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Old 07-21-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Subaru "Hat-Trick" @ 2008 British International Motor Show

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HIGH-PERFORMANCE HAT-TRICK FROM SUBARU

Three new high-performance Special Edition Imprezas

255 PS Impreza WRX-S at £22,495 OTR

330 PS Impreza WRX STI 330S for around £30,000 OTR

Ultimate 380 PS Impreza WRX STI 380S concept

Subaru has scored a high-performance hat-trick for the British International Motor Show with the launch of no less than three new Special Edition new-shape Impreza models – two of which can be seen at the show.

All receive Prodrive engine upgrades plus comfort and styling tweaks, giving enthusiasts an unprecedented choice of sporty Subarus.

The 255 PS Impreza WRX-S costs a highly-competitive £22,495 while the 330 PS Impreza WRX STI 330S will be priced at around £30,000 (both on-the-road). First deliveries are expected in September.

Still in concept stage is the 380 PS Impreza WRX STI 380S which could become available within the next six months pending positive customer response.

Visitors to the show (July 23 to August 3, ExCeL, London) can see both the STI 380S concept and the WRX-S on Subaru’s stand N23.

Impreza WRX-S Offers More Power And Style
Based on the new Impreza WRX, the ‘S’ model offers £4,500 worth of extras for a £2,500 premium, costing £22,495 OTR.

Banbury-based Prodrive has re-programmed the 2.5 litre ‘boxer’ engine’s ECU (electronic control unit) and modified the exhaust system. This sees power leap from 230 PS at 5,200 rpm to 255 PS at 5,400 rpm while the torque improvement is even greater, growing from 236 lb.ft at 2,800 rpm to 287.6 at 3,000 rpm – a staggering 51 lb. ft more.

Maximum speed remains at 130 mph but the 0-60 mph time drops from 6.1 seconds to 5.5 seconds. Naturally, in-gear flexibility is greatly enhanced.

The new Impreza WRX-S also boasts 18x7.5 ins anthracite GT1 alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, an STI front grille, STI front lip spoiler and STI rear wing and body-colour tailgate moulding.

Also standard is a MOMO ‘Air-Race’ gearknob while the colour choice is between San Remo Red, WR Blue Mica, Obsidian Black Pearl and Satin White Pearl.

Standard equipment on the Impreza 2.5 WRX-S includes front and rear spoilers, side skirts, a rear diffuser, leather-covered steering wheel, all-wheel drive, a rear limited-slip differential with Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control, 10-speaker, six-disc radio/CD player and xenon headlamps.

Impreza WRX STI 330S Brings Back The Burble
The new Impreza WRX STI 330S also benefits from a Prodrive Performance pack with modified ECU and exhaust system – this time with paired twin 90 mm diameter stainless steel exhaust pipes to bring back the burble so loved by ‘scooby’ fans.

Power goes up to 330 PS at only 5,400 rpm compared to the 300.5 PS at 6,000 rpm of the standard model.

Torque is boosted from 300.2 lb ft at 4,000 rpm to 346.6 lb ft at a lower 3,400 rpm making for an even swifter, effortless driving experience.

Top speed is the same 155.3 mph but the 0-60 mph time drops from an already swift 4.8 seconds to only 4.4 seconds.

Expected to be priced at around £30,000 OTR, the new Impreza WRX STI 330S has an especially luxurious specification – even compared to the already well-equipped standard STI which costs £26,595 OTR.

Upgrades include leather-covered Recaro front seats, satellite navigation, Smart-entry and push-button start.

Visually, the new special-edition sports new five-spoke 18x8.5 ins alloy wheels wearing 245/40 R18 tyres. It will be available in the full range of STI colours.

Standard equipment on the Impreza WRX STI includes a six-speed gearbox, Si-Drive giving three different engine response modes, a Multi-mode Driver Control Centre Differential, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control and – of course – symmetrical all-wheel drive with front and rear limited-slip differentials.

Show-Stopping WRX STI 380S Concept
Sure to be a crowd-puller is Subaru’s range-topping special edition Impreza WRX STI 380S which previews at the London International Motor Show.

Dubbed a concept, the STI 380S could reach dealers within six months pending positive response. Its final specification will be finalised following customer input and will be hand-built to order.

The STI 380S will include a complete engine rebuild by Prodrive with many up-rated components to reliably achieve the target 380 PS.

Improvements over the standard Impreza WRX STI will include uprated suspension and exhaust system plus an enhanced body kit.

Other visual changes will be the option of either gold or silver-coloured 18x8.5 ins BBS alloy wheels with 245/40 tyres.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:32 PM   #2
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jammy brits always with the Prodrive edition scoobies
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:48 PM   #3
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Subaru "Hat-Trick" @ 2008 British International Motor Show
pic of STi 330S
The similarity to this one is amazing:
http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/i...2008-1-big.jpg

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:53 PM   #4
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They're obviously reusing that photo...
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:32 PM   #5
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the wrx-s maybe a good indication of the 09 usdm wrx
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:41 PM   #6
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the wrx-s maybe a good indication of the 09 usdm wrx
If so, then in addition to the power and suspension improvements already mentioned in the other thread, we could also be seeing a rear limited slip and xenon headlights. All speculation of course but it's possible
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:57 PM   #7
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the wrx-s maybe a good indication of the 09 usdm wrx
I hope so...
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:26 PM   #8
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Standard equipment on the Impreza 2.5 WRX-S includes front and rear spoilers, side skirts, a rear diffuser, leather-covered steering wheel, all-wheel drive, a rear limited-slip differential with Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control, 10-speaker, six-disc radio/CD player and xenon headlamps.
I'd sacrifice the audio upgrade or the spoilers for leather seats.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:07 PM   #9
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I'd sacrifice all the pretty stuff for the LSD...
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:30 PM   #10
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the wrx-s maybe a good indication of the 09 usdm wrx
that would be awesome!
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:15 PM   #11
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That would be nice, but it would piss off a lot of 08 owners. I am still hoping for a more agressive fender/front bumper treatment.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:18 PM   #12
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jammy brits always with the Prodrive edition scoobies
I R jealous.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:33 PM   #13
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jammy brits always with the Prodrive edition scoobies
Although in the UK we have to pay a tad more for them than the USA
The standard STi UK $52,000 in your money
The 330s will be about $60,000 in your money
The 380s will be about $80,000 in your money

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I am still hoping for a more agressive fender/front bumper treatment.
So were we, perhaps bumper changes on the 380s version maybe

IIRC

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Old 07-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #14
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:26 PM   #15
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the wrx-s maybe a good indication of the 09 usdm wrx
You have no idea how happy that would make me. Im going to be looking for a new scooby when the 09 wrx comes out... if it isn't that hot looking wrx-s the brits are getting, i'm gonna cry myself to sleep. I'm tired of the brits and japanese getting cooler stuff than us
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^I know, some times it almost makes me want to buy American...but then I go sit in/drive an American car, and that feeling goes away immediately...
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haha, true story!

edit: wrx-s picture set as desktop (wow... the first time i have ever done that with a new subaru 08+ impreza style car. SOA Blog: This is a move in the right direction :P )
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:06 PM   #18
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If the 09 WRX is gonna get hp/tq boost stock & better suspension than 08. I am gonna be in line to get that & trade in my 07.....The 09 will have rear fold down seats that my 07 doesnt....enough reason to justify to wife..
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:10 PM   #19
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I also hope our allies from across the atlantic will indulge us with ample photographs of the above said car from the motor show.

My regards to the queen.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:30 PM   #20
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hopefully with better contrast than the first 2 wrx-s pictures :P
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:52 PM   #21
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the wrx-s maybe a good indication of the 09 usdm wrx
Problem is, there's never been much carryover to the USDM between what Prodrive does with Subaru across the pond. Heck, for a period of time, all new Imprezas sold in the UK came with the choice of a free Prodrive Power Pack or extended warranty. On top of that, the Prodrive Power Pack never voided your Subaru warranty as long as it was installed by your dealer. With the exception of SPT's relatively mild foray into factory-approved power modifications, that's unheard of over here. I see what you mean between the power output of the WRX-S and the rumored output of next year's USDM WRX, but I wouldn't read a ton into it.

But boy, I do love me some Prodrive goodies.
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Problem is, there's never been much carryover to the USDM between what Prodrive does with Subaru across the pond. Heck, for a period of time, all new Imprezas sold in the UK came with the choice of a free Prodrive Power Pack or extended warranty. On top of that, the Prodrive Power Pack never voided your Subaru warranty as long as it was installed by your dealer. With the exception of SPT's relatively mild foray into factory-approved power modifications, that's unheard of over here. I see what you mean between the power output of the WRX-S and the rumored output of next year's USDM WRX, but I wouldn't read a ton into it.

But boy, I do love me some Prodrive goodies.
After thinking about it a bit more, I came to the same conclusion. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed by the rims we get on the 09 WRX after seeing what this WRX-S gets. (I'm betting they are the same as the 08 WRX rims with a darker gray color)

I'm still glad to see a limited slip diff and body-colored strip (instead of chrome) in the rear. Hopefully the NA WRX gets them as well.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:14 PM   #23
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At 3500 GBP more money for the 330 model...

That's like $6500USD!!!

That would bring the USDM STI well over 40K, more like 44K...
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:58 PM   #24
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After thinking about it a bit more, I came to the same conclusion. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed by the rims we get on the 09 WRX after seeing what this WRX-S gets. (I'm betting they are the same as the 08 WRX rims with a darker gray color)

I'm still glad to see a limited slip diff and body-colored strip (instead of chrome) in the rear. Hopefully the NA WRX gets them as well.
You never know, the Forester Sports came with some pretty nice wheels:

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Old 07-22-2008, 10:26 PM   #25
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At 3500 GBP more money for the 330 model...

That's like $6500USD!!!

That would bring the USDM STI well over 40K, more like 44K...

But at around £30,000 for the 330 PS Impreza WRX STI 330S that is equivalent to the 31,500 entry price for the BMW 335i SE (the UKs version of the 335i).

That BMW begins here at $39,500. So in an admittedly vague measure you'd be looking at roughly $37 - $38 K for this STI if subaru was playing by the same rules as BMW pricing wise.

It isn't apples to apples. I think they could bring that over for close to 40 everything being equal.
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