...With this layout comes a unique, muscular growl that announces serious output to the tune of 293 hp and a stout 290 lb-ft of torque. Sending the power to all four wheels is a six-speed manual gearbox, the only transmission available on the STI. Subaru's World Rally Championship racing technology trickles down to the street, as the STI has a driver-controlled center differential (DCCD). Worked by a thumbwheel on the center console, the DCCD allows the pilot to control the power split between the front and rear axles for optimum traction in varied conditions. Safety: All Subaru Impreza models...
...They have advantages, such as a low center of gravity and lots of torque, which is the measure of pulling power. But they are not particularly smooth or pleasant to listen to. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the test car was about as refined as this engine gets, but no one would confuse it with a Honda or an Audi. Still, it's fast. The slightly industrial quality of the engine actually matches the Impreza's personality well, as does the four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage is average at best -- don't forget Subarus are powering all four wheels -- and the test car's EPA rating was 23...
...Brembo brakes, a limited slip differential, sports-tuned suspension, and Driver Control Center Differential (which allows you to auto or manually distribute torque) are performance-enhancers. On the outside, the regular STi shows off a huge dual-plane rear spoiler, roof vane spoiler, giant head scoop, and either gold or silver wheels. For 2007, the Impreza WRX STi Limited tones it down with a smaller rear wing, no vane, and an integrated chin spoiler. The Limited also features leather seats, to the regular STi's Alcantara cloth ones. For the first time in any STi, the Limited also pampers you...
...The newest addition in 2007 is a WRX STi Limited sedan or wagon, combining performance power with a more luxurious interior. Heated leather seats, a sunroof, and window de-icer are included. The WRX STi Limited also toned down the ultra-sporty exterior of the original STi by ditching the roof spoiler and making the rear spoiler more subtle. It hasn't lost its dual hood scoops, wide vents, and 17-inch alloy performance tires, however, so you'll still turn heads as you take those tight turns at top speeds. Great performance, even in the non-turbo Imprezas, and responsive handling are key...
...Still not convinced? Check this out: The WRX Sport Wagon comes with what Subaru calls "symmetrical all-wheel-drive." That means power is transmitted from the car's engine to all four wheels at once. That gives you better traction than regular all-wheel-drive, which shifts power from wheel to wheel -- "from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip" -- as needed. To transfer power in the WRX Sport Wagon, all you have to do is clutch, shift, and push the gas pedal. That's it. The all-wheel-drive system works automatically. Okay, Mary Anne, I know. You're thinking of that first WRX I brought...
...The test car's transmission was a very smooth-shifting five-speed manual; an automatic adds $1,000. Fuel mileage is rated at 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, premium gas preferred. As is every Subaru, the WRX is all-wheel-drive. The WRX suspension is firm, and the ride is taut, but it doesn't beat you up, even on long trips. The bucket seats are excellent -- the WRX Limited is a far better highway car than you would suspect. Rear seat room is rather cramped for adults, especially if tall front passengers have their seats pushed back. Handling is just excellent, brakes are firm and progressive...
...The Impreza WRX can be equipped with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. Automatic WRX models feature Variable Torque Distribution all-wheel drive. Noticeable WRX styling touches include slightly bulged fenders and a large air scoop that feeds cool air to the turbocharger's intercooler. The hood is made of aluminum. WRX models have a sport-tuned suspension, standard 16-inch alloy wheels and larger front brake discs. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. A tiny turbo boost gauge sits atop the steering column. The Impreza WRX looks the part of a hot...
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