Friday, May 30, 2008

New Subaru Debutes at Greece WRC

Finally after a long wait and alot of testing by the Subaru WRC team, comes the new 5-door WRC Car. Don't let the bulky looks fool you, the car has been proven to be a world class competitor. Now we wait and see.

Personally I didn't quite like the new car when it first launched. But I grew to like it as the STi versions started to pop out into the market. Alot of reviews have been going on about the performance and handling, comparing it to the Mitsubishi Evolution X which is the closest rival to the Impreza. But never the less I wouldn't mind owning one :)

Here are some specs of the car :
  • Engine: H-4. Flat four-cylinder, 16 valve, turbocharged
  • Capacity: 1994cc
  • Bore: 92.0mm
  • Stroke: 75.0mm
  • Engine management: Subaru programmable electronic engine management system
  • Power: 300bhp @ 5500rpm
  • Torque: 650Nm @ 3000rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed electro-hydraulic, Electro-hydraulically controlled center differential, Mechanical front and rear differentials
  • Drive system: Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive
  • Suspension: Front: MacPherson strut, Rear: MacPherson strut
  • Shock absorbers: Bos, fully adjustable
  • Brakes: AP Racing 310mm ventilated discs and six-pot calipers front and rear. For asphalt use, front brakes are 378mm ventilated discs with six-pot calipers
  • Exhaust system: Inconnel with Subaru anti-lag system. Fitted with catalytic converters
  • Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
  • Dimensions: Overall length: 4415mm
  • Overall width: 1800mm
  • Overall height: 1475mm
  • Wheelbase: 2635mm
  • Car weight: 1230kgs (WRC regulation min.)
  • Data systems: Single integrated electronic system controlling engine, transmission and data-logging
  • In-car display: LCD color monitor with eight selectable data screens
  • Tires: Pirelli (championship control tire)
  • Radio equipment: Kenwood
  • Turbo charger: IHI - with WRC-regulation 34mm restrictor and Subaru anti-lag system
  • Spark plugs: DENSO
  • Wheels: BBS: 15" diameter for gravel, 18" for tarmac

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