At the media centre during the Super GT International Series Malaysia, we were advice by the event organiser that Subaru will be launching the BRZ. Unfortunately, it is a ‘scam’ or I should call it as misinformation. As due to that reason, my associate was so excited and twitting false information about the Subaru BRZ launch all over the internet. When the cloth was pulled off during the unveiling point, he was so shocked to see the all-new WRX STI sedan.
Back to the truth, this special launch event is all about the highly anticipated Subaru Impreza WRX STI which features enhanced versions of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and the Subaru Boxer Engine by the authorised distributor of Subaru in Malaysia – Motor Image Malaysia Sdn Bhd. The Subaru BRZ GT300 Super GT team and the GT race queens joined the launch as well.
The new 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is available in both auto and manual transmission. The 5-speed automatic variant is powered by Subaru Boxer Engine that churning out 221kw (300ps)/6,200rpm and a max torque of 350Nm/3,000 – 6,000rpm. While for the 6 speed manual variant, the max output is 221kw (300ps)/6,000rpm with a max torque of 407Nm/4,000rpm. Based on the spec sheet, the manual is plainly offers more torque than the auto. Moreover, the Drivers Center Controlled Differential (DCCD) is exclusively equipped on the manual variant for better driving experience.
This car features some intelligent features including the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control System (VDC System) which offers flexible performance for changing driving conditions. With three modes which include ‘Normal’ for everyday driving, ‘Traction’ to experience performance driving and best of all you can turn the entire system ‘Off’ for a fun time on the track.
The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) allows the driver to select the driving mode that best suits the individual. Put it in ‘Intelligent’ mode for smooth power and optimal efficiency. Select ‘Sport’ mode for versatile command of every condition. To extract the maximum response from the turbo-charged engine, switch to ‘Sport Sharp’ mode. It gives the most direct throttle response and precise rev control across the entire RPM range.
On the outside, the car come with the wide functional wheel arches provide optimum airflow to the braking system while removing heat from the engine bay. The design of the deep front bumper, side sills and rear spoiler are claim to provide high speed down force and stability.
The starting price for the STI starts from RM 249,000 on-the-road and available for viewing at Motor Image Malaysia outlets in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. By the way, we will provide a full review of this new 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI sedan once we get hold of the key to this superb machine.
During a short interview with Motor Image personnel during the launch, we learned that the authorised distributor is gearing up their presence in Malaysia with the introduction of two new outlets in the Klang Valley and the Northern region. In addition, the local assembled (CKD) Subaru XV compact SUV will also make its debut into the Malaysian market later this year. Unfortunately, the estimated price for the XV is still undisclosed.
Photo Gallery: Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan Launch @ Super GT Malaysia 2012