|10-21-2000, 12:46 PM||#1|
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Subaru took the covers off its 2001 Impreza World Rally Car challenger at the Motorshow. Codenamed 44S the car shares the new road going version's bug-eyed headllamps, but twin projector lamps behind the lenses and a huge front spoiler present a much more aggressive appearance.
The new Impreza racer is built by Subaru's UK-based World Rally team, Prodrive, and uses a four door bodystyle for the first time. It will make its WRC debut at the Monte Carlo Rally next January in the hands of top British driving star Richard Burns.
The company has hinted that the WRC car's aggressive looks and bodykit will find their way onto a new road car version of the Sti model which is expected to be powered by a 273bhp version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and is destined to go on sale next year.
In the interim Subaru is entertaining motor show goers with the hotly awaited new Impreza Turbo.
Among the changes to Subaru's rally-bred WRX are all-new front and rear ends, new spoilers, door handles and blistered wheel arches. Enhanced body stiffness and changes to the four-wheel-drive chassis also promise better handling and road-holding.
The company is also predicting superior crash protection. Power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine has also been boosted. It now puts out 216bhp and 215lb ft of torque, optimised lower down the rev range. This promises improved performance as well as more mid-range pulling power.
New humbler Imprezas are also on display at the show. The entry-level five-door model is powered by a 94bhp 1.6-litre engine and will cost £13,950. The existing 124bhp 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine also gets carried over in both four and five-door models, with prices starting at £15,750. The WRX tops the range with an on the road price of £21,495, with a £500 premium for the five-door.
Throughout the line-up equipment levels have been enhanced. Anti-lock brakes are now standard across the range, and all but the base model get air conditioning for the first time.
All models also benefit from increased rear leg room and a more refined cabin. More comfortable seating and greater steering wheel adjustability promises a superior driving position.
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