The new STi makes its appearance in Detroit. The 2.5-litre turbocharged engine manages 221kW and 407Nm of torque, catapulting the car from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
The 2.5-litre engine is essentially unchanged. Subaru has added dual active valve control system, modified the turbo, changed the way the intercooler works for better efficiency and moved the engine lower in the engine bay - giving a lower centre of gravity and hence better handling, but, it's still the good old tried and proven 2.5-litre boxer.
The electronic stability control, or Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) as Subaru likes to call it, has an interesting feature, it has three settings: Off, Traction and Normal. Off is for the brave, Normal is like standard ESP, controlling power and braking when needed, but Traction is our pick, it will keep you alive by applying the brakes and playing with torque delivery but won't interfere too much more.
There will be two variants, the standard STi and the Spec-R which gets Recaro seats and 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.
The MY08 STi receives the Subaru-Intelligent (SI)-Drive system, the first appearance in the Impreza range. The system allows you to switch between Intelligent, Sports or Sports Sharp.