Subaru went to work on the ‘Rex for 2008, and went against the grain. Nearly every manufacturer, when redesigning an existing model, chooses to make the new model bigger inside and out, as well as heavier. Subaru resisted this urge ( Kudos! ), and actually ended up with a lighter WRX than the previous model. The sedan is actually longer, but the hatchback is shorter. Interior room is improved with both models as well.
At 3152 lbs, the 2008 WRX isn’t necessarily a lightweight, but you must consider that it does have standard AWD. When you factor that in, the WRX is exceptionally light. The 224 HP from the turbo boxer engine come a little lower in the RPM range this year too, which makes it easier to drive.
Styling is still subjective. The sedan is pretty much inoffensive, but less edgy than last year. I’m no fan of hatchbacks, so you can make your own decision in that regard. I can’t help but wonder that Subaru softened the look of the WRX too much, which may turn off the target buyer.
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Specs
- 224 HP 2.5 liter Turbocharged flat-4
- 5 speed manual transmission
- 14.3 seconds through the quarter mile
- Curb weight: 3152 lbs
- EPA Says : 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Reviews
Motor Trend reviews the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX and writes – ‘In the new WRX, boost pressure has been tweaked down to 11.9 psi, creating peak power and torque numbers identical to the outgoing WRX’s. The difference is all 224 horses and 226 pound-feet are available 800 rpm earlier, an improvement in every driving situation, although there’s no measurable difference at the dragstrip: The new WRX turns in a 5.6-second sprint to 60 mph and a quarter mile time of 14.3, virtually identical to the performance turned in by the previous-gen WRX we tested last year (5.6, 14.2).’
Cnet reviews the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX and writes – ‘On our first run out in the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX, we felt the power of the intercooled and turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Acceleration is good below 2,500rpm, but above that it becomes incredible as the turbo spins up and the car gets its peak 224 horsepower. So we thought it would be interesting to run some acceleration tests starting with and without the turbo wide open.’
Inside Line reviews the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX and writes – ‘These days, every new model weighs more than the one before, and manufacturers keep adding power to compensate. Subaru has done exactly the opposite. Through the same clever engineering that brought the WRX to the U.S. in the first place, the Japanese carmaker has minimized the weight of this more spacious, all-wheel-drive WRX to retain its head-snapping acceleration.’