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Photos: 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX

Subaru launches the latest version of its popular rally car. The 2008 WRX sports a new look and a navigation system with the best graphics we've seen.

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The WRX is the sporty version of the Subaru Impreza, bringing in more power with an intercooled turbocharger on its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. Like all Subarus, the WRX has all-wheel-drive.
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Styling on the front is rather nice, with integrated headlights and grille.
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The intercooler is evident on top of the engine. This power plant produces 224 horsepower at 2,800rpm.
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The sides of the WRX copy the 'flame surfacing' from recent BMWs. It's a more mature look than the old WRX.
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Performance cues, in the form of dual exhausts and a lip spoiler, are prominent on the back of the WRX.
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The sport seats, which come standard with the WRX, have fixed headrests and a sculpted look that fits well in the cabin.
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Subaru keeps the dashboard simple, with HVAC controls topped by a touch-screen LCD.
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We like how the buttons for audio and cruise control are smoothly integrated into the steering wheel spokes.
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In keeping with its sporting character, the tachometer is the most prominent instrument, with the speedometer off to the side.
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We would have preferred a close-ratio, short-throw, six-speed manual over the WRX's five-speed.
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The navigation system has great resolution and gives various split-screen options.
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The navigation system gives flexibility when planning routes, for example, letting you choose whether a location is a waypoint or your final destination.
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The points-of-interest database is very complete, listing most retail establishments.
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The single CD/DVD slot lives behind the motorized LCD.
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Audio and video inputs are mounted in the console, useful for hooking up a PlayStation or MP3 player.
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The touch screen makes selecting satellite radio stations easy.
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The screen shows complete ID3 information for MP3 tracks.
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This equalizer is the most complex we've seen in any car, letting you select the volume of individual frequencies.
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Surround-sound options are extensive.
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You can watch movies on the WRX's LCD, as long as the car isn't moving.

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