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Steane Klose | Sep 13, 2007

UPDATE: Thanks to Razgriz for 'weathering' the comments and confirming that these images are in fact renderings created by Best Car magazine and it is their interpretation of how they think the new STi will look. Lets hope they are right!

A Japanese magazine has scooped what appear to be pictures of the new 2008 Subaru WRX STi. With the limited pictures and information we have, it seems the STi’s turbo boxer four-cylinder will have a power output of around 220kW (300hp) and be hooked up to a six speed gearbox - no real surprises there.

Carupdate knows that the current Japanese spec WRX or S-GT (as it is known in the land of the rising sun) is only available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, whereas the Australian model WRX will see the larger 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo unit. It appears that the STi featured in the Japanese magazine is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-charged engine similar to that of the earlier WRX models in Japan.

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First thing we noticed is the much wider body, more aggressive stance and the quad exhaust system, all of which has been hinted at in previous spy photos that we have featured. The rear diffuser on the lower rear bumper looks neat and I’d imagine the inclusion of fog lights on the front bar will be standard issue. Expect the usual STi upgrades as standard on the 2008 WRX STi such as, a slightly larger turbo and intercooler, more boost, reprogrammed ECU, upgraded clutch and differentials and Brembo brakes amongst other mechanical and detail changes - not to forget the wild looking racing style bucket seats.

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Due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, the new WRX STi will be star attraction ‘number two’ behind the much anticipated return of Godzilla - the Nissan GT-R.

Darcy

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