STi's work is evident all around, firstly the performance figures. Power is up by 10 kW to 194 kW (at 6000 rpm) over the standard GT and torque hits 350 Nm at 2800 rpm up from 339 Nm. The special edition model also features STI suspension upgrades and interior treatments.
Only 250 Liberty tuned by STI vehicles will be built of the current update shape and prices start at $65,990 for the manual sedan.
Suspension is taken care of by Bilstein shock absorbers, that are designed with damping ratios unique to STi. The STi variant sits 5mm lower than the regular GT model. The rear suspension setup contains partial ball bearing-jointed bushes, which combined with the improved front shocks further improve the GT's already outstanding handling characteristics.
Brakes are inspired by the Impreza STi with Brembo four pot brakes and the front and two pot at the rear. Although, unlike the Impreza, the callipers are painted black, complementing the sports styling. Subaru has also added a stainless steel mesh-type brake hose for better braking performance.
The wheels are what really sets the car apart, 12-spoke, 18-inch ENKEI wheels with STI badging are not only a whole lot sexier than the standard GT's, but they also wiegh 2.5 kilograms less. This time around, the wheels are also available in luminosity silver.
As for the exterior, there are subtle STi badgings around while the front lip and rear boot STi spoilers suppress lift, improve aerodynamics and increase stability when driving enthusiastically. Meanwhile a sporty note comes out of the STi's sports muffler with new tip design.
The interior also gets its share of new features. The seats are covered in gorgeous leather and alcantara with a cherry red STI logo while the driver's seat now has an eight-way power system with memory settings.
The dash and instrument cluster also get a minor update with the speedometer featuring STI logo and new STI sill plates are used on all door openings.
The 2008 Subaru Liberty GT tuned by STI is available in both sedan and wagon. Buyers can pick between the unbreakable six-speed STi manual gearbox or the five-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic. The car is only available in black, silver, grey and white.
- Manual sedan $65,990SPORTSHIFT automatic sedan $65,990
- Manual wagon $67,990SPORTSHIFT automatic wagon $67,990