1994 Subaru Impreza STI
Stock Number: 4185
In-house tuning companies find a way to get the most out of a given platform, and depending on the manufacturer, can take the product to a whole new level. Plucking WRX's from the production line, Subaru Technica International was intent on building the best performing, road legal, rally rocket on the market. Hand assembling the signature boxer-turbo engine, removing weight, and strengthening the suspension, special care was taken when developing this 1994 Version 1 GC-8. Finished in lustrous Cardinal Red (936) the body is straight, other than the normal scuffs and dings associated with normal use. Fresh off recent maintenance, including all proper import documentation and engine bay placard, this historic model can be daily driven or stored away as a collector's car.
The spartan and simple interior of the Impreza leaves nothing to be desired. Obviously, Subaru knew only serious enthusiasts would consider an STi in the first place, so an emphasis was put on driving dynamics. Highly bolstered and trimmed in grey with subtle red swatches, the two front buckets keep the driver from sloshing around in the twisties. The gear lever and bespoke Nardi steering wheel are close at hand, and the driver has total command of the road. Visibility is aided with upgraded headlights complimented by large OEM fog lamps and skinny A-pillars, unlike today's vehicle offerings. The dash is in great shape, uncracked and without any discoloration. Beyond a few headliner scuffs, and a small hole in the rear passenger bench the size of a pea, it's hard to believe this car is 25 years old! The plastics are all still in good shape, along with the carpets, as the old owner kept the front OEM mats from the dealership (included in the sale as well.) Power amenities such as adjustable mirrors, power windows, and a tilt column function properly. OEM audio has been upgraded to a Sony head unit, that powers the factory speakers. While these options, plus the addition of air conditioning, were not included in the WRC car, the cockpit intercooler sprayer button is a neat touch and was used on the racing version.
The difference between the regular WRX and STi is noticeable from behind the wheel. We have retailed dozens of WRX's, and the STi corners flatter and accelerates faster. Coming equipped from the factory with and additional twenty-plus ponies, the EJ20G is a hand-assembled mill. Making strong midrange power that doesn't begin to wain until redline, the boxer-four sounds great and performs even better. With only 93K verified miles, and benefitting from a fresh oil and filter service, the 2.0L starts up, idles evenly, and revs freely. Pulling hard up to freeway speeds, the 250HP sedan, shifts through all five forward gears happily. The transmission, a close-ratio unit, has a new shifter bushing installed and slots into gear with a reassuring notchiness. The tranny doesn't grind or whine, and the gear lever fits nicely in hand. The suspension is a bit sharper than the standard spec as mentioned before, and detailed eyes will notice the STi front strut tower brace mounted atop the intercooler. The brakes bite well and lack the clunky ABS systems that most enthusiasts loathe. The AWD gets plenty of grips, and the two-tone 15" alloys all have received new, all-season, rubber at all four corners.
A legendary car, produced by a legendary manufacturer, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi is already a Japanese Classic car. For the first time ever, Americans have the opportunity to drive the first legal versions, and they don't disappoint. Whether you value the collectibility, the rally heritage, or just want a great Japanese sports car to daily drive, the red STi checks all the boxes.
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