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The show called "Autoline Detroit" on SpeedTV today showed a 2 minute sneak peak of the 2004 STi. It was fairly nicely done...no groundbreaking news except they mention the ~32K price tag. Some nice new video shots, but nothing in-depth.

According to their website http://autolinedetroit.tv/autoline/
the show re-airs on 4/22/03 at 10AM EST. There's also a lower quality Realvideo streaming of the show on the site. You can watch the whole show or fast forward to the 8:15 mark for instant access

The special guest is John Heinricy, and it's actually a fairly good show about performance vehicles.
 

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RTS-2 said:
The show called "Autoline Detroit" on SpeedTV today showed a 2 minute sneak peak of the 2004 STi....
great find and thanks for the streaming link. a quote from the transcript:

"But you have to wonder if the STi is going to cause confusion about Subaru's brand image. Can it really stretch its brand from quiet, sensible cars at one end all the way to gonzo boy racers on the other? ... in the long run it runs the danger of driving out traditional Subaru buyers."

am i the only one who finds this analysis incoherent? why might a limited edition performance car hurt the the sales to the traditional buyers? has the evo, s4, w8, s60r, srt4 driven away traditional mitsu, audi, vw, volvo, or dodge customers respectively? will they say the same think about the saab 9-2 when it arrives? i don't get it.
 

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Yeah his editorial at the end was stupid. Cool little video though. Seeing that bad boy hit an apex in the first part of an S curve and then seeing him swing a sweet rear drift around the second part was amazing. Cool.
 

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It sounds to me like he wouldn't buy a Subaru, then or now. Plus, since he didn't personally witness the racing history, he still sees them as the 1980's 98 lb weakling, instead of what they are.

My retort - For the past ten years domestic auto makers have been ignoring the consumer interests in all areas other than SUVs, relying on dated designs, market monopolies, and pittance upgrades to keep consumers coming back. Now that Import manufacturers are catering to a broader range of consumer, the domestic manufacturers risk losing a major component of their market sales permanently. Kudos to Subaru for having the vision to strike at the right time.
 

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I just want to make sure, you know, but it's called a handbrake turn... :p
You talking to me? I don't know how you do it in an AWD car but using the handbrake was how i got my FWD Type R to drift......so wouldn't a handbrake turn be drifting in an AWD car too? Educate me on how to make an AWD car drift.
 

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oh man. i taped the first 15 minutes of the show. i show the sneak preview to my wife last night. at the end, all she could say was "that car is so ugly...that scoop is like a bulge on the nose...and that wing is totally ridiculous. it's ugly. i can't believe it's going to be in our garage."

did you hear that! did ya!? she's a resigned herself to the fact that i'm getting one! woohoo!!! i wanna dance, Dance, DANCE :D (sorry to borrow your line bhodges3.)
 

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Re: STi key chain light????

I'm scared mommy!!!!!!!!!!!! Now you just need to find an animated STI doing the running man or something. Get Crackin'!!
 
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