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Leaked Memo Claims 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX To Get 265 HP, New GT Level Model

Illustration for article titled Leaked Memo Claims 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX To Get 265 HP, New GT Level Model

A member of the NASIOC forum has posted what appears to be a memo leaked from Subaru to the company's dealers revealing the revelation of a new Impreza GT. Just as importantly, the 2009 WRX's new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gets an additional 41 HP, bringing the total power up to a whopping 265 HP. Also available will be a manual transmission, upgraded suspension and a more STI-like front end. We really liked the 2008 Subaru WRX STI, but with these changes, we're beginning to think the 2009 Subaru WRX may make just as much sense for many buyers. Well, except for that whole lack-of-a-stick thing on the GT model. More details below the jump on what to expect from the '09 Subie WRX.


According to the dealer memo:

"We look with anticipation as the dealers begin selling the refreshed 2009 Impreza with new added features such as a moonrood included in the premium package, interior changes for the ivory interior and a new model called the Impreza GT. This model will be an automatic vehicle with the 224 hp engine from the WRX. The new WRX will get an upgraded suspension, will only be available with a manual transmission, an STI-type front grill, a standard aero package, and the big news being the engine with its estimated 265 hp rating. In addition, look for the new gray color on the wheels and interior treatment with its red stitching on the steering wheel and seats."


Wow, talk about leaving the best for last! We can't wait for that red stitching! [NASIOC via Carscoop]

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That's not a bad move by Subaru. They tried to make the WRX the "sport luxury" model, which pissed off the WRX loyalists. So now they're fixing it. The 2008 "WRX" is now the GT, and they're making a real WRX for enthusiasts, matching up better with the Lancer Ralliart. That leaves the STI and the STI Spec.C to take on the Evo models.