• Feb 7, 2008


click above to view a high-res gallery of the Subaru Impreza STi

Subaru has gained itself quite a cult following with performance Imprezas. Based on its victories in the World Rally Championship, the WRX and STi versions of the Impreza have been a big hit with the gonzo street-racer crowd. With the introduction of the latest STi, Subaru left a gaping hole between the mighty fast 224-hp WRX ($24,350) and the super-fast 305-hp WRX STi ($34,995). Since more customers will want to upgrade from the WRX than can afford the $10k+ leap to the STi, Subaru is reportedly considering slotting a new model in between the two, which could come in a little under $30k and offer about 265 horses under hood.

The report comes from our friends down under at Drive.co.au, who were speaking with Nick Senior of Subaru Australia. According to Senior, parent company Fuji Heavy Industries "has a fair bit on its plate" at the moment, alluding to the reported upcoming Celica which Subaru is developing with partner Toyota, so we shouldn't expect a mid-level WRX anytime soon, but it is on Subaru's radar screen for the future. Senior also said we can expect Subaru to churn out some special-editions, like a stripped-out STi track car, so stay tuned.

[Source: Drive.co.au]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      There's nothing dumb about this at all...

      hell Ive been calling this out on past posts over the last couple years. The current WRX body is very feminine, a bit soft and to my eyes, uninteresting. For buyers who want a bit more visual oomph, but dont need the full race experience of the STI, a middle model makes alot of sense.

      I personally prefer the STI body, why does it have to be a 35k exclusive thing? The original STI used the original WRX body with some aero add-ons. No reason why the new WRX has to be so visually dumbed-down in comparison.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's quite easy to bump a WRX horsepower up into the high 200s with a firmware update, and way into the 300s with exhaust and intake/intercooler upgrades for total outlay (including the car at MSRP) under $30k. There's a slew of aftermarket suppliers for the Impreza (though I don't know if they're up to speed on the new car yet, we don't have one so I haven't been watching the offerings for the '08.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes perfect sense. Now, what about a Sti SUPER? I love the price-to-performance of the SRTs' 427 horsepower engines!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You definitely don't need to wait for Subaru. For 700$ you can get 30-40 more hp without any hassle:

      http://www.cobbtuning.com/products/?id=3737
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stupid idea just offer factory permance parts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The subaru sti regularly outperforms them though, and can go toe to toe with the shelby gt500 around the track with a 200 hp deficit. an sti with 400+ hp would probably make supercars sweat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gee...

      Not like they have a 30k turbocharged 4-door with more horsepower than the WRX, but less than the STI, with about the same interior room and curb weight as the 08 Impreza line.

      OH, WAIT, THEY DO!

      Legacy 2.5GT Limited.

      Heaven forbid Subaru actually claim ownership of that, being better looking than the Impreza, as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that really likes this latest desgin of the Impreza? I just wish it got better gas mileage. The look and design really appeals to me over the boy racer version of old (not that those were bad at all). Is that crickets I hear?....
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like it too! I just can't decide whether I like more... Mazdaspeed3 or the STI. Both awesome 5-door hatches (closer in performance than you'd think too), but with a large $12k gap in price. There's probably more aftermarket support for the Subaru than the Mazda though... any ideas?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the new design, but I want a sedan. I can appreciate a good hatchback design. In fact when it was just the sedans, I was thinking they should make a hatch. They really need both a sedan and hatch version of the STi in my opinion. Having both would set them apart from Mitsubishi. By choosing to make it just a hatch option they made a lot of die hard Subaru fans minds up for them that wanted a sedan. There will be Suabru fans driving EVOs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd definately pay an extra couple grand for the STi fenders and wheels/tires that could fill them. WRX has plenty of power for me, but it looks plain. In reality, it would need to get a lot better mpg for me to actually consider one... so diesel boxer in STi body in the mid 20s and I'd put down a deposit today.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You should be cross-shopping the MS3 with the WRX, not the STI...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, just give the WRX a "performance" package. Just increase the boost, I'm sure the internals can handle it. Stiffen the suspension, and increase the size of the radiator and intercooler. That can be done for $2500 I'm sure.
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