plagued by hard plastics. So pulling off clean heel-toe downshifts requires a significantly longer jab.
The model will be offered in both four and five doors versions and will go on sale later this summer. For example, how fast a Subaru is depends on the vehicle's tires, whether the test is conducted inside or outside, the weather conditions at the time, the wind velocity for or against the car, and the driver's ability. With the bodywork set, Subaru turned its attention to the inverted strut front and double wishbone rear suspension of both body styles. And that, combined with the additional power, should make the new car quicker. Haunches that stretch out past the taillamps plus the large rear wing improve the drag coefficient by 5 percent, boosting top speed to 158 mph. Subaru has done the smart thing and returned to a winning sedan formula that carries a large and devout fan base.