We've gone from being disappointed by the new Impreza, to pleasantly surprised by the WRX, to smitten by the STI. It looked OK in silver as the dust sheet came off, but stunning in metallic black on the Subaru stand's floor. The new STI's exterior details that set it apart from lesser siblings do not appear to be afterthoughts tacked on to a standard family car, but rather the way the family car was supposed to look in the first place.
The interior, too, is better put together and uses better materials than previous offerings from Subaru Tecnica International, but the dash will look pleasingly familiar to fans of the brand. Click below for a gallery taken at the live launch and view Subaru's official press release with all the specs after the jump.
All live photos ©2007 Justin Gardiner / Weblogs, Inc.
FHI Introduces All-New Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Tokyo, October 24, 2007 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, has
announced the introduction of its all-new Subaru Impreza WRX STI in Japan. The new WRX STI went on
sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships today.
Advancing FHI's theme of producing the complete driver's car and embodying the essence of total driving
control, the third-generation Impreza WRX STI has debuted with complete makeovers in its design, engine,
chassis and features. Benefiting from Subaru's signature Symmetrical AWD and the Horizontally-Opposed
Boxer engine, the new WRX STI is an innovative AWD sports model that delivers a combination of joy of
driving and pride of ownership.
The new five-door model features not only a greatly refined engine and suspension but new mechanisms such
as the multi-mode Driver's Control Center Differential (DCCD) and multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control
(VDC). Also, the Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept (Subaru DC3) has been further developed for
the WRX STI in order to maximize performance and driving pleasure and to ensure high levels of driver
satisfaction through total control of the vehicle.
The vehicle's interior and exterior design expresses sophistication and refined functionality. The widened
body flares give an irresistible presence, integrating function and beauty, while the interior design stresses
high quality and a sporty image. In addition, the Impreza WRX STI features advancements in the areas of
environment, safety, and comfort, all of which match FHI's goal of delivering exceptional performance and
enjoyable and dependable drivability with environmental considerations in all Subarus.
The first-generation WRX STI model was based on the first Impreza WRX and was developed by Subaru
Tecnica International (STI), an FHI subsidiary specialized in motorsports activities. Since its introduction in
1994, the WRX STI has established a solid reputation as a high-performance sports model. In the FIA World
Rally Championship (WRC) that requires participants to compete with production-based models, Subaru
WRX STI models have proven their credentials by bringing Subaru three consecutive Manufacturers'
championship titles from 1995 to 1997. In this context, FHI plans to submit a Group N homologation
application effective as of January 1, 2008 for the new WRX STI to FIA.
The introduction of the new WRX STI has completed the full lineup of the Impreza series in Japan. The
Impreza 15S, 20S and S-GT models have been available since June 2007, each offering individual strengths
in performance and comfort.
Styled around the concept of "Pure Form for Driving", the widened body flares accentuate the 5-door body
taken from the new Impreza. A deep-set character line, running along the side from the front bumper to the
rear end, and a pronounced edge shape reflects light and shadows and gives the car a different look
depending on the time of day. While retaining a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, the front and back
fenders are prominently projected, creating a distinctive identity and gives the WRX a unique road presence.
Aerodynamically improved body styling with a large rear spoiler optimizes the balance between the front and
the rear quarter panels by reducing wind resistance. An aerodynamically curved form from the front bumper
to the front fenders helps minimize lift forces and contributes to maintaining vehicle stability at high speeds.
Engine compartment ventilation is provided on both sides of the front bumper and along the rear edges of the
The strong front grille employs a sharp wing shape with metallic mesh, suggesting the car's inherent
sportiness. The rear garnish is painted in the body color, enhancing the widened body shape. The rear edges
of the front fenders are embellished with STI logo plated in cherry red.
The muffler comes with twin dual-tail pipes. Eye-catching 18-inch aluminum-cast wheels, distinguished by
their five spokes and highlighted by dark-tone high-luster paint, are standard. These wheels enhance the
vehicle's bold and commanding presence while expressing high quality and streamlined beauty. BBS-brand
cast wheels with spokes and sharp lines are also available as an option.
Seven exterior colors are available: Obsidian black pearl; pure white; spark sliver metallic; dark gray
metallic; lightning red; midnight blue pearl (only for the WRX STI); WR blue mica.
The interior is finished in black and silver to highlight its streamlined design, as well as to create an
impression of elegance and sportiness. Dynamic designs with decorative insets in the center panels and door
trim express roominess in the cabin. The vehicle information display, which constantly shows outside
temperature, average mileage and time, as well as a navigation screen and audio display, are placed nearer the
top of the dashboard for improved visibility and functionality.
The front bucket seats use a combination of Alcantara fabric and leather and are designed to offer easy access
into and out of the vehicle and to hold the driver and passenger in comfortably and securely. Jointly
developed by RECARO, custom bucket seats are also available as a manufacturer's option. The RECARO
seats offer fuller side support and excel in maintaining a comfortable position for sporty driving. Their height
adjustment enables the further lowering of the hip point setting in the seats.
Power tilt and telescopic steering comes with a three-spoke genuine leather wheel embossed with the STI
logo in its center. The instrument panel combines three meters, a tachometer between a speedometer and fuel
gauge, in a single module illuminated in red. Each meter's dial is colored cherry red, the STI brand color,
emphasizing a quality feel and sportiness. When the ignition key is turned on, the needles of the three meters
swing up to their maximums and quickly fall back to their original positions, imparting a boost of excitement
for the driver. The meter module also comes with a REV Indicator, DCCD Torque Indicator, and Shift-up
Indicator. In addition, red LED lights are used for interior door step lights, and they are also provided for the
console tray. The center console is embellished with the STI logo, which illuminates when the car's
headlights are on.
An extended wheelbase and widened track provide optimal dimensions for the new model to ensure its
outstanding driving stability and straight-line maneuverability. (The wheelbase is wider by 85 mm, the front
track is 40 mm wider, and the rear track is 45 mm wider, than the previous model.) The 5-door body style
excels in balancing lift forces in the front and desirable downward forces in the rear, achieving optimal
Shortening of the front and rear overhangs has reduced yaw moments of inertia, and enabled highly stable
handling, while interior roominess has been preserved. The body structure has been enhanced for improved
performance and upgraded specifications. However, the gross weight has remained nearly the same as in the
previous model through streamlined body construction.
[2.0-litre turbo Boxer engine]
An electronically controlled throttle enables finely adjusted control of the 2.0-litre turbo Boxer engine and
ensures acceleration that is linearly responsive to pedal movement. The Dual Active Valve Control System
(Dual AVCS) hydraulically controls timing in both the intake and exhaust valves, which helps improve low-
end torque while providing a strong power boost at high rotations. Dual AVCS also increases combustion
efficiency, thereby reducing exhaust emissions. Changes made in the intake and exhaust ports promote
smoother air in- and outflow, contribute to enhancing power output, and improve combustion efficiency,
which reduces emissions and improves fuel mileage. In addition, changes in the shape of the turbocharger
compressor have increased the efficiency of the air intake and enabled more responsive and smoother
Also, the layout of the exhaust pipes greatly facilitate overall air outflow by canceling interference and
increasing airflow between the exhaust port and the turbo charger to deliver optimal torque and engine
response at various speeds.
A tumble generated valve (TGV) has been installed in the intake manifold, boosting combustion efficiency
by controlling the intake flow. It improves efficiency particularly at the time of engine ignition. Also adopted
is a secondary air system that forces air into the exhaust port to burn out any gasoline remaining in it. The
system helps eliminate harmful substances when the powertrain is still cool, and it promotes early activation
of a catalytic converter.
The muffler is placed horizontally, which lowers resistance in the exhaust flow, results in improved noise
cancellation, and contributes to smooth power output.
A 6-speed manual transmission, Subaru's own development, has been further perfected for faster, more
accurate and responsive shifts. Friction is substantially reduced through the adoption of a triple-cone
synchromesh in the first gear and design changes in the shift sleeves.
The front differential gear adopts a torque-sensitive LSD (limited slip differential) that excels in response to
input torque; the rear differential employs the Torsen LSD that supports distribution of torque. The SI
(SUBARU Intelligent)-Drive system offers three different modes of driving for the driver to enjoy:
Intelligent; Sport; and Sport Sharp. For example, when a driver continues to heavily depress the accelerator
pedal in the Intelligent mode, engine output is automatically boosted to the level of maximum torque.
The multi-mode Driver's Control Center Differential (DCCD) enables the driver to choose from different
modes of control for the center differential. This feature allows the driver to enjoy handling and maneuvering
as he desires, and it provides high levels of vehicle straight-line stability unique to the AWD configuration.
The multi-mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) also provides three different modes that the driver can
choose from to experience a wider range of driving enjoyment, while always maintaining the safety features
AUTO mode: The standard mode automatically controls the differentials under all kinds of driving
AUTO [+] mode: This mode is suited for driving on slippery or icy roads, which requires higher levels of
road traction, achieved by elevating differential control.
AUTO [-] mode: This mode enables agile driving whereby the vehicle responds swiftly to steering by the
MANUAL mode: This mode allows the driver to control the center differential manually.
NORMAL mode: The standard mode controls ABS, TCS and VDC.
TRACTION mode: Adjusting both TCS and VDC, this mode extends the time period until the VDC kicks in.
This mode is suited for sporty driving as it does not control torque-lowering in the engine.
OFF mode: This mode only controls ABS. It is used in emergencies like getting the vehicle out of deep snow
*Though the multi-mode VDC is the vehicle stability control device that offers a superior function, it is a
driving assist system.
The WRX STI boasts a state-of-the-art chassis design that reflects the Subaru DC3. Equipped with a strut-
type front suspension and the newly designed double-wishbone rear suspension, and combined with its
widened track, this model achieves outstanding cornering stability. Optimized suspension geometry settings
with adjusted camber angles have made substantial improvements in road-hugging traction and riding
comfort. Aluminum cast lower arms and a stabilizer bar in the front suspension help raise torsional and
rolling rigidity, providing accurate response in steering. In the rear suspension, suspension links are attached
to the body through the sub-frame, which enhances riding comfort and further lowers noise levels.
The Boxer engine is mounted lower on the chassis, further advancing vehicle stability already ensured by its
low center of gravity: 22 mm lower at the front end of the engine, compared to the previous model.
The Brembo-made ventilated disk brake system employs an ultra-low expansion brake hose and tie rods for
the brake booster. The brake system, coupled with the SuperSports ABS (antilock brake system) with EBD
(electronic brake distribution), processes information fed from the G sensor, steering angle sensor, yaw rate
sensor, and pressure sensor to deliver steady braking and control. It also works with the DCCD to ensure
accurate braking on all four wheels independently, while minimizing deviations from the driver's intended
path. Bridgestone RE050A (245/40R18) tires are standard.
The hill-start assist function maintains the braking function one second after the brake pedal is released in
case of starting a car on a hilly road.
6. Body construction
The WRX STI uses an advanced form of Subaru's legendary and proprietary Ring-Shaped Reinforcement
Frame Body Structure, reinforcing each pillar with frames that circle around the body in a ring shape.
Reinforcements are now provided to connect firmly between the lower part of the front pillar and upper
frames, increasing the strength of the strut attachment onto the body frame. Reinforcements are also added to
the upper part of the opening of the rear gate.
Through streamlined body construction and the extensive use of high-tensile steel, including 590 MPa–level
steel for major body frames, the new model has achieved both high body rigidity and a weight reduction of
Advancing the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Body Structure, the new WRX STI has realized high
levels of safety and crash worthiness through effectively absorbing and dispersing crash impact in frontal,
side, or rear impact crashes. The hood, for example, is specifically designed to disperse frontal impact. The
new model boasts low-impact features for pedestrians and other vehicles in collisions.
All models are equipped with dual SRS airbags, side SRS airbags and curtain airbags, as well as 3-point seat
belts in the rear seats. A collapsible brake pedal is available on all models to reduce the risk of foot injuries in
8. Environmental friendly features
The new model achieved an additional 50% reduction in emissions from the levels of the 2005 exhaust
emission regulations set forth by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. This was
accomplished primarily owing to reduced weight and performance improvements.
The all-new double-wishbone rear suspension makes room for a wider and deeper luggage compartment,
improving the utility of the car. The wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags or
five carry-on bags. Larger door openings afford improved ingress and egress, and the rear doors open 75
degrees to allow for better rear seat access. The door pocket serves also as a beverage holder that can hold a
500-mL PET bottle. In addition, the center console box accommodates 8 CDs, while the console tray
provides space for placing small items.
Standard features on the WRX STI include retractable headlight washers; an anti-theft alarm system and
immobilizer; a hood damper; and a keyless entry system with a push-bottom starter.
An HDD navigation system with audio capability (compatible with Subaru G-Book Alpha telematics service)
is offered as a manufacturer's option.
(length/width/height) 4,415 X 1,795 X 1,475 mm
Wheel Base 2,625 mm
Track (front/rear) 1,530/1,540 mm
Kerb Weight 1,480 kg
Engine Type Horizontally-Opposed, 4-cylinder Dual AVCS*** 16Valve DOHC Intercooled twin
scroll Turbo Engine
***AVCS:Active valve control system
Bore/Stroke 92.0 X 75.0 mm
Displacement 1,994 cc
Max. Output 227kW(308PS)/6,400 rpm
Max. Torque 422Nm(43.0kgfm)/4,400rpm
Fuel System EGI(Multi point sequential injection)
Fuel tank capacity 60 litre
Transmission Type 6MT:Forward 6-speed/Reverse 1-speed
Gear Ratio 3.636 (1st)
Final drive axle ratio 3.900
Suspension(front/rear) Independent, MacPherson strut type/Double wishbone type
About Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, is a leading manufacturer in Japan with a
long history of technological innovations that dates back to its origin as an aircraft company. While the
automotive business is a main business pillar, FHI's Aerospace, Industrial Products and Eco Technologies
divisions offer a diverse range of products from general-purpose engines, power generators, and sanitation
trucks to small airplanes, crucial components for passenger aircrafts, and wind-powered electricity generating
systems. Recognized internationally for its AWD (all-wheel drive) technology and Horizontally-Opposed
engines in Subaru, FHI is also spearheading the development of environmentally friendly products and is
committed to contributing to global environmental preservation.