Carbon-roofed Impreza gets a five-speed auto
22 October 2009

A carbon-roofed version of the Subaru Impreza STI is at the Tokyo motor show.

However, although the new lid should sharpen the car by reducing weight and lowering the centre of gravity, Subaru has taken the decision to fit the car with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

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The transmission comes straight from the Legacy and a manual version will not be available. The interior, including the seats and dash, are now covered in suede.

Subaru says the decision to launch the car as an auto was to offer "distinctive driving pleasure to a wider range of customers."

A source at Subaru said the Impreza Carbon was "unlikely" to make it to the UK.

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30 September 2009

Carbon Fibre roof = hard core racer.

Automatic Gearbox = lazy slow old people's car!

Has Subaru completely lost any sense of direction?

30 September 2009

the asian market has always had that direction, they dont do manual cars in a big way. subaru know what they are doing they know they can do well with an auto sports car.

to confirm they know what they are doing they say they are not bringing it to UK, they probably will bring out a manual hardcore racey car for the UK, maybe not called carbon though.

30 September 2009

Totally agree,

They should also look at the front of the car, man, thats not pretty!, reminds me of a Mzda from way back! the 323 i think ,UGH!!!

Peter Cavellini.

21 October 2009

Carbon fibre roof = pointless gimmick

22 October 2009

[quote noluddite]Carbon fibre roof = pointless gimmick[/quote]

Funny how opinions can differ, to me its one of the best logical applications for all cars. It has a very good dynamic impact, to the cars weight and handling.

A gimmick is to paint cars different colours and then given as option to customers according to their taste and preference, which is entirely uncessary and doesnt make a car better.

A carbon roof does make a car better.

22 October 2009

It's a bow wow!,black looks good on it because it hides that awful shape!, i saw one the other day stuck to the basck of an Aston Martin, yes, it was driven by an oakley wearing, short sleeved, shaven headed thirty something, what was he playing at, they were both cruising at an easy 100mph, whose to blame?the Scooby man is!, the Aston would've left him for dead, like a cat and a mouse, please Subaru! get rid of this pup, lets hope your Scubyota is a success!

Peter Cavellini.

22 October 2009

5 Speed Auto?

I'll have the naturally aspirated version too please.

And no bucket seats, they play havoc with my new hip...

23 October 2009

[quote beachland2]

[quote noluddite]Carbon fibre roof = pointless gimmick[/quote]

Funny how opinions can differ, to me its one of the best logical applications for all cars. It has a very good dynamic impact, to the cars weight and handling.

A gimmick is to paint cars different colours and then given as option to customers according to their taste and preference, which is entirely uncessary and doesnt make a car better.

A carbon roof does make a car better.

[/quote]but not much better. The m3 with a carbon roof was barely faster around the track than the normal car. You could make a bigger improvement by taking your jacket off.

23 October 2009

Only if the jacket contained lead, but weight from the roof is a good place to take it from, rather than inside the interior of the car.

any part that saves only 1 gram of weight is less of a gimmick than somthing that is only visual or cosmetic.

23 October 2009

not even a trick auto-tranny. I would like to see a dual-clutch system, like the S-tonic/DSG system on Audis and VWs.

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