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Old 04-04-2007, 10:33 PM
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Subaru Reinvents Impreza WRX

Thanks to generocity and hospitality of Subaru Of America, I bring you some of the first detailed pictures of the upcoming Subaru Impreza WRX 5-door hatchback...

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I am sure the internet will soon be flooded with fancied articles about the WRX, but I will keep it simple and to the point and try to mention those facts that matter the most.

In few words, the new WRX is a breath of fresh air. New. Completely new and redisigned from the bottom up. The only carried over aspects of the car are the proven drivetrain. WRX gets the newer 2.5L turbo motor with 5MT or 4AT. Then the front seats look familar. The rest is all new flesh and blood.

The hatch, or the 5-door as they call it now (IT IS NOT A WAGON) has ~3" longer wheelbase. Overall length of the car is increased by less than half a foot. But, it not not look bigger. The rear bumper has much les overhand, unlike the current wagons and sedans. The WRX is also 50lbs lighter than the current WRX models (not STi). But, as I found out, it was achived with no aluminum body work. the trunk and the hood are both sheet metal. On one hand its bad, on the other, it means that aftermarket parts will lighten the car even more. The dreaded front "subframe" is gone too. That allowed the engine to be positioned lower by another 10mm.

Rear suspension is brand new too. Double wishbone with upper A-arm. Not only will this improve handling, but also allow for more trunk space in its "hatched" version. Pre-production WRXs had "small" breaks and it is unknown if they will be replaced with the 4-pots. Hub PCD is 5x100 with original +55 offset. I was hoping for 5x114 with lower offset to allow us to have more options for custom wheels.

Another turn off for me personally are framed windows. While the doors close much better and provide additional rigidity and support, I just hate smacking my head into them everytime I exit framed door cars, hehe.

The hood is now held in place with hood struts (thank you!) and the hood scoop is huge, sitting in the middle of the hood. That reminds me of another awesome hatch, the Pulsar GT-R. The scoop is not removable but seeing how big it is on the WRX I can only imagine what it will look like on the STi when it comes out. And yes, the STi is in works. It will be offered only as a hatch. Currently, US is the only country that gets WRX Sedan. Subaru completely and totally will be concentrating on the hatch as their "favorite".

On the inside, the WRX is better than every. Navi, audio/video inputs, 6 airbags, folding rear seats, stereo controls on the steering wheel. The materials used also feel nicer. Close to those used in Tribeca and Legacy. The gauge cluser is very nice with red back lighting and familar "Defi-ish" needles. The seats are heated.

I am very excited about the car. I advise everyone to be patient and wait to see it in person if it does not appeal to you. It looks absolutely gourgeous and fresh. Feels like a much more of a complete car. It also leaves A LOT of room for us, enthusiasts, to improve and modify what we want.

The price is estimated to be around $25,000 and they will be for sale in the fall of this year. STi's are due sometime next year.

If you guys have any questions, please ask.


Adding video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c6_bTV0KiY (hehe, sorry about the song... it was silent and I added what I could find quick... )

Specs:

Body: Styles 4-door, 5-passenger 5-door, 5-passenger
Engine: 4-cyl. horizontally opposed (Boxer), double overhead-cam (DOHC),
turbocharged/intercooled
Displacement: 2.5-liter
Horsepower: 224 @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 226 @ 2,800 rpm
Drivetrain: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard
Transmission types: Standard: 5-speed manual, 4-speed electronic automatic with
SPORTSHIFT manual control
Chassis: Unitized body construction with Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame structure
Suspension: 4-wheel independent
Front: Strut-type with lower L-arm
Rear: Double wishbone with upper A-arm
Brakes: Power assisted 4-wheel disc with 4-channel, 4-sensor anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Steering: Rack-and-pinion with power assist
Wheels: 17 x 7.0JJ aluminum alloy
Tires: 205/50 R17 all-season
Wheelbase: 103.1 in. (2,620 mm)
Length: 4-door: 180.3 in. (4,580 mm) 5-door: 173.8 in. (4,415 mm)
Height: 58.1 in. (1,475 mm)
Width: 68.5 in. (1,740 mm)
Fuel capacity: 16.9 gal.
Curb weight: 5-speed manual 3,142 lbs. (1,425 kg), 4-speed automatic 3,208 lbs. (1,455 kg)
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i wonder if the hatch is going to have roof rails like the wagon. since there is no longer going to be a wagon wrx.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:16 PM
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After seeing those pics...the hatch isn't so bad I think. But those tails lights and the front grill is what I don't like about the hatch.

I see there is a "tilt" button on the radio, so I assume you can tilt the lcd screen a few degrees. And the video input in the arm rest is a nice option to add DVD player or even a game system to it.
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The screen flips up or down, I don't know. The DVD/CD player is there. The front grill is one peice and is not a part of the bumper, so I would not worry about it. I am sure aftermarket will provide us with sweet grills. The tailights are good looking. They are true LED lights which provide added visibility and put much less stress on your electrical system. The tailights are same for both US and Japan market.
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how is the compatibility with the ipod to the radio?
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anyone know if it is still running an ej block? I am really hoping that alot of parts will still be swapable so when I get one I can still run my tranny and turbo set up. it dose look like a diferent exhast though seeing that it is on the pasenger side now. that kinda sucks.
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Its got RCA line inputs so ipod should work just fine...

Yes, as I said above the motor is ~ same as in current WRX...
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nice i think thats what they will become. Like the Honda Hatches swaps and bodykits everywhere with a bunch of different colors and stuff.
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Need to get rid of the grill and the tail-lights. Too blingy, and I think the rear of the hatch is too curvy, but other than that, I think it looks good.
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look like subaru his finally run out of idea to make a good subaru the 2002 wrx look like a bug but is a cool car look very nice.2004 wrx/sti more supercar feel. 06 wrx/sti i personal have one and i love but that my car. the 08 wrx/sti is not a sedan is a wagon the front is ok but the rear is a other story to tell. i personal dont like this car but is just me. wat does every one else thinks?

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