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Old 11-15-2007, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default New STI debuts at the LA Auto Show


NEW STI Debuts at the LA Auto Show
Photos by Jeff Boggess


Speech given by Tim Colbeck
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Subaru of America


"What a great car! Here it is - the all-new 2008 Subaru WRX STI.

This is one very special piece of engineering. This car is a wolf in wolf's clothing. It's the pinnacle of everything we do at Subaru and a car that speaks directly to the heart of every driving enthusiast in this hall.

Today’s STI story began with the legendary 22b. The car that has been responsible for addicting thousands of enthusiasts to the endless pursuit of a turbo powered, all wheel drive rush.

And today, we take the legend to a new level with the completely new 2008 WRX STI.

STI is more than a badge. Like say GTI. For us, it's our performance division - Subaru Tecnica International. For twenty years, STI has engineered cars that outperform much more expensive products. STI products are truly race and rally bred.

We don't just talk about rally in our ads, we actually do it. In fact, Subaru just won the 2007 Rally America championship, and our driver Travis Pastrana won his second consecutive drivers’ championship.

Our STI engines are virtually unmodified for competition. So our street car is closer to our race car than most any brand. In fact, we've had our WRC champion rally driver Petter Solberg working directly with the engineers right from the start. He helped us with the all-new suspension and chassis design - something we call DC Cubed. It's an all-new approach to chassis development and that means this car will out-handle its predecessor right out of the box.

With its new chassis, the new STI delivers a better ride and keeps all four tires glued to the road letting the chassis absorb the bumps and the suspension focus on grip.

Rally drivers like Petter want a car that takes the beating for them and transmits information, not shock, into the cockpit. That means the new STI will swallow the bumps, live for the jumps and out run the competition.

And by the way - that's why this car is a 5-door with a wider track and longer wheelbase…and with shorter overhangs, it's the perfect design for rally. This car has the guts of a champion and it looks the part.

STI products stand out from the crowd. They are all about the engineering under the skin. And style that lives up to that engineering. In a sea of tamed-down design, STI has always stood out.

For 2008, the design is more elegant, but no less dramatic.

* Wide, muscular wheel arches
* 18 inch wheels
* a wider track,
* and an aerodynamic form that produces zero lift front and rear.

The STI has true road presence. Every design element has a function - every duct sends cool air to the brakes or radiator; or exhausts hot air from the engine.

STI isn’t afraid to wear its performance on its sleeve. Quite simply this car means business.

Like I said before, this new STI is a wolf, but it’s a wolf that you can control. Despite its power and presence, this car is sophisticated enough to get you to work every day, impress your boss at lunch, thrill your friends on the weekend, spend a night on the town, and demoralize the competition…every day, everywhere.

But we know why you came here today…

Last month we showed the Japanese spec STI to the world with
a 2.0-liter engine. Today we introduce the US spec car boasting 2.5-liters of turbocharged power. So, what are the magic numbers?

First - performance. The 2.5 liter turbo boxer engine comes with
305 horsepower and 290 lb.-feet of torque. That gets this car from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

The torque curve comes on earlier and stays later to give you all the power you need, just when you need it.

All that horsepower and torque adds up to blistering performance all held down by Subaru legendary Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system.

It's coupled with a race bred suspension with inverted front struts, aluminum control arms, and a new double wishbone suspension.

Now let's talk about technology. The Subaru philosophy is to keep the driver in total control of the vehicle and the new STI comes with a host of technologies designed to do just that…but without getting in the way of the driving experience.

First, STI comes with front, center and rear differentials and the completely redesigned DCCD -- that's our Driver Controlled Center Differential, that delivers the torque where you need it.

It comes with 3 new automatic modes and six driver controlled manual settings. With this car you can jump in, set your diffs, and hit the dirt or the street and outperform just about any car on the market.

The car also comes with an all-new Subaru VDC system - specifically developed for the performance minded driver. This system provides three different modes including a special mode for the enthusiast driver - fully off.

Also standard is the Subaru Intelligent-Drive system or SI drive that offers three settings to get the most out of the engine in any situation.

Bottom line -- Power, Performance, Handling, Presence -- this car can do anything you ask of it.

With the DCCD, VDC and SI Drive, you can tailor this car to match your skill and your attitude.

As for pricing, the STI starts at $34,995. And at that price, we think the STI sets the performance and value bar in the segment.

Take one final look at that view (rear).

Isn't that great?

By the way, they say the designers spent extra time on the rear because that's the view most are going to have.

So, come up and take a look at the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI. But don't just look; make sure you get on the list to drive one as soon as you can. It's truly an unbeatable experience.

We've got Mr. Hiroshi Mori, project general manager for the STI...
as well as our CEO, Mr. Tomo Ikeda as well as other SOA executives to answer any questions you may have here in front.

Thank you for coming today and enjoy the STI!"


For more in depth specs of the STI Subaru

MY08 USDM WRX/STI Press Release
MY08 USDM WRX/STI Specs
MY08 USDM WRX/STI Features



















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Old 11-15-2007, 05:14 PM   #2
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Mmmm kinda getting used to the look now. Wide fenders FTW!
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:15 PM   #3
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I guess this will probably end up being the official thread, so, enjoy this view from inside the car at Laguna Seca Raceway:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwLDZ-am0dM
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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still don't like the new looks, can't beat the performance upgrades tho...Aftermarket Bodykits FTW!
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:20 PM   #5
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Eh.......... It's alright... Still hate the new body style... the new interior is alright but too plain...
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:21 PM   #6
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Plastic painted to look like aluminum sucks.. but the rest of the interior looks decent.

Overall, it looks okay though. I'm looking forward to test driving this along with the G37, and EvoX as my next car.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:23 PM   #7
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I guess this will probably end up being the official thread, so, enjoy this view from inside the car at Laguna Seca Raceway:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwLDZ-am0dM
Cool video ryan. were you the lucky one that got to take that lap?

-Jeff
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:27 PM   #8
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Cool video ryan. were you the lucky one that got to take that lap?

-Jeff
Yup. That's me driving. It's just a warm-up lap, though. If you're familiar with the track, you can probably tell I'm loafing.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:29 PM   #9
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135i for 36k...

man tough choice.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:31 PM   #10
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Its starting to come together nicely, it seems. As was expected though, the $34,999 is probably going to steer a lot of people away.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:33 PM   #11
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Yup. That's me driving. It's just a warm-up lap, though. If you're familiar with the track, you can probably tell I'm loafing.
Definitely loafing... I run times like that in my 130hp 89 vw GTI Driven hard the car ought to be capable of times in the 1:40's, i'm guessing...
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:33 PM   #12
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"305 horsepower and 290 lb.-feet of torque. That gets this car from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. "


Isn't that slower 0-60 than the current STi?
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:36 PM   #13
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looks like mitsu may finally be getting a real run for it's money...
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:36 PM   #14
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Yup. That's me driving. It's just a warm-up lap, though. If you're familiar with the track, you can probably tell I'm loafing.
i would be a little worried too. kinda like when subaru gave me a 08 wrx for a day. you spend half the time worrying about totalling it. hahaha
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:40 PM   #15
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i think this car is starting to grow on me...
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:41 PM   #16
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i think this car is starting to grow on me...
seeing it in real life will sell you.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:42 PM   #17
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wow, looks amazing, surprizing that its not wrb though...but I like the color
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:43 PM   #18
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the front of that car looks like a happy little kid so ghey If i won that car i would sell it in a heartbeat !!!!!
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:46 PM   #19
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very very nice, the new look is definately growing on me. hopefully by sometime next year i can get one. the new dccd modes sound interesting, and all the new specs are sweet
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:46 PM   #20
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No STI spray on the intercooler?? bummerrrr...
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:46 PM   #21
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wow, looks amazing, surprizing that its not wrb though...but I like the color
they actually had a wrb one there also.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:48 PM   #22
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Yup. That's me driving. It's just a warm-up lap, though. If you're familiar with the track, you can probably tell I'm loafing.

so how would you compare the 07 to the 08. power and handeling wise.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:49 PM   #23
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i kinda like it now
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:55 PM   #24
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^^^^ I dont get it so someone is gonna pay 35k for that pt cruiser looking thing ???????
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:56 PM   #25
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The new body style has grown on me, but some aspects of the interior just look really cheap love the black calipers though and a few things about the car but overall it makes the 06-07 body style much more attractive. 07 it is
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