Mitsubishi‘s Lancer Evolution offers a dual-clutch gearbox on their top of the line MR model, but Subaru only offers a manual gearbox on their flagship Impreza WRX STI. But that’s about to change in Australia, where the STI will soon be available with a 5-speed automatic.
According to Subaru Australia, demand for an automatic WRX STI has been quite strong. With Australia being such an important market for Subaru, the company was happy to acquiesce to the demands of slushbox-coveting driving enthusiasts. Don’t be surprised if this shows up Stateside, where 91% of new cars are automatics.
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IMPREZA WRX STI THE AUTOMATIC CHOICE
Subaru Australia has announced that the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Model Year 2011 Impreza WRX STI will be available for the first time with the choice of an automatic transmission.
Following on from the news that sedan variants are to be reintroduced to the range, Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “We can now confirm that the revised sedan and hatchback Impreza WRX STIs will add the option of a five-speed automatic transmission.
“We’ve had increasing enquires about an auto over the last two years and we’re delighted to be able to deliver what a significant number of customers have requested.”
Mr Senior said the transmission would reflect the performance and engineering values of STI to produce a “fantastic driver’s car that will expand its appeal to a wider audience.”
Impreza WRX STIs will also continue to be available with a six-speed manual transmission.
Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show this year, revised Impreza WRX STI sedan and hatch are due on sale during the last quarter of 2010. Subaru STI specialist retailers are now taking orders.
Pricing and full specifications will be announced at launch time.