STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

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STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

Post by Libra Monkee » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:58 am

Top Gear wrote:Lack of demand means iconic Scooby will disappear next year once UK stocks have gone…

We've cracked out the black armbands today on TopGear.com. News first reached us that the last ever Lexus LFA had just rolled off the production line, ending the Japanese über-car's life.

But now we've learned that the Subaru WRX STI - formerly known as the Impreza - will soon disappear from UK roads. Completely.

Subaru confirmed to TopGear.com that the demand for the rally icon has dwindled of late because of changing "market dynamics", and the company is now committed to remaining "competitive on all fronts and in all sectors", through the XV, Forester and Outback.

So when the current stock of WRX STIs runs out, Subaru has no intention of reordering any more for the UK market. This means that at some point next year, there won't be the option of buying one of the UK's most recognisable and formidable performance icons.

Don't forget, it was only a few months back that Subaru slashed the price on a WRX STI by a whopping six grand (though it appears to have crept back up to just under £33k now...), in a bid to pump some life into the ageing saloon. And what did you get for your money? 300bhp, 300lb ft of torque, a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds, four-wheel-drive, and a top speed of 158mph. Oh, and a ruddy good drive too.

So, as Subaru tells us, "there is certainly time for customers to get their hands on what we think is a bit of a motoring icon." Do you agree? Or should it now be consigned to history?
My concern is that the US is soon to follow suit.

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Re: STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

Post by Mr Kleen » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:12 pm

I read that Subaru UK is not directly connected to FHI or Subaru NA, and is essentially an outside company.

Matt, care to chime in with some info?

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Re: STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

Post by Sabre » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:14 pm

I doubt we'll see the WRX or STI disappear any time soon here. If you go further north or west, that's all you see, haha.
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Post by complacent » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:16 pm

wow, that's crazy. i can't drive two blocks without seeing an sti with an rfl exhaust here.
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Re: STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

Post by Raven » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:37 am

Considering that the US seems to have no trouble moving it's small allotments of WRX and STi, I don't think we're in any danger here. I think this is an issue of the UK market, not only is their gasoline extremely expensive, but their yearly road tax is based on carbon emissions. Couple that with the higher insurance rates of these cars and the fact that 33,000 pounds is really a lot more money than $34,000 and lastly that they have to pay a 20% VAT, I can see how this car is just too expensive for the average enthusiast that would buy one over here.
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Re: STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

Post by PGT » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:01 pm

add in the excellent Focus RS, Vauxhall Astra VXR, etc.....
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Re: STI and Impreza, No Longer Being Sold in the UK

Post by Mr Kleen » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Don't forget the Fiesta ST!

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