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..:: The Subaru Impreza Story

1. The Subaru Impreza Story, as told by me
2. The History of the Subaru Impreza
3. Special Editions
4. Image Galleries
5. My 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica


..:: Special Editions - RB320, P2, WR1, UK300, P1, RB5, 22B & more

Here we have the complete list of Special Edition Subaru Impreza's were/are available in the UK. There have been many more editions released world wide, but here is the list of UK models along with there specifications.

       
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 RB320 - 2007

November 2006, exactly one year after the sad death of Richard Burns from a brain tumour. Subaru UK announced a new special edition of their MY06 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. The RB320 is packaged in Obsidian black, with bespoke black alloys. May not be to everyone's liking but I think it looks fantastic and appropriate for the anniversary. The RB320 is no limited edition paint job, as the name suggests the RB320 delivers around 320bhp from it's WRX STi PPP package. That's a lot of oomph!! Added to that just about every subaru/prodrive option you can think of has been added as standard on the RB320

 Model
RB320
Overall Length mm
4465
Overall Width mm
1740
Overall Height mm
1440
Wheelbase mm
2540
Kerb Weight kg
1495
 
Engine Size cc
2457
Max Output bhp @ RPM
320@6000
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
332@3700
0-60 sec
4.8
0-100 sec
12.2
Top Speed mph
155(estimated)
 
Number of models
320
Cost
£29,995

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 P2 - 2005 (Prototype, not in production)

Prototype vehicle made by prodrive. Initial runours hoped it woudl be the next Impreza, but it was purely a prototype, never to be put into production. Pity it was pretty sticky in the bends!

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 WR1 - 2004

In 2004, the Subaru World Rally Team finally got back to winning Rally Championships thanks to Petter Solberg and traditionally released a Special Edition Subaru Impreza to celebrate, in the form of the WR1. Based on the latest Subaru Impreza WRX STi the WR1 also had the added Prodrive Performance Pack PPP Which makes this the most powerful and fastest Subaru Impreza you can buy off the shelf!

 Model
WR1
Subaru Impreza WR1
Overall Length mm
4415
Overall Width mm
1740
Overall Height mm
1415
Wheelbase mm
2525
Kerb Weight kg
1470
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
315@5800
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
309@4000
0-60 sec
4.25
0-100 sec
10.67
Top Speed mph
155
 
Number of models
500
Cost
£29,995

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 UK300 - 2001

After a gap of no special editions. Subaru came back in 2001 with a new shaped Subaru Impreza, a new World Rally Title, with the help of Richard Burns , and a therefore a new Special edition in the form of then UK300.

 Model
UK300
Overall Length mm
4405
Overall Width mm
1730
Overall Height mm
1440
Wheelbase mm
2525
Kerb Weight kg
1385
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
215@5600
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
215@3600
0-60 sec
5.9
0-100 sec
unknown
Top Speed mph
143
 
Number of models
300
Cost
unknown

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 P1 - 1999

The second special edition to be released in 1999 was the P1, which was more to do with Prodrive than Subaru directly. Prodrive is the company that develops the Impreza's for the World Rally Teams, so they know a thing or two about the Subaru Impreza. Therefore, they decided to release their own special edition Impreza. P1.

 Model
P1
Subaru Impreza P1
Overall Length mm
4350
Overall Width mm
1690
Overall Height mm
1400
Wheelbase mm
2520
Kerb Weight kg
1295
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
276@6500
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
253@4000
0-60 sec
4.66
0-100 sec
12.3
Top Speed mph
155
 
Number of models
1,000
Cost
unknown

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 RB5 - 1999

In 1999 Subaru released two new special edition Subaru Impreza's. The first of those was the RB5. This was to celebrate the new driver lineup with Richard Burns.

 Model
RB5
Subaru Impreza RB5
Overall Length mm
4350
Overall Width mm
1690
Overall Height mm
1400
Wheelbase mm
2520
Kerb Weight kg
1235
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
215@5600
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
214@4000
0-60 sec
4.7
0-100 sec
13.0
Top Speed mph
149
 
Number of models
444
Cost
unknown

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 22B - 1998

Often considered the best Subaru Impreza ever. The Impreza 22B was released in 1998 and came with a new 2.2litre engine. Although overall power was the same torque was improved to to the larger capacity. The 22B was also dresses in 2-door coupe form unlike previous 4-door Impreza's

 Model
22B
Subaru Impreza 22B
Overall Length mm
4365
Overall Width mm
1770
Overall Height mm
1170
Wheelbase mm
2520
Kerb Weight kg
1302
 
Engine Size cc
2212
Max Output bhp @ RPM
276@6000
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
268@3200
0-60 sec
4.7
0-100 sec
13.0
Top Speed mph
149
 
Number of models
400
Cost
unknown

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 Terzo - 1997

The Subaru Impreza Terzo was released in 1997 in order to celebrate a hat-trick of championship wins for the Subaru 555 World Rally Team.

 Model
Terzo

Overall Length mm
unknown
Overall Width mm
unknown
Overall Height mm
unknown
Wheelbase mm
unknown
Kerb Weight kg
unknown
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
208@5600
Max Torque lb/ft @ RPM
214@4000
0-60 sec
unknown
0-100 sec
unknown
Top Speed mph
unknown
 
Number of models
333
Cost
unknown

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 Catalunya - 1996

Celebrating Subaru's second World Rally Championship title in 1996, The Catalunya Subaru Impreza.

 Model
Catalunya
Overall Length mm
unknown
Overall Width mm
unknown
Overall Height mm
unknown
Wheelbase mm
unknown
Kerb Weight kg
unknown
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
208@5600
Max Torque Nm @ RPM
214@4000
0-60
unknown
0-100
unknown
Top Speed
unknown
 
Number of models
unknown
Cost
unknown

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 Series McRae - 1995

The Series McRae Subaru Impreza was released in late 1995 to celebrate the achievement of the Subaru 555 World Rally team and Colin McRae winning the World Rally Championship for the first time for both driver and manufacturer.

 Model
Series McRae
Overall Length mm
3230
Overall Width mm
1690
Overall Height mm
1440
Wheelbase mm
2520
Kerb Weight kg
unknown
 
Engine Size cc
1994
Max Output bhp @ RPM
unknown
Max Torque Nm @ RPM
unknown
0-60
unknown
0-100
unknown
Top Speed
unknown
 
Number of models
200
Cost
unknown

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2016 Porsche Panamera - latest spy pictures
Porsche plans a total revamp for its second-generation saloon, giving it sharper looks, an advanced new platform and new V6 and V8 engines

The next-generation Porsche Panamera has again been spotted testing ahead of a planned launch in late 2016.

Based on a new, advanced rear-drive and all-wheel-drive platform, dubbed MSB, the Panamera will incorporate multiple weight-saving measures and an all-new family of V6 and V8 petrol engines that promise a muscular power delivery to cement the Panamera?s position as the world?s sportiest premium saloon.

The template for the new Panamera is based on the technical and design advances introduced on the latest 991 series of the 911, which incorporates six different material types ? including magnesium, multi-phase steels and aluminium ?skin panels.

These new materials ?helped to reduce the kerb weight of 911 models by ?up to 45kg, despite a significant increase in the car?s overall dimensions, ?more stringent crash test standards and a higher level ?of standard equipment.

?Weight is our enemy and we are looking for the same percentage of aluminium as on the new 911,? said Porsche technical head Wolfgang ?Hatz. ?If you do nothing, the car becomes heavier and heavier. Comfort always equals weight, too.?

Without the high proportion of aluminium structure and body panels, the latest 911 would have put on about 60kg, according to Porsche?s own estimates.

Applied to the Panamera, these weight-saving measures are understood to ensure that its kerb weight stays at about 1800kg to 1900kg. This is despite a greater content of luxury equipment and a new, non-regulatory US narrow-overlap crash test championed by consumer groups.

The new Panamera is understood to sit on a slightly longer wheelbase and have marginally tighter front and rear overhangs than the current model. However, the overall dimensions remain broadly similar and the interior offers comparable accommodation.

A significant part of the programme is the exterior redesign, which is aimed at improving the current car?s polarising looks.

Design chief Michael Mauer told journalists at the Paris motor show in October last year that the styling will ?still divide opinion? but will be ?more attractive?.

Mauer said: ?You have to recognise it is the new one, but as well recognise that it is the successor. So the car will look different. It will look better, but you will immediately see that it is the Panamera.?

Prototypes scooped testing appear to be strongly influenced by the latest 911, particularly the haunches over the rear wheel arches, which are emphasised by more pronounced creases on the new Panamera.

Mauer also said the rear screen will be reclined at a ?faster? angle, meaning a more raked fastback shape.

Porsche is also understood to be planning a redesign of the interior and moving some of the functions clustered on buttons around the centre console to a central touchscreen, a current trend in interior design.

At the heart of any Porsche is its engine, and Autocar understands that the new family of V6 and V8 petrol and turbo engines currently under development is tipped to be one of the new Panamera?s standout features.

New from the ground up, the next Panamera has been the subject of significant investment to ensure that it has a unique, sporty character. The programme fought off the alternative within the Volkswagen Group of merging development of the Porsche/Bentley V8 with the Audi unit to save money.

New engine test cells have been installed at Weissach as part of an annual £60 million investment programme, and these will ease the new engines into production.

The concentration of this new engine development work at Weissach is partly responsible for the large influx of new engineers at Porsche, whose total workforce has risen to about 20,000 from 12,000 in just three years.

As well as the petrol V6 and V8, the MSB platform is being engineered around a diesel V6 and a hybrid.

The diesel will continue to be an Audi unit that Porsche modifies for the Panamera, eased by the close proximity to Weissach of Audi?s diesel development operation.

Significantly, Bentley has finally decided to join the MSB programme to underpin the successors to the Continental and Flying Spur. This means that Porsche is ?package protecting? the new platform for a 12-cylinder engine.

Porsche is also working on a new range of transmissions, understood to be PDK dual-clutch autos and manuals, although details are scarce.

Whether or not the Bentley will retain its ZF eight-speed torque converter automatic has yet to be confirmed. But given Bentley?s focus on refined and reserved power, ?it seems likely.

Porsche is not yet committing in public to other variants of the Panamera, but sources have revealed that two-door coupé and convertible versions, which can share their engineering with the new Bentley Continental GT and GT Convertible, have been package protected.

This means that construction details for the two-door body styles, such as stiffening of the bodyshell for the convertible and stowage space for the hood, have been built into the engineering concept design, even if the production investment has ?not yet been committed.

However, they may well be integral to Porsche?s plan to raise production to 200,000 units a year by 2018, together with a promise to launch a new model each year until then.

Bentley?s involvement in the project will also help Porsche to engineer these spin-offs, because its three-box designs incorporate a rear bulkhead essential to stiffen the structure of an open-top design. The four-door Panamera?s fastback design, with its estate-style folding rear seats, doesn?t have the necessary bulkhead.

The green light for the two-door Panamera family now hinges as much on Porsche?s engineering capacity as on the projected market demand.

Having launched the carbonfibre-tubbed 918 Spyder and the Macan SUV in just a handful of years, engineering teams want to return their focus to the existing range, which will need updating and replacing.

A new Cayenne, for example, based on the same architecture as Audi?s new Q7 and Bentley's upcoming Bentayga SUV, also has to be readied for production alongside the new Panamera.

Hatz said: ?At the moment we are on full load, even overload, so let?s do the homework which we have to do. We have had a great deal ?of development in the past ?four years. Now we have to ?stabilise this.?

In fact, such is the workload on Porsche?s engineers that sources in Germany report that much of the detailed production engineering of the new Panamera has been contracted out to consultants to open up capacity for Porsche?s own engineers to work on other projects.

Q&A with Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche board member for R&S, VW Group head of engine and transmissions

Will the new Panamera be ready in 18 months?

We are in the middle of the development and it is some time to SOP [start of production]. Is it 18 months to SOP? No, longer than that.

The new 911 uses aluminium extensively in its body. Will the Panamera follow that lead?

Absolutely, we will do. The same percentage as the 991? I think more.

What sort of weight saving can we expect?

Now we have to do the next step, but it will not be 50kg just from the body. We have to save from each component and each part.

The 918 Spyder uses a carbonfibre tub. Can this technology trickle down to the 911 and Boxster?

The 918 Spyder is very Iightweight, but at a high price point. Carbonfibre will not be  ready in the next 10 years for a volume production car.

What is the production future of a Panamera coupé, a new 928?

I like it very much. But in the last three years, we have done the 918 Spyder and the Macan, all on top of what was planned. We have big programmes on powertrain and transmissions ? all new. And we did the 919 race car from zero. That?s a big effort from my team.

What about a plug-in hybrid sports car in future?

Our biggest enemy on a sports car is weight. The battery, cooling, plumbing, wiring, electric motor and ECUs add 320kg to the 918 Spyder. Take it out and the car would weigh close to 1300kg, including liquids. It would be the lightest supercar in the world.

Can you solve this problem?

The technology has to become lighter, with reduced cost, complexity and so on. We have to work on it and, in the end, we can do it if we work on it.

Could we see it on the next 911?

This technology can reduce CO2, but it has to be fun to drive or the customer won?t buy it as a Porsche. We?ll only do a plug-in hybrid if it adds performance, despite the weight. We will not do an ?eco 911?.

When will we see the new flat four turbo in a Porsche?

We are running [it] in test cars, but we are yet to decide when we will go into production. But downsizing is a fact. It can be fun to drive. 

Will turbos take over from naturally aspirated engines at Porsche?

We will leave the customer a choice. A high-revving, normally aspirated [engine] is still something emotional. Most likely, we will have both options.

Will manual gearboxes be available in future models?

For ever, I don?t know. But for the next-generation models, we will have a manual. I?m talking out to 2020. 

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What's the best used Lotus to buy now?
Elan, Elise or Exige? The Lotus range offers some of the most accessible performance motoring money can buy

Everyone seems to worship at the shrine of Enzo Ferrari, whereas cars designed by a bloke called Colin are regarded less than reverentially sometimes.

That is outrageous, because when it comes to racing heritage, I?d argue that Lotus has a more illustrious and innovative one than Ferrari. When it comes to the plastic bodies, they are no less beautiful and a lot less rusty than the Italian ones (early Ferrari 308s excepted, of course).

We can all agree that company founder Colin Chapman's unique way of using customers as development engineers wasn?t perfect, but the problem has been not so much shoddily built Lotuses as badly looked after examples.

The fact remains, you should want a Lotus because they're brilliant, and here are a few of my later-generation favourites. Which ones do you adore?

Lotus Esprit Turbo

The first British supercar? That would have to be the Esprit Turbo. A second-generation Turbo model from 1987 did 163mph and 0-60mph in 5.3sec. Two years later, though, came the SE, which had 264bhp and cut that 0-60 figure down to just 4.7sec. Golly.

Lotus Esprit S4

Without a doubt, the friendliest Esprit of all is the S4. That isn't surprising, as it has ABS brakes and power steering, really transforming the Esprit into a car that you can actually park. The higher-performance S4S is the most desirable model of all, though. It is a V8 lookalike, with very similar performance but none of the problems.

Lotus Elise S2

Launched in 2001, the Elise Series 2 with its distinctive lizard-eye headlamps was a leap forward for the model and the marque. It still had the MG 1.8-litre K-series engine, which many forget was re-engineered by Lotus to be better, although it is still worth checking for head gasket issues.

Lotus Exige

Even more than a Seven, the Exige is a road-legal racer. The revamped Series 2 model from 2004 ditched the Rover engine for Toyota power and received a minor facelift, and many believe that it was all the better for it. Available in Touring Pack, more comprehensive Super Touring (airbags) and track-focused Super Sports guises.

Lotus Elise S1

Launched in July 1996 with the 1796cc Rover engine previously seen in the MG F and the 200, it produced an adequate but not overwhelmingly impressive 118bhp. However, the car weighed just 725kg, and that translated into a 0-60mph time of just six seconds. Acceleration is awesome and only the slightly notchy gearchange can slow you down.

Lotus Elan

The Elan was revived in 1990 as a thoroughly modern sports car. Composite plastic body, brilliant handling, effortless performance? all the usual Lotus magic ingredients were there. A Japanese Isuzu turbocharged engine meant that it wouldn?t break down, either. Purists didn?t like the engine, or the front-wheel drive layout, or the fact that it was as wide as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, though. Not the big hit that it could have been, largely due to the presence of the Mazda MX-5, so just 3855 were built.

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary UK review
Three decades later, can the Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary rekindle the magic of the iconic 205 GTi original? We drive it in the UK to find out I'm not sure if the phrase ?making a rod for your own back? is common parlance on the other side of the channel, but if not, Peugeot?s probably introduced it to the Gallic lexicon.The ?rod? in this case is the iconic 205 GTi, a car so good in its day - and still adored now - that in the succeeding three decades, every new sporty Peugeot has been compared with it and usually dismissed as below par.However, with 2014 marking 30 years since the company revelled in the hot-hatch big time, and using the respectable 208 GTi as a foundation, the chaps at Peugeot Sport were given the green light to go for gold once again and take on the standard-setting Ford Fiesta ST. The result is the rather obviously named 208 GTi 30th Anniversary, of which just 800 will be built.As you might expect, there is more power, heavily revised suspension and remapped steering, all of which has been dressed in a style that carries hints of the 1980s original but is thoroughly forward looking, modern and aggressive ? especially with the optional red and matt black ?Coupe Franche? paint scheme of our test car.

Hardcore Porsche Boxster in development for 2016 launch
Lightweight Boxster could be badged 'Club Sport' when it goes on sale in 2016

A more sporting version of the Porsche Boxster, which could become a successor to 2011's Boxster Spyder, is in development.

The new car, spied here during winter testing, could resurrect the missing Club Sport name from Porsche's line-up.

At the recent Detroit motor show, Porsche boss Wolfgang Hatz confirmed that a new, more sporting Boxster model was on the cards, although he said it would not adopt the GT4 moniker like the upcoming hot Cayman.

Hatz has also said the sporting Boxster will be developed by the mainstream Porsche operation rather than the firm's Motorsport division.

It's understood that this new Boxster won't provide more power than the current range-topping GTS, which gets 325bhp from its 3436cc flat six petrol engine.

Instead, Porsche engineers will focus on dropping the car's kerb weight and tuning its chassis for a more sporting set-up.

From these pictures, it seems that styling changes for the model will be limited to around the front bumper. This prototype gets larger side air intakes, as well as a central air vent in the same vein as the upcoming 911 GT3 RS.

With the facelifted Porsche Boxster due to go on sale late this year, it's unlikely this more hardcore version will be seen before 2016. Prices will most likely shift upwards from the £52,879 asked for the Boxster GTS.

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Five best new car deals for this week
Save £2703 on the Seat Leon 2.0 TSi 280 Cupra three-door from Carfile.net The best new car deals for this week, including the Seat Leon Cupra, BMW 5-series Touring, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Audi A6 Saloon and Jaguar XF

Our deal-hunting experts have been scouring online broker websites to find the best savings on new cars.

This week?s highlights include thousands of pounds off premium saloons and estates.

The best bang for your buck

The hot hatch market is filled with fantastic cars, and the Seat Leon Cupra mixes in at the top end of the class with a 0-62mph time of 5.8sec. For £2703 off the rapid 2.0 TSi 280 Cupra three-door, visit Carfile to get a Leon for £24,507.

The well-equipped saloon

Carfile.net have a saving of £7579 on the Audi A6 3.0 TDi 245 Quattro S Line Saloon. In this trim the A6 comes with lowered and stiffened suspension, larger wheels and LED front and rear lights. With the Carfile saving, you can pick up this A6 for £34,736.

The big saving

The BMW 5-series Touring may well be the pick of the 5-series range and it?s a must-have executive estate car. If you head over to Coast2coastcars it's offering a massive £8485 saving on the 528i M Sport touring, bringing its price down to £33,245.

The outgoing saloon

We announced the news this week that Jaguar is giving the XF range a last hurrah before it?s replaced by a new model in April, and Carfile has taken advantage of this by offering a £4744 saving on the XF 2.2d 200 Luxury saloon. The smooth XF is a pleasure to drive and can be yours for £29,806.

The plug-in hybrid

Low running costs aren?t the only thing going for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It?s a practical and capable off-roader with a decent electric range, and Autoebid lists the 2.0 PHEV GX3h for £26,722, giving you a saving of £6582.

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