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Motoring: Power pack gives cheap thrills.

If you crave the pocket-rocket power and performance potential of the range topping STi version of Subaru's latest Impreza WRX, but can't afford the extra five grand asking price, don't despair.

A mere pounds 1,600 on top of the WRX's sticker price of pounds 19,995 will buy you a 265 PS performance pack which not only matches the power of the flagship STi model but produces even more torque. And it's all official and available through Subaru dealers.

The result is a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds with the Prodrive-developed WRX performance pack and a 0-100 mph recording of 14.1 seconds. This compares to the standard WRX times of 5.6 and 15.9 seconds respectively.

More importantly, throttle response is significantly enhanced throughout the rev-range, both during take-off and at the top-end. For example, the 30-50 mph time in fourth gear comes down from 7.8 seconds to 6.3 seconds. The performance pack is only available for post-registration fitment and comprises a reprogrammed Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and free-flow exhaust system with a large single tailpipe. The price includes VAT and fitting.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 7, 2003
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