1994 Subaru WRX Impreza GC8
Rally racing was all the rage in Japan around the turn of the decade, and the 1990s eschewed along a whole slate of great turbocharged, AWD machinery. Mitsubishi's Evo, Toyota's ST205, and Nissan's Pulsar were all poised for a fight against Subaru's four wheel drive Impreza. The WRX was largely inspired by the World Rally Championship, and not just to compete, but to win. This 1994 model, with just 89K verified miles, surprisingly has been left nearly stock, preserving all the characteristics that made this car great. Known for it's symmetrical all-wheel drive, communicative platform, and torquey two-liter boxer four the Impreza is an absolute blast to motor around in. The Light Silver Metallic (406) exterior shows very well, sans some normal wear. Of note, the clearcoat has light fading on the front bumper, trunk, and wing. The paint is lustrous otherwise, and the body is very straight with no major dents or dings. In addition to the aggressive OEM front bumper and fog lights the WRX models received and aluminum hood with a functional hood scoop for the top mount intercooler. Hands down the most iconic wheels for these are the six spoke gold Speedline's. It's also sporting the OEM side skirts and rear lip which are in great condition.
The interior is just as well kept as the exterior. Unlike most dark colored cabins available at the time, Subaru accented the interior with red striped cloth. The WRX models received special seats with red inserts and larger bolsters to keep the passengers firmly in the seats during spirited driving. There is very little wear on the seats and they have no major rips or tears. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or major sun damage. The carpet is free of any major stains as well and the door panels and in great condition with no rips or other major damage only light wear. The headliner is free of any sags, and the power equipment such as locks, mirrors, and windows work. The heat works well for the winter months, and the A/C blows cold air even in our muggy, Virginia heat. Two desirable options equipped in this model finish out the interior; the leather wrapped Nardi steering wheel and shift knob are icing on the cake.
The heart of the WRX is the EJ20G; a small displacement, horizontally-opposed, engine mated to a AWD 5 speed manual transmission. This configuration results in lower center of gravity and that trademark Subaru rumble that emits from the exhaust pipe. A Fujitsubo catback frees up the exhaust, and a larger, polished tip adds an aggressive aesthetic. The engine starts, idles, and accelerates properly through all five speeds of the gear box, with a signature baritone bark out back. The transmission has nice gearing for city and highway use, and for daily use would provide decent fuel economy. The ride quality is supple as the OEM suspension has been complimented with four freshly mounted and balanced tires. They will provide tenacious all season use and tons of grip. The steering has a much more direct feel than the first US legal WRX's, the bug-eye, and is power assisted. Fresh off an oil service, this WRX has completed its Virginia state safety inspection, and is a ready to tear us gravel or tarmac here in the USA.
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