The MY2001 was a big surprise to the on looking public back in August 2000 when it was first launched. Since then Subaru have come under a constant barrage of critism from owners of the previous model and wannabee owners who would never consider the Bug Eye due to the styling of the front end, in particular the headlights.
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The 2002 Paris motorshow saw the release of the much face lifted MY2003 with the following changes.
Also released at the same motor show was the new 2003 WRC prototype. More details and pictures see the rally section of this site.
The official press releases for the MY2003 Imprezas can be found on this site.
A test drive of both the WRX and the STiUK can be found here with a very interesting and controversial conclusion.
The USA WRX has many areas where it falls short of its European cousin with smaller alloys and lower specification brakes. It was a really big surprise when the STi-USA was announced with a 2.5 litre turbocharged engine, and also included the driver controlled centre differential. For further info see the STi USA details page.
So are the actual pictures above like any of the artists impressions seen leading upto todays release? I'll keep them on the site like I did with the 2001 renditions. So if you want to see how the real thing compared with those take a look at the wrX-Files section.
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