2006 Subaru Impreza 2.0R hatch
27th September, 2005
Subaru’s Impreza range has taken on a new appearance for 2006, with engine changes, new models and new styling set to drive it towards the future.
The small car with the sporty image adds 2.5 litre turbocharged engines to the Impreza WRX and WRX STI and for the first time there is the option of a lively double overhead camshaft (DOHC) 2.0R naturally aspirated version.
Standout developments include a 14 per cent improvement in Impreza WRX STI torque.
WRX STI power and torque are enhanced in all parameters of the engine’s operating range.
The Driver Control Centre Differential (DCCD) on WRX STI is refined even further taking its handling to an even higher level.
Fans of the traditional Subaru horizontally opposed Boxer engine sound will also be delighted by exhaust changes that add efficiency to 2.0R, WRX and WRX STI – with the throaty engine note also more prominent.
All Imprezas other than WRX STI introduce side airbags for the first time in addition to the standard dual front airbags.
Impreza’s smooth new style offers aerodynamic improvements across the range.
Impreza WRX and WRX STI now share the same smaller aerodynamically efficient turbocharger bonnet scoop.
The Impreza line-up now comprises:
2.0i sedan and hatch
*(Manual transmission versions-only)
- 2.5 litre WRX STI produces 206 Kilowatts of power at 5,600 rpm (up from 195)
- 14 per cent improvement in STI torque to 392 Newton-metres at 4,000 rpm (up from 343)
- WRX STI power and torque improved across the engine operating range
- Smaller more aerodynamically efficient WRX and WRX STI bonnet scoops
- WRX STI engine achieves STEP4 emission standard
- Torque sensing Limited Slip Differential added to renowned STI DCCD, for even better handling in corners
- High Intensity Discharge headlights for WRX and WRX STI with pop-out power jet washers
- Powerful DOHC naturally aspirated 2.0-litre Boxer engine variant with Active Valve Control System (AVCS)
- WRX gearshift refined
- Exhaust diameter increase on 2.0R, WRX and WRX STI
- Electronic Throttle Control on 2.0R, WRX and WRX STI
- New alloy wheel patterns for 2.0R and WRX
- Side airbags on all Imprezas other than WRX STI
- Aerodynamic efficiency gains
While value is added across the range, price changes are minimal.
Impreza 2.0i is priced the same as superseded GX, starting at $23,990 recommended retail price (rrp) while 2.0R matches the previous RS model, from $29,990 rrp.
Impreza RV is unchanged, starting from $26,940 rrp.
Impreza WRX, with its new 2.5 litre engine, High Intensity Discharge headlights, exhaust upgrade and new alloy wheels, rises $1,000, starting at $40,990 rrp.
STI rises just $360 to $56,990 rrp on the back of a raft of technical changes including enhanced power and torque.
Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, said: “New Impreza maintains our record of offering significant model year enhancements, spearheaded this time by a fantastic new look and engine refinements across the range."
“Many of the performance improvements we see can be directly traced to Subaru’s world rally programme, which is constantly used as a testing ground for innovations that eventually filter through to the production cars our customers drive.”
All Imprezas share the aerospace-inspired new design “language” of Fuji Heavy Industries. This draws on the company’s aviation heritage and has produced a sophisticated three-part mesh grille and new headlights.
Only you can decide if this new-look is appealing.
The bonnet is extended, with more efficient inlets integrated on Impreza WRX and WRX STI.
For added aerodynamic performance, WRX STI adds an aluminium roof vane. A rear under body diffuser also improves the coefficient of lift by 0.03.
WRX gets new design seven-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.
Impreza 2.0R has a five-spoke 16-inch wheel pattern unique to the model.
WRX and WRX STI have self-levelling gas discharge High Intensity Discharge (HID) low beam headlights, for even clearer light spread at night. They feature pop-out power jet washers.
Rear lights feature contemporary design round lenses.
The re-profiled front bumper includes new compact fog lights for all Imprezas other than WRX STI, which features distinctive fog light covers.
All Impreza hatch models have two rear cargo area hanger rails and four tie-down points.
Instruments clusters are refined across the range for easier visual recognition.
Impreza WRX STI
Impreza WRX STI gets a 2.5 litre four-cylinder turbocharged horizontally opposed Boxer engine.
Power is increased significantly in STI from 195 kW to 206 at 5,600 rpm.
Torque improves dramatically by 14.2 per cent from 343 Nm to 392 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
This produces better low-down and in-gear acceleration. Power is more usable and delivery is smoother.
WRX STI power and torque are improved in all parameters of the engine’s operating range.
Power peaks at 5,600 rpm versus 6,000 previously.
The engine meets stringent European STEP4 emission standards.
Resin liquid filled engine mounts are added to Impreza WRX STI for improved steering stability and ride comfort.
Impreza WRX’s new 2.5 litre Boxer engine produces 169 kW of power at 5,600 rpm and torque improves by 6.6 per cent to 320 Nm at 3,600 rpm.
While gear ratios remain the same, the upshot is better torque and in-gear acceleration.
The DOHC 2.0R engine supersedes the Impreza RS 2.5.
It offers a wider torque band, which translates to a sporty drive.
The 2.0R produces 118 kW of power at 6,400 rpm and 186 Nm of torque at 3,200 rpm.
As with WRX and WRX STI, the 2.0R has Electronic Throttle Control (ETC). This optimises torque delivery in response to the level of acceleration.
Known as “drive by wire” technology, the throttle control system provides a more linear acceleration/deceleration feeling that corresponds naturally to the driver’s expectation.
It is achieved by providing a programmed “relationship” between throttle pedal and throttle valve.
This means the driver’s intentions are conveyed from the throttle pedal to the engine electronically rather than via the cable used previously. This provides optimum throttle opening for any given operating condition.
This is a similar concept to the system used in the Subaru World Rally Car.
Drivers feel no difference between the ETC and a traditional throttle control.
The flatter torque curve of the DOHC engine offers greater flexibility in delivering traction across all operating conditions.
All DOHC engine Imprezas now have the Active Valve Control System (AVCS), which electronically adjusts the intake valve timing. This produces optimum power and torque while minimising fuel consumption and emissions.
By controlling the intake valve timing to suit the engine load and speed conditions, AVCS optimises the engine volumetric efficiency and combustion process.
Exhaust diameters is increased from 48.6 mm to 54 mm on Impreza 2.0R, WRX and WRX STI for better flow and engine output, while producing a sportier sound.
The Driver Control Centre Differential (DCCD) introduced on Impreza WRX STI for 2005, has been further refined with the addition of a dual mechanical and electronically controlled Limited Slip Active Centre Differential.
The torque-sensitive gear-type LSD operates ahead of the electromagnetic clutch, allowing more linear and responsive torque distribution to front and rear wheels as required, for improved stability.
This helps maintain agility, steering stability, traction and control, particularly when cornering.
The LSD can react continuously and precisely to changes in torque between front and rear wheels. The static torque distribution ratio front to rear is now 41:59, changed from 35:65 for a more neutral balance.
A steering wheel angle sensor has been added, enhancing DCCD control by signalling the driver’s intended direction.
Impreza 2.0R automatics have Direct 4AT, for added efficiency.
This eliminates many of the valves and accumulators located in the hydraulic circuits in the transmission.
High frequency linear solenoid control directly regulates main transmission hydraulic pressure. Variable electronic control directly regulates the pressure applied to each of the clutches and brakes in the transmission. The benefits of this include improved shift quality and speed.
For example, if engine load is changed during gearshift, Direct AT can sense this and adjusts hydraulic pressures accordingly.
By removing the valves and accumulators, automatic transmission weight is reduced.
WRX STI’s six speed manual transmission features improved gearshift operation, with smoother and more direct changing. This results from use of carbon on fourth, fifth and sixth gear synchronizer rings.
First and third gear synchronisers are now double-coned in all five-speed manual Imprezas, producing a lighter shift feel. Clutch internal operation is also changed from the “pull” to “push” method, with the number of parts reduced. This reduces weight and produces a more direct feel and action. Gearshift stroke is also reduced 10 mm.
Active torque split on automatic naturally aspirated Impreza All-Wheel Drive systems is further refined to ensure optimum engine power to front and back wheels.
All Imprezas other than WRX STI now have side airbags in addition to the dual front airbags.
Improved front seat cushions minimise the “submarining” effect of a person sliding down a seat in the event of an accident.
For enhanced security, front passenger door keyholes are removed.
Standard features at a glance
Impreza 2.0R adds:
Impreza RV adds (to 2.0i specification):
Impreza WRX adds (to 2.0i specification):
(Impreza WRX hatch does not include dual range transmission).
Impreza WRX STI additions (to MY06 WRX specification):
The Impreza range is available in the following colours:
Aqua blue (not available on RV or STI)
All RV variants have duotone paint.
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