9.11.2008

Subaru Impreza 2.5GT Review



Somewhere out there, there must be a group of drivers for whom the Subaru Impreza is too mild and the Subaru Impreza WRX too wild...because Subaru has just split the difference with the new Impreza 2.5GT.

The 2.5GT looks like the rally-inspired WRX...but instead of the 265 horsepower turbocharged intercooled engine mated to a 5-speed manual, it comes with a 224 horsepower turbocharged intercooled engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic. Now, before you start bemoaning the loss of those 41 horses, that's actually the same power output as the '08 WRX...so the WRX gets a big boost and the 2.5GT moves in to take its place, at least as far as horsepower is concerned.

The 2.5GT uses a different all-wheel drive system than the WRX, and has less agressive suspension elements and tires. Still, 224 horsepower in something as relatively small and light as a Subaru Impreza is nothing to take lightly. If Subaru hadn't upgraded the WRX for the performance purists, the 2.5GT would be one of the hottest compacts around. As it is, it's a great blend of performance and comfort.

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