By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2008 Subaru WRX STi

Day 1:

2008 Subaru WRX STi
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What do you say when someone hands you the keys to the new Subaru STi? You say: “Thanks.” Then, you say: “C-ya”, as you select first gear, stomp on the go pedal and rocket away from your gift-giver. It’s not too often I get an “extreme machine” to test — we’ll have to make the most of this one.

So this week, I get to zip — I’m not sure zip is the right word, but I’ll use it anyway — around the city in the 2008 Subaru STi. The newly-designed STi, as you may know, is only available in wagon / hatch form, while the previous generation was only available in sedan form. Perhaps Subaru wanted to give track enthusiasts some extra space to carry their gear around in.

2008 Subaru WRX STi
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In pictures, the STi doesn’t really do anything for me; it looks awkward and plain. But in person it is striking: less boy-racer than the previous generation, perhaps less aggressive-looking too, but it is stylish with little touches that grab your eye.

There isn’t much to choose from in terms of options with the STi, either. Do you want a fully-loaded version or a fully-loaded version? That’s all you have to choose, thankfully, even though it is fully loaded — including: a GPS DVD-based navigation system, cruise control, automatic climate control and power windows — it comes in at a reasonable $44,995.

Just to be thorough and for all those who will mention it anyways, yes in the USA, you can get this same car for $38,795 + 6 per cent duty. That’s a savings of approximately $3,500 after all is said and done. Nobody is stopping you from doing so if you really want to, but a little birdie told me that Subaru is currently offering a $4,000 discount on cash purchases.

Despite having to sign my life away and ensuring Subaru there would be no damage done to its precious STi, I’m sure some fun will be had this week.

2008 Subaru WRX STi
MSRP as tested (including destination): $46,590

For more information on Subaru and the STi visit Subaru Canada

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