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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the Subaru WRX STI spec C

It looks like a regular STI, right? Well, according to the spies at KGP, it's not. This is actually the forthcoming Impreza WRX STI spec C out for a cruise in some approipriately sloppy weather. Note the white wheels and reworked rear diffuser, which are the visual giveaways in this case. When the spec C arrives, it should tip the scales at around 150 to 200 pounds less than the regular STI and be further augmented with engine upgrades and improved braking. That'll make for a nice neighborhood rally car, indeed. All you'll need is a little snow, some studded rubber, and someone yelling directions at you in Finnish from the passenger seat to really bring that WRC experience home. For the rest of you, just ask your wives to ride shotgun. They'll be shouting directions at you (though probably not in Finnish) in no time. Check out the attached gallery for more shots, both on the street and on the Nordschleife (on a nicer day).

[Source: KGP Photography]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the 5-door hatchback body, but overall it just doesn't have enough character for me. The styling elements that are not bland are simply unattractive. I think I'd prefer to find a mildly used (if there is such a thing) 2003 WRX wagon and pump money into engine, chassis, and interior upgrades. I love the front fascia on that model anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rims are awfull other than that is ok.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Something tellls me that this ride wasn't made to be pretty
      • 6 Years Ago
      have you guys seen the engine transmission layout for an STI? google it or something. theres NO WAY it could have less overhang with that set up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like this car. Practicality and fast as all get out. I assume this uprated version is not coming to the USA.

      @ Monkaroo- Subaru sales are way up in this down economy, so they must have done something right. I don't think it's all the Forester.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this oughta eat the MR's breakfast lunch and dinner, it better come here though
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have only seen a handful of Imprezas and zero WRXs on the road here in Dallas...people just are not buying them. There are better choices out there for the money.

      Personally i'd take a BMW 1-series over this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see a fair amount of all types. Of course, not as many STI's, but I don't see a ton of the older STI's either.

        Then again, I live in the same town as the largest volume Subaru dealer in the country. I see more of them as the sedan though, rather than the hatchback. I'd buy the hatchback though if I bought one, looks much less plain to me. plus I like hatchbacks.

        I do liek the new STI's as well, they don't look as "ricey" as the previous ones and I happen to really like how they look in person, especially in black, blue or white. Getting rid of the clear tail lights would be the first thing I'd do though, probably even before it left the dealership. That's by far, the worst part of the whole car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I spy STi 6-pots!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup those are the brakes (and wheels) from the '07 Spec-C RA-R. Hawt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh yeah she will be shouting directions all right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        All you need is some NON street tires for this OFF-ROAD RALLY CAR, and you'll be all set.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why can't they just bring the coupe back! I like the front end of this model (although they do need to tighten it up a bit, like said before). The rear kills it for me. I like wagons, I like hatches, I do not like this car as a wagon (well they should offer the wagon as a wrx, but make the sti a coupe of sedan like before).

      Oh well, nothing I can do about it, but not buy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm starting to warm up to the new styling, though I'm still fond of the round-headlight WRX that everyone thought was too "cute". I appreciate better creature comforts, but the redesign brought took away much of the edgy qualities I really liked. The car is a wonderful daily-driver, but not as performance-focused as it used to be.

      Looks pretty good in black, but I wish Subaru (or the aftermarket) would offer red taillights. I tired of the clear/white taillight thing shortly after Lexus made them popular with the Altezza/IS. Overall, the STI has always been too boy-racer for me. Strip the badges, delete the wing, slap on some decent wheels, and show some taste.
        • 6 Years Ago
        there already are red plastic covers for tail lights, looks a million times better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Long live the bugeye!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's homely, but I still wouldn't mind driving one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new WRX sti is not grabbing even Subaru fan boys, because it looks like a Ford Focus RS. Not a bad thing, but a bit hard to pay almost $40,000 for what looks like a Ford econo-box.
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