• Jul 26, 2007
We've been a little disappointed by the looks of Subaru's latest Impreza and WRX, but wanted to reserve judgment until the STi showed up. Could that homely hatch design really support the extra muscle that transforms the STi into a rally star? We really wanted to know. There have been tons of renderings and spy shots, but here we have what is possibly the first clear photo of the real deal.
Captured by CARTOP, it was just posted by Nihon Car. It still looks touched up to us, if not completely cgi, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Not a lot of changes from WRX to STi are apparent, but the banana-colored Scubie snack looks even more like a Mazdaspeed3 to our eyes. OK, enough harping on the looks. It's not like it's terribly offensive, just a little bland. We're sure driving this 320-hp rocket will change our opinions pretty drastically.

Thanks for the tip, MB!

[Source: Nihon Car]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If thats accurate then Toyota really has RUINED the Subaru line up. They have taken the style and absurd level of aggression out of the line and turned into another Buick wanna be brand like Toyota. I don't care how fast it is, no one wants a 30K rally car to look like a run of the mill Corolla.

      STI FTL, EVO X FTW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you really think that Toyota had anything to do with the STi group?
        they take a $24k car adn add $5k worth of part adn accesories adn sell it for $35k
        why whould they not want this - it's got profit writen all over it, why would Toyota make Subaru make the STi UGLIER that the base WRX?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Toyota has 8% stake in FHI. Then consider the fact that the STI design was already on paper by the time Toyota even purchased any stake in the company last year. You are completely clueless about how the automobile industry works and what kinds of lead times these vehicles face.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i concur. If this is even close to the actuall product, Evo for the win. The Mitsu looks like a Gundam robot coming to kick your butt compared to this jellybean. I was holding out hope...but it's fading.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If that's close to right, then Evo FTW.

      Hopefully it will be closer to the R&T renderings.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed, those R-T renderings were awesome looking! Not sure exactly what they did, but I found myself enjoying the renderings while not enjoying the real pics of the WRX 5-door.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care what this car can do, its looks haven't ruined it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do you mean comely (appealing) or homely (ugly)?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Frank...I'd say it's a copy of the Mazdaspeed Protege5. Well, without any of it's clean lines...

      • 7 Years Ago
      Gawd almighty that thing is UGLY! Glad I wasn't one of those looking forward to it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks this new STi looks decent? I don't like what they did in the foglamp area, but the grille is much better on this than on the base Impreza, and it looks much better than the vagina (06-07 grille design). And it's a hatchback, which is totally sweet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I like hatchbacks because of their practicality. I had an old Legacy wagon before my current Infiniti G20, and it was underpowered and terrible to drive, but I loved how much I could cram in. I like my G20 much better in terms of the driving experience, but hate its lack of practicality. IMO having a wagon or hatchback that's fun to drive would be the best of both worlds. Also, this is not always true, but often wagons and hatchbacks look better than their sedan counterparts. Most Audis are like this, and for me, the new Impreza is, too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @thefultonhow:
        Out of curiosity, what is it about having a hatchback that appeals to you? Personally, I don't understand the attraction, so I'm curious. Is it a utility thing or do you just like the look better or what? :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Didn't the spy shots featured a ridiculously huge rear spoiler?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Legacy GT wagon looks good. Get them while they last....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its like the scene in Batman when Jack Nicholson sees himself after his accident (and turned into the joker) for the first time. Its just so terrible you have to laugh and kill the doctor. I think he killed the doctor. I dont remember, I haven't seen that movie since it came out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone shoot it and put it out of its misery!
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