1994 Subaru WRX
The introduction of the WRX in late 1992 was a game changer for AWD sports cars. The WRX was largely inspired by the World Rally Championship and the WRX would soon see it's way to the podium. The GC8 is the first in a long line of Subaru's powerful performance AWD models. Prior to the STi being released the WRX was for all intents and purposes a STi. The closed deck EJ20 in the early models is essentially the same engine found in the first generation STi's making these early WRX's one of the most exciting stock cars to drive! Our 1994 Light Silver Metallic (406) has been kept all stock and in particularly clean shape. Having only seen 61K verified miles over the course of it's stint in Japan, this boxer is only just getting warmed up. The paint shows great for it's age with only minimal blemishes. The wing being the most noticeable as there is some fading and paint scuffs. Otherwise the only other spot of note is on the trunk from a previously mounted antenna. Neither are particularly concerning, but wanted to make note of since they're hard to tell in the pictures. The body has been kept up with equally well, largely free of any door dings of blemishes. The exterior also features the factory side skirts, rear spats, and even the stock wheels.
The interior on this WRX has stood the test of time and is as comfortable as it is beautiful. The black and red two tone seats look awesome contrasting off of the Light Silver. The OEM seats are in great shape with no rips or tears, even the typical bolster wear is nowhere to be found. The same can be said about the dash and door panels. Even the optional Nardi steering wheel and shift knob are in great shape, which is a bit surprising since they're such high wear items. While these were built with rally intentions, that doesn't mean you'd have to do without the basic creature comforts. Power windows, power folding mirrors, full climate control make it a great daily driver regardless of where you live.
The heart of the GC8 is the two liter, turbocharged, flat four EJ20G. The potent little boxer starts right up and has a nice, smooth idle. The power delivery is very linear with a quiet growl out of the factory exhaust. Of course those looking for a little more rumble from the signature boxer could easily fix that. The 5 speed manual shifts smoothly and the clutch feels solid when transferring power to the AWD system. A viscous coupling type center differential and viscous limited slip rear differential were standard features from the factory and part of what made this car such a legend offroad. Because these motors are notoriously prone to valve cover leaks due to the flat design we have gone ahead and replaced those to give it's new owner piece of mind. While in there we went ahead and put in all new plugs, along with a routine oil change. Four new tires ensures that you'll be ready to tackle whatever the road throws at you. The suspension design makes this an awesome car to drive and feels much more nimble than the later turbocharged models that the U.S. received. With it's iconic looks, unstoppable drivetrain, and availability of parts the GC8 there's no wonder why these have reached such a legendary status.
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