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New York Preview: Subaru WRX goes widebody for 2011

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Filed under: New York Auto Show, Sedan, Performance, Hatchback, Subaru

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX - Click above for high-res image gallery

Since the introduction of the third-generation Impreza, Subaru has been making incremental improvements to the rally-bred WRX, first with a significant bump in output for the 2009 MY and now the adoption of the STI's widebody design for 2011. And not only does the five-door model benefit from its pumped-up sibling's sheetmetal, but the sedan gets a much-needed testosterone injection to boot.

With a 1.5 inch-wider track front and rear, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX's stance is decidedly more aggressive, and with firmer rear subframe bushings pulled from the STI and wider 17x8-inch wheels wrapped in 235/45R17 rubber, the 2011 'Rex is assuredly more stickier than its predecessor.

The cosmetic mods don't end with the widened fenders, as the front fascia receives a restylized front lip spoiler, partnered with a larger, blacked-out grille and intakes. The whole package only increases the curb weight of the WRX by 34 pounds, and coupled with the "265-horsepower" turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four, the 2011 WRX has the goods to back up its looks... no matter which body-style you choose. Full details in the press release after the jump and expect a slew of shots from the floor at the New York Auto Show.


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God, what a hideous design. Subaru has really fallen from grace.

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So sad that this car has become a cartoon of it's self. Not powerful or bold looking as past models EVO does look better. I hope that Chevy can push the Cruze control button and enter this segment. Times tickin on my midlife crisis, committed to the wife so cars will have to do :AH-HA:

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