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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Sedan, Wagon
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First Drive: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX - Now that Subaru has abandoned its flirtation with the big-grille design ethic that has changed the look of so many cars in the last five years, its designers have gone for something more mainstream. (more)
Full Test: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX - Power delivery is improved, as peak power of 224 horsepower comes 400 rpm earlier at 5,200 rpm, while peak torque of 226 pound-feet arrives 800 rpm earlier at 2,800 rpm. Peak boost is 11.9 psi. The five-speed transmission has less aggressive ratios in 1st through 3rd gears, but the final drive is shorter: 3.90:1 instead of the former 3.70:1. (more)
#2 of 121 About what I expected...
Jun 12, 2007 (6:48 am)
...and about what I had hoped for. Sure, it could be better, but in areas that "I'm" interested in: more refinement, more interior room, quieter, it appears to have scored well.
As to drivability, you have to keep in mind that this is the 2.0 JDM version being reported on, not the 2.5. I suspect the 2.5 will be better than our current 2.5 in terms of drivability. By that I mean the power will come on lower in the rpm band, which is always good. I also suspect, because the power comes on lower in the rev band, that gas mileage will be better than the current model.
Overall I'm impressed. No, it's no longer a "boy racer," and I'm glad about that. I could see it replacing my '06 WRX Limited wagon.
Here's another Edmunds link: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109582
#3 of 121 Re: Article Comments - 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX First Drive [KarenS]
Jun 12, 2007 (8:46 am)
They make it sound like the absence of turbo lag is a bad thing.
Lots of body roll in that one corner, but of course it's drifting sideways.
#4 of 121 Re: Article Comments - 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX First Drive [KarenS]
Jun 12, 2007 (8:57 am)
Subaru: Your 08 WRX just reach one "less" fan. The styling is poor and bland. It is not a "WRX".
Jun 12, 2007 (10:38 am)
It doesn't visually excite me the way the previous gen does (well, before the nose job). Not so sure I'm sold on it.
#6 of 121 ?
Jun 12, 2007 (11:28 am)
I dont think the styling is that bad, honestly. its not obtrusive, which is the key. The front grill is definitly the low point of the vehicles styling.
#7 of 121 Re: Meh [greenpony]
Jun 12, 2007 (12:49 pm)
Styling hasn't really stood out in a positive way since the GC8 model (97 and earlier), and we never got a WRX based on that platform here in the US.
The bug eyes were controversial, as was the aircraft inspired outgoing model.
#8 of 121 The Hyundai/Kia Impreza
Jun 12, 2007 (1:19 pm)
An uncomplicated cross between a Kia Spectra 5 and a new Gen Hyundai Accent.
Jun 12, 2007 (2:58 pm)
Well, I think keeping the 2.5 litre engine below 250 HP/ 250 LBS., is just plain marketing foolishness! A 6 speed manual would have been nice. Did I read correctly? A front LSD! BRAVO! An '09 5 door STI with paddle shifters sure looks interesting! That just might be my next car.
Jun 13, 2007 (12:14 am)
Take a look at the article just posted on Edmunds.
here is a link to a pic of the back end of the new Opel 1.8. My wife walked up to it and so Oh the WRX in Red! I said No it's an Opel. She said "Well it looks the same as the WRX."
It is very similar and I don't think Subaru will want to be confused with a low budget Opel soon to be rebadged as a Chevy. Damn shame Subaru hired teh same stylists who made all the other cars we are now looking at Mazda3 Honda Fit Opel etc...
Not a good looking car at all any more, such a shame.