This 1998 Subaru Imprezza 22B STi Is As Pristine As It Is Rare
Auction sites like bringatrailer.com are the perfect places to look at if you are looking for unusual or rare vehicles. That is exactly the case with this 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI, which has 40,000 km (24,855 miles) on the clock. Japanese sports cars from the 1990s are becoming increasingly sought-after, especially those that were never sold in the US and have to be 25 years old. The Skyline R34 GTR and Supra A80 Turbo are already six-figure cars. The 22B STI is right up there with them, and for good reason.
New STI Performance Parts Make the Subaru BRZ Look Menacing
You are probably aware that Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ were unveiled simultaneously in Japan-spec guise not too long ago. Both sports cars are good for 232 horsepower in Japan and come with a rather toned down design language, yet Subaru is upping the ante with a set of accessories and STI performance parts aimed at those who want a spicier-looking BRZ.
Driving A Legendary Rally Icon in Assetto Corsa (Subaru Impreza 22B)
These days, well-preserved Subaru Impreza 22Bs get sold for as much as $370,000. And for good reason. The 22B is one of the rarest Subies out there, simply because it was a special, road-legal interpretation of Subaru’s Impreza WRX rally car fitted with a larger engine, a widebody kit, and gold-painted wheels.
Imagine, For A Moment, that Subaru And Toyota Built A High-Performance AWD Hatchback
Subaru and Toyota, the companies that co-developed the 86 and BRZ twins, might be working on a new high-performance car. According to a report from Japan, the two brands are jointly developing an all-wheel-drive hatchback inspired by rally-spec machines from the 1990s. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? But what is it?
If You Follow The Math, The Subaru BRZ Doesn’t Have a Torque Problem Anymore
Subaru introduced the second-generation BRZ for 2022. It features a new, sharper exterior and an updated interior, but it rides on the old BRZ platform. The new engine is larger and a bit more powerful, but some enthusiasts are still annoyed by the fact that it doesn’t have a turbo yet. But does the BRZ actually need a turbo? The old BRZ came with an annoying torque dip and you needed to rev the boxer engine like crazy to get that push, but it seems Subaru fixed that with the new a larger 2.4-liter flat-four. And the video below explains why.
Explained: Subaru BRZ’s 2.4-Liter Engine and Why It Doesn’t Need a Turbo
A lot’s been made of the new Subaru BRZ and its naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The good news that came with the bigger engine — the first-gen BRZ was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine — was that it came with 23 more horsepower and 28 more pound-feet of torque. For power-starved fans of the BRZ, the new Subie’s output of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is a caveat to the second-generation BRZ’s boxer engine. It’s still naturally aspirated, effectively squashing any and all dreams of seeing a turbocharged BRZ.
The Japanese automaker already explained that a turbocharged engine would come with a lot of complications, but for those who remain skeptical of Subie’s reasoning, this episode of Engineering Explained is must-see YouTube viewing. Host Jason Fenske is known for his deep dives on anything and everything related to automotive engineering. All the numbers might make your head spin as it did ours, but if you’re interested in understanding why the second-generation Subaru BRZ does not need a turbocharger, take some time out of your schedule and watch Fenske explain it in a way that we can (sort of) understand.
A New Rendering Shows How Much Potential the 2022 Subaru BRZ Really Has
The Subaru BRZ has that sweet cult car status because of the general aura surrounding the Subaru as a car brand. Such popularity is similar to the love other Japanese brands get from the U.S. car-aficionado public - think Toyota or Honda - and whenever these makers drop a new model, the rip curls reaches every corner of the car world and other related areas.
X-Tomi Design’s take on a would-be Subaru BRZ STI hasn’t gone unnoticed so following the same thematic, it’s time to bring a marvellous set of renders to your attention, this time signed by Khyzyl Saleem.
Subaru Clearly Needs to Build a BRZ STI
The second-generation Subaru BRZ has arrived, and it looks like a winner. But just as everyone is celebrating the arrival of the new BRZ, a certain question that was left unanswered with the first-generation model has slowly crept back into the minds of Subaru fans where: are we finally getting the BRZ STI?
We’re no closer to getting the answer we desperately want, but that didn’t stop X-Tomi Design from whetting our appetites with a rendering of what a BRZ STI could look like.
Subaru Says There’s a Good Reason the 2022 BRZ Doesn’t Have a Turbo
Visually, the second-generation Subaru BRZ is a major departure from its predecessor. It’s also packing a bigger 2.4-liter engine, which counts as an answered prayer to everyone who wanted the new BRZ to pack more power than the first-generation model.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill is still naturally aspirated, bursting the bubble of those who wanted the new BRZ’s engine to be turbocharged. As disappointing — for some — as that sounds, Subaru had reasons for sticking with a naturally aspirated engine.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ Features Sharper Looks and More Power, But It’s Still Missing Something
The highly anticipated second-generation Subaru BRZ is finally here. It’s a fresh take on Subaru’s compact sports car recipe, but it doesn’t stray too far from the old idea. It’s only slightly heavier, notably more powerful, and packs more technology than ever. Is it a big improvement over the outgoing model? Let’s find out.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ Zooms Into Our Lives on November 18!
The Subaru BRZ has been around for an impressive eight years as of 2020. The Japanese company has released some updates, but for the most part the BRZ carried over unchanged since 2012. But that’s about to change. Subaru just released a teaser for an "all-new" model and announced that it will debut on November 18, 2020. Is this a brand-new model for the 2022 model year or just another facelift?
The Latest Report on the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Will Piss You Off
We’ve been talking about the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ since they were confirmed back in February 2019. A year after that confirmation, we learned that the 86 would get a new name, would feature a turbocharged Subaru engine, and would shift into premium territory. More recently, in March of 2020, a new leak hinted that the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ would be making their debut soon. A new report, however, has expressed that a lot of what we’ve learned isn’t true at all, and that’s very bad news for the next-gen BRZ and 86.
Here’s Why the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Is the best Scooby Ever
There was a time when carmakers rejoiced at the thought of being able to offer performance sedans to the masses. The likes of Mitsubishi and Subaru spruce to mind almost instantly, although the former has been plagued by the SUV disease and dropped the Lancer Evo altogether.
Subaru, on the other hand, is still selling the Impreza in various declinations - not WRX STi, though, which is sad. None of them, however, will give you the nostalgia like the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi with Prodrive goodies.
2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But That’s a Good Thing
The Subaru BRZ and it’s twin the Toyota 86 have been on the market for a little more than eight years (since January 2012), and now it’s time to say goodbye to one of the coolest compact sport coupes to grace the last decade. All told, 2020 will mark the final year for the Subaru BRZ, at least as we know it, but that’s a good thing, as long as you’re willing to wait for the next-gen model. Don’t bother sounding the fake news or rumor alarm, either, as this news comes directly from Subaru itself – if you can read Japanese, that is.
This is the Best-Looking, Low-Mileage Subaru Impreza 22B on Earth But It’ll Cost You $370,000
A few days ago, we watched Doug DeMuro driving a Subaru Impreza 22B to discover why it was the ultimate incarnation of the iconic Japanese performance compact. We also discussed how the 22B was built in just 424 units and how it’s now worth more than $100,000. Well, it turns out that the Impreza 22B is even more expensive than that. A pristine example with just 271 miles on the odometer showed up for sale via Appreciating Classics, and it’s being offered for a whopping £295,000. That’s around $370,000 as of July 2020.
Here’s the Science Behind the 2.4-liter Boxer Engine That Will Power the 2022 Subaru WRX STI
Whenever a new Subaru WRX STI is in the making, a large chunk of the car-worshiping community is bound to get excited. And while the 2020 WRX STI might be at least one year away, the rumor mill on what sort of firepower it’s going to pack has been spinning for a while.
Most reports hint that the go-fast WRX is in line to get Subaru’s new 2.4-liter FA24 powerplant that made its debut in the Ascent SUV, albeit in a higher state of tune. But what’s the deal with this new engine, anyway? Donut Media explains.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
2022 Subaru WRX STI: Making the 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Capable of 400 Horsepower
We’ve learned a lot about the next-gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. We know that a deal between both companies will make Subaru an affiliate company of Toyota and that the twins will switch over to Toyota’s TNGA platform. More recently, we learned that they would both feature a turbocharged version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four,, and that’s a bigger deal than we thought. A new report says that the 2022 Subaru WRX STI will feature the same exact engine, although it will be tuned to deliver 400 horsepower. Does that mean that, with a little extra work, the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 can be pumped up to that level of performance too?
2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition
Back in June of 2019, we received confirmation that a next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were in the works Then, in September, we learned that the new BRZ and 86 twins may take a re-tuned version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter Flat-Four as their main source of motivation. Fast forward to the end of October 2019, and here we are looking at a random Subaru BRZ prototype undergoing the rigors of testing on none other than the Nurburgring. This begs the question of what Subaru has under its sleeve. Right away, I’m here to tell you that it’s not the next-gen BRZ, as that’s still at least a couple of years away. Based on the camo, this appears to be a hotter version of the BRZ, one that could be offered as a special edition or maybe even as a new range-topping model to hold us off until the next-gen BRZ arrives. Even better yet, we think this prototype is being pushed around the track by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four. After all, what better way to test the reception of a sport-tuned engine than to unleash it in a go-faster version of the current model.
Update 11/28/2019:The special edition Subaru BRZ that’s planned to debut sometime in 2020 was spotted testing on the Nurburgring being benchmarked against the Alpine A110 of all things. Check out the new images and learn more in our Spy Shots section below!
Subaru’s 2.0-liter engine, aka the EJ20, in Subaru terms, has been around since 1989 when it was introduced in the JDM-spec Subaru Legacy. Now, after 30 years, it’s time to lay a legendary engine to rest, so Subaru has decided to produce a special edition WRX STI known as the EJ20 Final Edition. It will be limited to just 555 models, but that doesn’t matter, because this beauty is available in Japan only at the price of 4,110 million Yen – about $38,000 at current exchange rates. Subaru will stop taking orders on December 23rd, but there’s a lot more to it than that, so let me fill you in on the finer details.
A Subaru BRAT Just Ran a Quarter-Mile in Less Than 8 Second And We’re Not Sure if This is Real Life
The Subaru BRAT was a cool, light-duty utility vehicle that the Japanese brand sold in various markets from 1978 to 1994. The BRAT wasn’t particularly powerful for its era and wasn’t very popular either. But its lack of power didn’t stop one Australian owner from turning his BRAT into a high-performance dragster. This seemingly standard BRAT ran the quarter-mile in only 7.95 seconds at a whopping 168 mph.