Khamis, 6 September 2012
Rabu, 5 September 2012
THE battle between Subaru`s Impreza WRX STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution(both on and off the track)was the stuff of legends.Their respective World Rally Championship successes brought both the names to fame,each garnering strong cult followings among hardcore driving enthusiast and the younger Playstation era alike.Choosing sidess between the STI and EVO camps was a must,the same way that you belong to either the Star Wars or Star Trek fan clubs,but never both(or at least you can never admit to liking both equally). In 2008 homever,Subaru dealt a cruel blow to all its fans by unveiling a brand new WRX STI model in hatchback form only.Not content with just one blasphemous move,the company went even further to alienate its supporters by dropping the Impreza nameplate from its new badging structure.With a new name that had lost its original charm and housed in an unfamiliar body shape,the latest-generation WRX STI failed to live up to its legendary ancestors,and while its rallying efforts faltered due to the 2008 economic downturn,so did the sales numbers. This year marks the return of the King,as Motor Imange Malaysia has launched the 2012 Subaru WRX STI is four-door sedan form.Yes,the Impreza name is still nowhere to be seen,but at least we have the boot back!For the 2012 model,Subaru`s rally-bred hero featurees improved versions of the Symmetrical All-Whell Drive(AWD)system and Boxer engine.The 2012 Subaru WRX STI is now only available in sedan form,and there are two trannies to choose from-eaither a five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission. Additionally,Subaru has also included some nifty features including the Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control System(VDC System),which offers flexible performance for changing driving conditions-Normal,Traction,and Off(as in completely off).The subaru Intelligent Drive(SI-Drive)allows the driver to select the driving mode that best suits the individual.Put it in`Intelligent`mode for smooth power and optimal efficiency.Select`Sport`mode for versatile command of every condition.To extract the maximum response from the turbo-charged engine,switch to`Sport Sharp`mode. The Subaru WRX STI is now available at Motor Image Malaysia outlets in Petaling Jaya,Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.On-the-road pricing for the STI starts from RM249,000.00 onwards.For further information,visit the showrooms or their website at www.motorimage.net/MY.