Euro­pean de­but for new Subaru sports sa­loon

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Ste­wart

THE much an­tic­i­pated Subaru WRX STI sports sa­loon made its Euro­pean de­but at the 84th Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show this week, bring­ing it one step closer to the UK.

But don’t ex­pect to buy one straight off the shelf. De­mand has been such that, while the of­fi­cial on-sale date is May 1, the first al­lo­ca­tion has al­ready been re­served. Reg­is­ter now and it might be on your drive­way by the au­tumn.

Its ar­rival here was in jeop­ardy for a while due to ex­change rate is­sues which threat­ened to put the price out of reach for many. Those prob­lems ap­pear to have been re­solved and now it car­ries a price tag of £28,995.

It is pow­ered by a 2.5litre tur­bocharged ver­sion of Subaru’s hor­i­zon­tal­ly­op­posed four-cylin­der Boxer en­gine which pro­duces 300ps at 6,000rpm and 407Nm toque at 4,000rpm, linked to a short throw, quick-shift six-speed man­ual gear­box. In ad­di­tion, the sus­pen­sion is per­for­mance-tuned for a flat but com­fort­able ride and the new hy­draulic steer­ing sys­tem uses a quicker ra­tio and stiffer steer­ing rack.

In­side, the new WRX STI boasts soft-touch ma­te­ri­als, new STI di­als, plus car­bon­ef­fect and metal trim and there’s a new, smaller-di­am­e­ter flat-bot­tomed steer­ing wheel. Rear seat pas­sen­gers have more leg room thanks to a 25mm in­crease in wheel­base.

FIRST VIEW: Subaru WRX STI sports sa­loon.

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