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WRC teams are gearing up in Greece ahead of this week's Acropolis rally, and just before its world racing debut, Subaru has released the details on its all-new Impreza rally car. You can pore over the specs after the jump, but the highlights of the Impreza WRC2008 include a 1994cc turbocharged flat four, running an IHI turbo equipped with the WRC-mandated 34mm restrictor plate and Subaru's own anti-lag system to produce 300 hp at 5,500 rpm and... wait for it... 479 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm.

Power is sent to a six-speed electro-hydraulic transmission, through an electronically controlled center diff and down to the wheels through mechanical differentials, fore and aft. Bos shocks are being used in conjunction with the front and rear MacPherson setup, while AP Racing, 310mm discs are clamped by six-piston calipers both in front and in the rear. BBS wheels are fitted at all four corners, with 15-inchers used for gravel stages and 18-inch rollers for tarmac attacks. The rally racer's weight is set at the WRC minimum of 2,712 pounds. As always, you can follow the progress of the Impreza and the rest of the teams at the WRC website.

UPDATE: We've added a video of the WRC2008 Impreza during a shake-down run after the jump, courtesy of Carscoop.



  • Engine: H-4. Flat four-cylinder, 16 valve, turbocharged
  • Capacity: 1994cc
  • Bore: 92.0mm
  • Stroke: 75.0mm
  • Engine management: Subaru programmable electronic engine management system
  • Power: 300bhp @ 5500rpm
  • Torque: 650Nm @ 3000rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed electro-hydraulic, Electro-hydraulically controlled center differential, Mechanical front and rear differentials
  • Drive system: Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive
  • Suspension: Front: MacPherson strut, Rear: MacPherson strut
  • Shock absorbers: Bos, fully adjustable
  • Brakes: AP Racing 310mm ventilated discs and six-pot calipers front and rear. For asphalt use, front brakes are 378mm ventilated discs with six-pot calipers
  • Exhaust system: Inconnel with Subaru anti-lag system. Fitted with catalytic converters
  • Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
  • Dimensions: Overall length: 4415mm
  • Overall width: 1800mm
  • Overall height: 1475mm
  • Wheelbase: 2635mm
  • Car weight: 1230kgs (WRC regulation min.)
  • Data systems: Single integrated electronic system controlling engine, transmission and data-logging
  • In-car display: LCD color monitor with eight selectable data screens
  • Tires: Pirelli (championship control tire)
  • Radio equipment: Kenwood
  • Turbo charger: IHI - with WRC-regulation 34mm restrictor and Subaru anti-lag system
  • Spark plugs: DENSO
  • Wheels: BBS: 15" diameter for gravel, 18" for tarmac

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