Fresh news from the New York Auto Show: Subaru is bringing out a new STI sedan, and the wing is back! I’m glad that the WRX design crew likes ordering their late night ‘zas from Pizza Hut. Had they not been constantly badgered by the script-reading order taker asking if they wanted to upgrade with a side of honey BBQ wings, they might never have been inspired to bring back the WRX wing. Thank you, Pizza Hut. You may clog our colons, but also inspire greatness.
The wing is not the only boss new feature on the 2011 Subaru WRX STI Sedan. Subaru tightened up the suspension and added a lighter set of 18″ wheels for even stickier steering over the 2010 STI. Plus, this is the first time in WRX history when both 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan STI options are both available simultaneously—it’s like having your cake and drifting over it at 90 mph, too.
When describing the body style of the 2011 Subaru WRX STI, Subaru is calling it “wide” and “low” (does that make you think of a crouching plumber, too?). It’s the same kind of stance that rally racers strike, which would be really fitting were Subaru still competing in rally racing.
But, aside from its looks, the 2011 Subaru WRX STI packs some serious street-shredding power under its bonnet: a turbocharged, intercooled 4-cylinder Boxer motor screaming 305 high-boost horsepower. As for its tranny: a proper 6-speed manual gearbox. And, you can literally dial in your driving style through the integrated Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE).
So, how long do you have to wait before you can pick one up? Not too long. Subaru is planning to have them on the lots by summer. And, with a sticker price of just $35,000, this will be one of the most affordable high-performance rides around.