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Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2005

Broadcast dates : 6th March 2005
10th March 2005

Subaruís Impreza has been around for a decade in South Africa. It was in 1995 that Scotsman Colin McCrae won the World Rally Championship in a "Scooby" as they are affectionately known, and changed our perceptions of Subaru forever.

For 2005, there have been a few cosmetic changes and some important mechanical tweaks. The Subaru STi remains a unique mix of family sedan, engineering marvel and brash boy-racer.

The visual clues to the new model include slightly extended rear wheel arches, and subtly different gold alloy wheels. In your face, not-so-much grace, plenty pace.

The Scooby scoop directs air straight through the intercooler into the turbocharged flat-four motor.

For 2005, power is nominally unchanged, but electronic upgrades mean the turbo engine copes better with South Africaís relatively low-grade fuels. So a 195 kiloWatts at 7800 rpm it is, all day, every day.

With four-wheel-drive thereís no wheel-spin and fast starts take practice. Zero to one hundred in just over five seconds is not too shabby!

Important underskin changes include new suspension, a wider track and wheel base, and front and centre differential upgrades. 

The drive-train refinements make the Impreza STi a different animal, much more responsive.

The car also comes with semi-slick Bridgestone Potenza R.E.O-seventy tyres, the same rubber used in National Championship production car racing in South Africa.

Together with the adjustable diff, the result is an entirely new crisp handling experience.

Even with torque 75 per cent to the rear wheels, Clint found the car an inherent under-steerer, easier to deal with out in the real world.

Clint is trying to convince his better half that this a practical family car. The type of wheels thatíll encourage him to settle down to a solid, secure nine-to-five existence.

Subaru Impreza WRX STi
  • Engine: Flat-four cylinder, turbocharged, petrol, 1 994 cc
  • Power: 195 kW @ 7 800 rpm
  • Torque: 343 Nm @ 4 000 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,21 seconds
  • Top speed: 240 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 13,9 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
  • Price: R385 000

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