The Road Ahead : December 2010
54 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2010/JAN 2011 WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU SAME FIZZ AND KICK, BUT SUBARU BRINGS OUT ITS 2011 VINTAGE IMPREZA WRX STI IN A NEW BOTTLE. Wide-body four-door sedan or hatch body styles, with (for the first time) five-speed paddle-shift auto or regular manual transmission, are yours for the choosing with Subaru's new Impreza WRX STI. But the best news is the pricing, with the STI coming in $2000 less than previously at $59,990 - for sedan and hatch, auto or manual. The STI's auto is mated to the A-line's 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 221 kW of power at 6200 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 3000-6000 rpm. The manual STI retains the current engine, pumping out 221 kW at 6000 rpm and 407 Nm at 4000 rpm. STI sports new bumpers and grille, revised and lowered suspension, new 18-inch alloys, instrument panel and door trim and a USB jack in SIMPLY SUPER SOOBY the centre console (on non SatNav cars). An aerodynamic rear spoiler dresses up the sedan. STI's little brother, the fabled WRX, remains at $39,990 for the 2011 version. It, too, is available in wide-body sedan or hatch. Distinguishing the 2011 'Rex' from its predecessor are new lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels with gun metal finish and wider tyres, new bumpers, wider front/rear track and upgraded rear suspension. Safety, as with all the Subaru range, is five star. MOTORING IN THE SHOWROOM ooh la la From a concept that wowed international motor show fans just a few years ago, the Peugeot RCZ shapes as the best looking car to wear the rampant lion badge for a long, long time. This swoopy 2-door coupe is available in one trim grade with a choice of three engine combinations: 1.6-litre turbo petrol (115 kW, 240 Nm) with tiptronic 6-speed auto, 2.0-litre turbo diesel (120 kW, 340 Nm) with 6-speed manual and a 1.6-litre turbo petrol (147 kW, 275 Nm) with 6-speed manual. All are priced at $54,990. Safety includes dual front and side airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD, BA, TC and hill start assist. The RCZ comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, front sports seats with 6-way electric adjustment and lumbar adjustment, dual zone climate control air conditioning, bluetooth compatibility and USB connectivity. Peugeot claims a 5.3-litre/100 km fuel figure for the diesel. flexible holden Holden's new Series II VE Commodore and Caprice ranges feature flex-fuel technology which enables 3.0-litre V6 and 6.0-litre V8 models to run on bio-ethanol or E85, a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent petrol. Fuel economy improvements of some 2, 3 and 6 percent have been made to the 3.0-litre SIDI V6 (now 9.1-litres/100 km), 3.6-litre SIDI V6 and Gen IV V8 models respectively. Also of note is an all-new 'infotainment' system, Holden-iQ, that delivers a full colour LCD touch screen with Bluetooth®, USB, iPod® and MP3 player integration across the range. There are a number of interior and exterior styling updates to all models, as well as the broad inclusion of dual- zone climate control airconditioning. Significantly, prices remain the same, except for Omega ute, with Omega sedan priced from $39,990. new zoom-zoom Like its mechanical twin, the Ford Ranger, Mazda's new BT-50 was unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. As with Ranger, the new light truck won't go on sale in Australia until mid-2011. BT-50 will be available in an all diesel range of body styles and 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. Mazda was guarded about major technical details, but a prototype revealed to the motoring press highlighted major differences to the exterior and interior styling and overall size, which is bigger. "We wanted to give the interior a more sporty and personal feel and create a comfortable space to rival Mazda's current passenger car standard," chief designer Ryo Yanagisawa said. In a first for the segment, the tail lights have been stretched horizontally, reaching around the corners and across the tailgate, for a sporty and refined rear view.