It’s rare these days. Not extinct, but hard to come by. It’s like finding Bengal tiger in the wild. Oh yes, they’re out there, you just don’t see them often. Great Subarus are among us, but great bugeyes? Well that’s a whole different story. Back in October I posted D Money’s WRX, a car that resembles much of what’s missing in today’s Subaru scene. While my personal tastes don’t agree completely with the execution of that car, it didn’t fail in blowing me away. It’s also a testament to the owner, someone who’s personality and style exudes from every panel. But this is about a different car. One that doesn’t have the same level of refinement, but amazes in a similar fashion.
It’s not about the individual parts here. We’ve all seen them, time and time again. The Prodrive, V-Limited lip combo has almost become a cliché with bugeyes these days. Despite the cliché, it works and comes as no surprise that everyone with a bugeye wants the setup on their car. I know I’m guilty. There’s still an unpainted Prodrive lip sitting in my garage right now.
This car is about the culmination. A series of courses that add up to the perfect meal; the wide fenders, Ganador side mirrors and an unpainted carbon hood, which in this case (one of the only times ever) I actually prefer to painted.
I admire the choices the owner has made. The wheels could’ve easily been Volks or Advans. Instead the car is fitted with AME TM02’s, a great decision. I love these wheels and rarely see them on Subarus. It’s hard to pass on the big guns, but in this case, it’s about doing something different.
I could continue to pinpoint each part on this Subaru, but I’ll leave that to the owner. This is a rare and beautiful example of a bugeye I don’t come across much these days. The bugeye has become somewhat of a throwback. In 2012, it will be 10 years old. It resembles a style of car we don’t see much of anymore, that last bastion of sleek 4-doors. Car design has changed drastically. They’re no longer being designed with looks and handling as the key focuses. Instead safety and front end durability are the dominant inspirations for design. We’re making cars safer for pedestrians. Air ducts and sharp angles are giving way to chunky, rounded corners. All in the hopes that if you’re hit, you won’t end up dead. The result of this is that cars are becoming tough to tell apart. Strip away the badges and paint them all the same color, would you be able to tell the difference? Maybe so, but you’re average person is going to be hard pressed to find many differences between a GRB STi and a Mazda 3 hatchback. Despite all of this we still have cars like the bugeye, one that gets better with age. For that I wouldn’t prefer any other Impreza.
Do I think this will spawn a trend of highly tuned bugeyes? No, but it’s really nice to know some people are still doing it big.
Photos courtesy of nge80t and B. Muñoz.