Subaru Impreza 2.0 S-GT Review: Winds of Change

Subaru Impreza 2.0 S-GT Review: Winds of Change

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
19 Oct 2007

The brakes seem to be alarmingly revised – they are now a floating two-pot design up front, instead of the old four-piston ones. However, stopping power appears to have increased, thanks to the 205/50R17 tyres used.

The nicest surprise of the day, would have to be the manual 1.5R. This car felt the most zippy at lower speeds, outgunning the 2.0 S-GT in low speed slalom tests despite tyres that were less grippy. Acceleration of both the manual and automatic felt stronger, if not just as strong as their 1.6 litre predecessor.

Do we like?

Yes, we argue that the new WRX isn’t like its predecessor at all, but at the same time you can’t go wrong with a turbocharged engine from Subaru, a wonderfully supple and tight chassis, and good amounts of agility and composure.

It is milder and easier on the eye of Subaru’s targeted wider range of buyers, but on the bright side, we do know for a fact that Subaru has taken no prisoners with the greatly awaited STI. If a large hood scoop, Brembos, flared fenders and 18-inch wheels are what you want, as is necessary from a 300-hp turbo, then this car might just be worth waiting for.

In the mean time, based on our first drive with the Impreza range, we would have to agree with many other columns on the WRX on this one thing - despite the car’s new ability afford many more fans, will her long standing loyalists follow suit?

Stay tuned for more detailed, in-depth comparisons of the Impreza WRX and the S-GT coming soon!

Credits: Text and Photos by Amery Reuben. Artistic Portraiture by Khong Shaohao

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