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Old 10-23-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default 2009 Impreza WRX Short Take Road Test: Faster to 60 than the STI

After the somewhat-lackluster 2008 model, we were extremely impressed with the revised 2009 WRX. With the pricing staying very similar to the 2008 model, some of us question if the STI is worth the $10k+ premium over the WRX.

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There are few problems that more horsepower can’t fix or at least help you ignore. And as a perfect case study, we bring you the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX. Our first impression of the new-for-2008 WRX left us hot and cold. Interior quality, overall refinement, and noise isolation were vastly improved, but the WRX lacked the thrill of the previous car. The engine was largely unchanged, and weight gain was nonexistent, but the WRX came off as more of an Impreza GT than the street version of a rally car, a trait its predecessors had in spades. And with the Mazdaspeed 3, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, and Dodge Caliber SRT4 all making more than 260 horsepower, the WRX looked anemic by comparison with only 224 ponies on tap.

So Subaru has addressed these issues with a few updates, the most notable being a power boost to 265 horsepower, an increase of 41. These changes only apply to the manual-transmission WRX; the automatic continues unchanged in all but name and is now appropriately known as the Impreza 2.5GT. Subaru’s marketing plan is to align the 2.5GT with the naturally aspirated 2.5i model and liken the WRX to the 305-hp STI. To that effect, the WRX now shares a grille with the STI, and the optional body kit becomes standard. The five-door WRX also gets the rear spoiler from the STI.

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Old 10-23-2008, 01:02 PM   #2
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Many of us like the fact that you can take any older model wrx to the dirt, as easily as an sti. I dont think anyone would consider taking this sedan to dirt. It would almost be embarassing. The hatchback of the '09 wrx is IMO a lot nicer than the sedan.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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Many of us like the fact that you can take any older model wrx to the dirt, as easily as an sti. I dont think anyone would consider taking this sedan to dirt. It would almost be embarassing. The hatchback of the '09 wrx is IMO a lot nicer than the sedan.
Even though it is personal preference I totally agree.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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The first time I saw the 08/09 sedan I couldn't believe subaru would actually market that as a wrx. It looks like some kind of econo-box kia. There is no way you can tell that car is the new WRX based off the old ones.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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I will agree with that, but I also have to say that the new look is growing on me. I said the exact same thing about the hawkeyes, but now I have an 06 WRX....so I got over it. In time, more people will do the same...
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:17 PM   #6
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I have both, and I like the Sedan more. Looks better and has a bigger trunk.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:17 PM   #7
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The first time I saw the 08/09 sedan I couldn't believe subaru would actually market that as a wrx. It looks like some kind of econo-box kia. There is no way you can tell that car is the new WRX based off the old ones.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:24 PM   #8
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wait wait wait, i clicked the link. car and driver has the WRX faster than the STI in the 1/4 mile too? am i reading this right?

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By the time the pair travel a quarter-mile, the '09 WRX loses some ground, though; both cross the line at 102 mph, with the base Rex edging out the STI by just 0.1 second, 13.5 to 13.6.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:49 PM   #9
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Which leads to my next question of, should they have come out with a revised 09 STI with much more power taking it out of range of the wrx, and being able to kill evos out of the lot? I think yes.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:52 PM   #10
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numbers like that are a sure way to kill STI sales.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:54 PM   #11
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The first time I saw the 08/09 sedan I couldn't believe subaru would actually market that as a wrx. It looks like some kind of econo-box kia. There is no way you can tell that car is the new WRX based off the old ones.
The first time.. I thought someone actually re-badged their kia as a subaru..
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:54 PM   #12
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Exactly. They need to add power to the sti now as well. Not only to make it overpower its little brother, but also make it a better option than any evo or similar car in its class..
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:54 PM   #13
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:54 PM   #14
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Which leads to my next question of, should they have come out with a revised 09 STI with much more power taking it out of range of the wrx, and being able to kill evos out of the lot? I think yes.
Mid-year bump for the 2009?
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:57 PM   #15
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BTW... not feelin the tails.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:59 PM   #16
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I think the real question at hand here is, WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR FENDERS?
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:36 PM   #17
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Good to hear! I can't wait to see what's in store for the sti in the future... MY 2010 hopefully.

Also, great photo of the sedan up top. Looks sexy, although, I'd probably still go with the hatch for increased usability.
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:40 PM   #18
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Love The Look, Love The Idea, I Hate The Way The Thing Drives Compared To The 02-07. Soft, Pitchy, And Far From Fun At The Limit.
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:50 PM   #19
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What is going on with Subaru? they are shooting themselves in the foot, and although its understandable that they are trying to capture a wider market with the design of their new models I see them loosing those who have bought Subaru in the past due to the fact that its a Subaru.
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:53 PM   #20
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I think the real question at hand here is, WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR FENDERS?
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:54 PM   #21
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wait wait wait, i clicked the link. car and driver has the WRX faster than the STI in the 1/4 mile too? am i reading this right?

It is funny in a way because their own numbers are off. They say its faster to 60mph by .4 seconds but if you look at their past test data on the 08 STI, it is actually .3 seconds.

They say it is faster than the STI in the 1/4 by .1 but if you look at past data it is really both 13.5 with the STI trap speed 1mph more.

I wish they could get their own numbers straight haha
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:05 PM   #22
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I still can't believe Car and Driver registered here.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:11 PM   #23
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Well its faster now atleast. I cant believe they ditched the fenders though.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:19 PM   #24
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Edmunds ran 13.3 and another magazine ran 13.2 with the STi.
C&D and R&T does "theorteical best" runs with a formula so i take the 0-60 with a grain of salt.
I do like seeing these 09 wrx's on the road though
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:38 PM   #25
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I think the new STi will most likely get cheaper rather than get a power boost. It seems year, after year the specs seem relatively the same throughout the STi's. But hey, an upgrade in STi performance for the nearly 40k price would definitely be eye catching, which I would highly prefer over a price decrease with the current trim.
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