Immediately rendering all 2008 WRX inferior, the memo states the 2009 model, which will only be available with a manual transmission will receive an upgraded engine making 265hp, that's 41hp more than the 2008.

Intended as an internal memo between Subaru of American and its dealers, details regarding the 2009 Impreza WRX have surfaced on the forum site North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club (NASIOC).

Immediately rendering all 2008 WRX inferior, the memo states the 2009 model, which will only be available with a manual transmission will receive an upgraded engine making 265hp, that's 41hp more than the 2008. If you want an automatic transmission, you'll have to settle for a new model called the Impreza GT which retains the same 2008 engine making only 224 hp.

The 2009 WRX also gets an upgraded suspension, STi style front grille, standard aero package, new gray coloured wheels and red stitching on the steering wheel and seats. STi's ordered with the premium package also get a moonroof included.

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Leaked Memo Puts 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX at 265hp