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Steane Klose | Dec 2, 2008

Subaru is upping the ante with its 2009 Impreza WRX, adding more power, more torque and a raft of detail changes aimed at further developing the WRX's on-road performance, ensuring its competitveness with the likes of Mitsubishi's Ralliart Lancer.

In addition to the MY09 upgrades, the sedan variant of the WRX will be added to the Australian line-up to complement the hatch, with both body styles sharing the same turbocharged AWD drivetrains.

MY09 Impreza WRX sedan

Power output from the WRX’s 2.5 litre turbocharged engine has been increased to 195kWs at 6000 rpm and 343Nms at 4000 rpm, while fuel efficiency has also been improved, with the combined cycle figure dropping from 10.7 l/100km to 10.4 l/100km. Similarly, carbondioxide emissions are down from 252 g/km to 247 g/km.

“Controlled aggression sums up the MY09 Impreza WRX – it performs better across the board, from power and torque to carbon footprint, which is a major engineering achievement,” said Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia

Subaru engineers have also worked to improve the shift feel of the WRX’s transmission, through use of a ball type key for the first and second gear synchro hubs and a change to the key groove on third and fourth synchro sleeve.

MY09 Impreza WRX

Hardened materials are used for the main shaft and first driven gear, while operation of the clutch slave cylinder now incorporates an orifice valve to protect the drivetrain during rapid clutch engagement.

Suspension settings and components have also been revised for 2009. Although biased towards sports handling, the 09 setup is said to retain good ride comfort, grip and stability when driven enthusiastically. The coil springs, stabilizers and top mounts are stiffened and roll rigidity increased to improve maximum lateral G and turning ability. The shock absorbers have also been fine-tuned to provide linear response with minimal delay when steering.

MY09 Impreza WRX sedan

Wheels and tyres have been chosen to complement the revised suspension tune, to ensure optimum performance. The Dunlop SP Sport 01 tyres are now wider (increased to 225/45 from 205/50), and fitted to 17 x 7 JJ alloy wheels.

The highlights of the MY09 Impreza WRX:

  • 0-100 km/h time improved from 5.8 seconds (MY08) to 5.31 seconds
  • 26 kWs more power
  • 23 Nms more torque
  • Increased boost
  • Enhanced suspension package - sharper, more aggressive handling
  • Better fuel efficiency (combined cycle/ADR 81/01)
  • Carbondioxide emissions reduced
  • Options of leather trim with sunroof, and satellite navigation
  • New mesh grille, with WRX badges front and rear
  • Distinctive red brake calipers
  • Wider tyres
  • Red stitch seating and steering wheel adds to sporty appearance
  • WRX logos on front seats
  • Pricing maintained at MY08 levels – simple choice between hatch or sedan, as prices identical

New Impreza WRX model specifications at a glance:

Safety

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags – full length
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Four wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters. Double pretensioners on driver’s seatbelt
  • Front adjustable seatbelt anchorage
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rear door child lock
  • Seatbelt indicator lights – front seats
  • Shock absorbing brake and clutch pedals
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (electronic stability control system)

Interior

  • AM/FM radio, six-stack in-dash CD, MP3/WMA compatible, 10 speakers
  • AUX jack
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre console
  • Boot/cargo area light
  • Cargo hooks (hatch only)
  • Cargo security blind (hatch)
  • Central locking - remote
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Cruise control – steering wheel buttons
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather trim steering wheel with red stitching and audio controls; leather gearshift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Rear illumination electroluminescent instrument display
  • Remote fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap
  • Seatback pocket (passenger side)
  • Sports bucket front seats with red stitching and WRX logo
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirror
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks

Exterior

  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Double locking system
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlights auto off
  • Mesh grille
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear roof spoiler with LED brake light (hatch)
  • Rear roof mounted radio antenna
  • Rear wiper (hatch)
  • Self-levelling Xenon headlights with pop-up washers
  • Sports body kit
  • Tail pipe cover
  • WRX badges – grille and boot/hatch
  • 17-inch alloy wheels – spacesaver spare

Options

  • Leather trim with sunroof
  • Satellite navigation. (This option removes in-dash six-CD, replaced by a single DVD/CD)
  • SatNav with leather trim and sunroof

Colours

  • Obsidian black pearl
  • Satin white pearl
  • Spark silver metallic
  • Dark grey metallic
  • Lightning red
  • WR blue mica

MY09 Impreza WRX Recommended Retail Pricing

  • Impreza WRX sedan and hatch $39,990*
  • Impreza WRX sedan and hatch with leather trim and sunroof $42,490*
  • Impreza WRX sedan and hatch with Sat Nav $42,980*
  • Impreza WRX sedan and hatch with Sat Nav, leather and sunroof $45,480*

*excluding dealer and statutory charges

The Model Year 2009 Impreza WRX is on sale now.

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