We spotted this street legal rally racer on the Upper West Side Sunday. The new-for-2008 Impreza body style looks good in STI trim – more upscale than the previous generation model but still sporting that boy racer charm we have grown so fond of. STI, or Subaru Techinca International, is of course Subaru’s motorsports division responsible for World Rally Car preparation and the brand’s line-up of high performance passenger cars.
STI’s bevy of wings, vents, scoops, lips and air dams are not just for show either. The rear wing and front spoiler reduce lift while exhaust vents on the font bumper and quarter panel cool the Brembo brakes and Boxer engine. And let’s not forget the behemoth hood scoop feeding air to the intercooler. With 305 HP and a scintillating 4.8 second sprint to 60 MPH, the STI adds muscle to the prodigious levels of grip provided by Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system. This one looks pretty bold sporting WR Blue Mica paint and gold BBS wheels.