1994 WRX STi GC8
Rally rippers like this 1994 STI are what dreams are made of. Lightweight, chuckable, and downright quick, it's easy to see why these early GC8s are legendary sedans. Finished in a classic Light Silver Metallic, this lowered four-door is set off by a set of bronze refinished SF5 alloys, a massive OEM rear spoiler, and all the gills and scoops to satisfy your inner boy racer. Aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use, the paint is in good nick overall. Packing a couple of power and performance upgrades, this recently serviced Impreza boasts a mere 78k verified and documented miles. As a daily driver, winter warrior, or track day all-star, this sublime Subaru will surely do. Easy to service, collectible, and most of all rewarding to drive, this WRX is a serious Japanese Classic.
The cabin is filled with surprisingly premium materials. Many claim these cabins are better designed than the bugeye generation that came in 2002. The soft-touch dashboard is in good shape and lacks any cracking or fading. The driver has a clear view of the road ahead, and can find the ideal driving position thanks to an adjustable steering column and aggressively bolstered bucket seat. The Nardi steering wheel also feels great in the palms of your hands. All the controls are close by and electric windows, door locks, and power-folding side mirrors all work as advertised, making daily use enjoyable. The OEM audio was ditched at some point for a Carrozzeria unit. It looks more modern and supplements the soundtrack of the boxer engine. Other upgrades include a Greddy pillar-mounted boost gauge and a Greddy EBC. For those living in a seasonal climate, the automatic climate control is mounted above and is intuitive to use. It pumps piping hot heat and cold A/C through the cabin at a moment's notice. The upholstery is in above-average shape and lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The same can be said for the carpets and aside from a light nick in the headliner, there is little to complain about. It was really cared for in Japan, and we think the new US owner will feel the same way.
Under the hood is the tried and true EJ20G. The boxer four is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up with a twist of the key care of a new 12v battery. The four-banger sounds fantastic thanks to a free-flowing FGK exhaust and an HKS intake. The combination also uncorks some additional ponies to aid acceleration and reduce lag. A new fuel filter and pump help the 2.0L to idle with confidence and rev freely all the way to redline. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, power is sent to all four wheels through a symmetrical AWD system. Rowing up and down the gearbox is a blast, and the shifts themselves are notchy and direct like you'd hope for! The little saloon gets down and boogies from stoplight to stoplight, but this chassis is even better in the twisties. A set of adjustable Tein coilovers keeps the platform planted in the turns, and new sway bar links have been installed by one of our trained techs as well. The reduced fender gap makes a huge difference in curb appeal, too, not just lowering the center of gravity. The brakes are impressive and the steering is power-assisted and on-point. The alloys are wrapped in new Falken rubber at all four corners. The new tires quiet down the ride, and best of all will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
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