I have to say I love the new look. I didn't buy a 2002 WRX because I just didn't like the front styling. I never really liked Morette (sp?) or STi head lights but they at least made it look a little better.
while i like the bugeyed version, i'm very enthusiastic about the new face. although the headlights are similar to the toyota corolla (with the dipped and rounded inboard ends), i think the whole package looks very aggressive and purpose-built. i can't wait for autoart to realise the diecast of the my03 WRC rally car.
I agree I think the new look is a lot better. It makes the car look more aggressive. I agree with the fact that we had to let the bugeyes of the previous models "grow on us" and with this model I liked it from the second I saw it.
yeah, i first learned of the face lift while surfing swrt.com, the subaru wrc site. they had previews of the 03 car -- http://swrt.com/175994.html -- and as soon as i saw it, i said "oh man, i HOPE the sti will have that face." sure nuf.
You know I don't think the WRX/STi is all that "dumpy" looking, but after switching pics from the bug-eyes to the new look the older look definately makes the car slower, less aggressive, and generally bulky for a sports car.
Anyone else see this? Maybe its my imagination, but the old version was more cute and less mean.
I would have to agree with chawklit on this one. I think both styles look good, but neither really stands out, though I believe that is the beauty of this car, it has some what agressive looks(maybe the new style a little bit more), but not enough to warrent the "I bought this car because I'm rich, though I have no clue how to drive it" image.
In fact, I'm beginning to actually find it distasteful. I checked out the US (psuedo) EVO 8 over the weekend, which is a more attractive vehicle, although not as attractive as the 7 was. Of course, the US so called EVO is not the car that the STI is. Still, what is it with Scooby car designs these days?
I'm one of the dorks that feel in love with the bug eye look in europe... It does give it the toned down clunky family car look... maybe thats why i liked it.... I can't say that they didn't improve the look though..