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The Subaru The Impreza 22B is a two-door sedan with a powerful 2.2 turbocharged engine. It was a widebody version of the STi and featured flared fenders taken from the rally car, additional vents on the engine cover and a unique front bumper.


To celebrate its third consecutive title in the FIA ​​World Rally Championship, Subaru produced the Impreza 22B. The vehicle debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1997, as the WRCar-STi. It was a company response after the FIA ​​thought rally cars were starting to look like Le Mans-style racers rather than showroom vehicles for the public to use.

Although it looked like a road WRC vehicle, it was not a replica. Differences included smaller hood vents, larger rear spoiler and reshaped wheel arches to suit 17-inch BBS alloys.

Subaru has replaced the carbon fiber in WRC vehicles with conventional steel. Additionally, the vehicle was 80mm wider than a typical coupe, thanks to the flared arches, and the moving rear wing was large, even by STi standards.

Subaru produced the 22B in limited numbers, with 400 units sold in Japan, 16 in the UK and five in Australia. Unfortunately, the company did not offer the vehicle in the United States. The brand painted all 22Bs in a unique metallic blue color paired with gold wheels.

Let’s find out more about the Subaru Impreza 22B.

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The 22B has a powerful engine and offers excellent maneuverability

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi Engine
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Under the hood, a 2.2 turbocharged engine produces 300 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 267 lb-ft at 3200 rpm. However, some owners claim that the engine can produce up to 380 HP. According to Subaru, the 22B can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in 13.1 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 101 mph.

Its four-wheel-drive setup plays a big part in producing that amazing performance. At the time, few cars could compete with the 22B, and only its Japanese counterparts, such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Nissan GT-R, could compete with the vehicle.

There are also performance upgrades unique to this model. An iconic European and Asian hood scoop supplied air to an intercooler, cooling the vehicle during high-temperature activities. However, its American counterpart, the 2.5RS hood scoop, is all for show.

According to Subaru, the 22B can claw its way around a skid with 0.96g of lateral grip, while a 1998 Porsche 911 produces 0.93g. However, these statistics are for routes only; when it comes to off-road or rougher terrain, the 22B becomes a different beast.

The Impreza 22B is rare and expensive

1998 Blue Subaru Impreza 22B STi
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Subaru produced the 22B in limited numbers, driving up its price on auction sites. The vehicle’s MSRP was $41,600, but now you can find one selling for around $100,000. A summer 2020 auction on Bring A Trailer drew a lot of attention after one of the models sold for $312,555.

Another auction was held this year at Silverstone Auctions; the vehicle went for $211,655. This beauty retained its original features and still sported its plastic rear seat cover. Also, it still had its protective paper stickers on the headlights.

If you don’t want to spend over $500,000 on a Subaru, 22Bs with more mileage now cost around $115,000 in Japan. However, the Subaru is unmistakably cooler and may be cheaper than a Nissan GTR.

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The 22B isn’t Subaru’s only iconic vehicle

1998 Blue Subaru Impreza 22B STi rear view
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Subaru has a history of building incredible vehicles; they produced cars with excellent off-road handling, good gas mileage, and class-leading modification capabilities. You might think the company only made iconic sports vehicles, but it also built great SUVs.

One of their best vehicles is a two-door sports car called the Impreza P1, which stands for Prodrive One. Subaru produced 1000 units and gave these beauties a huge boost in horsepower over the standard Imprezas. They fitted the car with a turbocharged four-cylinder that produced over 276 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Subaru based the P1 design on the Impreza WRX STi Type R, and it was unique because it featured all-wheel drive. Moreover, it had a chassis better suited to European roads and was not symmetrical. The turbocharged engine allowed the P1 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Another iconic vintage is the SVX; it was the first sports car that allowed Subaru to make a name for itself in the sports car segment. The SVX was ahead of its time with a window-in-window feature that many fans criticized, but nowadays many cars have this feature.

It had a wedge-shaped design and a 3.3 L boxer six that produced 230 horsepower; however, the four-speed automatic transmission that powered the engine limited its potential. The boxer six allowed the vehicle to hit 60 mph in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 143 mph.

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