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UK model 2008 Impreza STI revealed

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the looks dont ofend but i prefure the new evo looks. If the price is much better all is forgiven though...

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Subaru UK have announced the price of the new STI.

It'll be available from March for £24,995. That's the 'standard' 300bhp/300lb/ft version, 0-60 in 5.2 secs, leather/alcantara, nicer stereo, 17" alloys (various 18" options available).

A higher spec, Prodrive tuned version will be available later in 2008.

That's a lot of performance for 25 grand! EEK2.GIF

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Interesting... seems they may have squeezed a tiny bit more out of it for the US market version ... different emissions rules etc I guess.

Still - the real beastie will be the Prodrive version to come later.

(Oh, and I suspect the UK STI will be in EVO pretty soon - probably Feb 08 edition).

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Has anybody driven one of these yet?

I went to my dealer yesterday to see what info they had and whether a demostrator was available. However the car they have won't be registered until March 1st. So I'll go back later in the week for a test drive.

I hadn't even considered changing my car as I absolutely adore my modified MKIV R32, but this has really got me thinking.

Does anybody have any idea when the Prodrive verion will be available and what sort of figures etc?

I have to say when I first saw the pictures of the hatch I absolutely hated it. Having seen it up close and personal I have the opposite reaction and I love it.

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Not officially launched until 1st March (hence that's when it'll be registered).

My Legacy's due for a service soon, so I reckon I may have to persuade my dealer to let me have a go in one. grin.gif

All I know about the Prodrive version is that it's due out "later in 2008". It'll have a few extra things as standard (nice 18" alloys etc) and the Prodrive Performance Pack, which I imagine will take it to at least 330bhp and 330lb/ft.

How modified is your R32? You might find the 'standard' STI with 300bhp plenty quick enough!

I see you're based in Cheshire - was it Monks Heath you called in at? (My local dealer too).

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Not officially launched until 1st March (hence that's when it'll be registered).

My Legacy's due for a service soon, so I reckon I may have to persuade my dealer to let me have a go in one. grin.gif

All I know about the Prodrive version is that it's due out "later in 2008". It'll have a few extra things as standard (nice 18" alloys etc) and the Prodrive Performance Pack, which I imagine will take it to at least 330bhp and 330lb/ft.

How modified is your R32? You might find the 'standard' STI with 300bhp plenty quick enough!

I see you're based in Cheshire - was it Monks Heath you called in at? (My local dealer too).

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It was Chris Neil in Northwich that I went to.

My R is almost as modified and still N/A as is possible. It has a full Milltek (cat back/cats/manifolds), Shrick 268 high light cams, KW V3 coilovers, uprated front and rear arbs, a couple of strut braces, haldex upgrade. APS remap and a fair few others bits. Should be over the 300 bhp mark. Its pretty smart really, and the STI would need to go some to better it.

How how much are the Prodrive versions on top normally? The standard STi does appeal to me but wouldn't want to miss out on a better version.

Sorry I have no Subaru experience :-(

I work near Manchester airport so I was going to venture out to Greenwood's in Audenshaw to see what if any kind of deal they would offer me.

What are Monk's Heath like?

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The R32 sounds a bit of a beast! 169144-ok.gif I can understand you wanting to hold out for the Prodrive version of the STI if you decide to go for it.

The standard STI is £25k (all but a fiver). So I would guess the Prodrive STI will be £28k, possibly £27.5k. Partly depends what extra kit they fit as standard (possibly nav etc).

Monk's Heath are a fairly small dealership, but do pretty well in terms of units and getting hold of the nicer stuff. I've used them for several years now (had three cars off them and serviced a couple of others there) and have always been happy with their service.

Sales Manager is a guy called Andrew Cookson. Nice chap, amateur rally driver, and knows his stuff inside out. 169144-ok.gif

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Went to look at the dealer in Audenshaw today - awful dealership. No cars or real knowledge. Seemed to think Prodrive would be 400bhp - I think the 330 figure is more like it.

Seeing it again made me really want one - just need to wait for a drive now FIREdevil.gif

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Guy, dont forget that in the UK the cars produce alot more due to the higher octane fuel.

They only used 91 RON in the review.... Subaru recommends 93 RON.... we have nearer 100 RON in the UK.....

So power will be alot higher than the spec`s show.

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Seen one of these in blue in local dealership and didnt really look at it twice but seen a 08 plate in black today on the road and to be honest it looked pretty nice, different. bet it goes well too.

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khutula - if you're passing by Monks Heath, he currently has a dark grey met STI in the main showroom, plus a silver one and a blue one in the 'shed'.

Looks stunning in grey. Had a sit in it and a bit of a play. He'll have one to test drive next week.

I'm seriously tempted!

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khutula - if you're passing by Monks Heath, he currently has a dark grey met STI in the main showroom, plus a silver one and a blue one in the 'shed'.

Looks stunning in grey. Had a sit in it and a bit of a play. He'll have one to test drive next week.

I'm seriously tempted!

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Thanks for the info - I've seen two blue ones and a WRX in white. White is something I'd like to look at, but problem for me is I don't clean my car very often and its probably not a good idea for me.

I'm very very tempted too, but at mo the accountant (other half) has withdrawn her approval for funding confused.gifsmirk.gif

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Tell her it's a practical five door hatchback.... grin.gif

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Tried that. So I took another tack. I suggested that I would need to buy a diesel car next to be more economical. So if you look at the BMW 335d *which I think is a great car) and the 335i, the diesel is about £2000 more expensive. The diesel does 42.2 mpg and the petrol 31.1, at my local petrol station diesel is 111.1p per litre and petrol 105.9p. It would take 58,390 miles to recoup that extra outlay. Obviously that doesn't include residuals etc grin.gif

So even before I explained that lengthy calculation she said I didn't have to get a diesel.

The fact my R is averaging 23.2 mpg for the last 2500 miles and the STi's combined figures are around 27mpg. Its much more economical and that is fine by her grin.gif Its just the outlay of the car - loan etc which at the moment we don't have.

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Fair enough.

On economy, I wouldn't entirely expect to achieve the 27mpg figure you see on paper, but the dealer did say he's driven one and was surprised how much more economical it was than the old saloon.

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