• Apr 5th 2007 at 11:49AM
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UPDATE: Video of the WRX live reveal added after the jump

click the above image to view over 100 high-res shots of the 2008 Subaru Impreza

In what was surely one of the most anticipated debuts here at the New York Auto Show, Subaru took the wrapper off its new WRX while reminding us just how excited we should be about its revised sport compact.

We covered the key points of the overall Impreza refresh in our previous post, so we'll mostly stick to the WRX-specific details here. The intake manifold, turbocharger, and top-mounted intercooler are new. Peak power is unchanged, but peak torque now hits 800 RPM sooner, so it should be a bit more forgiving of improper gear selection. If you select the five-door, the boxer will breathe through a single exhaust tip, while the sedan gets twin outlets. Weight, meanwhile, is down by 50 lbs.

Outside, the sedan gets a discrete spoiler, while the hatch will wear an underbody diffuser. Both models will roll on 17x7" wheels shod in 205-section all-session rubber. A stability control system is available, should tail-out driving not be in the cards.

For those interested in WRC, Impreza will be campaigning the five-door version of its rallying rocketship.

Hit the high-res gallery for over 100 still shots of the 2008 Subaru Impreza, check out the official specs after the jump, and click-through to the Autoblog New York Auto Show megapost to see everything else that's been going on here at the Javits convention center.


Body Styles

4-door, 5-passenger 5-door, 5-passenger


4-cyl. horizontally opposed (Boxer), double overhead-cam (DOHC), turbocharged/intercooled




224 @ 5,200 rpm


226 @ 2,800 rpm


Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard

Transmission types

Standard: 5-speed manual transmission Optional: 4-speed electronic automatic with SPORTSHIFT manual control


Unitized body construction with Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame structure


4-wheel independent


Strut-type with lower L-arm


Double wishbone with upper A-arm


Power assisted 4-wheel disc with 4-channel, 4-sensor anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)


Rack-and-pinion with power assist


17 x 7.0JJ aluminum alloy


205/50 R17 all-season

Exterior Dimensions


103.1 in. (2,620 mm)


4-door: 180.3 in. (4,580 mm) 5-door: 173.8 in. (4,415 mm)


58.1 in. (1,475 mm)


68.5 in. (1,740 mm)

Fuel capacity

16.9 gal.

Curb weight

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

3,142 lbs. (1,425 kg)

3,208 lbs. (1,455 kg)

Fuel Efficiency

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

EPA city mpg



EPA highway mpg



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