From rally to road: Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Words by Matt de Prez @mattdeprez
Photography by Rowan Cullen @rowancullen

Its easy to forget the Subaru Impreza is actually a rather humdrum family car in many parts of the world. As the UK is already saturated with very good family hatchbacks the only Impreza we are familiar with is the high performance WRX STi.

It’s a far cry from the rally-ready machines from the Colin Mcrae era but the Impreza STI still packs a punch.

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One thing that stuck was the boxer engine. With 2.5 litres of capacity the flat four serves up 296BHP which can accelerate the four-wheel drive hatch to 60MPH in just 5.2 seconds. Top speed is limited at 155MPH.

Subaru’s DCCD system (Driver controlled center differential) is a selection of driving modes which allow the driver to best tailor the 4wd system allowing for endless grip in any weather. Stopping power comes courtesy of Brembo brakes front and rear. The WRX offers an exhilarating drive but manages to retain a level of refinement not found in Scooby’s of old.

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The Impreza has never been a car that you buy for its looks but there is a sufficient amount of aggressive styling to highlight this cars performance. Flared wheel arches, oversize tailpipes and that rear spoiler certainly draw attention. The interior is typical Jap with cheap materials but is practical and well appointed.

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Dynamically this car doesn’t disappoint and despite its format the family car basis means it is actually rather practical, a large boot and room for five plus greater ergonomics make it far more justifiable than the conventional Scooby saloons.





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