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2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 330S

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 330S
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 330S Specifications
Transmission6 Speed Manual
LayoutFront Engine, AWD
DifferentialFront and Rear LSD, Multi-mode Driver Control Centre Differential
Engine TypeTurbocharged Flat 4 "Boxer"
Displacement2.5 Liters
Horsepower325.5 bhp (330 PS) @ 5400 rpm
Torque346.6 lb-ft. @ 3400 rpm
Top Speed155.3 mph (Electronically Limited)
0-60 mph4.4 Seconds
Base Price: 2009 Subaru WRX STi 330S - Expected to be about 30,000

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 330S - The Car the 2008 STi Should Have Been

The new Subaru WRX STi 330S, just announced for a UK release at the British International Motor Show, is exactly the car last years WRX STi should have been. Put it slightly more drastically, and the WRX STi 330S is the car Subaru needed. The polarizing new "standard" STi has more buyers turning toward Mazda and Mitsubishi, and the once-lofty WRX brand has now been victim to descriptions such as a "tuner Corolla." Not exactly what Japanese AWD specialists Subaru had envisioned.

The Subaru WRX STi is at or near the top of every young car fan's list, and with good reason. The Subaru WRX series, in the last 10 years or so, has provided unmatched driving excitement in its base price point, and the WRX STi takes the formula even further, creating a true hardcore sports car that happens to come in four-door compact form.

This is why many Subaru diehards and automotive fans were more than a little disappointed when the other Blue Oval decided to soften the WRX and WRX STi for 2008, in attempt to make strides in ride comfort and mainstream styling, a move not embraced by many of Subaru's most vocal fanatics and critics.

The 2009 Subaru WRX STi 330S, set for a UK release soon and what should serve as a preview of Subaru's official Impreza/WRX 2009 model line introductions next week, addresses many of these issues. The styling is a little blockier and meaner, with revised front fenders and aero package. More exciting still is the power bump that comes under the hood, due to the use of a more party-tuned ECU and huge 90 mm twin exhausts. The new peak horsepower comes up to 330 PS (hence the "330" designation), or about 325.5 bhp. This is a significant bump over the 298 bhp found in current Subaru WRX STi models.

Other nice touches include leather-trimmed Recaro racing seats, and burnout-ready 245/40 R18 tires mounted on beautiful 18 inch alloys. Look for design cues from the Subaru WRX STi 330S to be incorporated into the soon-to-be-announced 2009 Impreza line.

Read on for full official details, direct from the British International Motor Show...


[Press Release]

* Three new high-performance Special Edition Imprezas
* 255 PS Impreza WRX-S at £22,495 OTR
* 330 PS Impreza WRX STI 330S for around £30,000 OTR
* Ultimate 380 PS Impreza WRX STI 380S concept

Subaru has scored a high-performance hat-trick for the British International Motor Show with the launch of no less than three new Special Edition new-shape Impreza models - two of which can be seen at the show.

All receive Prodrive engine upgrades plus comfort and styling tweaks, giving enthusiasts an unprecedented choice of sporty Subarus.

The 255 PS Impreza WRX-S costs a highly-competitive £22,495 while the 330 PS Impreza WRX STI 330S will be priced at around £30,000 (both on-the-road). First deliveries are expected in September.

Still in concept stage is the 380 PS Impreza WRX STI 380S which could become available within the next six months pending positive customer response.

Visitors to the show (July 23 to August 3, ExCeL, London) can see both the STI 380S concept and the WRX-S on Subaru's stand N23.

Impreza WRX-S Offers More Power And Style

Based on the new Impreza WRX, the 'S' model offers £4,500 worth of extras for a £2,500 premium, costing £22,495 OTR.

Banbury-based Prodrive has re-programmed the 2.5 litre 'boxer' engine's ECU (electronic control unit) and modified the exhaust system. This sees power leap from 230 PS at 5,200 rpm to 255 PS at 5,400 rpm while the torque improvement is even greater, growing from 236 lb.ft at 2,800 rpm to 287.6 at 3,000 rpm - a staggering 51 lb. ft more.

Maximum speed remains at 130 mph but the 0-60 mph time drops from 6.1 seconds to 5.5 seconds. Naturally, in-gear flexibility is greatly enhanced.

The new Impreza WRX-S also boasts 18x7.5 ins anthracite GT1 alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, an STI front grille, STI front lip spoiler and STI rear wing and body-colour tailgate moulding.

Also standard is a MOMO 'Air-Race' gearknob while the colour choice is between San Remo Red, WR Blue Mica, Obsidian Black Pearl and Satin White Pearl.

Standard equipment on the Impreza 2.5 WRX-S includes front and rear spoilers, side skirts, a rear diffuser, leather-covered steering wheel, all-wheel drive, a rear limited-slip differential with Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control, 10-speaker, six-disc radio/CD player and xenon headlamps.

Impreza WRX STI 330S Brings Back The Burble

The new Impreza WRX STI 330S also benefits from a Prodrive Performance pack with modified ECU and exhaust system - this time with paired twin 90 mm diameter stainless steel exhaust pipes to bring back the burble so loved by 'scooby' fans.

Power goes up to 330 PS at only 5,400 rpm compared to the 300.5 PS at 6,000 rpm of the standard model.

Torque is boosted from 300.2 lb ft at 4,000 rpm to 346.6 lb ft at a lower 3,400 rpm making for an even swifter, effortless driving experience.

Top speed is the same 155.3 mph but the 0-60 mph time drops from an already swift 4.8 seconds to only 4.4 seconds.

Expected to be priced at around £30,000 OTR, the new Impreza WRX STI 330S has an especially luxurious specification - even compared to the already well-equipped standard STI which costs £26,595 OTR.

Upgrades include leather-covered Recaro front seats, satellite navigation, Smart-entry and push-button start.

Visually, the new special-edition sports new five-spoke 18x8.5 ins alloy wheels wearing 245/40 R18 tyres. It will be available in the full range of STI colours.

Standard equipment on the Impreza WRX STI includes a six-speed gearbox, Si-Drive giving three different engine response modes, a Multi-mode Driver Control Centre Differential, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control and - of course - symmetrical all-wheel drive with front and rear limited-slip differentials.

Show-Stopping WRX STI 380S Concept

Sure to be a crowd-puller is Subaru's range-topping special edition Impreza WRX STI 380S which previews at the London International Motor Show.

Dubbed a concept, the STI 380S could reach dealers within six months pending positive response. Its final specification will be finalised following customer input and will be hand-built to order.

The STI 380S will include a complete engine rebuild by Prodrive with many up-rated components to reliably achieve the target 380 PS.

Improvements over the standard Impreza WRX STI will include uprated suspension and exhaust system plus an enhanced body kit.

Other visual changes will be the option of either gold or silver-coloured 18x8.5 ins BBS alloy wheels with 245/40 tyres.

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