/ Bye bye STi
With annual sales figures of around 250 no wonder you don't see many on the road!
End of an era.
Good riddance. The last one is dog ugly.
> Good riddance. The last one is dog ugly.
Who would buy one for the way it looks rather than the way it goes round corners?
Burglars buy Subarus.
Burglars and drug dealers.
And, evidently, class leading guide book writers!! :)
When a former girlfriend worked in car hire we used to have access to almost any car we wanted. She'd bring home a two seater soft top if we fancied a run out to the coast on a sunny day or a van if we were going mountain biking with mates but the default choice was the Imprezza. What a machine! Quick and almost impossible to spin. IMO the best car I've ever driven including TR6, Lotus, BMW, etc etc.
Seriously the best car I've ever owned (late 90's version). I Could get kids, bikes, and my elderly mum in the car no problems and it had serious power.
In all honestly, whilst Subarus main rival Mitsubishi was making it's EVO cars more and more menacing, Subaru suddenly redesigned the car to look like a Ford Focus. Though I really like the Ford Focus RS, it wasn't going to appeal to the people who like subarus for what they are, mean looking as well as incredibly well built, well handling cars.
They softened it too much and killed it. I haven't driven the newer one and don't doubt for a second that it probably handles and drives better then the old one but as with most things, looks and image also play a part. I think they need to go back to the saloon and wagon and I most certainly would consider it again.
Everyone who had a late 90s one? They were lovely.
I took my STi on a Institute of Advanced Motorists Track Day (sorry "Skills Day") on Croft Circuit and the 'co-pilots' (ex police drivers etc.) universally commented on its astounding road holding/cornering ability.
Fastest thing I've ever driven on a public road is my mate's Impreza.
He claims it will spin all 4 wheels in 3rd on "drive it like you stole it" map and enjoys racing Porsches on the autobahn near Stuttgart!
I thought it was more like an Astra. I had an Impreza (not an STi) for eleven years but when I finally had to replace it the one thing I knew I didn't want on the drive was something that people would mistake for a Vauxhall.
I was always a bit ambivalent about the "hooligan" image fostered by the Turbo and the STi - people seemed automatically to assume, when I said that I had an Impreza, that I drove like a tw@t all the time whereas I thought I had chosen a reasonably sensible, pretty ordinary car that had the added advantage of four wheel drive. (I'm not trying to suggest that I didn't drive like a tw@t occasionally. We all make mistakes sometimes.)
I'm obviously in the minority prefering the newer hatch back style. I only have the baby version as when I bought it they wanted too much to insure the wrx model. The drive and comfort is still outstanding though and already planning an upgrade once the insurance has come down a bit!
I never ever had the balls to put it to the max, I always bottled it before the car lost grip. Wish I'd had a go on a track.
The price that the dealers in UK were being forced into selling the cars, plus ridiculous road tax (£440) plus petrol costs have all let to its demise.
Only a car, but its sad. What a machine.
Still my favourite out of all the cars I've owned - automotive joy. Had a red sportswagon STi version 2 - imported via Ireland and bought off a forecourt dealer who rapidly disappeared. Never saw another one like it on a UK road. Four inch pipe produced a glorious fanfare which announced my arrival well in advance. Unapologetically fuel inefficient. Turbo timer meant I took to filling up with the engine running so all the mates I'd passed on a long journey couldn't re-overtake while I was refuelling. I was a secondary Headteacher at the time and the kids loved it. Now much more responsible sadly. BMW.
Presumably that would be sti or STI?
anyone had the good fortune to drive one of these and a Skyline GTR?
just wondered how they compare...
Now go and stand in the corner please. ;-)
And Essex Police Force!
the 22b is still on my list to buy if i find a suitcase of money or rob a bank
Would have thought the skyline (older models or new one) would beat the Subaru, just a guess and nothing to base that on. But I do love the skylines more, the GT-R 34 v-spec 2 was was just a sexy beast all 2.6 litres with twin turbos, plus was full of gadgets which made it handle really well. The new one is even quicker isn't it? Doesn't it have the some record for its fastest lap around the nurburgring?
That saying the older scoobies were quick and a very good car, although I always prefered the evo.
Yeah there was a 1000bhp model of the 34 nicknamed Godzilla I think and was tuned by nizmo. Think the stats were something like 0-200-0mph in 12 seconds.
> Yeah there was a 1000bhp model of the 34 nicknamed Godzilla I think and was tuned by nizmo. Think the stats were something like 0-200-0mph in 12 seconds.
that sounds more like f1 times.
> that sounds more like f1 times.
with three times the weight though
Good riddance, not a patch on the EVO - especially since the looks went down hill after the mid-late 90's models!
That might be the one, I knew it was something rediculous, still pretty quick.
I had a P1, and it was an awesome car. Tuned it to 330 bhp, added coilovers, and it handled like it was on rails. It was the best car i ever owned.....
Until i bought an Evo FQ360.
Subaru engine has soul, but the Mitsi is just in another league- it is a machine!
Having said that, i'm sad (but not surprised) to see the end of the impreza- subaru seemed to forget what McRae and Solberg brought to the brand, and made it ugly and bland.
I remember the first time i saw an Impreza- a Catalunya owned by the local drug dealer- and i was so excited, even moist at seeing and hearing it. Could anyone say the same about the current model?
A victim of it's own success, and of Subarus agricultural design division.
Went to a few track days, and unless you had a real special Impreza and an awesome driver - Evo's generally wiped the floor.
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