Our latest spy photos come from 'John', a loyal reader in NSW who managed to catch the new STi on his phone while it was being filmed in Wynyard, Sydney.
According to John the MY08 STi looks "100 gazillion times better than the WRX" in the flesh, which is just what we wanted to hear!
The quad exhausts definitely push the right buttons, and the rear wing is starting to look more and more appealing. But the question remains, will Subaru's latest rally king instill fear into the hearts of Mitsubishi fans?
From our sources inside Subaru we know the power output is 221 kW at 6000rpm with 407 Nm of torque at 4000rpm. We also know that for the first time the STi will be offered in lightning red as well as all the other colours (except Midnight Blue).
There will be two variants, the standard STi and the STi Spec R which comes with the addition of 18-inch BBS rims and Recaro Seats. Pricing has not yet been finalised but rumour has it the standard variant will start below $60k with the Spec R at around $65k.
Due to pedestrian safety requirements, the STi's 2.5-litre turbocharged engine will be protected by a steel bonnet (we were hoping for an alloy bonnet) and the car is expected in STi dealerships in the next week or two with the official launch scheduled for early February.
CarAdvice will bring you a comprehensive road test of the new STi as soon as humanly possible!
Check out all the pictures in the gallery below: