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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:11 am 
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Subaru Canada introduced the 2009 Impreza WRX- now with a choice of two trim levels. Fans of
rally-style performance can now choose between an entry level Impreza WRX and
the new high-performance WRX265 with a more powerful turbo engine and a host
of features engineered to enhance the performance driving experience. The 2009
Impreza lineup arrives in Canadian dealerships in September.
(No Automatic is available.)

Both Impreza WRX models are available in 4- and 5-door configurations,
but the new WRX265 is an even more athletic driving machine with features that

A potent turbocharged and intercooled engine that produces 265horsepower and 244 lb-ft of torque.
A new power tilting and sliding glass moonroof.
Performance-tuned suspension.
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Dunlop SP SPORT summer performance
Premium audio system, including Sirius Satellite Radio and a 3-month trial subscription.
Tilting/telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control switches.
Gun metal aluminum-alloy sport pedals.

WRX is extremely well equipped with features that enhance its performance personality. These include air conditioning with automatic climate control and air filtration; tilting and telescoping steering wheel with integrated cruise control; heated, rally-type front seats; 17-inch alloy
wheels; multi-reflector halogen fog lights; power-adjustable, folding, heated
side mirrors; engine immobilizer and anti-theft security system; disc brakes
at all four corners (ventilated in front, solid in rear); and Subaru's Vehicle
Dynamics Control (VDC) and Traction Control systems.
Standard sound system on the WRX is a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA stereo
with Radio Data System, vehicle speed sensitive volume and auxiliary audio
input jack. The WRX265 is further enhanced with a premium audio system with
four upgraded speakers, two tweeters, and SRS CS-Auto audio enhancement.

Powered for Performance
The 2009 Impreza WRX is powered by Subaru's 2.5-litre DOHC, 16-valve,
4-cylinder Subaru BOXER that's turbocharged and intercooled to produce 224
horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 226 lb-ft of torque at just 2,800 rpm. This engine
has twice been named International Engine of the Year in the 2.0-litre to
2.5-litre category, most recently in 2008.
The new WRX265 is equipped with a 2.5-litre DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder
Subaru BOXER with a high-pressure turbocharger and intercooler. This engine
develops 265 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 244 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Both of these muscular powerplants are harnessed to a slick-shifting
5-speed manual transmission. For 2009, no automatic transmission is offered on
Impreza WRX models.
The WRX also uses a new shot-peen open-type rear differential. The shot
peening process better prepares the differential for the added load, stress
and performance expected from this model. The internal differential assembly
(crown, pinion gears) is sandblasted with fine metal granules, producing a
smoother, harder surface that is stronger and cleaner for improved drivability
and durability with reduced gear noise.

Designed for Versatility as well as Performance
The Impreza chassis is designed to be both rigid and comfortable with
high-tension steel at key structural points. The design helps keep weight
down, while the 2,620 mm (103.2 inch) wheelbase allows for crisp handling and
a roomy interior, and helps protect occupants from noise, vibration, and
harshness (NVH).
Impreza's double-wishbone rear suspension provides a refined ride and a
quiet cabin. At the same time, its compact layout creates minimal intrusion
into the cargo area for a deep and wide luggage compartment. On 5-door models,
the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two golf bags with the rear seats
in the upright position.
In the WRX sedan, which is 165 mm (6.5 inches) longer than the 5-door
model, the extra space provides for a larger, deeper trunk that will take
three golf bags. On all Impreza models, the 60/40 split-folding rear seat
boosts cargo capacity and convenience even further.
Standard 17-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels create an added sporty
touch. The 4-door sedans are also equipped with red tail lamp lenses, a unique
chrome strip that visually widens the tail, and dual tailpipe outlets, one per
side. The 5-door WRX is equipped with a single, larger outlet.

Joe Spitz

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