The wing is back, and it's $1,000 cheaper than the hatch. Starting from $33,995, the STI four-door will be the least expensive entry into the hairy end of Subaru's range, though those with a taste for more luxury will have the option of upgrading to the Limited package for a starting price of $37,345.
Prices are up $500-$1,000 across the board for the standard WRX and WRX STI hatchback. The 2011 WRX starts from $25,495, a $500 increase over last year's model, and for the price it gets new front and rear bumpers, STI-like wide fenders, and a new WRX logo fender badge. For those wanting a bit more from their WRX, but not wanting to upgrade to the STI's more focused performance, the Premium package adds the all-weather package, moonroof, fog lights and a trunk spoiler for $27,995, while the WRX Limited throws in HID headlights and leather-trimmed upholstery. Both Premium and Limited can be upgraded with navigation.
The 2011 WRX STI five-door starts from $34,995 in standard trim, with a retuned suspension featuring improved bushings, larger anti-roll bars, stiffer springs and "improved steering feel." Both four- and five-door models can be had in Limited guise, which bumps the price to $35,995 for the five-door and, curiously, $37,345 for the sedan. A look at the standard Limited features list explains the discrepancy: the Limited four-door comes with 18-inch BBS wheels, a moonroof, fog lights and leather trimmed upholstery, while the Limited five-door only gets the wheels standard.
All WRXs and STIs also get a new mesh grille, upgraded audio system with Bluetooth audio and phone support, auxiliary input, USB/iPod connectivity, and optional XM/Sirius radio. Add a delivery fee of $725 to all of these prices for the sticker you'll see on dealer lots.
For more on the 2011 WRX STI, check out our first drive report and our take behind the wheel on a gravel rally course.