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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Subaru has finally released detailed pictures of its range-topping new Impreza WRX STI which debuts at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October.

This follows the recent release of a moody studio shot which gave very little away apart from highlighting the turbocharged car’s substantially wider body.

Developed by a dedicated team of performance-loving engineers, the new WRX STI features big blistered wheelarches for a ground-hugging stance.

Technical details will remain under wraps until Subaru’s press conference on Wednesday, October 24 at 11.50 am at the Subaru Booth where President Ikuo Mori will make a presentation.



The new WRX STI was developed with the eternal theme and essence of the driver’s car, the total driving control,
that the preceding WRX STI models also pursued. This AWD sports model

gives maximum driving pleasure through its combination of power, performance, handling and ride capabilities thanks to engineering exclusively designed for the WRX STI and its five-door package. It also balances excellent safety and environmental aspects at a high level.


Using a new five-door body style developed from the Impreza model, the new Impreza WRX STI displays a powerful design language that speaks directly to its performance credentials, integrating function and beauty. Adopting shortened front and rear overhangs, a longer wheelbase and widened body flares, the Impreza WRX STI clearly embodies driving performance in dynamic exterior design that delivers as overwhelming presence and beauty.


The new Horizontally-Opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo charged engine was developed exclusively for the new WRX STI. By further improving the basic performance of the engine, and mating it to SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive), the WRX STI offers not only outright performance as might be expected, but also delivers excellent handling under extreme as well as normal driving conditions.

Featuring Subaru’s unique Symmetrical AWD and specially developed in-house 6-speed manual transmission as its base technologies, multi mode DCCD* and VDC**, which control traction and stability more precisely, have also been added to WRX STI. To complete its performance credentials, the evolved chassis by “Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept” has dramatically improved road-hugging capability and will provide exhilaration and confidence in every driving situation.


In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $34,995
engine Boxer-4
aspiration Turbocharged
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/Dual AVCS
displacement 1994 cc / 121.7 in³
bore 99.5 mm / 3.92 in
stroke 79.0 mm / 3.11 in
compression 8.2:1
power 227.4 kw / 305 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 152.96 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 200.13 bhp per tonne
torque 393.19 nm / 290 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
redline 6700
body / frame Unit Steel w/Aluminum Hood
driven wheels 4WD w/DCCD, VDC, S-Drive
wheel type Forged Alloy
front tires 245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport
rear tires 245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport
front brakes Vented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
rear brakes Vented Discs w/2-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Varibale Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Stuts w/Lower L-Arm
r suspension Double Wishbones
curb weight 1524 kg / 3360 lbs
wheelbase 2625 mm / 103.3 in
front track 1530 mm / 60.2 in
rear track 1540 mm / 60.6 in
length 4415 mm / 173.8 in
width 1795 mm / 70.7 in
height 1475 mm / 58.1 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.64:1, 2.24:1, 1.52:1, 1.34:1, 0.97:1, 0.76:1
final drive 3.90:1
0 – 60 mph ~5.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~14.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.5 seconds