• Oct 3, 2007
click above image for more dark shots of the impending Subaru Impreza STI

It was a dark and stormy night... inside the studio where Subaru shot its first batch of Impreza STI images. Like the dutiful fanboys we are, Autoblog has already posted on each of the first two pics, a dark head-on shot and a dark rear shot. Here we have a dark 3/4 shot (check out the lightened version at left), and we don't know if it will be the last of the bunch before the Subaru Impreza STI is officially unveiled on October 24th at the Tokyo Motor Show. Hopefully at that time we'll be supplied with some properly lit photographs, and we'll of course have a slew of improperly lit live shots from the unveiling, as well.

[Source: Subaru]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      soooo tired of hearing about it already.
      it's a freaking subie doo.. whoopie doo....
      if there wasnt an STI it'd be another lame dorky looking hatch/wagon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yea,
        and if i could afford it, i'd probably be interested.
        still tired of hearing about it though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the tuners do a lot...

      Nice crossover for me to tune my Legacy GT. :D

      Other than that, I am not so impressed. I haven't liked this bodystyle since it was first leaked, then released. I like 3 and 5-door hatches, and think they can be sleek and practical at the same time.

      This car lost out on the sleek from the drawing board on.

      The previous car looked a bit purposeful with all of its WRC-style-racing acoutrements. This car still looks even more like an econobox with a body-kit that happens to have a cracking-good drivetrain fitted.
        • 7 Years Ago
        2nd gen LGT "looks good"?? It's a nice car, yes, but it isn't a huge design step for Subaru. Unless you're talking about the wagon, which looks better than the sedan.

        I may be the minority here, but I generally think 5 door wagons look better than their 4 door counterparts. See BMW 3 series, Volvo S40/V50, S60/V70 for example. And now of course, the 08 WRX sedan (which looks like a Corolla) vs. the 5 door
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have no problem with the concept of it being a five-door hatch. I like the idea, and the practicality of hatch cars. I wish there were more of them.

        I just don't think it is a very good looking one, and it ends up looking more pedestrian and uninspiring than the previous sedan-based STI.

        My criticism is more that Subaru could have raised their game, design wise, but didn't, and the Impreza bodystyle now looks worse for it, somewhat regardless of the number of doors.

        A nice looking existing 5-door would be something like the Audi A3. or even the Mazda 6 5-door sedan, in a larger class. I am not even all that keen on the Mazda3 five-door, although the Impreza looks like an inferior copy of it.

        The Audi is a perfectly nice design. Subaru doesn't have to carbon-copy that design by any means, it is only proof that a good looking 5-door can exist. Subaru sure could have done better in the looks department than what they now have. It looks like a small-car version of the Tribeca as a knock off of the Mazda3, and that just doesn't look that good, IMHO.

        I have said that since the impreza broke cover. The previewed STI, from an aesthetic standpoint, hasn't improved it. Fender flares and a body kit don't do that bodystyle any big favors, where it did somewhat help the previous, also mundane 4-door bodystyle.

        Technically, under the skin, I think it is a great platform and drivetrain. You just need Xray vision to get past the bodywork, and the new one needs stronger Xray vision than the previous one.

        Personally, I wish it had been a three-door fastback coupe, actually, but that is even less likely than subaru designing any newer car that looks as good as my Legacy GT, at this point. Plus it sucks that they lost the frameless windows on the impreza.

        My criticism is an aesthetic one, not a technical one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I find it a little ironic that you praise the previous versions for their purposeful "WRC style-racing accoutrement's" and yet you do not appreciate the fact that the very architecture of the new STi (short hatch) is to aid it in the WRC.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, Fourth generation Legacy GT. 2005-2007. Mine is a 2005 specifically.

        And yes, it looks quite good, especially in Garnet Red Pearl.

        And drives good with a turbo and 5-speed. Much the same drivetrain that the WRX is getting, with the Legacy GT having more power than the WRX, but less than the STI. New WRX and STI tuning should apply nicely to the Legacy GT in several areas, with more shared chassis and engine parts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it funny how many people take their time to post comments about how much they dislike/hate it. Why bother posting then?
        • 7 Years Ago
        We hope subaru is listening and fixes this shit. Thats why.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We care because while Subarus have never been good looking, they've always stood out from the rest of the Japanese car crowd with their driving dynamics. True, a 50/50 RWD car probably handles better (ON A RACETRACK) but for the average Joe, where else are you going to get a safe, fun to drive car for ~30k?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Out of all the new Impreza models, this is the only one I could even remotely warm up to. Change the grille and taillights and presto!

      Problem is this is the STI, which I can't even remotely afford. If it was the WRX I would have looked at it. I guess i'll have to wait for the Ralliart...

      In any case it looks alright the way it is, even if there is a slight overhang. I wonder what the tuners will do to it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess its like screwing an ugly chick...some are fine with it if the lights are off.

      I need a pretty face, however.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL!

        I kinda wonder how people would have responded to the hatchback body style had this thing actually looked like the European Focus...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still ugly. Read the Automobile Mag take on the design, inside and out, I haven't read something so scathingly funny in a while.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The previous model with its most recent facelift was really a revelation for Subaru in my mind. It didn't look like a rip off of a bland Toyota or Honda like many older Subarus, and it wasn't ugly like some in more recent memory. It was a very refined and attractive design. See:

      http://www.autoclub.com.au/uploaded_images/subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-rb320-794785.jpg
      http://www.carpw.com/pictures/subaru/Impreza_WRX_STi_2006_1.jpg
      http://www.weblogsinc.com/common/images/4349235256956668.JPG?0.8110770410336583

      The headlights were sleek and taut, the grill unique and bold, the hood was well sculped. Overall it looked purposeful and mean when it was approaching. The greenhouse was a bit oversized and upright in proportion to the rest of the body (as was the EVO IX's) and that is something than newer models balance better. The older taillights and rear wings look too tuner for my tastes, so I don't lament their passing. The interior of the Subbies has always been nicer than their Mitsubishi counterparts, which is a major reason I would liked to have seen their exterior measure up again this time around.

      Sadly, the new sedan just looks lame from behind. I could easily mistake it for the Toyota Yaris at a distance. The front ends of both are a step backwards and look melted in many areas. The crisp taughtness is gone. Cheeseball chrome grill lips or the STi's flares just tack on extra stuff in no way helping the design. The bodyside is rather BMW X3 derivative, but at least it looks good and isn't boring. The Lancer EVO X, on the other hand, looks quite compelling in comparison.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You could make a roller skate fast, but it would still be ugly and graceless!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Subaru did the imposible, make the new impreza look good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forget all y'all, I love it. Make mine Urban Gray Metallic.
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