I’m by no means an expert on Subaru’s early days in the WRC. What I do know for sure is that this Legacy RS is fantastic.
I’d love to take this thing out in the snow.
Photo courtesy of Neil Sutton Photography.
Hey Subaru, how about doing us all a favor and building a few thousand more?
Not only is the 22B the best Subaru ever made, it’s one of the best cars ever made, ask any real petrol head and they’ll tell you the same.
A WRC car for the road and with only 400 units produced, it’s the definition of exclusivity. There’s at least one of these in the dream garage I stroll through before falling asleep at night…
Video courtesy of Subaru.
C-SER has been flying under the radar for the last few years. If you haven’t heard of them, they are Yashio Factory’s Subaru brand. While their GVF demo car isn’t exactly groundbreaking, it’s nice to see Okachan working with the new generation STI.
The GVF is the brand’s latest demo car and showcases some of C-SER’s unqiue exterior pieces including a rear wing and front canards (which actually look great).
The upgrades are more than skin deep including a slew of suspension upgrades and C-SER’s titanium exhaust.
When it comes to the GVB/F STI, it’s been pretty slim pickings the last couple of years. The car never really took off in the same way as previous iterations of the Impreza and aftermarket brands have followed suit. Perhaps the $40k price tag has something to do with it?
Photos courtesy of C-SER.
Who’s completely over SEMA this week? Lets get back to reality with a very clean STI on this Throwback Thursday.
The car owned by Discowagon, is yet another fine example of sticking to a formula that works. The Prodrive wheels and Varis lip are a perfect fit.
Cars like this will never go out of style.
Photos courtesy of luis3rd.
This week’s episode of /TUNED was pretty interesting and did a great job of showing the two very distinctive halves of the Subaru community.
First, there’s the Slammed Society GC8 complete with ruined fenders and Rota wheels because that’s what all HellaFlush Subarus rock. Props to the owner for doing a clean EJ25 swap, which is rendered useless because the car is bordering on undrivable. This car is pretty representative of where the Subaru community has been headed for the last 3 years.
On the other side of the spectrum, the second car is much more my speed and apparently Matt Farrah’s as well. The owner gets bonus points for the JDM EJ207 swap and seems to have an eye for quality parts – I didn’t know the Tomei made an exhaust for the GC8. This car is more along the lines of what many of us would hope to do with a GC8 build. The instant power and tuned suspension take full advantage of the car’s compact size.
This is why videos are fantastic because they tell the story you’re not seeing in photos. Perhaps the stance car looks more interesting in the NASIOC gallery, but which car do you think will put the bigger smile on your face behind the wheel? My thoughts exactly.
Video courtesy of /DRIVE.
Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a nicely built bugeye WRX.
I really like this build and it reminds me of many of the cars I used to lust for about 10 years ago. When it comes to bugeyes there are few better options than the STI V2 front lip and a set of JDM projector headlamps.
This car looks to have all sorts of interesting parts, including the Ganador side mirrors and discontinued ARC intercooler.
I’m interested to learn more so if anyone reading knows the owner, let me know in the comments. I see a Speed Element sticker on the windshield – shop car? Great build and happy to see people are still doing things the good old-fashioned way!
Photo courtesy of 247 Media.
Subaru would like to charge you $41000 for a body kit.
Okay, so it’s a bit more than a body kit, but do Brembo brakes and some other parts lifted from the Impreza STI tS really warrant such a jump in price? What Subaru have done here is pull a fast one. They relied on the STI brand and what those 3 letters signify, to fuel a huge amount of hype over little more than a trim upgrade to the BRZ.
What Subaru should’ve done is call this car the BRZ tS (Tuned by STI), rather than giving it a name that alludes to a lineage of highly successful World Rally campaigns and road going Imprezas.
On first impressions the car look the part. Most of the exterior upgrades can already be purchased through STI, including the front lip which finishes off the BRZ rather nicely.
Most of the exterior’s other upgrades you’ll recognize from the BRZ’s older sibling, including the carbon rear wing.
Not visible are a set of Brembo brakes (lifted from the Impreza STI) and an upgraded Blistein suspension for better handling.
Subaru has made no allusions to the BRZ going forced induction anytime soon. In the meantime, let the rumor mill continue…
Photos courtesy of ClicCar.
Teaser images of the long-rumored Subaru BRZ STI have appeared on Subaru Technica International’s official website.
The announcement comes as little surprise, considering a tuned version of the much loved coupe has been the worst kept secret in the industry.
The question is what does STI treatment of the BRZ entail? The hope is that the naturally aspirated FA20 will come equipped with a factory turbocharger and the usual assortment of STI upgrades, including bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and more aggressive styling. No word on whether the car will also make the switch to AWD.
Expect to hear more details in the coming weeks.
Photos courtesy of Subaru.
I have a few parts for the Subaru WRX and STi that I’m looking to sell if anyone is interested.
Blitz SUS Intake – Used
Picked this up used and never installed it. The original owner ran the intake for less than 10,000 miles and it’s still in great shape. I’m also including a brand new replacement filter – all installation hardware is included.
Blitz FATT DC Turbo Timer – Used
Picked this up used and never installed it. I’m also including a brand new Blitz wiring harness for the WRX.
Porterfield R4-S Rear Brake Pads – Brand New
Brand new in the box. These rear pads are a replacement for the OEM D1004 pads found on late model 2003 and all 2004-2005 WRXs.
I’ve got some prices in mind but I’m also willing to take your offers – be reasonable. I can ship anywhere in the lower 48 States or arrange for a local pickup if you live in the Southern California area. Email email@example.com and put the product you’re interested in as the subject line. I’m more than happy to send additional photos and info to interested buyers.
With the Subaru STI tS Type RA debuting last week, it only made sense to have another look back at the STi S203.
The S203 could be considered the ultimate version of the GDB STi. Where the Spec C was geared towards track use, the S203 was intended to be the perfect allrounder – a car that was just as good on the touge as it was on the weekday commute.
Performance and style upgrades are found throughout the car including a carbon V-Limited front lip and forged BBS wheels.
An upgraded interior, beefed up suspension, STi performance tuned ECU and ball bearing turbo round out the S203 package.
This particular S203 (315/555) was imported to Hong Kong by jal723, who previously owned another very nice STi that we’ll take a look at another day.
Today factory modified cars are all the rage. Subaru has always been very good at this type of car and the S203 is one of their finest examples. It’s an STi that checks all boxes in terms of looks and performance, to a point where all the owner has left to do is drive it.
Since this car is there, I thought it interesting to mention that Hong Kong is one of the best places in the World for car watching. It’s the financial and cultural hub of Asia and the cars are representative of that. I’ve not been to another city where I’ve seen more exotics and properly nice Japanese cars – I’ve certainly not seen more GT-Rs anywhere else! Go to Japan for the tuning shops and motor sports, but for just walking around and stumbling across great stuff, Hong Kong is where it’s at.
Photos courtesy of jal723.