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If Japan's Best Car isn't BSing everyone, the car you see in the magazine scans above is the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. And while it's still a mortal lock to polarize people as much as the Impreza it's based on, we'll go out and say that this looks pretty killer. Sporting the expected high-mount wing, bulging fenders, quad exhaust tips, a substantial front spoiler, and a great-looking set of wheels, this is worlds better-looking than the regular WRX. From the looks of things, the car is also equipped with vented Brembos all around, which is not surprising. Where the WRX looks almost friendly, this thing's menacing, particularly in that dark gray finish.

2008 Subaru Impreza STIAccording to the little chart shown on one of the scans, here's some of the key info you''ll want to know. All numbers pertain to the JDM model, obviously.

  • Engine/Transmission: EJ20 / 6MT
  • 300PS (295 hp) @ 6500 RPM
  • 45 kgm (325 lb-ft) @ 4400 RPM
  • 10.5 km/l (24.7 US MPG) in the Japanese 10-15 mode test cycle
Unfortunately, we don't read Japanese, and that's about all we can glean at this time. If you can read Japanese and are able to add more, feel free to do so in the comments. Now we want to see how this bad boy stacks up against the new Evo. Fun times are coming, kids. Check out the gallery for large versions of the scans.

UPDATE: Drat. We have now spoken to our Japan-based contributor, Justin Gardiner. Justin tells us that these are renderings (sigh) done by Best Car that show what the mag believes the new STI will look like. We can only hope it looks this good.

[Source: AVOturboworld via Carscoop]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does one picture show 4 exhaust pipes while the power train picture shows the old (at least the same at my STi) single pipe exhaust?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow... it looks semi-appetizing now
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks good but I think it's also a bit too much.
      What with the backlash of the new design I think this is a great time to produce a three door hatch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm very repelled by the regular WRX... If this was the STI then I'd consider it. We'll see what real deal they bring to the table, but I have a feeling this design will not be as successful as it could have been. Time will tell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks rice-tacular!
      • 7 Years Ago
      sti looking great!
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think everybody knows deep down inside that it won't look this good when it reaches stateside. perhaps if subaru had better designers for their rally cars...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it.

      And I hope like hell the 2.5L USDM version has even more power!
      • 7 Years Ago
      will its not ugly as the wrx. wonder if they going to have sti for 4dr version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Erotyka.Youbi.pl - nowy wymiar piękna!
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol they used my image from NASIOC. That took me ages to merge the two pictures :(
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another rendering? And my hopes were so high that this was the real deal. Words fail me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am so disappointed, too...
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