THE SUBARU IMPREZA WRX PERFORMANCE ICON CHANGES SKIN AND ADDS REFINEMENT FOR 2008. IT’S AN ALL-NEW BREED OF AWD PERFORMANCE CAR!
New York City in early April was cool and wet, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those awaiting the introduction of the all-new WRX at the New York International Automobile Show. The Impreza and Impreza WRX were revealed at two events – an invitation-only reception at an art gallery near the Jacob Javits Convention Center where the auto show was being held and at the press conference the next day. Once the covers were raised on both the sedan and the 5-door, journalists and photographers swarmed all over them to learn everything they could.
That was our first look at the cars in person. The only official image that we saw months before limited us to two dimensions, and it was of the 5-door, mostly in profile. Like everyone else, we waited for more images, searching online for anything accurate that might have been “leaked.” And some could be found online a couple of days before the press events.
None of the pictures have the same effect as seeing the cars in person. Both the sedan and 5-door models have style and presence – more of an assertive appearance than the previous model. They’re clearly quite different from the 2007s. These cars bring along everything learned from and loved about the original WRX. Nothing that was tempered by competing in the World Rally Championship has been lost.
The turbocharged WRX still delivers, but now in a lighter body. Plus, the engine has been modified for greater torque across a wider band of engine speeds. All this is carried on a longer wheelbase. So the 2008 WRX has an improved ride, greater interior space, and more flexibility in hauling passengers and cargo. Plus, engine changes make the car more drivable and fuel efficient than its predecessor.