Tommi Mäkinen next to the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Subaru’s fastest-ever lap
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Germany - The new 2011 Impreza WRX STI
sedan has set a new record securing Subaru’s fastest-ever lap time at
Germany’s famed Nürburgring racetrack.
The 2011 WRX STI sedan recorded a
time of 7.55 seconds – four seconds faster than Subaru’s previous best
time, set in 2004.
Ironically, the new record was set
by four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen, who drove for
Mitsubishi, who were Subarus
rival in the World Rally scene.
Subaru has been using the world’s
toughest Nordschleife course at the Nürburgring since 1992 when Subaru
first tested its Impreza WRX.
Advanced research and development,
plus tests of the Impreza WRX and WRX STI models has taken place over
those 18 years.
Major changes to the 2011 Impreza
WRX STI include chassis and suspension refinement. Tests at the
Nürburgring demonstrated the supreme overall dynamics and linear
Tommi Mäkinen said “The car was
controllable with precise and faithful handling even on tricky corners.
I could easily predict the car’s behaviour. That is exactly what Subaru
is offering: confidence.”
Technical changes to the four-door
Impreza WRX STI will also be carried over to the five-door hatchback
The revised Impreza WRX STI,
including sedan variants, goes on sale in Australia in the last quarter
of the year.
specifications of the test vehicle:
Overall length x width x height: 4580 x 1795 x 1470 mm
Wheelbase: 2625 mm
Engine type: Horizontally-opposed four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve
Displacement: 1994 cc
Transmission: six-speed manual
Tyres: 245/40 R18
features to the test vehicle:
R205 model items (R205 is a special edition for Japan market).
Six-pot brake callipers
Flexible tower bar
Front lip spoiler
spec C model items (spec C is a special edition for Japan market).
Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres
Five-point safety belts