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After months of leaks and rumours, Subaru has officially taken the cover off the new 2008 STi at the Tokyo Motor Show.

First impressions are a little disappointing. Sure the new STi is more aggressive than the mundane new WRX, with flared guards, a new rear wing, dual exhaust, bigger wheels, modified front and rear bumper profiles and grille. But then again, a Golf GTi is more agressive than the new WRX.

It seems that Subaru has all but given up on their current market, this is evident with the company using a silver coloured variant to launch the all-new STi and not its traditional blue and gold that has become an icon for Subaru.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Interestingly, Subaru has officially only released 2 photos of the rear, one of which is darkened, not exactly a confident start for the STi. Furthermore, the STi is launched as a hatchback only, marking the first time Subaru Australia will not sell an STi sedan. Rumours say the sedan variant will come, but there is no official time-frame.

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Photos are of the Japanese domestic variant which makes use of a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, Subaru Australia has confirmed that it will have a 2.5 litre turbocharged engine when the car goes on sale here in the first quarter of 2008.

Evo or STi? You know which one we’d pick.




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