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Here's some extra happy news, especially if you're into that whole turbocharged, AWD rally thing. Autocar reports that legendary English engine tuner Cosworth has gotten its mitts all over the mighty Subaru WRX STI. Described as a "one-off, special project," it sounds as if Cosworth will be tweaking the engine, suspension and body. Long story short: YES!

As for details, we don't have any. Autocar says that specifications and pricing will become available when closer to the car's on sale date in March. A Cosworth spokesperson has said that the improved upon STI, "will raise the bar for all-wheel-drive, high-performance motoring." Sounds good to us, especially as the current STI has always felt about 85 percent finished to us. For what it's worth, Cosworth has a pretty special history when it comes to tuning rally cars. Ford RS200 anyone? We'll let you know more as soon as we can.



[Source: Autocar, CAR]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The current STI is full of fail.
      Subaru refuses to update it. Oh, the jdm cars get a tweak here and there. And we get teased with the 2010 limited edition with a few Spec C parts that supposedly is coming here. Whatever.
      The subaru sti at the local auto expo had a $40K sticker.
      What are they smoking?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is too expensive.

        And it is too ugly. I have said so since it showed up. Far too hunchbacked, and blunt.

        But mechanically, it is very hard to beat that layout, short of a Porsche Turbo, GT-R, or Audi R8, and those cost 3-4 times as much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? The Impreza hatch is easily one of the best-looking hatches out there. Great proportions and weight. Better-looking than the A3 by a landslide. You can tell the Impreza was designed as a 5-door, not a sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will be a truly awesome car when it's finished. Cosworth has made a long line of good rallye and racing cars til now (Sierra Cosworth, Escort Coswort, RS 200) so i see no reason why this shouldn't be an ultimate rallye car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Engine tuner?

      since when?

      Cosworth is an engine manufacturer and has always been!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta say, I get the warm and fuzzies every time I slot myself into my cosworth tuned 190e 2.5-16v on a nice summers day and go for a blast on the wonderful mountain roads in North Wales.

      Be interesting to see what they come up with for the Scooby.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the car is described as "a special one-off project" between Subaru Uk and Cosworth."

      That means, as usual - we will be denied the tastier versions of STIs offered elsewhere.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea it blows. The Spec B was a nice try, but why not a full STI? or the Forester STI even? Weak.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks absolutely great. Call me crazy but I'd have this beauty over quite a few $100+ k supercars in a heartbeat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that the new Toyota Matrix S? New body style sure looks like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since, yknow, the impreza came out after the matrix and all.

        Why do i feed the trolls?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Since, yknow, the impreza came out after the matrix and all.

        Why do i feed the trolls?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This ought to be a good thing. On the USA models at least, the two biggest problems with the STi have been that the car understeers and costs too much. Hopefully they can address the former, but there's no hope for the latter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Understeer is so your less skilled friends run into things with the front of the car, not the back of the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice Kia turbo....hem sorry, mazda 3.....hem sorry, impreza? jajajaja still ugly this car
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should give it over to Pininfarina instead to tweak the ugly out of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pininfarina can't even keep the ugly from slightly seeping into Ferrari design...

        a mis-fitting hood and bumper cover on the 458, really?

        Now ItalDesign, that might be interesting.
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