• Nov 15th 2007 at 2:21PM
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UPDATE: Video of the STI unveiling has been added after the jump.

Click the image above for more live shots of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

The Subaru Impreza STI just made its North American debut, and for those of us here in the States, life is good. Just like the JDM version, the STI benefits from a wider track and a longer wheelbase, but power is provided by Subaru's 2.5-liter boxer four making 305 hp and 290 lb.-ft. of torque. The sprint to sixty will be dispatched in 4.9 seconds, and Subie execs are touting the engine's new torque characteristics as more tractable and effortlessly exciting. Aluminum suspension components partner with inverted struts to keep all four wheels planted and providing motivation, while a redesigned DCCD allows drivers to select six different differential settings.

Pricing has been set at $34,995 and Subaru began taking orders today. Check out Subaru's official press release after the jump and our gallery of high-res live shots below.



• All-New Platform with Competition-Inspired 5-Door Body
• 305-HP Intercooled / Turbocharged Boxer Engine
• New Multi-Mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive System and VDC
• New Double-Wishbone Rear Suspension and 18-Inch Wheels

LOS ANGELES. – Subaru of America, Inc. debuts the all-new 2008 Impreza WRX STI today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The ultimate performance Subaru is powered by a 305-horsepower Boxer engine and features a new level of driver-selectable powertrain- and dynamic handling-control. The 2008 WRX STI is built exclusively as an aggressively styled wide-fender 5-door model with a design strongly influenced by the brand's competition heritage.

The 2008 WRX STI is the third-generation of the rally-bred supercar, which Subaru of America first launched to the U.S. market in 2004. Developed by Subaru Tecnica International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the WRX STI features an exclusive engine, drivetrain, suspension and interior.

The WRX STI's revised 2.5-liter intercooled turbocharged Boxer engine, now with Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS), produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm, a gain of 12 over the previous model. The 290 lb.-ft. torque peak is the same as before but arrives at 4,000 rpm, which is 400 rpm earlier, for better response. Significantly, the more powerful 2008 WRX STI achieves the very stringent Bin 5 Tier 2-Federal (EPA) and LEV2-California Tier 2/Bin 5 emissions certification.

The Driver Control Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive – which remains exclusive to the Impreza WRX STI – takes driver-controlled response to another level for 2008. The DCCD system now offers three selectable automatic performance modes in addition to the six manual differential-locking settings. For the first time, the DCCD AWD system integrates the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, also with three driver-selectable positions.
The 2008 WRX STI offers five-spoke 18 x 8.5-inch wheels as standard. Also available are optional 18 x 8.5 in. BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels. All 18-in. wheels wear Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 tires.

New side-curtain airbags are standard, and the new Incline Start Assist feature can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
Even with the new, roomier 5-door body, special chassis reinforcements, new double-wishbone rear suspension and added safety features, the 2008 WRX STI (with the available BBS wheel package) weighs just 22 lbs. more than the 2007 WRX STI sedan. In addition, the 2008 WRX STI offers the added refinement instilled throughout the next-generation Impreza model line that was introduced for 2007.

The new suspension with special STI tuning along with the stiffer platform give the 2008 WRX STI the agile responses that have made this model a performance superstar. At the same time, the new WRX STI exhibits a more refined demeanor on any road. The Brembo Performance Brake System employs ventilated 4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The braking system is enhanced in the new 2008 WRX STI with slightly larger rotors.

The bulged fenders and rear quarter panels, along with the rear gate-mounted spoiler and aerodynamic ground effects, give the new WRX STI a direct link to Subaru competition cars. The hood scoop, brake-cooling air intakes and engine heat outlets are all functional. The standard high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams use manual height adjusters. Fog light insert covers add to the no-nonsense look, and fog lights are included with the BBS wheel option package.

Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system with cabin air filtration; a standard AM/FM premium stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers, plus a vehicle security system with engine immobilizer. The Radio Broadcast Data System can display a variety of information, including a song's title and artist. For the first time, the WRX STI is available with an optional navigation system, which integrates a vehicle information center. In addition to an input for MP3 players, the center console also includes video jacks that can accommodate portable gaming devices. The WRX STI comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIUS® Satellite Radio.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes all-wheel drive Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru is the only car company that offers Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its model line. Subaru, WRX, Impreza and STI are registered trademarks of Subaru of America, Inc.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know squat about Subes, but that thing looks like Subie took a dump.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some ppl are comparing the Subie to the 135i, well this two cars are not aimed at the same buyer group, first of all, and both cars are completely different. The STi is a racebred all wheel drive car made completely for street racing, and it is totally uncompromised in terms of performance. The 135i is also probably very fast, but it's chasis and suspension setup was not made for racing, and it is more of a cruiser than performance thoroughbred.

      I mean if performance is concerned, then there is absolutely no chance for the 135i to keep up with the STi in everyday road, and even in the racetrack, the 135i will be trailing behind the STi by quite a margin. Even the previous gen M3s had trouble keeping up with the STi, so i don't know if the 135i has enough to even challenge the STi.

      And now about looks, the BMW is directed more at new college graduates who need a bit of brand image and luxury, so it looks fairly conservative and rather nondistinctive. Conversely, the STi is a shouter, it is barking about its performance with the menacing looks and street creed bulges and arches. It is more of a wild ride and far more daring, the STi is not everyone's cup of tea, select people will love it, others will keep away from it because of it's vulgarity.

      Now my opinion, I'll take the STi anyday over the 135i, because in terms of performance, it will take over the BMW and will leave it in the dust, and the styling is very vulgar, but that is what i want, some very aggressive looks. I can live with my aunt giving me a hate look, because i don't care. I don't have enough money, but i'll soon graduate from colledge, and once i get a job, i plan on buying the STi subie.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was excited to hear about the new WTX STi till a heard the price. 35K is too rich for my blood. I have bills to pay and kids to feed. Drop it down to 31K-32K and i might consider it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too much. Might as well just get a 335i via ED when my wife gets pregnant. Paying 35k for a Subaru that doesn't have maintenance included?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks better than the regular WRX but I still think it looks really ugly
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whats going on? It has half a liter of extra displacement yet makes only 1 more horsepower than the JP version and even more surprising, less torque. Edmunds says the JP version has 311 lb-ft versus the 2.5's 290 lb-ft. I guess the extra 400 revs make that much of a difference? They are claiming the same 0-60 time as the JP version. I guess the higher low-end torque in the 2.5 makes up for the difference in peak power. We'll have to wait for a real performance comparison, but still cant help being a disappointed that this bigger engines doesn't make the earlier rumored 320+ HP. In any case this should be faster than the EVO X which is now overweight.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Price creep. Subie and BMW must have the same pricing folks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does this look like a Crossover. Just ain't feelin' this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      bmw 135 = 36 k
      subaru sti = 35 k
      mitsubishi lancer = 30k PRICELESS!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Evo X MR $ 36K
        • 7 Years Ago
        At 30K and MUCH better looking, the new Evo is going to kick this thing's ass. I used to like Subaru, but they're pricing themselves out of the market and the car keeps getting uglier with each new generation. If I'm going to drop $35K on a car, I want something with styling that I actually like rather than something you have to learn to live with, or deal with for the sake of getting the performance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my - I stress it, MY ranking of performance cars at this price point is:

      Evo X > STI > 135i.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I loved the previous STi but given this new model I have to agree w/ you.

        Mitsubishi did a fine job w/ the new Evo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        subaru used to be in my top 5 carmakers. now they rank somewhere between toyota and chrysler.

        mitsu has a golden opportunity to replace subaru, if the lancer ralliart is as good to drive as the old wrx, it will destroy the new wrx in sales
      • 7 Years Ago
      I follow AB constantly, and I have hated every press release pic and AB pic of the new WRX/STI. It looked kind of interesting in the "reminds me of the euro focus" way, but I have not been that impressed. I have a Subaru dealership down the way, so I decided to drop in and see for myself, and it is a completely different car in person.

      I really really really like the looks of this car, and I can't for the life of me find a picture online (yes even using GIS) that accurately conveys how nice the car looks in person. I would definately say to those that haven't seen one in person, take the time to go to a dealership and look it over. You may be pleasantly surprised.Some cars just don't look that impressive online.

      The costs though. They were great in 03/04 when there was little competition in this market, but now for $35K you have a large number of options rear wheel and all wheeled that might make you think twice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont know why people hate this car so much, i think it looks bad ass. I currently have an 08 Legacy GT for the weekday and I am thinking of picking this up.... the EVO looks aight with that gap in its mouth that looks like to humped the B9 Tribeca but this STI, whoooooo......
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