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Post #1 Fri, Dec 14, 1:39 PM
Veyronman
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http://pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=26839

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It's true, in the UK at least - due to falling sales, Subaru is pulling the plug to focus on its SUVs

Nostalgic tears will be shed this weekend on news that Subaru UK has imported its final Impreza WRX STI, and its last Impreza full-stop.
The firm told PistonHeads the reason was plain and simple: people weren’t buying them anymore. “It’s uncompetitive in terms of CO2, and it’s got a diminishing fan base. It’s become a very tough sell,” a spokesman said.

In a further blow he said Subaru would now be concentrating on SUVs in the UK, including the Forester, leaving the BRZ the only car for performance fans.
He’s right about the car being uncompetitive. 300hp and a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds for both the hatchback and the saloon versions of the WRX S sound good on paper. But the car doesn’t stack up well next to the latest generation of bruiser hatchbacks, in particular the faster, more powerful BMW M 135i, which costs three grand less at £29,995.

It’s still a bitter pill however. Subaru first gained the attention of enthusiasts when Colin McRae drove a Prodrive developed Legacy WRC car in 1992. When the WRC Impreza arrived in 1993, its gravel success ensured a warm welcome for the similarly all-wheel-drive Impreza Turbo, which came to showrooms here in 1994. With 208bhp and exhilarating sure-footedness it launched a craze that continued undimmed even when the bug-eye Impreza WRX was launched in 2000.

The fire was fed by a steady supply of barmy special editions out of Japan, and flamed further by competition with Mitsubishi’s Evo, first launched in 1992.
That was first to be killed with the last models sold out of showrooms earlier this year. Subaru says there are still WRX STIs (this version had actually dropped the Impreza name) available to buy and should be enough stock for a few months yet. The cooking Impreza is all sold out.

All fashions have their day but this one was particularly enduring and gave many of us our first taste of what serious performance felt like, and (mostly) kept us on the road while experiencing it.

As the spokesman told us: “There are hardcore fans our there, but we have to react to how market’s changing and we have to competitive. It’s an end of an era.”


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Post #2 Fri, Dec 14, 1:43 PM
Aych Es Vee
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If they stopped making them look like arse, people would buy them again.

Oh well. Long live the BRZ!

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Post #3 Fri, Dec 14, 4:17 PM
christofurr
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Holy shit. 3k less for a 135M? That's a no brainer.
Here it's 20k more than an STI

I used to bench press sets of 47.5kg dumbells and 130kg+ straight bar when i was at the gym. There were plenty of muscles.
China gets massive negative media attention because stuff really is that shitty over there. Sure places like Tokyo are first rate but the rest of the country isn't.
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Post #4 Fri, Dec 14, 4:29 PM
xDRAN0x
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Quote from christofurr
Holy shit. 3k less for a 135M? That's a no brainer.
Here it's 20k more than an STI

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Post #5 Fri, Dec 14, 5:22 PM
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new imprezas nowadays are turds, they lost the plot when they started making the hatchback version
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Post #6 Fri, Dec 14, 6:32 PM
PoWeReD By NoS
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What??? Why are 135M's so cheap over there? STI here is still pretty competitive, I'd hate to see them disappear.

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Post #7 Fri, Dec 14, 10:44 PM
subaruguy
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Good riddance to that piece of junk. They have tried to make a car that appeals to everyone, but in fact it appeals to nobody. Need to get back into rallying and back to what made them great.
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Post #8 Sat, Dec 15, 3:54 AM
Veyronman
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nobody cares about rallying anymore, sadly.
fat chicks have very warm and wet vaginas, from my experience

what's kraftwerk? A firm specialized with something related to protection of animals or training dogs?

Post #9 Sat, Dec 15, 6:53 AM
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bring back gruppe B
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Post #10 Sat, Dec 15, 7:52 AM
Veyronman
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I always preferred the Evo anyway. At least, up until the Evo 9.
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Post #11 Sat, Dec 15, 8:30 AM
xDRAN0x
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Nobody would get an STI over an m135i, that's for sure.

But here for the price, its a still a huge bang for the buck and its winter capabilities are important. The next WRX will decide its death or continuity IMO

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Post #12 Sat, Dec 15, 1:25 PM
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I really hope they don't get canned over here
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Post #13 Sat, Dec 15, 3:12 PM
christofurr
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Quote from Veyronman
I always preferred the Evo anyway. At least, up until the Evo 9.
I used to prefer WRX's until the Evo 7 came out and looked a little more grown up. But it's surprising how few new WRX/Evos people are buying here now . They used to be everywhere.
I used to bench press sets of 47.5kg dumbells and 130kg+ straight bar when i was at the gym. There were plenty of muscles.
China gets massive negative media attention because stuff really is that shitty over there. Sure places like Tokyo are first rate but the rest of the country isn't.
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Post #14 Sat, Dec 15, 7:05 PM
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Quote from xDRAN0x
Nobody would get an STI over an m135i, that's for sure.

But here for the price, its a still a huge bang for the buck and its winter capabilities are important. The next WRX will decide its death or continuity IMO
yeah, isn't a 135M like 60k here?
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Post #15 Sat, Dec 15, 7:30 PM
xDRAN0x
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Quote from TOXA
yeah, isn't a 135M like 60k here?
Or more, they are rare. Most people I know track them a lot so its harder to find a unaltered and untracked one
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Post #16 Sat, Dec 15, 7:57 PM
SupraMan
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ya id take a 1 series M Coupe over it but not the new style M135i
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Post #17 Sat, Dec 15, 8:01 PM
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Quote from xDRAN0x
Or more, they are rare. Most people I know track them a lot so its harder to find a unaltered and untracked one
Only 600 were imported to NA, prob my favorite car in years
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Post #18 Sat, Dec 15, 8:21 PM
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Quote from ScoRpFerrari
Only 600 were imported to NA, prob my favorite car in years
Same , love it . Their sound is just perfect
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Post #19 Mon, Dec 17, 12:31 PM
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Quote from SupraMan
ya id take a 1 series M Coupe over it but not the new style M135i
new style 1 series look so #$%# ugly
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Post #20 Mon, Dec 17, 2:07 PM
Baklava
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the only good impreza was the first one
Post #21 Mon, Dec 17, 2:55 PM
christofurr
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and to be specific the 22b
I used to bench press sets of 47.5kg dumbells and 130kg+ straight bar when i was at the gym. There were plenty of muscles.
China gets massive negative media attention because stuff really is that shitty over there. Sure places like Tokyo are first rate but the rest of the country isn't.
I don't appreciate threats, nor do I like being called a nigger.

Post #22 Tue, Dec 18, 12:03 PM
Baklava
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Quote from christofurr
and to be specific the 22b

Post #23 Tue, Dec 18, 7:23 PM
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Thankfully Imprezas are still popular here.
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Post #24 Fri, Dec 21, 10:24 PM
Bishop Ghost
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i feel like you just don't get as much for your money anymore with a subaru. i understand awd cost more but for how spartan their cars have become it doesn't seem worth it anymore
Post #25 Sat, Dec 22, 6:51 AM
xDRAN0x
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Quote from Bishop Ghost
i feel like you just don't get as much for your money anymore with a subaru. i understand awd cost more but for how spartan their cars have become it doesn't seem worth it anymore
I think Subaru has followed the global trend of going softer on its cars, even though they are more powerful (like the M cars, as an example).

My 2005 STI was a monster, and had a distinct personality. My 07 WRX was as good but less powerful.

My 11 WRX? Of course the interior is better, but not too far... way easier to drive, has way better power delivery. The brakes are shit though, but they started to chop down on these 5 years ago.

To me, the next WRX/STI combo will decide the faith of Subaru as sport cars. One thing that has not changed is the reliability, and you pay for that. Like you used to pay for Honda/Toyota back in the days.

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