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Top-shelf STi version takes Subaru's redesigned Impreza hatch to new heights

4 Apr 2008

WITH the launch of STi MkIII, Subaru hopes to widen its audience for the rip-snortin’, rally-bred road car. Has it got a chance? You betcha! Take the brash and brawny MkII, a car which made virtually no concessions for comfort and manners, and the challenge for Subaru was to identify a new recipe for success, and make sure the third generation delivered on the key elements. You’ll have to read the drive story to assess its chances.
Model release date: 1 February 2008 to 1 March 2014

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Impreza WRX STi sedan

Released: Sep 2005
Ended: Jan 2008
Family Tree: Impreza

With the advent of the 2008 five-door STi, based on the new-for-2007 Impreza MkIII hatch, and news that Subaru won't build an STi version of this year's redesigned four-door Impreza sedan to sit alongside its new WRCar-look STi hatch, the MY06 STi could well be the final sedan to wear Subaru's top-shelf STi performance badge. Arriving here in 2005, the MY06 STi not only adopted the US-spec 2.5-litre engine, but was also a more civilised and compliant sportscar - without loosing its hardcore rally roots.

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