• Sep 20, 2007
click above image to view all of our Subaru Impreza WRX STi spy shots

Though Subaru engineers took careful measures to ensure their Impreza WRX STi tester wasn't spotted en route to the Nurburgring or at the track's staging area, eventually the car cover had to come off. It appears Subaru engineers were forced to unveil the production body of the new STi in order to test how the final form affects cooling. Though we just showed you this official teaser shot of the STi, these spy shots show the car outside in perfect light where every detail of the new design is cleary visible. Aside from some black tape, the blue STi underneath is practically naked. Note what appear to be air extractor vents or intake scoops on the sides of the front bumper, a design element we weren't entirely aware of before. We can also clearly see the rear wing now, which is less ostentatious than we were hoping. The STi has always been known for sporting an obnoxious rear wing, but it looks like that tradition will end with the 2008 model. KGP Photography took shots of the STi from nearly every angle, all of which can be viewed in our high-res gallery.

[Photos: KGP Photography]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      And did anyone else notice the interior "cage" in the blue STi photos? You can see part some tubing similar to a harness bar reinforcement portion of a roll cage in the photos.

      Could Subaru be making a version of the STi with this partial cage (a la RA-R) or is it standard? Maybe it is just for testing or for a motorsports version?

      You can still see the rear seat headrests poking out so it doesn't seem to be a rear seat delete though a three door would be cool.

      The pictures of the black STi are too dim to see rear interior details.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure hope those Recaro seats and turn signals on the side mirrors make it to the U.S. model.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Imprezas should not look like that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The MS3 is a great car (one of my buddies has one) and probably makes for a better daily driver than this STI will. But for the track junkies, you can't beat the STI; it's ready to go out of the box. Maybe swap out the brake pads but that's about it. This is also the difference between the STI and the BMW 135. The BMW is going to be a hell of a nice car, but it can't handle the track nor hold up on the track like the STI will. The MS3 trades some performance (FWD vs AWD, 'softer' overall) for cost. The BMW trades performance for luxury.
      • 7 Years Ago
      and by undisguised you mean disguised right? or is this a new auto-fashion trend that we can look forward to from the 'Fast & Furious' crowd?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im totally going to buy one! I love my 03 wagon, and this is what I'm going to replace it with. Perfect!

      I guess Ill have to rethink the idea of buying a 2nd car however. I was thinking of keeping my 03 and getting an older Miata or 80s BMW...

      Nah, 09 STI please!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are those 6 pot calipers up front?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, at first i though it was going to be more like the WRX than this, i hope they don't change anything for the american version. The only thing i don't like is the tail lights, they should be red, not white/silver. That is nothing a bit of red Lamin-X can't fix though.

      this is the car i want to get when i finish college.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Recaro seats!!! Finally Subaru, for the love of everything holy, finally you put real seats in the STI! Please oh please keep those Recaros in the production version. Do not make the same mistake of the previous STI's horrible, unsupportive, cheap, ugly seats. I am assuming the roll cage will not be there. For those complaining that the spoiler in the back is "too small", shut the hell up please. What do you want Subaru to do, put that horrendous park bench thats on current STIs on the back of their new beauty? I don't think so. Keep it all subtle Subaru and give us those damn Recaros!! Oh and semi-auto paddle shift as well please.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My v5 STi seats feel great and are very supportive, but they aren't from the US market obviously. It's entirely possible that unsupportive seats in the US STis are because the US market isn't ready for a car with seats like that. I agree that the current STi doesn't come with very nice seats, but I haven't sat in a late-model non-US STi to compare.

        I guess I'm saying that I wouldn't be surprised if that car, being right-hand-drive would have nicer seats than the ones we'll see here, but here's to hoping!
        -N
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drive a 07 2.5i wagon, I will have to hold my comments until I see this car in person, the 08 WRX hatch is not bad, maybe with a little front end tweaking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a CUV- can we say ala Mazda CX7 and Acura RDX?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is there something i'm missing? Are they going to start hosting WRC events on the ring?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly. I'm not doubting the fact that its a good test of a car... but come on.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Any 'Ring appearance is a PR stunt, pure and simple. Every company has a proving ground or access to one, with big fences, trees, and security from spy photographers.

        A car making a public appearance like this is carefully planned. What, they think it WON'T be photographed at the 'Ring?
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