Subaru has released the official specifications for the all new Australian 2008 Subaru Impreza. Riddled with controversy over its new look, the new Impreza’s reception was less than warm – however not out of the ordinary for a new Impreza – think ‘bug-eye’.
Despite no longer being in the same market as the all new Mitsubishi Evolution, the top-of-line 2008 Impreza WRX has turned into potentially the hottest hot-hatch and with the STi still to come, things are sure to heat up.
The all new Impreza line-up consists of four models – the R, RX, RS and of course – the turbocharged WRX.
Some notable highlights of the new generation Impreza include:
Impreza R, RX and RS:
Starting off the range at $24,490 is the Impreza R manual which replaces the previous 2.0i. Also available with a SPORTSHIFT automatic priced at $26,490, the R is equipped with a new four-cylinder 2.0 litre DOHC horizontally opposed boxer engine which is also seen across the naturally aspirated models – R, RX and RS.
“We’re confident it presents a compelling case not only for small car buyers, but for medium and large-car buyers looking for a comprehensively equipped alternative.”
MY08 Impreza R
The NA engine produces 110 kW of power at 6400 rpm and 196 Nm at 3200 rpm – a 20 per cent improvement in power and seven per cent in torque over the superseded 2.0 SOHC engine, and a 5.3 per cent torque increase over the previous 2.0 DOHC unit. Fuel economy is 8.9L/100km for the manual and 0.1L better for the auto – a 9.18 and 8.33 percent improvement respectively over the previous model.
Standard equipment in the R model are as follows:
Another level up brings you to the Impreza RX model. Priced at $26,490 for the manual and $28,490 for the four-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic, it is powered by the same NA aspirated engine as the R. Adding to the standard features in the RX model is a six-stack CD with 10 speakers, 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, front fog lights, leather steering wheel with audio controls and a leather gearshift.
MY08 Impreza RX
MY08 Impreza RS
“WRX retains its award-winning performance credentials but delivers them through a far more mature and sophisticated premium package that we are convinced will broaden its appeal.”
MY08 Impreza WRX
On top of the standard features available in lower models, the WRX adds a rear Limited Slip Differential, electroluminescent gauges, 17-inch alloy wheels, self-levelling Xenon headlights with pop-up washers, three year Roadside Assist, alarm system and optional sat nav.
Impreza’s new suspension is based on Liberty and has been developed to optimize comfort, stability and driving ease.
The front strut suspension offers high lateral rigidity, improving steering response and cornering stability. Lighter than the previous system, it reduces cabin shock levels over bumps.
All Imprezas have new double-wishbone rear suspension. While enhancing handling, comfort and NVH, this also means less cargo area intrusion.
All Imprezas are equipped with the latest advanced engine immobilisers and DataDot theft protection.
Impreza WRX has only one double-locking barrel lock, located in the driver’s door.
It also has an alarm system with ultrasonic sensors, which is armed by using a remote function.
All Imprezas have remote tailgate unlocking too.
Entry level Impreza has a high quality sound system featuring four speakers with AM/FM/CD tuner and MP3/WMA compatibility.
Impreza RX, RS and WRX feature a 10-speaker six-stack in-dash CD system that adds tweeter speakers installed in each door gusset.
An auxiliary terminal is installed in the centre console.
Steering wheel audio controls are standard on Impreza RX, RS and WRX.
The optional navigation system available in Impreza RS and WRX features an intuitive seven-inch touch screen display within easy reach of the driver.
While it removes the six-stack CD changer it includes:
Whilst the all-new 2008 Impreza may have lost its boy-racer flair, it is still a great package at a competitive price. Don’t rule them out for performance either as Subaru still have an ace up their sleeves with the as yet unrevealed 2008 Subaru WRX STi which is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.