Hatchback-only 2008 Subaru Impreza targets VW GTI

Subaru is expected to launch the next generation of Imprezas for their 2008 model year, this time around, they’re throwing the sedan out the window and only offering the vehicle in three- and five-door hatchback editions. Perhaps even more interesting is that this new generation is being aimed squarely against the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

I don’t understand this move, as most industry pundits would clearly put the WRX/Sti head and shoulders above the GTI, given that the WRX is the race-bred version of the Impreza and the GTI can be thought of as the race-bred version of the Golf. The look is reminiscent of the B9 Tribeca in many ways, and will be based on the Subaru B5-TPH Concept (pictured).

A base model Impreza will come equipped with 2.0-liter boxer engine, naturally aspirated, and capable of 170 horsepower. For true racing enthusiasts, there is no option but the 300hp STi, which will come with a turbocharged variant of Subaru’s signature boxer engine.


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