The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX has been updated for the latest model year, picking up the same striking widebody design as the high-performance STI model along with a wider track and tires for enhanced grip. The new widebody design is standard on both the WRX sedan and hatchback, making both cars appear significantly more focused and aggressive.

An approximately 1.5 inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17 inch wheels and tires all add up to deliver improved grip in the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX. The standard wheels now measure 17 inches in diameter and are fitted with chunky 235 mm rubber. All this extra girth does have some negatives, however. The kerb weight of the new 2011 model is now 33 pounds heavier than the outgoing 2010 model and we're sure replacement tires will cost slightly more than the previous car's 225 mm units.

The drivetrain has been left unchanged but with 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque coming from the car’s 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, it certainly didn’t need to. A five-speed manual and Subaru’s trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive system remain as standard, as does a viscous coupling locking center differential.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Hatchback

Inside, all WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy pedal covers and driver's footrest, sporty bucket seats, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and iPod/USB connectivity. A navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity remain as optional extras.

The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX range will go on sale across the country this summer following its debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show in April.