• 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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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a toyota camry

      just another boring curvy sedan...
      • 8 Years Ago
      You ever got the shape right once, and that was 14 years ago. You lost it from 2000 and onwards. Are the people who designed this car using just a 10 inch ruler, math-o-map and a blind fold. Wake up Subaru. WRX RIP.
      • 8 Years Ago
      it's growing on me, but I am highly concerned. Subaru seems to have shown it's cards and I don't see an STi. Just when I thought we might finally get an STi wagon...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugh. What happened to the fender flares? Why's this look like a cross between a Chrysler and Corolla? I think the aggressive and unique styling of the WRX was one of the reasons so many were sold. I hear Mitsu dealers cheering this bland design.
      • 8 Years Ago
      not bad. the hood scoop integration is definitely way better than before

      front end is also an improvement, though I still think the "bug eyes" look of the original US WRX was the best.

      Tail lights look a bit timid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well I've been looking at the pics for a week and it hasn't grown on me one bit. It's hideous.

      I predict this will be a slow seller, especially without any improvement to the engines, transmissions, and lesser breaks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You know, it grows on me more every day and these shots make it look much less Corolla-like. Ever notice with an introduction of any car, there is always the "it looks like a" comments? I think after a few months, especially when people see it "in the flesh", those comments will go away.

      Drew - At least it doesn't look like a Neon (circa 02 WRX) ;-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The WRX was one of the reasons I went to the NYC auto this year and all I can say is what a disappointment. It really does look like a Corolla. What's even worst is that they have the STi Rally car there next to the "new and improved" WRX. I found myself standing there asking how the styling went from one to the other and it's supposed to be an improvement? I hope they completely redesign the upcoming STi. If not, the new Lancer Evo with its aggressive styling has truly won the competition. Here that Subaru . . . aggressive styling! Please don't let such an awesome car die like this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That actually looks pretty good. A bit of tweaking on the headlights and grille and this could be a nice looking car. Can't wait to see the STI version.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In my desparation, I must have now examined over 100 shots of the new Impreza in the hope of seeing some chink of hope - but to no avail.

      From a styling point of view, the new Impreza is a piece of utter and complete shite! Mechanically, it is the same-old/same-old.

      Having owned WRXs for over ten years (and Legacy Turbos before that) it pains me that my love affair with Subaru has finally come to an end. That damn Evo X temptress appears to be about to get her evil way with me!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new styling for the Impreza has been, well, controversial to say the least… but for come reason I wanted to believe the ‘official’ release would be a pleasant surprise. Far from it. As a WRX owner I always valued the unique styling of the past generations. Through the last 5 years of the Impreza’s life has been scattered with design change, unique design elements, and plenty of commentary to go along with it. Weather we agreed the changes or not, the brand always kept us enthusiast’s attention. This new design is miserable. It has ripped any character or soul that was once found beneath the sheet metal of our flat-four friend… I have nothing but tears when I look at these pictures.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love how they show the IPOD mini plug being shoved into a rca jack hahahahahha, morons, at least use the correct adapter when you take a pic of a featured option
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