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Old 25-09-2008, 07:41 AM
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Not sure if this is a repost, but came across (not literally) this article. So the implication is there will be 5 WRX models, the GT, WRX, WRX-S, STI and STI330s. Interesting. But then Prodrive cars don't usually make it over here do they?

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Subaru knows that itís going to have a real fight on its hands in the near future. Mitsubishi has been steadily turning up the wick with each new announcement and model release and it looks like Subaru is readying itself to return fire with the 2009 Impreza WRX.

While exact details for the Australian release are unclear the hot tip is to keep an eye on the next Sydney Motor Show for more info. But why wait? Thereís enough official news around to piece it together anyway.

First, there was the rumoured leaked memo from Subaru North America outlining details for Ď09 offerings, including more power, upgraded suspension, aggressive visuals, and the addition of a slightly less powerful but more luxurious WRX - the GT - complete with automatic gearbox.

Then, at this yearís London Motor Show, Subaru displayed two new models, already confirmed for production - the 190kW WRX-S and the 243kW WRX STI 330S. Both vehicles had received treatment from Prodrive and featured enhanced ECUís, free-flowing exhausts, revised styling, and upgraded suspension.

Now we have an official press release from Subaru North America confirming details from the earlier leaked memo, removing any shadow of a doubt that the 2009 Impreza WRX will most certainly boast the aforementioned extras, and I canít see why Australia would miss out on any of the fruit.

It was obvious that Subaru needed to make an effort with the Ď09 WRX but whether this effort will be enough to fend off Mitsubishiís rising challenge remains to be seen. Either way, itís good news for us and I canít wait for the next round of head to head road tests.
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There is no 330S, GT or WRX-S in Australia.

Our models for 2009 are:

WRX sedan
WRX hatch
STi hatch
STi Spec-R hatch.

Premium Pack is now available on WRX, which includes leather and sunroof.

We've just ordered our MY09 WRX Hatch Premium pack, to replace the wife's Mazda3. It should arrive around Feb 09

It has been CONFIRMED by the dealer that we are getting tweaks for 2009...including power and suspension, but they wouldn't say how much, or the extent of any other tweaks that may be occurring.

Either way, I was happy to buy one at its current specification, but now that its nearing the end of the year, I thought it worthwhile to wait for the 09 model (not to mention they had no stock of white MY08s left in WA!).

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Old 25-09-2008, 08:12 AM
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We've just ordered our MY09 WRX Hatch Premium pack, to replace the wife's Mazda3. It should arrive around Feb 09
Hmmm, how long til that cops a gold box ecu
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Old 25-09-2008, 08:15 AM
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Old 25-09-2008, 08:24 AM
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WRX-S and STI 330 will be UK only models, to compete with the Evo FQ range. The UK has had a few limted models from the factory like that in the past.

GT will be the 'lower' WRX with the power output of the 08 model.
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i spoke to a guy at a dealership and he said subaru aus is still in dicussion about the power upgrade, could stay the same he was sayin 169kw 320nm, hmmm. just have to wait and see
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Dont mind the hatch at all especially in black but that GT sedan is vomit...
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i spoke to a guy at a dealership and he said subaru aus is still in dicussion about the power upgrade, could stay the same he was sayin 169kw 320nm, hmmm. just have to wait and see
Power upgrade or not the availability of the Premium Pack is a good thing.
It must be a Subaru Japan directive if the power stays the same.
I'd imagine Subaru Aus would be pulling all stops to make sure their car out powers the Ralliart.
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(not to mention they had no stock of white MY08s left in WA!).
They have had bugger all white ones to begin with, I got the last one at the start of the year and had to fight for that one
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