No more WRX: 2008 Subaru Impreza makes Japanese debut

Subaru today unveiled the new 2008 Subaru Impreza in Japan. Japan will only be getting the 5-door hatchback variant like Europe, as the sedan variant only slated for the US. The 2008 Subaru Impreza base model will get two engine versions including a 1.5-liter DOHC and a 2.0-liter SOHC.

Subaru has also decided to scratch the WRX badge in Japan. What used to be the WRX in Japan, will now be known as a 2.0-liter turbo S-GT. The Subaru Impreza 2.0 liter turbo S-GT produces 250 horsepower and will have a sticker price of ¥2.467 million – ¥2.95 million ($20,390 – $24,380).

The 1.5 liter DOHC version, which produces 110 horsepower, will cost ¥1.459 million ($12,058), while the 2.0 liter SOHC which produces 140 horsepower, will cost ¥2.436 million ($20,132).

RelatedPhoto rendering of the upcoming Subaru Impreza STi.

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Impreza’s Development Philosophy

Three key words were selected to develop the new Impreza, based on the concept of new and more refined designs for comfort. While advancing a sporty, safe and reliable drive that the Impreza series have consistently delivered, FHI has pursued to incorporate much higher levels of comfort and quality in the new model than any in its category offers.

    * Sporty – achieving sophisticated design with its individual look, as well as an enjoyable ride with easy handling for the driver
    * Casual – providing a stress-free comfortable ride under any driving conditions, as well as convenient and easy-to-use features
    * Compact – securing ample, comfortable interior space in a compact body through streamlined packaging

Model Variations

    * The Impreza 15S is the basic model built for handling and performance in harmony with fuel efficiency and environmental considerations.
    * The Impreza 20S is the standard model featured more powerful engine performance, while providing outstanding stability supported by Symmetrical AWD.
    * The Impreza S-GT is the Grand Touring model, offering a sporty drive with powerful turbo-charged engine performance.

Exterior design

A flowing line from the tip of the front hood through the rear window, as well as the short rear overhang, highlight the agility of the car. Sweeping character lines on both sides and well calculated panel curves reflect light and shadow in harmony. Impreza’s sporty image is stressed in all models by projected front fenders and rear quarters; standard roof-mounted spoilers that house LED brake lights; and LED rear combination lamps that comprise brake lights, directional lights and back lights. The 3-dimensional design of the projector headlamps expresses functionality. Nine exterior colors are available.


1.5-liter DOHC engine (15S) and 2.0-liter SOHC engine (20S)

The equal length/constant pulsation independent exhaust system substantially elevates exhaust efficiency through reduced interference between cylinders, which helps deliver optimal torque in various ranges of speed. The Active Valve Control System (AVCS) hydraulically controls timing in the intake valves and helps to increase combustion efficiency and improve low-end torque on the 15S. Various parts of engine employs friction-reducing technologies, including lowered load in the valve springs, mirror-surface machining, and molybdenum coating on the valve lifters. Fuel economy and emission reduction are greatly improved on the 15S.

2.0-liter turbo engine (S-GT)

The Dual Active Valve Control System (Dual AVCS) hydraulically controls timing in both the intake and exhaust valves, which helps increase combustion efficiency and improve low-end torque, and ensures linearly responsive acceleration to depressed pedal movement. The equal length/constant pulsation independent exhaust system substantially elevates exhaust efficiency through reduced interference between cylinders, which helps deliver optimal torque in various ranges of speed.

A tumble generated valve (TGV) has been installed in the intake manifold, boosting combustion efficiency by controlling the intake flow. It improves efficiency particularly at the time of engine ignition. Also adopted is a secondary air system that forces air into the exhaust port to burn out any gasoline remaining in it. The system helps eliminate harmful substances when the powertrain is still cool, and it promotes early activation of a catalytic converter.

A new compact turbine boasts quicker response. After optimization of the shape of its turbine housing, the turbo unit has been greatly improved to deliver ideal output from low speed to high speed ranges. A liquid-filled engine mount has been applied to reduce noise levels and improve ride comfort. The weight of the engine mount bracket has been reduced by utilizing plastic material.

Source: with help from WindingRoad

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