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Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Hatchback
First Look: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - A six-speed manual transmission is part of the package, and it carries triple-cone synchros on 1st gear and double-cone synchros on 2nd and 3rd. Subaru is also promising better fuel economy than the previous engine. (more)
First Drive: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2.0 - With new five-door hatchback packaging and nondescript styling, the Impreza targets a whole new customer base — drivers more interested in 4WD safety and interior roominess than rallying heritage. But you'd never believe the STI is essentially the same car. (more)
Full Test: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - Significant changes to the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI have simultaneously given it more performance and more practicality. (more)
#2 of 106 Re: Article Comments - 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI First Look [KarenS]
Oct 09, 2007 (2:00 pm)
One word: FANTASTIC!
#3 of 106 better
Oct 09, 2007 (6:22 pm)
Well, at least it looks more like a Mazdaspeed 3 now, rather than a Chrysler.
Maybe by specifying cheesy clear-lens tail lights standard, owners might actually start replacing them with classy, tasteful RED aftermarket lenses. Sorta reverse psychology.
#4 of 106 Red & Gold - Fight On!
Oct 09, 2007 (10:44 pm)
I hope to get a Lightning Red STI with gold BBS wheels - USC colors! My 2004 Impreza WRX Sedan is World Rally Blue Pearl with gold Prodrive P1 wheels - Subaru World Rally Team colors...and UCLA colors.
#5 of 106 Agreed: Better
Oct 10, 2007 (5:12 am)
First words out of my mouth: it actually looks better now.
Now if Subie can butch up the limp wristed base model, life would be complete. Don't even get me started on the sedan.
Oct 10, 2007 (9:28 am)
They even removed the chrome strip on the hatch.
#7 of 106 STi vs 135i vs EVO
Oct 10, 2007 (9:50 am)
Just to let you know my bias upfront, I am the proud owner of a 2007 STi Limited (my 3rd Subaru !!!). What are they thinking with a 5 door hatchback??? Maybe in Europe, but I don't know if this look will work in the U.S. and the sedan version of the WRX reminds me of a Toyota Corolla.
BMW specifically developed a 1 series coupe for the U.S. and Mitsubishi has a new EVO sedan. If the performance of the new STi is stellar then Subaru has a chance to compete. However, the new 1 series with the twin turbo six should have outstanding performance (especially if you throw in a limited slip differential) and the new EVO will be no slouch performance wise either.
Maybe the STi will expand on the Mazdaspeed 3 and Audi A3 styling theme, but competition is strong in the $35,000 price bracket. If I was shopping today, I would take a long hard look at a 135i and EVO before buying another STi.
#8 of 106 Re: STi vs 135i vs EVO [mckman]
Oct 10, 2007 (9:53 am)
Keep in mind it's lighter and many people find 5 doors more practical. The old sedan had a small back seat and a small trunk. The 5 door is more versatile.
#9 of 106 Re: STi vs 135i vs EVO [mckman]
Oct 10, 2007 (10:22 am)
I don't think the 135i will retail around $35,000. I think the 128i will easily be had for that amount.
#10 of 106 Re: STi vs 135i vs EVO [SubyTrojan]
Oct 10, 2007 (11:51 am)
In short, I don't hate the new car, but I do think they took a risk in the U.S. with the 5 door model, especially given what the competition is doing.
Yes, the JDM 2008 STi is a bit lighter than the current model by about 100 pounds. Not much, but it should help performance. Although the USDM model may gain a bit of weight in the translation.
Unclear yet where the 135i pricing will end up, but BMW is constrained by the pricing of the 335i, so it can't be too high. The one catch with most BMW's are the options. It isn't too hard to spend 5 grand on top of the base price.
Looks like the new STi will have more options as well, at least in Japan. Not sure what they will do for the U.S. The EVO for example has an MR and base model, which is less expensive and doesn't have the new DSG transmission.
I hear you on the practicality aspect, I had a WRX wagon and a Legacy GT wagon before the STi. It was nice to have the extra space, but the structural integrity of the body did suffer compared to a sedan and it just didn't feel as much like a sports car. For the typical STi customer, I don't know how much practicality they really need (buy a used second car with more space, if you need to haul stuff).
BTW, it is interesting that Subaru dropped the Legacy wagon from their line-up. More than once, I had someone confuse my wagon with a minivan, never a good thing for sales success in America.