What is it?
Things to note about the new Subaru WRX STI. One: it's a saloon. Two: curiously, it's not called Impreza any more.
Subaru has listened to its punters and given them the four-door they've craved since the last one departed in 2007, but nonetheless there's a feeling within Subaru that things have moved on.
We’ve already driven the Australian-spec car so how does the UK version stack up?
What’s it like?
Well, you can no longer have your WRX with gold wheels or WR Blue paint, for example, and the days when 60 per cent of Subaru sales were turbo nutjobs are long gone.
What returns with the new saloon is a bodyshell correspondingly stiffer than its hatched sibling; that is similarly revised and priced, incidentally. Think of this as a mid-life facelift, not merely a boot introduction.
You'll note accordingly, then, that even away from the rear, new body panels abound (for my money they improve the visuals no end).
With the revisions come minor engine changes which ease the 2.5 boxer through Euro V emission regs. More serious are suspension alterations, to Japanese domestic-market 'Spec C' specification.