2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - Front

Here it is. The brand new Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Like all of the WRXs before it, I have mixed opinions on the styling. I imagine in a year or two I will be completely in love with it. It has taken me at least a year to actually like the 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (I didn’t quite like the Tri-grill.). This grill looks better, but it feels similar to a Civic SI. The new 2008 Subaru reminds me of the Lexus IS300 (which I personal like better then the latest model of the IS in terms of looks) five door wagon but with a bit more flare. The wide body of the Subaru, to my surprise, flows almost seamlessly into the tail lights from the fender vents. Yes, I actually like the fender vents on the fender for a couple of reasons. One they are subtle and not flashy, and the other reason is they are functional like everything that Subaru designs into a vehicle. I can’t wait to see one up close and personal. You know, it might not take me a year to be fond of this model year.


I am not so crazy at this point about the look of the car. In general, I am a really big fan of the STIs of the past, and I am hoping that this is one that I can love too. It feels like all of the manufacturers are creating bigger and bigger cars to try to appeal to the broadest audience. The problem is that they start to become less of a car for enthusiasts. I am going to wait until I see this car (or drive it) for my full opinion. At this point I liked the last generation better. I am just not a fan of the rear that much. It is sort of bubbly and the front it pretty plain jane. Sorry Subaru, I really liked the big wing. I am hoping that this car is the greatest STI ever, in order to make up for the styling.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI - Rear

(Pictures From Edmunds Inside Line, Courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.)


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