The 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is ready to roll-an ultimate-performance sedan featuring a high-boost 305-hp turbocharged/intercooled Subaru Boxer engine teamed with a six-speed transmission and symmetrical, full-time all-wheel drive system.
The four-door sedan’s design is based on a “wide and low” concept to give the car an aggressive road presence with wide front and rear track dimensions. Broad fenders stretch wider than the tail lamps, accentuating a look of stability, and the exclusively designed rear spoiler adds stable high-speed handling with zero lift, according to a press release.
Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) technology exclusive to WRX STI models allows the driver to tailor the car’s driving characteristics by choosing from three selectable modes-Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp-using a rotary dial on the center console.
In the Intelligent mode, SI-DRIVE improves fuel efficiency and provides a more relaxed throttle response curve. The Sport mode provides quick throttle responses and power linear acceleration, while Short Sharp mode modifies the engine’s electronic throttle to deliver quick throttle responses and put down the power sooner, the company noted.
The car is also equipped with an exclusive multimode vehicle dynamic system stability and traction control system, and the Brembo Performance Brake System featuring ventilated four-wheel disc brakes with “Super Sport” ABS and electronic brake force distribution.
The system can control braking forces at each rear wheel independently to optimize breaking ability during hard corning and reduce under-steer.
The interior features standard aluminum alloy pedals, driver’s footrest and leather-wrapped gear selector. Performance-designed front seats integrate the backrest and head restraint into a single structure and are heated for added comfort in colder temperatures.
An advanced AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA six-speaker audio system includes a “MediaHub” for iPod/USB audio integration with Bluetooth streaming audio and a voice-activated Bluetooth system for mobile phone connectivity.
The WRX STI with Sport-tech Package also includes a power sunroof, xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, automatic climate control, and mirror-integrated LED turn signals.