Comfort, utility, handling, and performance are key components of the new 2008 Impreza lineup.
Highlights of the redesigned Impreza 2.5i, WRX, and Outback Sport models are more sophisticated styling, advanced engineering, more spacious interior, and roomier cargo area. The models contain new exterior and interior design features along with a new chassis design.
Both the Impreza 2.5i and the WRX lineups feature a 4-Door and a 5-Door model, while the Outback Sport is available as a 5-Door model. Powering all models is the signature Subaru Boxer engine complemented by Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive – which continues to deliver road-hugging driving dynamics – and the standard 5-speed manual or available 4-speed automatic transmission with SPORTSHIFT® manual control.
The Subaru horizontally opposed engine gives the Impreza models a lower center of gravity, providing more responsive driving and improved safety. The Impreza 2.5i and Outback Sport feature a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm. The WRX, powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, cranks out 224 hp @ 5,200 rpm and 226 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800 rpm. The engines deliver peak horsepower and torque at lower engine speeds from previous models, which helps to improve performance.
The new body/chassis design allows the engine to be 22 mm lower in the front and 10 mm lower in the rear, creating an even lower center of gravity, which contributes to the improved handling and vehicle stability. And the addition of the double wishbone rear suspension provides improved handling and ride comfort.
Unique to the North American market, the 4-Door models are 4.5 inches longer than the previous 4-Door and 6.5 inches longer than the current 5-Door models. The front-end design is wider and accented with a sharp body-side crease. The rear features distinctive red lamp lenses and a chrome strip below the trunk line.
The 5-Door design is elegant, with a single curve roofline flowing into the aerodynamic rear spoiler. The front-end design includes the new spread wing logo placed at the top of the widened grille. Rear LED lights with clear lenses add to the sporty character of the vehicle.