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#9 of 74 Re: [option01]
Aug 01, 2008 (10:49 am)
News article on 2009 WRX/Impreza model line changes:
Subaru has given the redesigned-for-2008 Impreza WRX a healthy boost in power for 2009, up from 224 to 265 hp. Besides the bigger turbocharger, the folks at Subaru also retuned the suspension and made summer performance tires standard, rather than the all-seasons it had for 2008. It only comes with a five-speed manual transmission.
That’s really all the change you need to know about for the WRX; the car itself was completely redesigned last year. The move is to allow the WRX to better compete with Mitsubishi’s upcoming Lancer Ralliart.
There’s also a new Impreza trim level being added that keeps the outgoing WRX’s power plant. It’s called the Impreza 2.5 GT. It will come only with an automatic transmission.
One major addition to the entire Impreza lineup for 2009 is stability control, which will now be standard. That means the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation for the car will now apply to all models. More photos below.
Update: And yes, a power moonroof is now part of the Premium option package. That package is standard on the new 2.5 GT model. No pricing has been announced yet.
Update 2: The WRX and 2.5GT will go on sale September 1.
#10 of 74 Re: [javert_123]
Aug 02, 2008 (12:21 pm)
That is great news on ESC being standard on the Impreza for 2009. IMO that, along with the Impreza's crash safety and AWD, makes it the safest small car on the road. Any idea when the 2009 2.5i will be available?
#12 of 74 2009 Subaru GT questions.
Aug 03, 2008 (6:14 pm)
Hello all. I'm interested in buying the new 2009 Impreza GT hatch. They say it has the same engine as the 2008 WRX which is fine for me (224HP). But what I am concerned about is the looks of the new GT. Is that unchanged also? Or does it look like the new 2009 WRX with the bigger spoiler and more agressive look? I love that STI spoiler the new WRX is getting and I pray that the GT will have it too. Does anyone know anything about this. I would have to say yes because since they kept the engine the same, you would figure they would have to change SOMETHING! Anyone have any info? Thanks.
#13 of 74 Re: 2009 Subaru GT questions. [ylz]
Aug 03, 2008 (6:48 pm)
No info, but it's a dealer installable option, why not just order it with that option?
#14 of 74 Re: 2009 Subaru GT questions. [ylz]
Aug 04, 2008 (5:04 am)
Check the Straightline link above, page 2.
The grille is from the Outback Sport. Don't know about the 5-door spoiler also getting the STI's spoiler, but I doubt it, as there has been no word on it.
#15 of 74 Re: 2009 Subaru GT questions. [rsholland]
Aug 04, 2008 (7:00 am)
I like that grille a lot better, though.
#16 of 74 Regular Impreza
Aug 05, 2008 (6:36 am)
How about the regular Impreza? I am looking at buying a regular 2.5 Impreza in the near future. Are there any changes to this model? If not, I would think one could get a good deal on a 2008. However, if there are any significant changes, then a 2009 may be warranted.
Any feedback is appreciated.
#17 of 74 Re: Regular Impreza [cusafr]
Aug 05, 2008 (7:43 am)
Hi, there are not many changes in the base model, one is that 4 wheel discs are standard in all models along with the other things listed in prior posts.
I just bought a 2008 for a sweet price and added sunroof, black rims, Kuhmo tires, leather, fogs, shifter, exhaust tip, lower airdams... and it is perfect for me, and uses regular fuel... and i have a spare set of rims for winter. Below is a link to my original post with images...
Aug 05, 2008 (1:54 pm)
Saw my first '09 WRX and GT today. IMHO,The new body work is a plus for the WRX. The new grill, while better still looks like a cheap after thought. Oh well, I guess that's why those cool mesh grills cost so much on Jags. I'm not a big fan of the gray wheels. The new interior is nicer. The GT was an interesting copper color. FWIW, the WRX had Dunlop Sport S1's(?).