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.

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Concept

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.

Styling

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.

Performance

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 byRichard Owen
price $$34,995
engineBoxer-4
aspirationTurbocharged
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/Dual AVCS
displacement1994 cc / 121.7 in³
bore99.5 mm / 3.92 in
stroke79.0 mm / 3.11 in
compression8.2:1
power227.4 kw / 305 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output152.96 bhp per litre
bhp/weight200.13 bhp per tonne
torque393.19 nm / 290 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
redline6700
body / frameUnit Steel w/Aluminum Hood
driven wheels4WD w/DCCD, VDC, S-Drive
wheel typeForged Alloy
front tires245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport
rear tires245/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport
front brakesVented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
rear brakesVented Discs w/2-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
front wheelsF 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Varibale Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Stuts w/Lower L-Arm
r suspensionDouble Wishbones
curb weight1524 kg / 3360 lbs
wheelbase2625 mm / 103.3 in
front track1530 mm / 60.2 in
rear track1540 mm / 60.6 in
length4415 mm / 173.8 in
width1795 mm / 70.7 in
height1475 mm / 58.1 in
transmission6-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.64:1, 2.24:1, 1.52:1, 1.34:1, 0.97:1, 0.76:1
final drive3.90:1
0 – 60 mph~5.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~14.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.5 seconds