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2008/09 Subaru Impreza STI

rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
edited April 27 in Subaru
Not sure as to how this model will be introduced here next winter ('08 or '09?), hence the thread title.

In any event here's an Edmunds video of the STI, in full camo, over in Germany.

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=121620

Latest rumors indicate that this car will be introduced at the Tokyo auto show this fall.

Bob
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  • dinterndintern Posts: 24
    Couldn't find it in the feature list. How come? The other fancy features like Navi and Climate are there, why is the roof left out?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    Good question—and you're not the only person asking it.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The last gen didn't have one for several years. It'll show up in a year or two, is my guess.

    You want a big moonroof? Get a Forester! That has a HUUUUGE one! :shades:
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    The lack of a sunroof wouldn't bother me --- not as much as the lack of a 5-sp auto, or a 6-sp manual.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    6 speed manual will be offered in the impreza actually. Not as a stand alone option but in the highest trim level aka STi.

    -mike
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    OK, I didn't know that. But still, honestly though, when a Honda Fit has a 5-sp auto; a 6-sp auto and manual in the MINI; 6-sp auto in the Rabbit, etc., doesn't Subaru deserve a kick in their corporate groin for putting a 4-sp auto in the new Impreza? :mad:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    For one thing, most of those cars you mentioned are very torquey cars with a very narrow torque band, that's why you need a 6-speed in them because the usable torque range is about 700-1200 rpms. On the subies, much like american push-rods have a fairly wide torque band, and with that, you don't need a gear to keep you in that narrow torque band.

    For instance I have an 05 LGT Wagon w/5MT, I rarely use 2nd gear and often don't use 4th either. Why? The torque band is wide enough that I can do 1-3-5 or 1-3-4-5 on most upshifts.

    Before you throw out the "but the GTO and the Vette have 6MTs" that 6th gear in them is used for ultra-low RPMs at 65mph to help them avoid the gas-guzzler tax.

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    Found this over at Nabisco from someone in Canada (I'm assuming):

    ______________________________

    Just got notification that the 2008 Impreza WRX STI' are now able to be ordered. Production should begin in November with dealer deliveries in January.

    Here is all of the info that they gave:
    White, Black and WRB will come with Gold Wheels
    Spark Silver, Dark Grey and Midnight Blue (new color) will have Silver rims.
    Heated seats
    Side Curtain Airbags
    18" BBS Rims
    Navigation System
    Vehicle Dynamics Control
    "SI" Drive
    MOMO Steering Wheel with Audio Controls
    Sirius Satellite Radio
    Black Interior
    On a side note, it looks like the 2009 Forester will be available in March or April of next year. Apparently model information should be available in November.

    ______________________________

    Keep in mind this Canada, and our content may differ slightly.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    March/April works for us, we want an 09 Forester. Hurry it up!
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    What you're seeing here is a sneak peek at the STI. I bet the street version will be almost identical to what we see here, but toned down just a hair.

    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19333776&postcount=439

    This is the grille the WRX needs (minus the STI badge of course)!

    Bob
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    What you're seeing here is a sneak peek at the STI. I bet the street version will be almost identical to what we see here, but toned down just a hair.

    Well it's a good enough looking car although I doubt Subaru will sell it with their WRC graphics. They might keep the huge wing but I think that's too much for a street car, good for drying towels.
    I can't decide if i like the new styling or not my old WRX still looks great to me but I might replace it with an STi depending on the price and my trade in value.
    The new grill does look good on the WRC car. I guess it will have to keep until January.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    I expect the STI to be maybe an inch or two narrower than the WRC concept you see here. I don't think the fender flares will be quite as pronounced as what you see here. Subie factory racers have always been wider than their street counterparts, so this would not be a surprise to me.

    The wing will not be like what you see here. Spy photos suggest the wing to be slightly more agressive looking than the wing on the WRX.

    I've also learned that we can expect 245 tires on 18" rims and Recaro seats.

    Bob
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    I expect the STI to be maybe an inch or two narrower than the WRC concept you see here. I don't think the fender flares will be quite as pronounced as what you see here. Subie factory racers have always been wider than their street counterparts, so this would not be a surprise to me.

    Cool, but I will still have to see it. My current WRX is still a blast to drive and hasn't let me down yet.
    The new STi might be a good replacement, but the new WRX leaves me cold, no way i'd give up mine for a new WRX even as an even trade.
    The STi might be a good bet but the Mazdaspeed 3 is also really a cool looking vehicle fast and quick and practical but I like AWD so I really want to check out the STi when they hit the showrooms. I've got a lot of miles on my current REX.
    Subaru is a great car and I don't know about the new EVO they are kinda rare around these parts. Subaru is much better for parts and the dealers are decent people as well.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I already have it as my wallpaper.

    I love it. Reminds me of some Nissan LM race cars with that wrap-around front fender flare.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19345883&postcount=277

    We're real close here folks... Not 100% accurate yet, but about 98% or so...

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The flares really make the car, eh?

    They give it that character that it needs, the aggressiveness. It's all the difference between a base 911 and a 911 Turbo.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    Unlike the images above, I understand the street car will have the recessed tail lights like those found on the WRC concept shown at Frankfurt, as well as a faux (?) small vertical grille aft the front fender blister, which shaped a bit more like that on the WRC concept, with a sharp cut-off.

    Other than that, and with the possible exception of turn signals in the mirrors that the camoed and the test mule STIs hinted, I think this is it.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I predict they'll shift more sales to the STI, if this is how it turns out.
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    We're real close here folks... Not 100% accurate yet, but about 98% or so...

    Not sure but looks like the Japanese brochure is saying it's about 295.85HP converting from PS. 1 HP = 1.014 PS

    The new STi looks very sharp! I think Subaru has a winner here.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    MM I like it, like the flares and the quad exhaust.

    -mike
  • FYI - Howcome Subaru Impreza was posted here in this forum which is only for 2008 Lancer???? That's not fair to those who posted their discussions about the 2008 Lancer alone. Thanks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    huh? the Lancer has nothing to do with the Impreza!

    -mike
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,727
    I think you're lost. This is the '08 STI forum, not Lancer forum.

    Bob
  • The reason why i'm asking this is: when you search forums/discussion under 2008 lancer, this Subaru Impreza discussion is inlcuded as "new" in this forum!!!!
    Maybe we should ask the host to transfer this forum/discussion to Subaru's own forum.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's probably coming up because when it was created it may have had some comparison posts in it.

    -mike
  • I fixed it. The user who created this discussion also had tags for the Lancer and a few other models listed as a category. I'm not quite sure why but if this is specific to the Impreza and the Impreza alone then I removed the other tags.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Love it, the WRC-look fenders made production. They really make that car.

    Big thumbs up.
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