Subaru’s new-look Impreza WRX is now available with a 265 PS performance pack which not only matches the power of the standard STi but produces even more torque.
Maximum pulling power leaps to 257 lb.ft at 3,500 rpm compared to the STi’s 243 lb.ft at 4,000 rpm and the regular WRX’s figure of 221.3 lb.ft at 4,000 rpm.
The result is a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds with the Prodrive-developed WRX performance pack and a 0-100 mph recording of 14.1 seconds. This compares to the standard WRX times of 5.6 and 15.9 seconds respectively.
More importantly, throttle response is significantly enhanced throughout the rev-range, both during take-off and at the top-end. For example, the 30-50 mph time in fourth gear comes down from 7.8 seconds to 6.3 seconds and the 50-70 mph time in fifth gear is slashed from 10 seconds to 7.4 seconds.
The £1,600 performance pack must be fitted after registration and comprises a reprogrammed Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and free-flow exhaust system with a large single tailpipe. This price includes VAT and fitting.Published 26 February 2003