• Sep 28, 2007
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Subaru's not officially revealing the new Impreza WRX STI until October 24 (place your bets on who'll blow that embargo to smithereens before then), but it has released a teaser shot of the car's rear end. (We showed you the official teaser of the front end last week.) With the number of high-quality spy photos being churned out now, there's little mystery left anyway, but we'll take what we can get from Subaru. The new shot, as posted on the Subaru website, is very dark. We lightened it up a bit so you can better see the fender bulges, dual twin-tipped exhaust outlets, and the roof wing. Between this and the spy shots flying around, it's looking as if the STI will boast an appropriately muscled-up appearance compared to the far more reserved-looking WRX. It'll be shown to the public for the first time at next month's Tokyo Motor Show, and we'll be on hand for the festivities.

Thanks for the heads-up, Dustin!

[Source: Subaru]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      6 speed manual, clutch. Drivers car nuff said.

      • 7 Years Ago
      So bring into photoshop and lighten it up. Not hard.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Articles/press releases/advertisements on this vehicle is getting old.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is going to be such a sleeper. Looks like it'll blend in with all of the other new Imprezas. Cops will not be looking for this car, EVOs beware.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just saw the WRX at a local dealer a week ago or so and it looked very wide for small car. Much wider than the photos... still a bland and tired design. The STi with the fender flares is going to look insane with an extra 2-3 inches of girth.

      How soon before someone offers the WRC concept's wing as an after market item?
      • 7 Years Ago
      They watered down the base WRX soo much it really doesnt deserve the WRX moniker... Impreza Gt maybe but no WRX... The STI better be miles ahead in looks/handling/power.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't agree. The only thing that is bold at all about the new Evo is the front end...which I will admit is extremely aggressive. However, the rest of the car looks small and dare I say weak by comparison to the front. The side profile and rear do not look as beefy as the STi. The STi has better overall proportions to my eyes. The front of the STi is the only part that lacks in the overall package (and maybe some red taillights instead of clear!!).
        • 7 Years Ago
        The STI looks pretty watered down too. The lighting makes the fender flares look a lot bigger than they actually are. With the EVO making such a bold statement, I have to imagine the STI is gonna get lost in the crowd.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I dunno, those flares seem to go past the tail lights... seem pretty big to me. But then again, the passenger side doesn't seem to bulge out as much, so you might be right. As for the Evo making such a big statement.... not really. Perhaps to the overall public, but not to the hardcore Evo fan. The Evo has been watered down too... TC-SST only for the MR? Slower than the outgoing model? More refined? C'mon, the Evo used the one of the rawest cars out there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not excited about the look of the new WRX, but the STi, from all the teaser pics I've seen, is growing on me. Nice.

      ('04 WRX owner)
      • 7 Years Ago
      the hachback is pretty ugly to me but the 5 door is ok. both nothing like the older models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone else think this STi is more attractive than the sedan predecessor? I do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah!

        It looks like a street-legal World Rally Car - and they have been mostly hatchbacks since...well, since Petter Solberg was last the world champion in the STi with a trunk. Subie is the last of the top WRC competitors to go to a hatch format, I think.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do any of you think a BMW 135i is similar to an STI in terms of performance and price?
      The Bimmer will be a few thou more, because it's a BMW, but still?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Can't compare the two cars. One is a 5door AWD suped econobox. The other is a baby coupe wanna be lux bimmer with its big brothers engine.

        The 1 series reminds me of a fun to drive chick car (miata). The subie looks like a yeah I know I'm ugly, but I go like stink car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is beautiful...

      ...and somewhat reminiscent of one of my other favourite bubble-arsed hatches:

      http://www.autosarticulated.com/archives/bmw_m_coupe.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the pic was just a wee bit darker the car would look much better! lol
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