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Old 06-21-2005, 09:29 PM
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Suburu designers need to be shot. First the Tribeca, now they come out with this. The Pontiac Aztek looks nice compared to this.
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Looks nice. The changes on the rear lights are also welcome (to me).
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I found a site with some pics of the new STi in action in Japan: http://www.watanabe.ws/new_impreza/index.html

I still can't get over that grille though.

Fingers crossed that the next edition will be a little more tame.
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looks like a KIA
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2006 Official STI Information




SUBARU IMPREZA® WRX® STI® RESTYLED FOR 2006
300-hp Supercar Gains AWD Enhancement and New Safety Technology

CHERRY HILL, N.J., July 21, 2005 – Subaru of America, Inc., America’s all-wheel drive leader, has restyled its Impreza line for 2006 and in addition given the all-conquering 300-horsepower WRX STI model several performance enhancements. On the safety front, all Impreza models gain the new dualstage Subaru Advanced Airbag System.

Following an interior redesign for 2005, all Impreza models have been restyled for 2006 to reflect the new brand identity. The new Subaru signature front-end design for Impreza features a three-section mesh-type grill inspired by the company’s aircraft heritage, plus boldly styled headlights with smoke-tinted lenses.

All 2006 Impreza models are also identified by a new tail lamp cluster design.
The 2006 WRX STI is also distinguished by the lower-profile hood scoop from the standard WRX to aid forward visibility. Daytime running lights (DRL) are added to the safety roster to make the WRX STI more visible to other drivers. A new roof vane spoiler, inspired by the Impreza World Rally Championship competition car, contributes to stability at track speeds and reinforces the car’s highperformance
attitude.

The WRX STI received several significant chassis performance enhancements for 2005, including wider wheels. For 2006, the addition of a steering sensor input to the DCCD All-Wheel Drive system enhances power distribution response by more accurately relaying the car’s cornering situation. The WRX STI is based on the Impreza WRX platform but is completely re-engineered to provide even higher levels of acceleration, handling and braking performance that challenge the world’s best sports
cars. In its first year, the WRX STI won Road & Track magazine’s “Best Car 2004” Reader’s Choice Award, edging out several dedicated(?) sports cars, including the Porsche® 911® GT3.

The Impreza WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter DOHC boxer engine producing 300 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 300 lb-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Teamed exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission, the engine can propel the WRX STI from zero-to-60 mph in under five seconds. Power is transferred to all four wheels by a sophisticated Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) to optimize performance in all conditions.
Rally Tested, Road Ready The WRX STI draws motorsports technology directly from Subaru expertise in World Rally Championship (WRC) competition and is designed to appeal to the most serious driving enthusiasts. STI stands for Subaru Tecnica International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd.

In its exterior design, Impreza WRX STI leaves no doubts about its performance potential – a look that is equally functional. The scoop in the aluminum hood feeds outside air to an intercooler that is significantly larger than the intercooler used on WRX models. The dual-plane rear spoiler – which appears to be borrowed directly from the Impreza World Rally Car – helps reduce lift and improve stability at track speeds. An aerodynamic underbody cover and the new roof vane spoiler contribute to enhanced high-speed track stability. Airflow is also managed via front side spoilers on the front bumper
and STI-design aerodynamic side ground effects.

The front fascia features a four-beam headlight system with high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams. Distinctive STI fog light insert covers add to the no-nonsense look. Large diameter Brembo® brakes are clearly visible between the spokes of the 17-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy BBS® wheels.

300-Horsepower Turbo Legend
The 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (Boxer) 4-cylinder engine is based on a specially reinforced semiclosed deck engine block with forged aluminum-alloy pistons, forged high-carbon steel connecting rods and sodium-filled exhaust valves. The Subaru Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing technology helps provide strong torque characteristics throughout the engine’s operating range.

The turbocharger produces 14.5 psi of maximum boost compared to 13.5 in the standard WRX. The large capacity intercooler uses a manually operated water spray feature to enhance intercooler efficiency during high-performance driving.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive With Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD)
The Impreza WRX STI is equipped with the brand’s most performance-directed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system featuring Driver Control Center Differential (DCCD). A planetary center differential provides a performance-oriented 35 percent front / 65 percent rear power split. Set in automatic mode, the electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch can vary the torque distribution ratio as
needed to suit driving and road-surface conditions.

Automatic mode provides the best all-around performance for most drivers and circumstances, varying the front/rear torque distribution automatically depending on driving conditions and driver input. The system determines the ideal power distribution in response to vehicle acceleration, deceleration, steering angle, cornering force and wheel slippage.

In manual mode, DCCD allows the driver to vary the front-to-rear torque distribution (up to 50/50 maximum) to optimize All-Wheel Drive performance for varying driving conditions. The driver first selects manual mode with a console-mounted button and then turns a thumbwheel on the center console to select from among six levels of center differential locking. Increasing the lock factor keeps more power at the front wheels, which the driver might want in certain driving conditions, on particular roads or to
suit an individual driving style.

A helical-type limited-slip front differential and mechanical clutch-type limited-slip rear differential help to optimize power distribution side-to-side, helping to ensure that the inside wheels don’t slip during cornering.

Competition-Bred Chassis
A super-stiff Ring Frame Reinforced body structure with a hydroformed front subframe provides the foundation for the high-integrity Impreza platform. Compared to the standard WRX models, the WRX STI is lowered by 0.4-inch to help yield a lower center of gravity. The 4-wheel independent suspension inherits technology from the Impreza WRC competition car, but has been strictly optimized in the WRX
STI for high cornering performance on paved roads. Inverted struts used for the front and rear suspension increase bending resistance for quicker and more consistent performance under hard cornering. A rally-derived variation on the MacPherson-type strut, the
inverted strut essentially functions like a conventional shock absorber set upside-down and encased by another tube. The strength of the outer steel tube bears the brunt of bending forces acting upon the strut under cornering, rather than the internal piston rod. The piston rod operates in the lower portion of the strut tube rather than the upper section.

The secondary upper tube mounts to the inner fender where the piston rod would mount in a conventional strut. The piston’s stroke remains consistent during hard cornering, helping to maintain the ideal tire-toroad surface contact pattern for increased traction and cornering power.

Aluminum front suspension lower control arms and aluminum rear suspension lateral links reduce unsprung vehicle weight. The standard BBS light-alloy wheels measure 17 x 8-inches and are equipped with 225/45 ZR17 Bridgestone Potenza RE070 directional performance tires.

The quick-ratio steering system yields 2.6 turns lock-to-lock, and the steering rack uses a “cannon mount” for greater rigidity that improves on-center response. A damper valve helps reduce kickback that the increased rigidity might cause.

Brembo Brakes with Super Sport ABS
Subaru equipped Impreza WRX STI with one of the most advanced and performance-optimized braking systems on the market today. The powerful Brembo Performance Brake System employs ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes to help ensure stopping power and consistency commensurate with the vehicle’s high performance capability. The front discs measure 12.7 inches in diameter and 1.2-inch thick and utilize 4-piston, fixed-position calipers. The rear discs are 12.3 inches in diameter and 0.8-inch thick and use 2-
piston, fixed-position calipers.

A combination of Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and the Super Sport Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) helps to reduce stopping distances and understeer compared to conventional ABS systems. EBD provides precise control of braking pressure between the front and rear wheels based on the vehicle load to improve stability and stopping distances. Conventional ABS systems control the rear wheels as a pair, reducing the braking force to both rear wheels. Super Sport ABS, using input from a lateral gsensor,
can control the braking forces at each rear wheel independently, optimizing the braking ability during hard cornering to help reduce understeer.

Performance-Directed Interior
The WRX STI conveys its performance attitude from the inside, as well. The driver grips a MOMO® 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel. Performance design front seats feature substantial side bolsters, integrated head restraints and embroidered “STI” logos. The seats are upholstered in unique perforated 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Release / 5 blue high-grip Ecsaine® fabric with contrasting black knit bolsters, complemented by matching blue door trim and blue floor carpeting.

The WRX STI instrument gauge cluster places a 9,000-rpm tachometer in the center, flanked by a 160-mph speedometer, DCCD display and fuel and temperature gauges. All three primary gauges feature aluminum trim rings. Red LED indicators and an illuminated “STI” logo in the tachometer reinforce the sporty driving environment. Previewing the vehicle’s performance potential, all the gauge needles swing
to their maximum positions when the ignition is switched on, and then return to their normal positions.

The standard automatic climate control system integrates cabin air filtration. The standard 140-watt AM/FM premium stereo plays through six speakers and includes a 6-disc in-dash CD changer. An engine immobilizer security system is standard equipment.
New Safety Technology for 2006 Front seat head/chest side impact air bags (SRS) are standard, and all Impreza models for 2006 get the new Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag system. The driver’s side air bag deploys according to the driver’s proximity to the steering wheel, as measured by a sensor on the seat track. In the passenger side front
seat, a sensor module detects weight on the passenger seat – first determining if it’s occupied, and if so by a child or adult – to control air bag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features a new “Airbag” indicator light.

Front seatbelts integrate electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters. A safety pedal system in all Impreza models is designed to prevent injury to the driver’s lower limbs in the event of a serious frontend collision.







2006 Subaru Impreza® WRX® STI®
Specifications
Body 5-passenger sedan with blister-fender design
Engine Horizontally opposed (“boxer”), turbocharged/intercooled
Block Specially reinforced die-cast aluminum with integral forged steel cylinder liners, five
main bearings, semi-closed deck cylinder design
Cylinders 4
Displacement 2,457 cc (150 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 99.5 x 79 mm (3.92 x 3.11 in.)
Heads/Valvetrain Aluminum alloy cylinder heads with double overhead belt-driven camshafts (DOHC),
four valves per cylinder, Subaru AVCS (Active Valve Control System) variable valve
timing and sodium-filled exhaust valves
Compression ratio 8.2:1
Horsepower 300 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 300 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel/Induction
Aluminum alloy intake manifold, sequential multi-port fuel injection (MFI) with multispray
injectors and Tumble Generator Valves, electronic throttle control (ETC) system,
high-boost turbocharger, intercooler and manually operated intercooler water spray
Max. boost pressure 14.5 psi
Igniton Direct with iridium-tipped sparkplugs
Emission control
system
CA LEV 1 / Fed Bin 10
Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard, 50-state certified
Fuel requirement 91 octane minimum
Drivetrain Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with DCCD (Driver Control Center Differential), helical
limited-slip front differential and mechanical limited-slip rear differential, steering angle
input sensor
Transmission 6-speed manual transmission with cooler
Gear ratios
1
2
3
4
5
6
R
3.636
2.375
1.761
1.346
0.971
0.756
3.545
Final drive 3.90
Chassis Unitized body construction with Ring-Frame Reinforced structure, hydroformed front
subframe and tailored blank-welded side sills and B-pillars
Suspension 4-wheel independent, high-performance sport-tuned
Front MacPherson-type inverted struts with aluminum-alloy lower L-arms and aluminum
transverse links, liquid filled L-arm rear bushings, crossmember stiffener bar, coil
springs, stabilizer bar and negative-scrub geometry
Rear MacPherson-type inverted struts with coil springs, crossmember stiffener plates, trailing
arms, twin aluminum parallel links and stabilizer bar and negative-scrub geometry
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Specifications / 2
Brakes Power assisted 4-wheel disc with 4-channel, 4-sensor Super-Sport anti-lock brake
system (ABS) with g-sensor; Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Front disc size 12.7 x 1.2-in., ventilated with four-piston fixed position calipers
Rear disc size 12.3 x 0.8 in., ventilated with twin-piston fixed position calipers
Steering Quick-ratio rack-and-pinion with engine-speed controlled variable power assist, loadsensing
valve, variable-capacity power steering pump and power steering fluid cooler
Ratio 15.2:1
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.7
Turning circle 35.4 ft.
Wheels 17 x 8JJ BBS® brand aluminum alloy
Tires 225/45ZR17 Bridgestone Potenza RE070 summer/directional
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 100.0 in.
Length 175.8 in.
Height 56.3 in.
Width 68.5 in
Track (front/rear) 58.7 in. / 58.9 in.
Ground clearance 5.7 in.
Curb weight 3,351 lb.
Interior Dimensions
Headroom (f/r) 38.6 in.
Legroom (f/r) 42.9 in.
Hip room (f/r) 53.3 / 51.9
Shoulder room (f/r) 52.7 in. / 52.9 in.
Trunk volume 11.0 cu. ft.
EPA interior
volume
87.6 cu. ft.
EPA class Subcompact
Capacities
Fuel 15.9 gal.
Engine oil capacity 5.3 qt. w/ filter
Coolant capacity 8.1 qt.
Fuel Efficiency
EPA city mpg 18
EPA highway mpg 24
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2006 Official Impreza/WRX Information



SUBARU REDESIGNS REPOWERS 2006 IMPREZA® LINE
•IMPROVED PERFORMANCE FOR 2006 WITH NEW 2.5 i POWERTRAIN
•IMPREZA WRX ADDS 2.5-LITER BOXER TURBO
•RESTYLED IMPREZA FEATURES BOLD NEW STYLING

CHERRY HILL, N.J., July 21, 2005 – Subaru of America, Inc., America’s all-wheel drive leader, has introduced the more powerful, restyled 2006 Impreza 2.5 i and Outback® Sport models, featuring new engine technology and additional safety features.

Following an interior redesign for 2005, all Impreza models have been restyled for 2006. The new Subaru front-end design for Impreza features a three-section mesh-type grill inspired by the company’s aircraft heritage, plus boldly styled headlights with smoke-tinted lenses. Sedan models feature revised wide-body fenders, while the wagons have their own flared fender design, as on the previous model. All 2006 Impreza models are also distinguished by a new tail lamp cluster design. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels on the Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport (WRX models already had an aluminum hood).

The Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport models get a more powerful version of the 2.5-liter SOHC horizontally opposed (Boxer) engine for 2006. The addition of the i-Active Valve Lift system and the Electronic Throttle Control system boost horsepower to 173 from 165 while retaining the responsive low and mid-range torque that Subaru customers appreciate. All Subaru models are equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment, giving them responsive handling and the safety benefit of optimal traction for all driving conditions.

The optional 4-speed direct control automatic transmission features enhanced control logic for 2006. Revisions to the electronically controlled version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive teamed
with this transmission contribute to better handling and enhanced traction performance.

On the safety front, all Impreza models gain the new dual-stage Subaru Advanced Airbag System, while the Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport models also get the front seat head/chest side-impact
air bags that were already featured in the WRX models.

Impreza 2.5 i – America’s Most Affordable All-Wheel Drive Sport-Compact The Impreza 2.5 RS models have been renamed “2.5 i” for 2006, making their nomenclature consistent with the larger Subaru Legacy® models. The 2.5 i Sedan and Sport Wagon models are
the most affordable all-wheel drive sport-compacts in the market. Both models continue with the sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels (new 5-spoke design for 2006) and sport-design front seats featured on the previous 2.5 RS.

Also continued is the generous standard equipment list that makes the Impreza 2.5 i models among the best-equipped cars in their class: Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors and door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo system with single-disc CD player, tilt-adjustable steering column, security system, an outside temperature gauge and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

The Impreza 2.5 i Sport Wagon offers excellent utility and versatility, providing 27.9 cu. ft. of cargo space with the 60/40-split rear seatback up and 61.6 cu. ft. of space with the seatbacks folded down.

Outback Sport – The Sporty Crossover
Outback® Sport, based on the Impreza 2.5 i Sport Wagon, helped usher in the crossover category a decade ago. The Outback Sport Special Edition introduced for 2005 continues with its highvalue package of additional amenities.

Outback Sport styling is highlighted by steel gray metallic lower body color, side moldings and bumpers, plus projector-beam halogen fog lights. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 4-wheel independent heavy-duty raised suspension and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 205/55 R16
all-season tires give Outback Sport all-road, all-weather capability. Standard features are shared with the Impreza 2.5 i Sport Wagon and add a 12-volt cargo area power outlet, roof rails with cross bars and a rear bumper step pad.

The Outback Sport Special Edition enhances comfort, function and style with the addition of a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming compass rear-view mirror and armrest extension,
plus a 140-watt AM/FM premium stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, six upgraded speakers and a sub-woofer. A rear gate spoiler accents the sporty appearance.

More Power and Enhanced Automatic Transmission
The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer engine in Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport models gains the new i-Active Valve Lift system that boosts horsepower to 173 from 165 in the 2005 models.
Just as important, the new technology improves real world drivability and performance. Peak torque output remains at 166 lb.-ft. at 4,400 rpm – still one of the highest torque ratings in the
segment.

Using oil pressure generated by engine speed and load, the i-Active system varies intake valve lift by locking the tappet into a higher position by means of a transverse pin. The effect is that of
having two separate tappets to act on the camshaft lobe operating the intake valve. Variable lift works on one of the two intake valves. At low engine speeds the two valves open at different
levels, causing a swirl of air and fuel and boosting torque. At higher speeds, both valves are opened in the “high” position to increase horsepower.

The optional 4-speed direct control electronic automatic transmission features the more advanced adaptive shift control system first introduced for the 2005 Legacy and Outback models. The new
system controls transmission shift points based on driver input and vehicle load to optimize engine performance. The slope control feature provides engine-braking control on descents.

Enhanced Safety
The Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport models gain front seat head/chest side-impact air bags,
which were already featured in the WRX models. All Impreza models for 2006 get the new Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag system. The driver’s side air bag deploys according to the driver’s proximity to the steering wheel, as measured by a sensor on the seat track. In the
passenger side front seat, a sensor module detects weight on the passenger seat – first determining if it’s occupied, and if so by a child or adult – to control air bag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features a new “Airbag” indicator light.

The Subaru Ring Frame Reinforced body structure provides Impreza models with outstanding protection in many types of collisions. A hydroformed front subframe and side sills along with tailored-blank welded B-pillars provide an exceptionally strong structure. The high degree of rigidity contributes to sharp handling response and smooth ride quality while helping to reduce interior noise.

On all Impreza models, the standard 4-channel / 4-sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) incorporates Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). This system enhances braking performance and stability by actively optimizing braking force between the front and rear wheels
according to how the vehicle is loaded with passengers and cargo.
In all Subaru models, the front 3-point seatbelts integrate electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters. Active front seat head restraints in the Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport models are
designed to help reduce whiplash injury in a rear collision. The safety brake pedal system is designed to yield during a serious frontal impact in order to help reduce injury to the driver’s lower limbs.

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a complete system comprised of the horizontally opposed boxer
engine and the all-wheel drive power distribution system that varies by model and transmission.

The aluminum boxer engine and simple, symmetrical drivetrain layout help to lower the center of gravity, which in turn contributes to precision handling response.

Impreza 2.5 i and Outback Sport models equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission utilize a viscous coupling locking center differential that distributes power 50/50 front to rear. In models
with the 4-speed direct control automatic transmission, an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively manages the power distribution based on acceleration,
deceleration and available traction. Both systems power all four wheels all the time and will transfer more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur.

For 2006, new control logic in the automatic transmission AWD system enhances stability by monitoring individual wheel speeds and reacting more quickly to wheel slippage. The new control logic also helps to improve tight corner braking, contributing to more neutral handling response (reduced understeer and oversteer). The system provides enhanced traction on slippery surfaces, as well.






2006 SUBARU IMPREZA® WRX®
WRX TR Sedan WRX Sedan WRX Sport Wagon
WRX Limited Sedan WRX Limited Sport Wagon
Specifications
Body Styles 5-passenger sedan 5-passenger wagon (except WRX TR)
Engine Horizontally opposed (“boxer”), turbocharged/intercooled
Block Specially reinforced die-cast aluminum with integral cast iron cylinder liners,
five main bearings, semi-closed deck cylinder block design
Cylinders 4
Displacement 2,457 cc (150 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 99.5 x 79 mm (3.92 x 3.11 in.)
Heads/Valvetrain Aluminum alloy cylinder heads with double overhead belt-driven camshafts (DOHC),
four valves per cylinder, Subaru AVCS (Active Valve Control System) variable valve
timing and sodium-filled exhaust valves
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Max. boost pressure 13.5 psi
Horsepower 230 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 235 @ 3,600 rpm
Fuel/Induction Sequential multi-port fuel injection (MFI) with multi-spray injectors and Tumble
Generator Valves, Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system, turbocharger, intercooler
Ignition Direct with iridium-tipped sparkplugs
Firing order 1-3-2-4
Emission control system Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard, 50-state certified
CA LEV 1 / Fed Bin 10
Fuel requirement 91 octane minimum
Alternator rating 12V, 110 Amps
Drivetrain Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Transmission types Standard: 5-speed manual transmission Optional: 4-speed electronic automatic with
lockup torque converter (WRX Limited models only)
Man. trans. All Wheel
Drive
Viscous-coupling locking center differential
Auto trans. All Wheel
Drive
Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) using planetary center differential and
electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch
Gear ratios 5-speed manual 4-speed electronic automatic
1
2
3
4
5
R
3.454
1.947
1.366
0.972
0.738
3.333
2.785
1.545
1.000
0.694
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2.272
Final drive 3.70 with viscous limited-slip rear
differential
3.90 with viscous limited-slip rear
differential
Chassis Unitized body construction with Ring-Frame Reinforced structure, hydroformed front
subframe and tailored blank-welded side sills and B-pillars
Suspension 4-wheel independent, sport-tuned (sedans with wider front track)
Front MacPherson-type struts with steel lower L-arms, aluminum transverse links, liquid
filled L-arm rear bushings, coil springs, stabilizer bar and negative-scrub geometry
Rear MacPherson-type struts with coil springs, trailing arms, twin aluminum parallel links
and stabilizer bar and negative-scrub geometry
Brakes Power assisted 4-wheel disc with 4-channel, 4-sensor anti-lock brake system (ABS)
and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Specifications / 2
Front disc size 11.5 in. x 0.94 in., ventilated with 4-piston fixed-position calipers
Rear disc size 11.3 in. x 0.71 in., ventilated with 2-piston fixed-position calipers
Steering Rack-and-pinion with engine-speed controlled variable power assist and load-sensing
valve
Ratio 15.0:1
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.7
Turning circle 35.4 ft. curb to curb
Wheels 17 x 7.0JJ aluminum alloy
Tires 215/45 R17 91W Bridgestone RE92 all-season
Exterior Dimensions
Coefficient of drag (Cd) Sedan: 0.33 Sport Wagon: 0.37
Wheelbase 99.4 in.
Length 175.8 in.
Height Sedans: 56.7 in. Sport Wagons: 57.7 (58.5 inc. roof rails)
Width Sedans: 68.5 in. Sport Wagons: 66.7
Track (f/r) Sedans: 58.5 in. / 58.3 in. Sport Wagons: 57.7 / 57.3
Ground clearance 6.1 in.
Curb weight (lbs.) 5-speed manual 4-speed automatic
WRX TR Sedan NA NA
WRX Sedan 3,192 NA
WRX Sport Wagon 3,252 NA
WRX Limited Sedan 3,239 3,296
WRX Limited Sport
Wagon
3,294 3,347
Interior Dimensions
Headroom (f/r) Sedans (ex. Limited) : 38.6 in./36.7 in. Limited Sedan (moonroof): 36.3 in./36.6 in.
Sport Wagon: 39.7 in./37.3 in. Limited Sport Wagon (moonroof):
36.3/in./36.6 in.
Legroom (f/r) Sedan: 42.9 in./33.0 in. Sport Wagon: 42.9 in./33.7 in.
Hip room (f/r) Sedan: 53.3 in./51.9 in. Sport Wagon: 53.3 in./51.7 in.
Shoulder room (f/r) 52.7 in./52.9 in.
Trunk volume, sedan 11.0 cu. ft.
Cargo volume, Sport
Wagon
EPA rear seat up: 18.0 cu. ft. SAE rear seat down: Pending
EPA interior volume Sedan – 87.6 cu. ft. Sport Wagon – 90.4 cu. ft.
Capacities
Fuel 15.9 gal.
Engine oil capacity 5.0 qt. w/ filter
Coolant capacity 8.1 qt. (8.0 qt. with automatic)
Towing capacity 2,000 lbs. (Class 1), 200-lb. tongue weight
Fuel Efficiency 5-speed manual 4-speed automatic
EPA city mpg 20 21
EPA highway mpg 26 26
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That front end makes me cringe.
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I Hate That Nose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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i love that sporty interior. it doesnt look cheap either, alot better than the Z! but that nose is really making the car look like something else.. i dont know what though. we need an aftermarket bodykit that can change out that whole nose grill.. ugh
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Info on 2006 Impreza


2006 arrive at dealers starting late July

New front end on all models. All models now have dual stage front airbags, new tailights, center armrest, outside temperature guage, air filtration, front seatback net, and front and side airbags.

Models grow 2" to 175.8 from 173.8

WRX is available in 2 new models for a total of 3 models. New for 2005 is a base WRX TR (Tuner Ready) sedan and a WRX Limited sedan and wagon (replaces the previous Premium sedan), in addition to the standard WRX sedan and wagon.
The WRX with automatic transmission is available in Limited only.

All WRXs get new larger 2.5L engine with 230hp and Active Valves, 17" 7spoke alloys, engine immobilizer key, 4 piston front, 2 piston rear brakes with red painted calipers, Body colored side ground effects, leather steering wheel...
New for 2006 WRX Limited package finally available on sedan and wagon, includes leather (a first on the WRX), sunroof, all weather package and more
STi gets new day-time running lights (DRL), lower profile hood scoop, steering wheel sensor added to improve the DCCDs response in cornering, roof-vane spoiler.

RS sedan and wagon models renamed 2.5i (like the Legacy/Outbacks) and the 2.5L horsepower is increased to 173 (from 165hp) with the addition of i-active valves.

Impreza 2.5i sedan and wagon now have 16" alloys, air filtration and either gray or beige interior.

Outback Sport continues with an optional Special Edition SE discount package with leather steering wheel and shift knob, 260 watt CD changer with subwoofer and 6 speakers, armrest, auto dimming mirror/compass and rear spoiler.
Source: Autoweek Forums
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Man I would be pissed if I bought a WRX last year.......
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WRX LIMITED

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Way too much goin' on w/ taht face.
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i think that grey limited version looks pretty nice actually.
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omg what is it with car manufacturers STILL doing the 'full-rice" taillights look!?!?!? they must have missed the memo.... CLEAR RICED TAILLIGHTS = OUT!!!!!!!

expect 1st gen STi owners to be happy... the value of their cars are only going to increase, if not stay the same.
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Eliminate the snout and they'd have a pretty good looking face there.
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Looks alot better but I still prefer the EVO.
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Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C

Text & Photos courtesy Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd
08-17-2005

Subaru Applies to the FIA for Group N Homologation

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), a global manufacturer of transportation and aerospace-related products and the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that it would submit a homologation application to the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for the finely tuned new Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C to rally as a Group N vehicle in 2006*.

To enter FIA-approved racing and rallying championships that take place around the world, cars must be homologated according to the FIA regulations. Group N (production cars) is one of the rally and off-road vehicle groups set forth by the FIA. Defined as large-scale series production touring cars, Group N homologation imposes strict limits on modifications to production models and is known as the category that best reflects the performance inherent to the basic production model.

WRX STI spec C is very suitable for racing due to its lightened body and high performance engine. Therefore, the application embodies the company’s plan to position this model as a key competitor in motorsport activities for 2005 and beyond. Last year, Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C ”WR-Limited 2004” was applied for the FIA homologation.

FHI will produce more than 1,000 units of the Impreza WRX STI spec C during 2005, which is the minimum level of production required for Group N classification, and the company is planning to have the vehicle homologated before the 2006 rally season begins.

Major Features of the finely tuned new Impreza WRX STI spec C

* Compared to the Impreza WRX STI, Impreza WRX STI spec C is about 70 kilograms lighter through the adaptation of lighter glass, a trunk lid composed of aluminum, and thinner roof construction.
* Reinforcing braces have been added to the front strut tower on the WRX STI spec C. In addition, the solid bars used to connect the front pillar and upper frame have been replaced by enhanced hollow bars and rigidity of chassis have been improved
* A rear crossbar has been fitted to further improve body rigidity.
* The turbocharger in the Impreza WRX STI spec C uses precise ball bearings in the shaft to reduce friction, thereby offering a smooth and speedy turbo boost and providing ideal engine response.
* A large water reservoir for the intercooler water spray as well as an air-cooled engine oil cooler have been implemented to ensure stable engine performance.

* Applicable 17inch tire specification only




































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For some reason that grille is starting to grow on me. I think it looks good in white.
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it looks quite good in white.
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Regular WRX =
STi =

I'm still not sure about the front end.
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The STi front is not aggressive enough IMO. And I don't know about that nose either...
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ya, white makes it look not so ish sti>regular wrx
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The white really hides the hideousness. This looks like a potentially awesome car except for the ugliness. I gotta wonder who at Subaru thought this would be a good direction to go...
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looks like an opportunity for some bodykit manufacturers to make some money on front ends
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sti



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I like the looks of it in this color in the non STI version...
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This car just does nothing for me ... Especially at $27k for a WRX =o
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^^ya i think subaru is ruining a perfectly good car both with the looks and the price....
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I think they are doing the same thing Nissan and most recently Hyundai have moved away from. They have a compact sedan that is priced the same as other company's midsize sedans and it just makes the value of the car all that much less desirable because of it even with awd.
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2006 Subaru Impreza WRC Prototype News

Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 Prototype debut

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), a global manufacturer of transportation and aerospace-related products and the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that it will exhibit its Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 Prototype, finely tuned new Subaru Impreza series, and facelift new Subaru Forester at the 61st International Motor show (IAA) passenger cars, which will open its doors to the public in Frankfurt am Main from September 12 to 25(Press day: From September 12 to 14.) A press briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th at the Subaru booth.

Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 Prototype* (replica model)

The WR car based on facelift new Impreza. Since 2003 FHI has been strengthening its support of the Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT), which takes part in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). FHI and SWRT have been closely working to improve on vehicle performance in rallying, to accumulate know-how with the feedback from rallying experience, and to apply that know-how and technology to the production of the Impreza base model.

* FIA homologation scheduled application

Impreza

The new Impreza has raised its product appeal by redefining its sporty looks and the drivability inherent to this model. The Impreza WRX series is fitted with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER Horizontally Opposed engine and STI version features an improved version of the driver’s control center differential (DCCD) as an standard equipment, an electronically controlled All Wheel Drive (AWD) system that adds a torque-sensitive, mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD). Balancing high levels of maneuverability and stability, it embodies driving pleasure.

Forester

In further advancing the basic concept of “Crossover SUV”, Subaru engineers have made substantial improvements on the Forester and raised its product appeal. Not only were driving performance and utilities enhanced, but sophisticated design and quality looks have been significantly improved.

Other vehicles exhibited ( ** models will be exhibited on public days only)

B9 Tribeca (Reference vehicle: US market model), Legacy Wagon 3.0R spec. B, Legacy Sedan 2.0R, Legacy Wagon 2.0R, Outback 3.0R, Outback 2.5i**, Forester 2.5XT, Forester 2.0X, Impreza sedan WRX STI, Impreza sedan WRX, Impreza sedan 2.0R, Impreza Wagon 2.0R, G3X Justy special edition, G3X Justy 1.5**










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front isnt as bad as i feared.....
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The grill still doesn't go for my taste... Overall not bad
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