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AT A GLANCE
Powertrain: All-wheel driven
horizontally opposed four-
cylinder turbocharged petrol
engine, with six-speed manual
transmission. Engine runs on
98 octane fuel.
Outputs: 221kW at 6000rpm,
407Nm at 4000rpm, 0-100kmh
4.9 seconds, 10.4L/100km,
Chassis: McPherson strut front
suspension, double wishbone
type independent rear
suspension. Multi-mode driver
controlled centre differential.
Quick ratio hydraulic power
assisted rack and pinion
information in-dash satellite
navigation system. MP3/WMA/
ipod compatible audio with
single CD player and 6.1-inch
touch screen. Bluetooth hands-
free wireless technology with
Safety: Dual front, side and
curtain airbags, plus driver’s
knee airbag. Symmetrical all-
wheel drive. Vehicle dynamics
Dimensions: L 4595mm, W
1795mm, H 1475mm, W/base
Price: STI $59,990, STI
Hot: High-performance sedan
at a reasonable price.
Not: Difficult to drive and
lumpy ride at the lower speeds.
Verdict: This new STI
continues the WRX tradition of
performance in a reasonably
standard four-door bodyshell.
Once you’ve driven the Pukeiti route through Egmont National Park, the best thing to do is drive it all over again.
STI, put it into first gear and
move away, and it is immediately
obvious that this Subaru is a
fairly difficult car to drive at the
lower speeds. It doesn’t seem to
want to go at around-town pace,
almost as it if is straining on a
leash. A fair amount of
revolutions also need to be used
to move off from a standing start,
and I admit that I stalled the car
a couple of times.
When you look through the
rear-view mirror you are also
presented with the sight of a very
large rear spoiler, made 8mm
bigger than before so it doesn’t
interfere with rear visibility. It’s
picture frame for the driver’s rear
Once you’ve bounced and
jiggled your way out of town and
allowed vehicle speed to increase
to the open-road limit the STI gets
happier, but even then it wants
more. So with the Pukeiti road
coming into view I moved the SI-
Drive knob into Sport Sharp,
dropped the manual down a
couple of gears, and accelerated
into the rainforest.
It’s a difficult drive through
there. You’re constantly rowing
through the lower gears, and no
sooner have you accelerated
when you have to brake. But the
good news with the STI is that
there is plenty of turbocharged
acceleration potential, and the
brakes are big dual-piston
Brembos front and rear.
So it wasn’t long before we
emerged out of Pukeiti and
turned right onto Upper Pitone
Rd for the downhill run to
Taranaki’s well-known Surf
Highway 45. And once we got
there, what else was there to do?
I turned around and did the run
all over again.
That’s the thing about the
Subaru WRX STI – it yells out to
be driven. The Premium version I
drove might have luxurious
features as standard such as
satellite navigation, reversing
camera, the dusk-sensing LED
headlights with halogen high-
beam, dual-zone climate control
air conditioning and even a
sunroof, but its monster rear
spoiler, 18-inch alloys and WRC
Blue Pearl colour scheme tell the
world that this remains a
performance car. With this latest
STI, you can option the spoiler off
the car. Subaru NZ says it
recognises that some customers
prefer a more subtle style and
don’t necessarily want to make
such a bold statement on the road
with the big wing. But I bet not
many buyers will choose to do
that. I’m picking they’ll be
wanting their STI to look as out-
there as its performance
potential. I know I would.
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