Automatic-equipped Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line available in Japan


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Fed up with your Triptronic Boxster? Need more space to haul the kids and their baseball gear? Live in Japan? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, Subaru has a STI they’d like to show you. The Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line is aimed at the discerning enthusiast looking for a more relaxed ride from their performance hatch, someone who isn’t interested in messing with the manual gearbox that comes standard on the top-spec Impreza. The 300-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four remains the same, equipped with Dual Active Valve Control System (AVCS) to boost low- and mid-range torque and a Tumble Generation Valve (TGV) that supposedly controls the stream of air into the intake for optimal combustion. Subaru is offering the A-Spec exclusively with a five-speed automatic gearbox featuring “Downshifting Blipping Control” and steering wheel-mounted paddles. A new body color – “Satin White Pearl” – is included, along with an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and optional leather trim and front seat heaters. While we’re pretty sure Subaru Japan’s PR team made a mistake on the brake specs – listing the front discs at a whopping 17-inches and the rear rotors at 16-inches – if not, the A-Spec has enough stopping power to halt the rotation of the earth.

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