Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line: For those looking for less shifting and more comfort

If you live in Japan and are in love with the Subaru Impreza WRX STI but want a car that is a little toned down, easier to drive and bit more relaxing – then the Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line is the perfect car for you.

Subaru has just announced that the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line will go on sale across Japan today with a 5-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT for those who don’t want the hassle of a manual transmission. Power still comes from the 300-hp 2.5L BOXER turbo engine.

In addition to the 5-speed automatic transmission, the Impreza WRX STI A-Line comes with 8-way power adjustable front seats. A new body-color (seen in the pictures), Satin White Pearl, is also available.

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line:



Press Release:

FHI to introduce a New Additional Model in the Subaru Impreza WRX STI: A-Line

Tokyo, February 24, 2009 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today launches “Subaru Impreza WRX A-Line” which is a new addition to the current WRX STI model. The model goes on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships today in Japan.

Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the WRX STI A-Line model was developed to offer its distinctive driving performance to a wider range of customers by integrating 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine and 5 Speed Automatic Transmission with SPORTSHIFT-.

In addition, the current WRX STI was given some refinements to enhance comfort and quality feel; 8 way power adjustable front seats and a new body color, “Satin White Pearl”, is now available. -SPORTSHIFT is a registered trademark of Prodrive Ltd.

The model features the exclusively developed 2.5-litre Subaru BOXER turbo engine with SPORTSHIFT- E-5AT, while retaining the basic component such as chassis and body of the WRX STI, Subaru’s performance flagship.