Based on a completely different platform, the body of the 2008 Impreza and Impreza WRX share nothing with the previous series. A longer wheelbase (103.1" vs. 99.4") helps to improve stability and handling, plus it adds to ride comfort. Subaru increased rigidity by adding high-tension steel at key points in the body. That added rigidity contributes to improved handling, and the overall body design lowers noise, vibration, and harshness for greater ride comfort.
There are two: the sedan and 5-door. The sedan is unique to North America. Both are five-passenger models and have more room inside than the previous series WRX. Subaru factory teams that race Impreza models will be using the 5-door body configuration.
Despite gains in size and space, the WRX has lost weight. It’s up to 50 pounds lighter in curb weight than the 2007 models.
One of the noticeable changes in body design is in the doors and side windows. For 2008, the windows are framed. That helps to improve body rigidity and reduce interior noise. The doors are larger, with the rear doors capable of opening 75 degrees. The wide openings help improve entry and exit.
The 2008 Impreza WRX styling was intended to be clean and elegant as well as aerodynamic. Body details that reinforce these objectives include:
- Clear rear lenses (5-door)
- Curved fog lamps
- Chrome grille embellishment
- Aggressive front spoiler
- Body side crease
- Short rear overhand (5-door)
- Chrome rear bar trim
- Rear underbody diffuser (5-door)
- Single chrome exhaust pipe (5-door)
- Dual chrome exhaust tips (4-door)
- Rear roof spoiler (5-door)
- Rear trunk spoiler (4-door)