To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Subaru they had to do something a bit special. Enter the WRX 22B STi with a bored out to 2.2 litre turbo engine, wider bodywork, and a limited run of 400. Cost in Japan was around £25,000 but importers were selling the car here in the UK for anything from £35-50,000!
Tread Front/Rear: 1480/1500mm
Vehicle weight: 1270kgs.
Engine: 2.2 litre Boxer Master-4 DOHC Turbo
Power//Torque: 280PS/6000rpm // 37.0kg-m/3200rpm
Closed Deck Cylinder Block
Piston Molybdenum Coated
Tempered Clutch (twin)
Gear Ratio: 1st: 3.083 / 2nd: 2.062 / 3rd: 1.545 / 4th: 1.151 / 5th: 0.825 / Rear: 3.416 Reduction Ratio: 4.444
Super Quick Power Steering Rack Gear Box(13:1)
Suspension: Bilstein Strut and Eibach coil springs
Hard type Bilstein Strut/Eibach Coil spring suspension
Wheels: BBS Alloy Wheels(17x8.5JJ)
17x8.5JJ BBS Alloy Wheels & Carbon Centre Caps
WR Car type Front Grille & Bumper
Aluminium Front Hood
STi Fog Lamp Covers
Front Cherry Red Front Grille Emblem(6 stars)
Fender & STi Side Emblem
Coloured coded side under skirt, rear spoiler, bumper and front spoiler
High WRC Rear Spoiler with High Mount Brake Light
Steering Wheel: NARDI shock absorbent(without Air Bag)
NARDI shock absorbent leather covered Steering Wheel without Air Bag
Serial Number Plate<000/400>
Original design Suede (Artificial) Front Bucket Seat & Rear Seat
The following interior 22B-STi pictures copyright © Anders Skarsten
Rumoured to put out 350bhp, members of IWOC took one to the rolling road and tested it back to back with a few other Imprezas, including an STi type R. In terms of ultimate maximum power there was not much to choose between the two, but the 22B produced more of its power and hence a lot more torque much earlier in the rev range. With 2.2 litres against the standard type R 2 litre feeding the same size turbo the results were interesting to say the least, with the 22B power curve tailing off and the type R producing more and more straight into its limiter! For further details of the day refer to the Impreza Web Owners Club pages.
Not to be left out, Subaru UK have brought 15 official cars into the UK with some modifications especially for this market. Further details in the Impreza Special Edition section.
As things move on though, it was surprising to see at an IWOC dyno day that the latest STi version 5 put out as much power (and more) with the same low down torque as the 22B....
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