Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2.5 5Dr Review
To KL and back...

Story & pictures by D.K Kway
20 May 2008
 

Enough of months drooling over pictures on the internet and cursing the Japanese for launching the STI in Japan months ago while we had to languish – the latest WRX STI is finally here...  

One door too many?

300bhp and 407Nm worth of torque for a paltry sum of $114k - no other car in our local market comes close to delivering the same performance package with family practicality. Around the world, every motoring journalist can't wait to get their hands on the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI, and being a true blue auto aficionado, I am no different.

It’s like a child with a new shiny toy, a lady on the hunt for the latest Prada - the anticipation and excitement is just indescribable.  

The 2008 STI is available here only in a new 5-door package unlike the older car, and somewhat, it looks a tad like the BMW 1 Series...on steroids.

The dimensions of the new car didn't happen by accident though - after numerous discussions with the Subaru World Rally Team, they decided to maintain the length of the previous model, stretch the wheelbase, and then shorten the overhang as much as possible. Overall, the new shape can be described as muscular without being too overly aggressive.

The blistered front and rear fenders, together with the quad exhaust system subtlety tell onlookers that this is no ordinary Subaru. New five spoke 18-inch STI rims wrapped in 245/40 R-18 Dunlop tyres just makes it more appealing.

And I have to admit this though – it looks so much better in the flesh!

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2457cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Flat 4
Compression Ratio 8.2:1
Bore x Stroke (99.5 x 79.2)mm
Power 300bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 199.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Manual
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4415 x 1795 x 1475) mm
Wheelbase 2625 mm
Turning Circle 5.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1505 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs