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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

SUBARU DEBUTS ALL-NEW 2008 IMPREZA 2.5i AND IMPREZA WRX

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
· 2008 Imprezas Boast All-New Styling and Two New Body Styles
· New and More Refined Interior Delivers Improved Comfort, Space and Útility
· Available Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STiSubaru today unveiled the all-new Subaru Impreza 2.5i and its performance icon cousin, the Impreza WRX at the New York International Auto Show. With new, more sophisticated styling and two new body styles, a 4-door sedan and a 5-door model, the Impreza 2.5i and Impreza WRX breathe new life into the compact performance market. The new Impreza models take a giant leap forward in terms of comfort and utility, while delivering the handling, performance and Subaru Symmetrical AWD that made the original Impreza such a success. Also new for 2008, is the availability of Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) on both the Impreza 2.5i and Impreza WRX.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
In 2001, Subaru changed the face of the performance market with the introduction of the original WRX, a car that could deliver turbocharged, rally-bred performance in any driving condition. The all-new 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX follows that lead with an all-new breed of AWD performance car. The 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX now rides on a 3.7 inch longer wheelbase (103.1 inches) that improves ride, interior space and utility.


2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
The new WRX is powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four Boxer engine delivering 224 horsepower and 226 Lb.-ft. of torque and is 50 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. The engine has been modified to produce more torque at lower rpm. With its broader and richer torque curve, the 2008 WRX delivers a smooth stream of power, improving drivability and fuel efficiency.

ADVANCED ENGINEERING
The new Impreza chassis has improved rigidity and ride comfort with the addition of high tension steel at key structural points. The new design results in a lower overall weight for the body while the longer wheelbase allows for improved ride dynamics as well as increasing interior room and lowering levels of Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).


To further improve handling, the engine is now placed slightly lower in the chassis, lowering the Impreza's center of gravity. In addition, the new chassis improves crash worthiness and provides crisper handling and a stiffer platform. While the new Impreza WRX remains a driver's car, the new WRX represents a better combination of capabilities, maximizing performance, comfort and delivering an advantage over the competition.

In conjunction with the new chassis, the Subaru Impreza and WRX feature an all-new doublewishbone rear suspension. The suspension allows for less intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wider and deeper luggage compartment. The new suspension also delivers improved ride refinement, decreased road noise, and a quieter cabin.

MODERN EXTERIOR DESIGN
The all-new 2008 Impreza and Impreza WRX are now available in two new body styles, a 4-door and a 5-door. The new 5-door design is clean and elegant, with a sweeping single curve roofline that flows into an aerodynamic rear spoiler. An all-new frontal design features the new spread wing logo design at the top of the widened grille. The new grille creates a connection to the Subaru aircraft heritage and places a focus on the Subaru star cluster logo.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder


6-speed Manual
Both exterior designs focus on detail touches such as the new clear rear lenses on the 5-door, distinctive curved fog lamps and an inward sweeping chrome embellishment that flows the grille design into the bumper. An aggressive lower spoiler adds to the sporting character of the design.


The 5-door features a distinctive character line that sweeps upward at the rear, giving the car an agile look. The short rear overhang, new clear rear taillamp lenses and a vertical chrome bar combine to integrate the side character line into tail.

The 4-door Impreza and Impreza WRX are unique to the North American market. The new 4-door is 4.5-inches longer than the previous sedan and 6.5-inches longer than the new 5-door models. The extra space provides for a much larger trunk that can accommodate three Tour-size golf bags. The rear seats feature a 60/40 rear split folding mechanism that further enhances cargo capacity. On new 5-door Impreza models, the wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seats in the upright position The design of the 4-door models creates an improved road presence, with a wider and sharper front design giving way to a crisp side body crease. The rear of the 4-door Impreza is set apart by red lamp lenses and a chrome strip below the trunk line that visually widens the tail.

On WRX models, a new available aero kit denotes the WRX rally car heritage. The 5-door WRX features a rear under body diffuser and single chrome exhaust pipe. The 4-door WRX features dual chrome exhaust tips and a rear trunk spoiler.

RICH INTERIOR DESIGN
The interior design of the 2008 Impreza places a new emphasis on comfort and space. The new sweeping twin cockpit embraces occupants and brushed aluminum look insets flow into the center stack. The center console shape adds to the airiness of the cockpit design, aided by the sculpted door panels and improved headroom. The door panels house molded recesses that can accommodate 24-oz. soft drink bottles, as well as loose items.

Despite retaining the same exterior width as the previous generation Impreza, the new 2008 Impreza features an interior with two inches more front shoulder room than before.

An available navigation and information center is the focal point of the center console. In addition to an input for MP3 players, the center console also includes video jacks that can accommodate portable gaming devices that can be displayed on the navigation screen when the vehicle is parked. The navigation screen is placed at the top of the dashboard for improved visibility and functionality. The interior of the new Impreza was designed to provide a feeling of quality with special emphasis placed on double-stitched fabrics and high-grade interior plastics.

New for 2008 are framed windows that allow for improved body rigidity and provide for a quieter interior with better sealing for the windows. Larger door openings provide improved ingress and egress and the rear doors open 75 degrees to allow for better rear seat access. The rear seatback angles have been reclined for improved rear comfort. Rear seat legroom is also significantly increased.

ENGINES - IMPROVED TORQÚE, BETTER ECONOMY
The 2.5-liter and 2.5-liter turbocharged flat fours have been modified to improve both emissions and fuel efficiency while maintaining the same high performance standards delivered by the current Impreza and Impreza WRX. Modified torque curves on the both engines are tuned for improved low-rpm acceleration and improved drivability.

The new 2.5-liter normally aspirated engine delivers 170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm. Low end torque and fuel efficiency for the 2.5-liter normally aspirated engine were improved by the addition of a new intake port. Improved emissions were realized by a new catalyst system that optimizes catalyst efficiency.

The 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four Boxer engine in the WRX delivers its maximum torque and horsepower earlier than the previous model, with 224 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm and 226 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,800 rpm, a full 800 rpm earlier than the previous generation WRX. Low end torque and fuel efficiency was improved through the addition of a new intake manifold, intercooler and turbocharger.

SAFETY
The 2008 Impreza continues Subaru's legendary safety and crash worthiness record. New for 2008 are standard side-curtain airbags and available Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) . Also standard is the Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System (SRS), with front seat head / chest side impact air bags (SRS) and a driver's side front air bag that deploys according to the driver's proximity to the steering wheel, as measured by a sensor on the seat track. In the passenger side front seat, a sensor module detects weight on the passenger seat – first determining if it is
occupied, and if so by a child or adult – to control air bag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features a new 'Airbag' indicator light.

The new 2008 Impreza utilizes the Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame Body Structure with front and rear crumple zones. The new 2008 Subaru Impreza also incorporates 3-point seatbelts for all seats (height-adjustable for outboard positions); front seatbelts with electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters, 4-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and active front seat head restraints (Not available on WRX Performance Seats) to help reduce whiplash injury in a rear collision.

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Subaru has issued a teaser shot of its eagerly-anticipated new Impreza WRX STI which debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show on 24 October.

And while the image itself is darkly-lit for a sense of drama, enough is revealed to show the car to be substantially different from the standard model.

Developed by a dedicated team of performance-loving engineers, the new WRX STI features big blistered wheelarches for a ground-hugging stance.


2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STiTechnical details are still under wraps but the turbocharged range-topper looks set to satisfy Subaru's loyal fan-club.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the new Impreza's extended model range, highly-competitive insurance ratings have just been awarded.


The entry-level Impreza 1.5R is Group 4E – down from the previous model's 9E – while the new Impreza 2.0R carries a 7E rating.

First deliveries are due at the end of this month, but the five-door-only range is already winning widespread praise for its ride and refinement plus symmetrical all-wheel drive security.

Prices start at only £12,495 OTR for the Impreza 1.5R despite high equipment levels which include driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, alloy wheels, climate-control air-conditioning and a radio/CD player

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Travis Pastrana
Subaru Rally Team ÚSA driver Travis Pastrana has dominated rallying in the ÚSA since switching his focus away from Freestyle Motocross. He has been on the podium in 17 of his last 22 rallies, with 8 wins, including a Gold and a Bronze Medal at the last two X Games Rally events. Pastrana is the 2006 and 2007 Rally America National Champion. In 2006, at only 23 years-old, he became the youngest ever American Rally Champion, then defended his crown in 2007. 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Pastrana has made the switch to rallying after becoming a legend on two wheels. He is Freestyle Motocross' brightest star and is world famous for his death defying stunts on his motorcycle. He has won the gold in Freestyle MotoX a record six times at the X Games, and landed the first ever double backflip in competition.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Subaru Rally Team ÚSA is also headed for the World Rally Championship with Pastrana. In 2007 Subaru Rally entered Pastrana in three rounds of the Production World Rally Championship (P-WRC at the wheel of a Group N Subaru Impreza WRX STI). Pastrana finished fifth in Mexico, 10th in Argentina and 11th at Wales Rally Great Britain. The program will continue in 2008 with three select P-WRC rounds.


2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Co-Driver: Christian Edstrom
Born in Sweden, and educated in the Únited States, Christian first began rallying in 1997. His debut was alongside Kenyan driver Bill Malik, in a Volvo 240. Christian has been an active co-driver in both the ÚS and Canadian series, contesting events with Bill Malik, Steve Gingras, Andrew Comrie-Picard, Mark Nelson, Lauchlin O'Sullivan, Otis Dimiters, Travis Pastrana, and Ken Block.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Christian first began co-driving for Travis Pastrana in 2004 and together they have had exceptional results. In 2006 they fought hard and received a first place finish at the X Games 12 Rally, they also won the title of 2006 Rally America National Champions. In 2007, Christian again partnered with Travis Pastrana in a full Rally America season as part of Subaru Rally Team ÚSA as well as in three World Rally Championship (WRC) events in the Group N class.

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2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Ken Block
Ken Block has only been driving rally cars for a short amount of time, but his list of accomplishments read like that of a seasoned pro. A long-standing passion for rally driving first led Block to link up with Vermont SportsCar late in 2004 where he began an intensive rally training program that included multiple test and schooling sessions. In 2005, Block's first year of rallying, he was aptly named Rally America's Rookie of the Year. As his career continued, Block's speed and skill behind the wheel became apparent and he signed on with Subaru Rally Team ÚSA in 2006. From there he went on to take Bronze at X Games 12 in Los Angeles, and 2nd overall in the Rally America National Championship in 2006. In 2007 he had another strong year, winning the Silver Medal at the X Games 13 Rally and finishing 3rd Overall in the Rally America National Championship. 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Block has a long and reputable history in the world of extreme sports. 14 years ago in California he co-founded DC Shoes, the highly successful skateboard shoe and apparel company. He is also an accomplished skateboarder, snowboarder and motocross rider. For the 2008 rally season, Ken Block is teamed with veteran co-driver Alex Gelsomino.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Co-Driver: Alessandro Gelsomino
Alex Gelsomino was born and raised in Italy, where he started competing in rallies at just 17 years-old. He actually applied for his Rally License the same day he obtained his driving permit! After moving to the ÚSA in the mid-nineties Gelsomino has actively competed in North American rallies for several top drivers. He and Ken Block met early in Block's career in 2005. In their maiden season together Gelsomino helped Block achieve 'Rally America Rookie of the Year' honors.

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SUBARU ANNOUNCES PRICING AND AVAILABILITY OF ITS PERFORMANCE FLAGSHIP, THE 2008 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show pricing and availability of its performance flagship, the all-new Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The 2008 WRX STI will start at $34,995 and begin arriving in dealer showrooms in early January.

'The all-new Subaru WRX STI is more powerful and more agile than ever before,' said Tim Colbeck, vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. 'The WRX STI is truly race and rally bred and has the looks to match its performance.'

The ultimate performance Subaru is powered by a 305-horsepower Subaru Boxer engine and features a new level of driver-selectable powertrain- and dynamic handling-control. The 2008 WRX STI is built exclusively as an aggressively styled wide-fender, 5-door model with a design strongly influenced by the brand's competition heritage.

The 2008 WRX STI is the third-generation of the rally-bred supercar, which Subaru of America first launched to the Ú.S. market in 2004. Developed by Subaru Tecnica International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the WRX STI features an exclusive engine, drivetrain, suspension and interior.


2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STiThe WRX STI's revised 2.5-liter intercooled turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine, now with Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS), produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm, a gain of 12 over the previous model. The 290 lb.-ft. torque peak is the same as before but arrives at 4,000 rpm, which is 400 rpm earlier, for better response. Significantly, the more powerful 2008 WRX STI achieves the very stringent Bin 5 Tier 2-Federal (EPA) and LEV2-California Tier 2/Bin 5 emissions certification.

The Driver Control Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive – which remains exclusive to the Impreza WRX STI – takes driver-controlled response to another level for 2008. The DCCD system now offers three selectable automatic performance modes in addition to the six manual differential-locking settings. For the first time, the DCCD AWD system integrates the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, also with three driver-selectable positions. The 2008 WRX STI offers five-spoke 18 x 8.5-inch wheels as standard. Also available are optional 18 x 8.5 in. BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels. All 18-in. wheels wear Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 tires.


New side-curtain airbags are standard, and the new Incline Start Assist feature can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
Even with the new, roomier 5-door body, special chassis reinforcements, new double-wishbone rear suspension and added safety features, the 2008 WRX STI (with the available BBS wheel package) weighs just 22 lbs. more than the 2007 WRX STI sedan. (concept carz) In addition, the 2008 WRX STI offers the added refinement instilled throughout the next-generation Impreza model line that was introduced for 2007.

The new suspension with special STI tuning along with the stiffer platform give the 2008 WRX STI the agile responses that have made this model a performance superstar. At the same time, the new WRX STI exhibits a more refined demeanor on any road. The Brembo Performance Brake System employs ventilated 4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The braking system is enhanced in the new 2008 WRX STI with slightly larger rotors.

The bulged fenders and rear quarter panels, along with the rear gate-mounted spoiler and aerodynamic ground effects, give the new WRX STI a direct link to Subaru competition cars. The hood scoop, brake-cooling air intakes and engine heat outlets are all functional. The standard high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams use manual height adjusters. Fog light insert covers add to the no-nonsense look, and fog lights are included with the BBS wheel option package.

Standard amenities include an automatic climate control system with cabin air filtration; a standard AM/FM premium stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers, plus a vehicle security system with engine immobilizer. The Radio Broadcast Data System can display a variety of information, including a song's title and artist. For the first time, the WRX STI is available with an optional navigation system, which integrates a vehicle information center. In addition to an input for MP3 players, the center console also includes video jacks that can accommodate portable gaming devices. The WRX STI comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio.

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SUBARU LAUNCHES NEXT-GENERATION IMPREZA WRX STI

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
• All-New Platform with Competition-Inspired 5-Door Body

• 305-HP Intercooled / Turbocharged Boxer Engine 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
• New Multi-Mode DCCD All-Wheel Drive System and VDC

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
• New Double-Wishbone Rear Suspension and 18-Inch Wheels


2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Subaru of America, Inc. debuts the all-new 2008 Impreza WRX STI today at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The ultimate performance Subaru is powered by a 305-horsepower Boxer engine and features a new level of driver-selectable powertrain- and dynamic handling-control. The 2008 WRX STI is built exclusively as an aggressively styled wide-fender 5-door model with a design strongly influenced by the brand's competition heritage.

The 2008 WRX STI is the third-generation of the rally-bred supercar, which Subaru of America first launched to the Ú.S. market in 2004. Developed by Subaru Tecnica International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the WRX STI features an exclusive engine, drivetrain, suspension and interior.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
The WRX STI's revised 2.5-liter intercooled turbocharged Boxer engine, now with Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS), produces 305 horsepower (SAE) at 6,000 rpm, a gain of 12 over the previous model. The 290 lb.-ft. torque peak is the same as before but arrives at 4,000 rpm, which is 400 rpm earlier, for better response. Significantly, the more powerful 2008 WRX STI achieves the very stringent Bin 5 Tier 2-Federal (EPA) and LEV2-California Tier 2/Bin 5 emissions certification.


The Driver Control Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive – which remains exclusive to the Impreza WRX STI – takes driver-controlled response to another level for 2008. The DCCD system now offers three selectable automatic performance modes in addition to the six manual differential-locking settings. For the first time, the DCCD AWD system integrates the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system, also with three driver-selectable positions.

The 2008 WRX STI offers 18-inch wheels as standard, featuring a new five-spoke design. Also available are optional 18 x 8.5 in. BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels. All 18-in. wheels wear Dunlop SP600 245/40R18 tires.

New side-curtain airbags are standard. A new convenience in the 2008 WRX STI is the Incline Start Assist feature, also shared with all Impreza models equipped with VDC. This system can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.

Even with the new, roomier 5-door body, special chassis reinforcements, new double-wishbone rear suspension and added safety features, the 2008 WRX STI (with the available BBS wheel package) weighs just 22 lbs. more than the 2007 WRX STI sedan. (concept carz) In addition, the 2008 WRX STI offers the added refinement instilled throughout the next-generation Impreza model line that was introduced for 2007.

COMPETITION-INSPIRED WIDE-FENDER DESIGN
The wide-fender 5-door body of the 2008 WRX STI draws design inspiration from the Subaru WRC Concept first shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show in fall 2007. The bulged fenders and rear quarter panels, along with the rear gate-mounted spoiler and aerodynamic ground effects, give the new WRX STI a direct link to Subaru competition cars. The hood scoop, brake-cooling air intakes and engine heat outlets are all functional. The rear gate spoiler integrates an LED high-mount stop lamp.

The standard high-intensity discharge (HID) low beams use manual height adjusters. Fog light insert covers add to the no-nonsense look, and fog lights are included with the BBS wheel option package. The scoop in the aluminum hood feeds outside air to an intercooler that is significantly larger than the intercooler used on the standard WRX. Making it easier to show off the impressive intercooled turbo Boxer engine are dual gas-strut hood supports instead of a prop rod.


A new aero package for the WRX STI was designed to reduce overall lift at high speeds. The front valance of the new WRX STI features a deep, aggressive front spoiler with side air vents to improve cooling. The front spoilers and front bumper flow into an STI-design aerodynamic ground effects package with side skirts. The rearmost edges of the front fender arches hide air vents that exhaust heat from the engine compartment. The 5-Door design features a distinctive sweeping character line that flows upward at the rear of the car and into the taillights.

The short rear overhang is accentuated by clear-lens LED rear lights and widened rear quarter panels that wrap into the STI designed rear bumper. Únique to the WRX STI, the lower rear fascia panel integrates cutouts for the quad exhaust tailpipe tips.

ALL-NEW PLATFORM AND DOÚBLE-WISHBONE REAR SÚSPENSION
The new Impreza WRX STI chassis improves crash-worthiness and provides a stiffer platform for crisper handling. The 103.3-in. wheelbase is 3.9-in. longer than the previous model to improve interior space, utility and ride compliance. The new chassis is designed for improved rigidity, incorporating high-tension steel at key structural points.

Solid engine mounts are used to minimize engine movement, and high-tension steel was added in suspension-mounting areas. New framed side windows – used on all Impreza models – also contribute to improved body rigidity and provide for a quieter interior with better window sealing.

A new double-wishbone suspension replaces the previous inverted-strut arrangement at the rear and features exclusive hubs and a wider track. Inverted struts used for the front suspension provide high bending resistance for quicker and more consistent performance under hard cornering. Aluminum front lower A-arms reduce unsprung vehicle weight.

The new suspension with special STI tuning along with the stiffer platform give the 2008 WRX STI the agile responses that have made this model a performance superstar. At the same time, the new WRX STI exhibits a more refined demeanor on any road. To further improve handling in the new WRX STI (and all Impreza models), the engine is now placed slightly lower in the chassis, lowering the center of gravity.

The quick-ratio steering system yields 2.8 turns lock-to-lock, and the steering rack uses a 'cannon mount' for greater rigidity that improves on-center response. The powerful Brembo Performance Brake System employs ventilated 4-wheel Super Sport anti-lock (ABS) disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The braking system is enhanced in the new 2008 WRX STI with slightly larger rotors (see page 9 for more details).

The new body structure in addition allows the WRX STI to retain the useful 60/40-split fold-down rear seat without requiring additional structural bracing that might have been needed with the performance suspension and tires. The new design also helps to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension results in less intrusion into the cargo area, providing a wider and deeper luggage compartment. The wide and flat load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seatbacks in the upright position.

SPORT-THEMED INTERIOR DESIGN
The 2008 WRX STI is 2.2 inches wider than the previous-generation model and offers improved hip and shoulder room. Larger door openings provide improved ingress and egress, and the rear doors open 75 degrees to allow for better rear seat access. The longer wheelbase (103.3 in.), contributes to improved rear seat legroom, and the rear seatback angles have been reclined for improved rear passenger comfort.

The 2008 WRX STI interior places a new emphasis on comfort and spaciousness while still conveying the model's serious performance nature. New materials, including double-stitched fabrics and high-grade interior plastics, impart a feeling of higher quality. Even with the added refinement, the WRX STI preserves its rally roots, especially with the performance-design front seats that integrate the backrest and head restraint. The front and rear seats are upholstered in Graphite Gray Alcantara with Carbon Black leather-trimmed bolsters for optimal grip. The 3-spoke black leather-wrapped steering wheel tilts and telescopes and features cruise control and audio system buttons.

The sweeping twin cockpit design embraces occupants, and brushed aluminum-look insets flow into the center stack. The center console shape adds to the airiness of the interior, aided by the sculpted door panels and improved headroom. Each door panel houses a molded recess that can accommodate a 24-oz. soft drink bottle, as well as small items.

The instrument panel features electroluminescent gauges. As before, the indicator needles sweep the gauge faces upon engine startup. An illuminating STI badge in the center console is another new sporty touch. The instrument gauge cluster features a 9,000-rpm tachometer and a 160-mph speedometer. In between are indicators for the DCCD display, VDC mode and SI-DRIVE.

NAVIGATION AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE AÚDIO
Standard amenities that make the WRX STI a great everyday driver include an automatic climate control system with cabin air filtration; a standard AM/FM premium stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and 10 speakers, plus a vehicle security system with engine immobilizer. The Radio Broadcast Data System can display a variety of information, including a song's title and artist.

For the first time, the WRX STI is available with an optional navigation system, which integrates a vehicle information center. The navigation screen is placed at the top of the dashboard for improved visibility and ease of use. All Impreza models equipped with the optional navigation system debut the first OEM mobile application of Audyssey MultEQ audio enhancement. Úsed in high-end home theater systems, Audyssey MultEQ creates the optimal sound experience for passengers in each seat position by tuning equalization that corrects for time and frequency response.

In addition to an input for MP3 players, the center console also includes video jacks that can accommodate portable gaming devices. These can be displayed on the navigation screen when the vehicle is parked. The WRX STI comes pre-wired for XM® or SIRIÚS® Satellite Radio.

NEW SAFETY TECHNOLOGY
The new 2008 Impreza models utilize the proven Subaru Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crumple zones. All Impreza models for 2008 gain standard side-curtain airbags. The Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System (SRS) features front seat side impact air bags. In the passenger side front seat, a sensor module detects weight – first determining if it is occupied, and if so by a child or adult – to control air bag deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features an 'Airbag' indicator light. There are 3-point seatbelts for all seats, including front height-adjustable seatbelts with electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters.

Impreza WRX STI Core Technology

The 2008 Impreza WRX STI is far more than a modified version of the WRX. The two models share a basic architecture, some interior trim and little more. Nearly every major mechanical system in the WRX STI is unique to this model: engine, transmission, DCCD All-Wheel Drive system, special suspension, brakes, plus interior appointments.

Major Changes to Powertrain and Drivetrain for 2008
Subaru optimized the entire powertrain and drivetrain in the 2008 Impreza WRX STI to provide better performance and a greater degree of driver-selectable control. The heart of the Impreza WRX STI is a revised version of the 2.5-liter intercooled turbocharged Boxer engine used previously. The biggest change for the 2008 model is the addition of Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS) variable valve timing technology and the Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) system.

Dual AVCS controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves, compared to only the intake valves in the previous WRX STI. Dual AVCS adjusts intake and exhaust camshaft timing to employ the ideal intake and exhaust valve overlap under all engine operating conditions. The system helps eliminate the traditional compromise between low-end torque and high-rpm horsepower and also helps to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.

The Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) technology adds a new dimension of driver engagement. The system essentially allows the driver to custom-tailor the car's driving characteristics by choosing from among three selectable modes – 'Intelligent,' 'Sport' and 'Sport Sharp' – using a rotary dial on the center console. By doing so, the driver is optimizing engine performance, control and efficiency.

Turbo Boxer Engine Proven on Road and Track
The 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (Boxer) 4-cylinder engine is based on a specially reinforced semi-closed deck engine block with high-strength cast pistons. A semi-closed deck design provides the same cooling efficiency as an open-deck cylinder block but with the higher strength of a full closed-deck. Special reinforcing ribs in the block provide additional strength, and the crankshaft is nitride-hardened. Compression ratio is 8.2:1, as in the previous model. The turbocharger in the WRX STI engine produces a maximum of 14.7 PSI of boost, compared to 11.9 PSI in the standard WRX.

Further enhancing quick throttle response in the WRX STI is a drive-by-wire Electronic Throttle Control (ETC). This system eliminates the physical linkage between the throttle pedal and the engine. The ETC system provides more precise control and more flexible response than a conventional throttle and also helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Iridium-tipped sparkplugs provide a more precise spark than platinum-tipped sparkplugs. A precious, silver-white metal, Iridium is one of the densest materials found on Earth. An Iridium-tipped sparkplug requires less voltage to spark, burns fuel more efficiently and sparks at leaner air/fuel mixtures to ensure optimal performance. The WRX STI exhaust system features a more efficient high-flow rear catalytic converter, low backpressure muffler and two sets of dual-outlet chrome tailpipes.

How SI-DRIVE Works
The SI-DRIVE system is integrated into the Engine Control Module (ECM). SI-DRIVE enables three distinctively different modes of vehicle performance characteristics by regulating the ECM and by fine-tuning the Electronic Throttle Control system. With Intelligent mode selected, the system reduces engine torque and maximum power and switches to a more relaxed throttle response curve. By controlling throttle angle and response of the Electronic Throttle Control system, SI-DRIVE restrains peak power and torque somewhat. Intelligent mode can provide smoother response while commuting in traffic, for example. In addition, Intelligent mode's more relaxed responses and lower peak torque output can be used to complement the low-traction-surface driving safety provided by the All-Wheel Drive System. (Subaru recommends that WRX STI drivers install proper winter tires for snow conditions.)

Selecting 'Sport' mode provides quick throttle responses and powerful, linear acceleration, making it ideal for everyday sporty driving. In 'Sport Sharp' mode, SI-DRIVE modifies the engine's electronic throttle mapping to deliver lightning-quick throttle response and put down the power sooner. As its name might suggest, Sport Sharp mode enhances the performance feel of the car and is ideal for tackling twisty roads.

Exclusive 6-Speed Manual Transmission
As before, the Impreza WRX STI comes equipped exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Gear ratios remain the same as in the 2007 model. This unit is designed to handle high-torque capacity while providing short, smooth shifts. All gears are helical-type with diameters and thickness chosen for high-strength. Triple cone synchronizers on 1st (new) and 2nd gears, a double-cone synchronizer on 3rd gear and single-cone carbon synchronizers on all other forward gears help ensure durability. A parallel link gear selector shortens shift throws, and sliding bearings on the shift fork rods reduce friction.

Revised DCCD All-Wheel Drive with VDC
The 2008 WRX STI features an enhanced version of the Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) All-Wheel Drive System. The DCCD system is one of the most advanced and most performance-directed AWD systems on the market, regardless of vehicle segment. The system employs planetary-type differential gears with a nominal 41:59 torque split. A mechanical limited-slip type center differential augments the electronically controlled differential to enhance torque transfer performance. A steering sensor input enhances torque transfer response by accurately relaying the car's cornering situation.

The newly enhanced DCCD AWD System has three modes in the 2008 WRX STI: 'Auto' is the same as in the previous model. The new 'Auto (-) Active Sport setting shifts the torque bias to the rear and also opens the center limited-slip differential (no locking factor), which improves steering feel. For driving on slippery surfaces, such as gravel or snow, the Auto (+) setting tightens the LSD. The six manual differential locking settings also remain.

Set in 'Auto' mode, the electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch can vary the torque distribution ratio as needed to suit driving and road-surface conditions. Auto mode provides the best all-around performance for most drivers and circumstances, varying the front/rear torque distribution automatically via the limited-slip type differential, depending on driving conditions and driver input. The system determines the ideal power distribution in response to vehicle acceleration, deceleration, steering angle, cornering force and wheel slippage.

In manual mode, DCCD allows the driver to vary the front-to-rear torque distribution (up to 50:50 maximum) to optimize AWD performance for varying driving conditions. The driver first selects manual mode with a console-mounted button and then adjusts the rocker switch on the center console to select from among six levels of center differential locking. Increasing the lock factor keeps more power at the front wheels, which the driver might want in certain driving conditions, on particular roads or to suit an individual driving style. A helical-type limited-slip front differential and TORSEN® torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential optimize power distribution side-to-side, helping to prevent the inside wheels from slipping during cornering.

The WRX STI driver can also custom-tailor the level of dynamic intervention offered by the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system. There are three settings: 'VDC Normal,' 'Traction' and 'Off.' The 'Normal' setting will provide the highest level of system engagement, utilizing traction control (TCS) and VDC. The 'Traction' setting is more performance-oriented, with less-restrictive VDC and the engine torque-reduction control disengaged. The 'Off' setting will turn off the VDC and the traction control functions.

Brembo Brakes with Super Sport ABS
Subaru is again equipping the Impreza WRX STI with the advanced Brembo Performance Brake System, which employs ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes to help ensure stopping power and consistency commensurate with the vehicle's high-performance capability. Rotors are slightly larger than on the 2007 model: The front discs measure 13.0 inches in diameter (vs. 12.77 in. before) and utilize 4-piston, fixed-position calipers. The rear discs are 12.6 in. diameter (vs.12.3-in. before) and use 2-piston, fixed-position calipers. The rear caliper pistons are larger in size to provide increased braking force.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) helps to reduce stopping distances, and the Super Sport Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) helps to reduce understeer compared to conventional ABS systems. EBD provides precise control of braking pressure between the front and rear wheels based on the vehicle load to improve stability and stopping distances. Brake Assist analyzes the force and stroke on the brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced emergency braking, also activating the ABS system early if needed.

Super Sport ABS, using input from a lateral g-sensor, a steering angle sensor, a yaw sensor and a brake pressure sensor, can control the braking forces at each rear wheel independently, optimizing braking ability during hard cornering to help reduce understeer. In contrast, conventional ABS systems control the rear wheels as a pair, reducing the braking force to both rear wheels equally.

Source - Subaru

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Subaru Monthly Sales Volume

August 2020
57,885
July 2020
51,458
June 2020
53,911
May 2020
51,988
April 2020
30,620
March 2020
32,611
February 2020
51,695
January 2020
46,285
December 2019
62,364
November 2019
56,893
October 2019
55,531
September 2019
51,659
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