1994 Subaru WRX STi
Available for: $18,495
Stock Number: 4277
By 1994 the Subaru WRX had already made a name for itself both on and off the streets. Coming in second in the constructors World Rally Championship and back to back titles in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship was only the beginning. With so much success the roadgoing version of the STi was now in production alongside the regular WRX opposed to being modified after the fact. Churning out a blistering 271hp and coming in at only 2,700lbs there's no surprise why these were so competitive. Finished in Subaru's ever-classic Light Silver Metallic (406), this car really pops. The paint itself is in great condition for its age with no real concerning imperfections. Of course, there are a few stone chips and little things of that nature, but nothing to write home about. The body has been kept the same way; barring some typical door dings no real spots of note. Since the bodywork was similar between a regular WRX and it's sportier big brother several logos and badges were added from the factory to liven it up a bit. It does, however, sport the trademark rear wing that these cars became so synonymous with. Being both the first production month of the GC8C and still in all OEM form makes this one a real rarity. It even still has the factory rain guards which were so prone to cracking. Arriving here with only 59K verified miles, this car really is special.
The interior of the new model is nicely refined over the previous generations. While still maintaining the same layout, the seats, steering wheel, and center console are much improved. Both STi embroidered front seats are in great shape, especially when you consider how bolstered they are from the factory, typically those are the first to go in any car. Then it's followed by the other two items that are always in use; the Nardi steering wheel and shift knob. Impressively neither of them has any real signs of use and feels great in the hand. Naturally, the rear seats show little wear from its years and the carpets both forward and rear are stain and tear-free. Above the original Addzest radio is a Lamco suite of gauges in a similar fashion to the GTR. Of course, these came with all of the creature comforts of the time; power windows, power-folding mirrors, automatic climate control, and those massive rally-inspired fogs. Everything is functioning as it should and, while not too necessary at the moment, the A/C is blowing cold.
While the body and interior are nice, it's the chassis that sets this car apart. The 271hp EJ20G boxer 4 is an absolute monster. As soon as you turn the key and that trademark boxer rumble comes through the Kakimoto high flow exhaust you can't help but smile. Mechanically the car has been left all stock barring the exhaust which is always surprising to find in performance cars like this. With its power, to weight ratio, these cars are quick, even by today's standards. Once the boost builds it doesn't feel like the power ever wants to stop. Since this was built for rally homologation it even has some of the racing tricks like the factory intercooler sprayer. Paired with a proper 3 pedal setup makes this a blast on any backroad. The clutch feels strong and has a smooth engagement. The suspension is a bit sharper than the standard spec, 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 grip compliments of four 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.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.