After spending a lot of time focusing on its mainstream models like the Legacy and Forrester, Subaru is ready to put the spotlight back on its high performance models. For 2011, Subaru has released an updated WRX STI model and while it doesn't look all that new, there are a lot of updates – plus Subaru has brought back the STI sedan.
While there are no changes to the 305-hp engine, other updates include a revised suspension setup with a lowered ride height and new pillow-ball bushings in front and stiffer bushings for the rear subframe. Subaru says these updates improve camber and toe stiffness. New springs feature higher spring rates with a 15.6 percent increased stiffness in front and 53 percent increase in stiffness in the rear. Thicker sway bars also help improve handling, while new 18-inch wheels weight a total of 17.6 lbs less than the previous model's wheels. In addition, the 2011 STI models also get exterior updates – although none but a true Suby nut is likely to notice. The changes include a modified bumper with sharper edges, a new lip spoiler, larger front grille as well as larger bumper openings. The sedan model also gets new, flared rear fenders.
The result of all those changes is incredible with a 7:55 lap time around the Nurburgring – a record for 4-door vehicles, besting even the Porsche Panamera Turbo.
To help put the focus on the STI, Subaru has released a series of commercials featuring regular folks getting rides by rally driver Dave Mirra. the ad campaign is titled "Get More Gs." Watch the videos and we're sure you'll see why
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