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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Officially Unveiled…Finally!

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After teasing us for weeks with dark teaser photos Subaru has finally released a few official photos of the upcoming 2008 Impreza WRX STi.

Although Subaru released a few photos and a full press release, the automaker still left out how much horsepower the 2.0L turbo charged engine is going to put out. Were still expecting final output to be somewhere around 300 horsepower.

Expect the final details to be unveiled later this month at the Tokyo Auto Show.

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PRESS RELEASE:
Subaru offers the new AWD performance icon

Concept

The new WRX STI was developed with the eternal theme and essence of the driver’s car, the “total driving control,” that the preceding WRX STI models also pursued. This AWD sports model gives maximum driving pleasure through its combination of power, performance, handling and ride capabilities thanks to engineering exclusively designed for the WRX STI and its five-door package. It also balances excellent safety and environmental aspects at a high level.

Styling

Using a new five-door body style developed from the Impreza model, the new Impreza WRX STI displays a powerful design language that speaks directly to its performance credentials, integrating function and beauty. Adopting shortened front and rear overhangs, a longer wheelbase and widened body flares, the Impreza WRX STI clearly embodies driving performance in dynamic exterior design that delivers as overwhelming presence and beauty.

Performance

The new Horizontally-Opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo charged engine was developed exclusively for the new WRX STI. By further improving the basic performance of the engine, and mating it to SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive), the WRX STI offers not only outright performance as might be expected, but also delivers excellent handling under extreme as well as normal driving conditions.

Featuring Subaru’s unique Symmetrical AWD and specially developed in-house 6-speed manual transmission as its base technologies, multi mode DCCD* and VDC**, which control traction and stability more precisely, have also been added to WRX STI. To complete its performance credentials, the evolved chassis by “Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept” has dramatically improved road-hugging capability and will provide exhilaration and confidence in every driving situation.

Initial Specifications

Body size

– Length – 4415mm
– Width – 1795mm
– Height – 1475mm
– Wheel-base – 2625mm

Track

– Front – 1530mm
– Rear – 1540mm

Engine Type

– Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder Dual AVCS 16Valve DOHC twin scroll Turbo

– Capacity – 1994cc

Suspension

– Front – Reverse type strut
– Rear – Double wishbone

Tire Size

– 245-40R18

Equipment

– 6MTSI-DRIVE SUBARU Intelligent Drive
– Multi mode DCCD-Drivers Control Center Di