• Oct 9, 2007
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The wait is finally over. Subaru has released official photos and initial info on the new JDM-spec Impreza WRX STI. Details remain scant, however, as Subaru only tells us that the new STI is powered by a 16v 2.0L boxer with a twin-scroll turbo mated to a 6-speed manual. SI-DRIVE, multi-mode Drivers Control Center Differential (DCCD) and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) are also standard. All of these things have been widely speculated on and/or reported already. Specific power numbers are conspicuously absent, so we'll have to wait for the rest of it when the car bows in Tokyo in a couple of weeks. Based on what's already been leaked, look for 304 horses and 311 lb-ft of torque in the Japanese-market model. What's no longer a mystery is the car's appearance, which is muscular and aggressive -- a huge improvement over the base WRX. Head to the gallery below to see the car unmasked at last.

[Source: Subaru]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      That silver one looks almost... Great actually. Not from the rear, but from that angled front view, I'm somewhat impressed. While this car is still quite ungainly, I could see myself warming to it. I'm pretty sure I'd take the Evo X over it (Acura Tsx comparison unfortunately noted), but this is quite the definition of a hot hatch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      turned out a lot better then i had feared.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hi , whats the difference between Subaru WRX STi UK spec and the JDM (Japan Domestic Market) model
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's looking forward to the mid-cycle touch-up? :P
        • 7 Years Ago
        Which one? The last Impreza had two.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the silver one better. The good thing is that it looks are not overstated and it does not draw to much of the wrong attentention from the boys in blue, e.g. Evo x

      • 7 Years Ago
      I almost like the front fenders now. It has a gt-r feel that I've now grown accustomed to. Huge improvement over the WRX.

      The inserts around the fog lights are awful. Remove those. Remove the chrome on the grill. I think that would make this color STI look very aggressive on the street.

      I'll be in the dealership to check it out when it hits showrooms.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ugly as sin
      but I was expecting a lot worse
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its great! It's not uber flashy but its going to perform amazingly well and yanking that bench seat out of the back promises to make an already lighter version STi handle even better!! Iv'e heard rumors of it fitting 10inch wide tires too and that would be so amazing considering the previous offset issues subarus suffered = bottom line is it may not have the vents and flashy eye candy for the kids but thats not what subarus are about. If you want a flashy teenager car get an EVO god knows theres already millions of them on the road. Subarus have always had really great fan bases and subaru forums are always full of the nicest people so it would only make sense they would produce a quality car that meets its fans demands. Its a high performance vehicle not a penis enlarger =P thats what makes a subaru a subaru!
      • 7 Years Ago
      sex on wheels.....beautiful. 100x better than the previous version.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I totally agree, assuming you weren't being sarcastic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The only way that's sex on wheels is if it's anal sex with a 500 pound, wheel-chair bound, hemorrhoid sufferer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The looks are light years better than the WRX's, but I'm still undecided whether I like it or not. So far, Evo X > STi, but maybe its because the Evo had already grown on me...
      There is only one thing I'm sure about - Evo IX > Evo X, GDB STi > New STi. Sigh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, still looks butt ugly, but at least the silver color draws attention away from that hideous front end.

      Thankfully, the saving grace to all this is the rest of the car looks really good, so replacing the front is all it needs. Can't wait to see what the aftermarket will cook up to save the ghastly damnation soob did to the front.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not really feeling the fog light surrounds... I was expecting more of a smoothed look up front, like how the current fog lights look on the old WRX/STIs. And what happened to the gold wheels? No Rally blue/gold wheel shots? I think the gold wheels would make it look better...that or gunmetal or black wheels. And somehow, the preview pics looked way better than these official releases... probably cuz the front didn't look as busy and the rear wheel bulge looked smoother. Oh well, looking forward to seeing these on the streets!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here's your Rally Blue/gold wheels shot:
        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-brochure-scans/428963/full/
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