New 2011 Subaru WRX officially launched in NZ

New 2011 Subaru WRX officially launched in NZ

The 2011 model Subaru WRX received its official NZ launch at a special press event held in Auckland yesterday. The WRX, is 18 years old with the introduction of the 2011 model and is now a more direct sibling to Subaru’s flagship performance car, the STI, than ever before.

The Subaru WRX will now come with the same wide body styling of the STI and more importantly the same wide track suspension with wider tyres to produce greater stability, handling and road holding.

At a quick glance the WRX looks just like an STI, although keen Subaru fans will notice the rear wing on the hatch and sedan is not as big as the STI and the still generous wheels and tyres are “only” 17 inches in diameter.

“The WRX still offers the best bang for the buck in the performance car market,” said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand. “At $44,990 until the end of September its unbeatable value for money whether you want a sedan or hatch.”

Both the WRX sedan and hatch have the same design front spoiler which merges into the bumper and dark finish grille to produce a wide, low aggressive look. The car’s sides are highlighted by the wider flared wheel arches that lead to the sedan’s rear diffuser with centre rear fog light. Both hatch and sedan have four exhaust tail pipes. It is the same system as the STI.

WRX comes with a 195 kWs version of the 2.5 litre quad cam turbocharged Boxer engine and a five speed manual gearbox with Symmetrical All Wheel Drive. Maximum torque of 343 Nm is available at 4000 rpm. It is distributed by a Torsen rear limited slip differential and an open front diff.

Braking has been increased with larger 16-inch front calipers and pad return springs. The system has ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Other safety features include six airbags, pre-tensioned front seat belts with load limiters and height adjustable shoulder mounts, anti intrusion beams in all doors and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

Inside there is a 10 speaker sound system with Bluetooth hands free capability and USB/auxiliary audio jack, climate control air conditioning, cruise control, height and reach adjustable steering column, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear lever, electroluminescent instrument display and sports high backed seats.

The remote control central locking includes the immobiliser security system and alarm. There is privacy glass, headlights auto off feature, self-leveling Xenon headlights with washers.

Specific changes to the suspension include widening the front and rear track by 35 and 40 mm respectively and the rear suspension sub frames bushes have been stiffened to aid stability and road holding. The WRX sits on new lightweight 17×7 inch wheels with 235/45R17 tyres.

The Subaru WRX is the safest ANCAP rated passenger car based on a maximum 5-star Occupant Safety Rating and a 4 (out of maximum 4-star) Pedestrian Safety Rating. The WRX comes with a three year unlimited kilometres warranty.

Check out the gallery below for some images of the 2011 Subaru WRX, and to find out more click here to visit the Subaru NZ website.

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