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Article Comments - 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C First Drive

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
For all intents and purposes, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C should not exist. The fact that we are even writing about the Spec C — a limited-edition, significantly tweaked evolution of the Impreza WRX STI — is a miracle.

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C First Drive

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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    Mechanically, this is what ALL STIs should be like.

  • aaykayaaykay Posts: 539
    Agree. Unfortunately, like with all such things, even if the rest of the world gets it, this will never see the light of day in the USDM region.

    It took Subaru a lot of persuasion to even consider bringing the original 2002 WRX but when they finally did bring it, it sold like hotcakes. They expected 10% of the 2002 Impreza sales to be via the WRX but their projections got thrown off completely and the actual percentage of WRX sales was close to 40% of the Impreza sales. Unfotunately, like with all such things, Subaru sat on the laurels of the original WRX and did nothing substantial to it, over the next 5-6 years (while the competition was not sitting still) before coming out with the wet dishrag called the 2008 WRX (total failure in the marketplace, as expected and as I predicted at the time).

    Wonder what kind of persuasion is needed to convince them that a slightly civilized version of the STI SPEC-C (mechanically identical to this) should be bought over as the STI and it will sell like hotcakes here in the US.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd like to see a ball-bearing turbo for the 2.5l boxer.

    A full second off the lap time means that suspension really works, though.
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