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Despite being just one year since it was completely redesigned, the Subaru WRX is getting some big upgrades for 2009 including a more powerful engine with a larger turbo, new exterior enhancements and more go-fast hardware from its big brother, the STI. When we heard this news, we mentioned that buyers of the 2008 model might feel slighted. No might about it anymore, as Inside Line is reporting that the 2009 WRX will be priced almost identical to the 2008 model. The '09 WRX will reportedly start below $25k while the 2008 model starts at $24,995, including a $645 delivery charge. While a delivery charge might push the '09 model over $25k, that's a small price to pay for all the extras you're getting that includes a new 265-horsepower version of Subaru's turbocharged 2.5L boxer-four.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      My logic never said any such thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you knew what you were talking about, you would realize that those items I listed are what's standard on a 09 WRX and not what's needed to make an 08 a better performer.
      09's comes standard with summer tires. Do some simple research before you type.
      I do apologize for your mother's drinking problem, especially with you in her womb. I don't know how else to explain the size of your brain, a third the size of man.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So you've taken up lying as an argument? You were too talking about how ECU flashes don't improve power. And how springs don't improve handling.

        So you're now admitting to knowing nothing about tuning? Thats what I thought.

        Here's Perrin doing an ECU reflash with the Cobb AP and getting 35 horsepower AT THE WHEELS on a stock '08 WRX. Thats... almost 41bhp exactly!

        So you as you can see, you don't need a turbo, intake, exhaust, or anything really to get 265hp from an '08 WRX. I was right about that, and you were wrong.


        And I find it very hard to believe that for the northern states it won't come with OPTIONAL all-seasons. I do believe that is what I said.

        I'm not going to pick on your mom. You know damned well we don't know each other's mothers. You were saying about maturity?

        I was posting for the benefit of all '08 owners so that they would know they have options. I was trying to be helpful so that people don't waste thousands of dollars being disappointed in their car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cobb AP:

      Tein H-tech springs:

      Not having to listen about how '08 WRX owners have less performance than the '09 WRX:

      There are things that money can't buy... none of those things apply to automobiles.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The upgrades you have listed would take an '08 WRX past stock '08 STI level power. I'm talking about stock '09 WRX power. Way overkill, dude.

        Except you forgot upgraded intake and TMIC if you wanna go that far.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are forgetting about wider summer tires instead of slimmer all-seasons, uprated dampers, stiffer anti-roll bars, aero parts, a larger turbo, and different exhaust. If I am forgetting something, please list it.
        Springs and a chip would make an 08 more expensive but not faster or a better handler.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, you're listing way too damned much to get an '08 WRX up to '09 level.

        Upgraded turbo not necessary. Anti-sways could be substituted for springs. Cat-back exhaust not necessary. Aero parts not necessary. Upgraded dampers not necessary. Upgraded tires not necessary.

        Springs and an access port (its not a chip) actually WOULD make it slightly faster and a better handler.

        Where are you getting this crap?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're missing the point. Everyone complaining that the '08 is too weak or has bad suspension should just FIX the situation rather than moping about it.

        It was just an example. They can get whatever they want.

        I prefer open-source, but for most people on there that would require more explanation than I felt necessary.

        Too many think there is a 'correct' about the way to tune a Suby. There is no correct way.

      • 7 Years Ago
      If I were in the market, I'd look at an 09 5door. The sedans are boring... but the hatch version has been growing on me. And this would only sweeten the deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I keep seeing Kia Spectra 5s out of the corner of my eye and thinking they're new Imprezas. I just know I'll finally see a new Impreza on the road and think it's a Spectra 5.

      The upgrades sound great, though. Now that they've got the major performance flaws out of the way, they can finally work on fixing the looks for '10.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm so glad to hear this news, Now I may finally buy a WRX
      • 7 Years Ago
      No offense to the tuner fans, but some people enjoy not voiding their warranty and getting the power included. Not to mention some of the upgrades are things that aren't easy to do.

      I spoke with a Subaru rep and they told me that they have used higher density metal for the first 4 gears in order to prevent additional power from eating the tranny.

      The valve in the steering column isn't something people want to upgrade.

      Included moonroof...an option that kept me from buying the 2008 since it wasn't available.

      The aero package used to be a part of the premium package on the 2008, which is now thrown in. The premium package is maintaining its same pricepoint though because of the moonroof.

      The nicer springs, the more expensive dunlop sport 01 summer tires, the turbo being the same size as the STI...tells me that the WRX for 2009 with some tweaks will leave 2009 owners crying home to momma.

      Expected price difference for 41HP with a larger turbo, a moonroof, better springs, valve in steering column for improved handling, a nicer exhaust, a modified catalytic converter for increased turbo performance and larger exhaust with included tips? (don't forget the nicer looking racing style seats :) Pricing is only expected to bump up $645, as the 2008 was $24995 including delivery, and the 2009 is expected to be that price before delivery which is $645.

      if I was an 08 owner, I wouldn't take comfort in the "Well you can just max out the car using a tune and wreck every bit of gas mileage while an 09 owner gets all that performance without risking damage to the car"

      Besides...if a 2009 was tuned up the same way with that larger turbo, chances are good it would peak 300HP. Especially after I put my Catback on there :)

      --Proud pre-orderer of 2009 WRX in WR Blue!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know wagons don't sell well in the US, but I still wish they made a wagon WRX instead, or in addition, to the hatch. If they did, I'd own one, but instead I have an outback so the dog has some room. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care how many Subaru's you've screwed up, 09 better in every way including performance than 08. Adding crappy springs won't make it handle better, especially with those stock all-seasons. I don't know if you know this but bigger turbos gives you more performance and potential than smaller turbos. And considering how many times you've spent doing those things, it sounds like you didn't do it right the first time.

      You quoted a lame ass Mastercard commercial and have the nerve to call yourself an adult.
      Give yourself an ASS stamp.
        • 7 Years Ago
        WTF are you talking about? I told you to ask permission before speaking. It precludes you from saying something really stupid. But I guess you couldn't help yourself.

        I guarantee the new WRX comes with the option of all-seasons. If the '08 has AS tires.... and the '09 has AS tires.... then maybe... you don't need summer-only tires to get to '09 level... dumbass.

        There are springs that can help a car handle better. I have no idea why you would say otherwise, other than you just got introduced to upgrading cars today for the very first time.

        And I know damned well that a turbo gives it more performance potential, but its not necessary for to go from '08 224hp to '09 265hp. Thats too small a power bump to necessitate a turbo upgrade. You can do it much cheaper.

        The STOCK turbo on an '08 WRX can handle ~300bhp and ~400tq at the crank. The turbo only needs to be upgraded if you want to outpace an STI in a straight line.

        I know the Stage II and III upgrades and have seen the dyno charts as to what power levels to expect from those upgrades.

        You wouldn't know the first thing about what it takes to do it right, so stop pretending.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I see that I can't reason with ignorance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While everyone is sitting around debating how much the 08 owners got screwed over...shouldn't we be asking ourselves a more sensible question?

      That being:
      Why do most car companies wait entirely too long to make needed changes to their cars to make them sell more/fix know issues?

      It's outstanding that at least one company will change so drastically after the first year in response to the market.
      Subie only recently changed its ways with the B9, while Chrysler has yet to deliver its promises for radical changes to the underwhelming stratus/sebring/caliber/you name it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        One car company go it so completely wrong the first time around they had to do something, quick.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my MS3 doesn't like this new more powerful WRX, good thing my MS3 was significantly cheaper.
      really how long do you expect the car that you buy to stay in the top runners of it's price range (fyi 07 MS3 new i paid 21k). the problem with buying a performance model is that the performance will most likely always increase with the next 'freshening'
      in the end, i would have to really compare the 2 to see which better fits my driving style and needs (except i don't need another new car right now). the speed seems to do everything i need, and fulfills my occasional need for rapid accel or to drive on a 'fun' road.
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