Subaru announces details of returning WRX STI saloon
Subaru has announced that the comeback version of the Impreza WRX STI saloon will be the quickest version ever "across country".
However, one thing that will be disappearing is the 'Impreza' part - the manufacturer is shortening the name so the car will be known as just the Subaru WRX STI.
The new model will be able to sprint to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 158mph thanks to the 296bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine. The engine stats are unchanged from the outgoing hatchback WRX STI, but Subaru says that tweaks to the power delivery mean that acceleration is smoother now.
The £32,995 car is also cleaner now, meeting Euro V emissions regulations - legislation that has already accounted for the demise of other performance cars such as the Mazda RX8.
Central to the WRX STI's handling is the four-wheel drive system that sends 51 percent of the power to the rear and 49 percent to the front wheels. That ratio can be adjusted by the driver using Subaru's four mode Driver's Control Centre Differential system.
The driver will also be able to modify the electronic safety systems - specifically the point at which they kick in to suit the conditions.
The WRX STI is go on sale from October, with standard kit including keyless entry, push-button start, hands-free Bluetooth system, cruise control and hill start assist.
The saloon returns after a three-year absence, while the five-door hatchback will continue to be offered alongside the WRX STI four-door.