SUBARU TECNICA INTERNATIONAL INSPIRES A TECHNICALLY SOPHISTICATED, THIRD-GENERATION SUBARU PERFORMANCE FLAGSHIP.
LONG-AWAITED AND THE SUBJECT OF CONSIDERABLE SPECULATION SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE 2008 SUBARU IMPREZA IN APRIL, THE WRX STI VERSION WAS UNVEILED AT THE 40TH TOKYO MOTOR SHOW 2007 ON OCTOBER 24. IT’S SCHEDULED TO REACH DEALERSHIPS IN EARLY JANUARY 2008. STICKING TO ITS MOTORSPORTS ROOTS, THE NEW 5-DOOR STI WILL SERVE AS THE FOUNDATION FOR SUBARU RALLY AND OTHER MOTORSPORTS TEAMS AROUND THE WORLD
Altogether, the WRX STI has a more aggressive attitude than other Impreza models – from the bulging fenders surrounding 18-inch wheels to the large rear gate spoiler.
At the front, the mesh in the STI grille is repeated in the bumper where available multi-reflector fog lights are mounted. Ahead of the wheels, air discharge vents enhance the intercooler’s cooling performance.
Along the sides, front and rear fenders are more pronounced than on other Impreza models, and they’re connected by a unique side sill. The front fenders have functional side vents that help to cool the intercooler and engine.
At the rear, the large spoiler at roof level not only improves the car’s aerodynamics (which provide zero lift) but helps make the STI recognizable.
Other exterior features include:
- Fin-shaped wiper blades that improve performance at higher speeds
- Pop-up headlight washers
- Electronic rear gate switch
- Dual gas hood dampers
- Cherry-red badging replaces dark pink
Based on the Legacy platform, the new body has a better balance of rigidity. Selected junctions in the structure are reinforced with the intended results of providing a quality ride (reduced vibrations), precise control, improved stability, and enhanced protection in an impact. High-strength steel completely surrounds cabin occupants as the Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame.