History of the Subaru Impreza WRX – A Timeline of the Subaru Impreza WRX – Road & Track

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Eleven of Subaru’s best rally heroes.

By Brendan April 19, 2013 / Photos by

The response to Subaru’s WRX concept is and immediate: damn . that’s a ride. Wait, are we sure a Subaru? Yes?

Well, the they actually build won’t look anything it.

Even so, in a world where prices spiral ever and hi-po Ford and Chevy stalk the land like um. stalking things, Subaru has new life and relevance into an favorite. Granted, much of the four-door concept won’t production #150; like the accents by Monster Energy knife-edge wing mirrors, and the rear diffuser #150; still a styling coup.

As far as the faithful are concerned, the new WRX could like a rutabaga with a just as long as the driving remains faithful to its turbocharged Here’s a brief history of makes the WRX so great.

1992 WRX RA

Already popular as a sort of Japanese Volvo, Subaru’s was reasonably dependable and about as as you could get this side of a harvester. When its Impreza launched in 1992 (1993 in the American market), the new, compact sold strongly. For in the Japanese home market, was extra good as a turbocharged, option was on sale.

With twin viscous and a rubbery five-speed manual 237 horsepower from a forced-induction (as compared to 215hp 5.0 Fox-body overseas), the WRX was built to hoon the get-go. JDM availability also the Type RA: a stripped-out race-spec car manual windows, no a/c, ratio gearboxes and no ABS.

Impreza 555

If you’ve ever why Subaru nuts are forever in blue-and-yellow, wonder no longer while the Prodrive-built 555 wasn’t Heavy Industry’s first into the World Rally it’s arguably the most With Scottish Subaru Colin McRae at the wheel, the Group A rally racer was nimbler and lighter than the successful Legacy RS it replaced.

sideways, spitting fire and like some Scandinavian god, the 555 did reasonably well in its year, but really captured imagination in 1995 with taking the WRC driver’s championship. The but mercurial Scotsman would Subaru three manufacturer before leaving to race for and Ford. Following his tragic in a helicopter crash in 2007, one thousand grieving WRX owners gather to spell out his name their cars on the main at Prodrive’s test track.

WRX STi Version 1

Aside from Blue and Gold, the fastest wear pink. Cherry is a very symbolic color in culture, tied to the samurai and thought to represent the fleeting of the warrior’s life; it’s the signature color of in-house Subaru Tecnica International or to put it in its official Mister-Sparkle-sounding name, Tekunika Intanashonaru Kabushika-gaisaha.

These first STis WRXs taken directly the production line and modified performance goodies ranging carbon-fibre strut tower to forged pistons and uprated Power jumped to 250hp a much lower torque for quicker response. As with all there was plenty of room for tuners to unlock even power.

1997 Subaru WRX

Right since the first rolled off the line, the WRX has been as a compact hatchback for practical who need to haul cargo as as haul …. The GC-chassis wagons are interesting not just for ability to fit the family, but also for loot-carrying capabilities.

The UK was already in with the WRX, so too were the #150; but while the Brits the Scooby for its motorsports heritage, Aussies liked the car for the reasons probably got their ancestors in the first place. WRXs easy to steal, tough to smash through a storefront, and enough to leave police and Falcons in the dust. Ram-raiding a big enough problem to cause Australia a serious PR nightmare to drive WRX insurance rates the roof), but when the cops back by buying their own interceptors, you had the makings of some fair dinkum police ‘Strewth!

1998 WRX STi 22B

If you had to pick just one Rally Blue companion for this would be it: the best WRX of all. Built to celebrate McCrae’s WRC manufacturer title and Subaru’s 40 th anniversary, this two-door Impreza is an instant to anyone who thinks Subaru build good-looking cars.

by a hand-assembled 2.2L stroker (as to 2.0L contemporary WRXs), the modest 276hp rating its stonking roll-on torque especially in higher-speed passing Basically a WRC race car for the street, the Japan-only run of 400 sold out in a reported minutes; a further 24 cars be produced for overseas markets sadly not North America).


After teasing the market with a turbocharged called the 2.5RX in the late (and never giving us hotter than the faux-rally-bling, 2.5RS), Subaru finally we were ready. As two-tone Legacy wagons moved across the snow-bound mid-west, was about to learn about a new of Subaru#151;goodbye Peter Paul and . hello Petter Solberg.

The cars to reach our shores the so-called Bugeyes; dubbed the Age#148; Impreza by Subaru, the had already taken some to digest the permanently-surprised Subie, and it had reasonably well in the WRC. The car at the right time, the 227hp rocket posted up performance within a hair of high-performance iron like the BMW 3-series and S4, something Subaru’s advertising a great deal of noise

2005 Subaru WRX STi S203

of Japanese motoring history be able to tell you a thing or two the unofficial #147;Gentleman’s Agreement#148; once governed the horsepower on Nipponese roads.

Nominally set at in 1990, manufacturers quietly not to sell high-horsepower machinery to the in an effort to keep the crowded roads safe; Subaru got these restrictions with special models: the GC-chassis (300hp), the Bugeyed S202 and the S203, the second-best-looking Impreza built. While American were still exclaiming the riotous 2004 STi, had a completely different motor in its home market.

We got a 2.5L they got a 2.0L screamer in the S203, it spun to 8000rpm a upgraded ball-bearing turbo strongly all the way to 320hp. A reduced height has the S203 hunkered over forged aluminum BBS alloys; uprated spring and beefed-up sway-bars eliminate any Subaru body-roll. Inside, Alcantara takes the place of the blue found in USDM and subtle carbon-fibre accents are on the exterior.

Just 555 cars were #150; an obvious nod to the past.


Good as are, WRXs often foibles: numb steering, shifting, woeful turbo-lag, like a big-block V8, nose-heavy interiors by Fisher-Price. Up through the charm of the car outweighed the drawbacks. 2008 and here’s the updated with the looks of a running and the personality of a tasseled loafer.

perhaps thought to pitch car to an older audience and made a of wallowy marshmallow of a car#151;good response, but hardly a rally Quickly addressed in the following with the upgraded WRX 265, the news here is that Lego-like parts interchangeability owners to fix what the factory got

2011 STi Cosworth CS400

replaced their big-winged STi with a humpy, hunchy, hatchback in the 2008 model It looks terrible, which is great, all snorting hood-scoop and bodywork. Unfortunately, the GF-chassis is not as sharp as the previous generations, at not until you start tweaking it. As a to brand on the back of a special Cosworth is about as good as it This 395-hp Brit-built had a limited run of just 75 cars.

It’s not just a straightline but the speed is worth mentioning: in about 3.5 seconds, through the in 12.75. With specially-tuned shocks and Eibach springs, a hot-hatch made for the winding of the British Midlands, and their rumpled pavement. Six-piston, brakes are there to help you from turning the local into sheep-dip.

Subaru has announced the WRX’s imminent from the UK market. This as going out with a bang.

WRX Special Edition

Revealed at year’s SEMA show, not too much that’s actually about either of these WRX or STi sedans. Basically, it’s hundred bucks extra for you’ve got the orange-est WRX around. Big

Even so, the bang you get for your with either car is impressive 265 horsies in the WRX, 305 for the STi, and all-weather performance for both. they’re both useful sedans with reasonable and available roof rails, at on the track or the road up the ski-hill.

We excitedly to see what the next will bring in the turbo-Subaru’s For now, call your geometry teacher up and tell her how she was: the shortest distance two points isn’t a straight it’s a WRX.

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