Subaru has a long and proud history of rally dominance, which still contributes today to make the WRX STI a car with a sportscar-like performance at a sedan price.
Between 1990 and 2008, Subaru achieved great success in the World Rally Championship. Carlos Sainz brought the team its first victory in the factory Impreza in 1994. The following year, Colin McRae went all the way to clinch a first championship victory for himself and the team. Richard Burns gave the team its second championship title in 2001, with Petter Solberg delivering the third and final title in 2003.
The WRC’s homologation regulations required Subaru to produce a number of roadgoing versions of its rally car, which led to the birth of the Impreza WRX STI. Today, the WRX STI still keeps Subaru’s rally legacy alive on the road. That much is clear from the styling. An aggressive sports body kit, which includes side skirts, a rear diffuser, and the unmistakable large rear wing and bonnet scoop, pays homage to those legendary performance beasts chasing down the clock on WRC stages. The gorgeous 19-inch Dark Gun Metallic aluminium alloy wheels contrast beautifully with the bright yellow Brembo brake callipers bearing the STI logo. The interior is highlighted by red stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, and red seat belts.
Power is supplied by a turbocharged 2.5-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine, generating a whopping 221 kW at 6000 RPM. That’s good for a top speed of 255 km/h, and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5.2 seconds. As befits performance car, the power is delivered to the wheels by the multi-mode Driver’s Control Centre Differential (DCCD), allowing the driver to dial the differential locking in manually for customised handling characteristics.