2010 Subaru WRX STI Special Edition
2010 Subaru WRX STI Special Edition. Click image to enlarge

Los Angeles, California – Subaru of America will introduce the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition and its Hybrid Tourer Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Available in an initial limited run of 125 units, the WRX STI Special Edition features unique Aspen White paint, custom spec C wheels, and upgraded performance suspension derived from the Japanese domestic market spec C. Pricing will be announced at the show. The company will also introduce the 2010 Impreza WRX Limited model, which adds a leather interior, standard sunroof and Sirius satellite radio to the regular Impreza WRX Premium model.

The WRX STI Special Edition is aimed at the driving enthusiast willing to trade a few amenities to gain an extra measure of handling performance. The special suspension adds a one-millimetre thicker rear stabilizer bar, stiffer rear sub-frame bushings, and springs that are 16 per cent stiffer in front, and 29 per cent in rear. Available in early spring, the first 125 units will be painted in exclusive Aspen White; the Special Edition will then become a regular production model later in 2010, available in standard colours.

Subaru will also show the Hybrid Tourer Concept Car, a possible future for hybrid vehicle technology. It is being used to highlight Subaru’s announcement that it will develop a gasoline/electric hybrid system based on its boxer engine for launch in 2012.

The concept car features gull-wing doors, four independent seats with open spaces, and through clever packaging of the all-wheel drive system, a flat floor design that allows increased rear-seat legroom.

The Hybrid Tourer uses a 2.0-litre, horizontally-opposed, direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline engine, mated to a new hybrid system that incorporates an electric power/drive motor in front and another driver motor in the rear, with new high-performance lithium batteries and Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT.

At start-up and extremely slow speeds, such as driving the car into a garage, the rear electric motor runs primarily without engaging the gasoline engine. During normal driving, the front engine is primarily used. Under full acceleration, the rear motor assists the gasoline engine. When accelerating uphill, the front motor transfers power to the front axle for improved performance. The Hybrid Tourer Concept also uses a start/stop engine feature to reduce fuel consumption.

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