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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.

       

 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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Opposites attack: Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Formula 4 race car
Opposites attack: Porsche 911 Turbo S vs F4 race car Porsche's 911 Turbo S is a seriously fast road car, but can it defeat a 185bhp F4 single-seater on a track?

The latest Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the fastest road cars that money can buy.

It has 552bhp and 516lb ft of torque, puts its power all over the road courtesy of a complex four-wheel drive system and can, as a result, cover ground more efficiently than almost any other road car on earth. And it costs £140,852.

For less than a third of that, however, you could arm yourself with a device that could lap any circuit in Britain much faster than a 911 Turbo S. And for half of that again, you could pay to enter said device into a bona fide racing championship and find out if you have what it takes to become the next Lewis Hamilton.

Or, more realistically, find out if your son or daughter has what it takes to become the next you-know-who.

But even if you just fancied running a Formula 4 car at track days every now and then, you?ve got to admit that £45k for a fully tooled-up single-seater that could run rings around anything else that turned up is, in all sorts of ways, a mouth-watering prospect.

But how fast, ultimately, can a single-seater like the new F4 machine be when it has but a mere 185bhp from a 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine? Fair enough, the spaceframe chassis and part-carbonfibre safety cell of the F4 car mean that it weighs little more than a cup of tea, but surely it can?t compete with the pure grunt of the Porsche on the straight bits of the average circuit? 

And even if the F4 can stop rather well, courtesy of its AP Racing brakes, and changes gear instantly, thanks to its trick new Sadev six-speed paddle-shift gearbox, the PDK-equipped 911 Turbo S also has a reputation for being able to swap cogs faster than you can think. It?s quite good at slowing down, too.

So what actually happens when a 552bhp, 1605kg Turbo S squares up to 185bhp and 470kg of Van Diemen-designed Formula 4 car on a circuit? Does the F4 car just disappear into the distance at the first corner, never to be seen again? Or are there areas in which they overlap? Are there parts of the circuit, in other words, where the heavier but far more potent 911 can keep up or even pull away?

We went to the West Circuit at Bedford Autodrome to find the answer, and we chose the West because it has a decent mix of straights, which would in theory favour the 911, and corners, which would suit the F4 car. 

Read the Porsche 911 Turbo S first drive

According to fastestlaps.com, the outright road car lap record for the West Circuit is 1min 13.8sec, held by a 455bhp Radical SR8 LM, with the 583bhp Caparo T1 second on 1min 14.8sec. But to give you an idea of what sort of times more normal supercars are capable of, the McLaren 12C is listed at 1min 19.6sec, the 2012 Nissan GT-R 1min 20.1sec and the Noble M600 1min 20.8sec

And to give you an idea of how mighty the new 911 Turbo S is, it thumped in a 1min 19.2sec on its first flying lap of the day. Which was pretty extraordinary for such a usable, everyday kind of supercar. 

But what was more surprising still was what happened when we put both cars out on the circuit at the same time, me in the F4 car and Autocar?s resident hired gun, Mauro Calo, in the Porsche.

Because on cold tyres, and with muggins sitting behind its digitised steering wheel, the F4 car was nowhere beside the 911. It understeered badly where the Porsche sliced into corners.

It locked its slick front tyres everywhere and very nearly went into the back of the 911 under brakes at one rather terrifying point. And on the way out of corners, it was left for dead. The 911 would rocket away, not just with better traction but with massively more acceleration as well. 

To begin with, in fact, the F4 car felt oddly underwhelming at Bedford, even though its gearchange felt super-precise, its engine surprisingly willing and its cockpit suitably like that of a junior F1 car.

But the problem with the F4 car initially was me, not it, because to get a relatively low-powered single-seater that uses slicks and wings to generate its speed, rather than its primary power source (in other words, its engine), you need to drive it in a particular kind of way. 

You need to get heat into its tyres and air travelling as rapidly as possible across its wings, and if you don?t, you go nowhere, slowly, and it all feels a bit disconnected as a consequence. And the 911 Turbo S murders it in the process.

But once you learn how to unlock its box of secrets ? by getting heat into its tyres, basically ? there is a quite extraordinary transformation that occurs in the F4 car. The faster you go, the more speed you can carry everywhere, and as the grip levels go up, so does your confidence, and so it goes on.

Until you reach a point where you find yourself operating the car using minuscule inputs at the steering wheel, with quite violent but short, sharp prods on the brake pedal (with your left foot, not your right, just as you do in a kart) and using full throttle absolutely as often as you can.

And once the heat comes and you can bring yourself to go fast enough to light the wings up too, the ability of the F4 car to cover ground becomes quite breathtaking, literally. And after a while, you discover that it really can run rings around the Turbo S in a way that, an hour previously, you didn?t think was possible.

And because it can brake tens of yards later into every corner and carries miles more speed into and out of each corner, the F4 car doesn?t actually get that badly dropped on the straights, either, in the end.

In the end, I did a 1min 13.0sec lap in the F4 car, which was over six seconds quicker than I managed in the 911. Of arguably more significance, though, was the fact that this was also a shade quicker than the 455bhp Radical SR8 LM?s outright lap record as well ? with just 185bhp. 

That?s how much raw performance the F4 car can generate. Bear in mind, too, that a top-line driver would shave at least another second off that time. No wonder the F4 grids are full to bursting. And no wonder the 911?s tyres were looking more than a touch frayed by the end of the day.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Price £140,852 0-62mph 3.1sec Top speed 198mph Economy 29.1mpg (combined) CO2 227g/km Kerb weight 1605kg Engine 6 cyls horizontally opposed, 3800cc, twin-turbo, petrol Power 552bhp at 6500rpm Torque 516lb ft at 2100rpm Gearbox 7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Formula 4 race car

Price £45,000 0-62mph 2.94sec Top speed 142mph Economy 11mpg CO2 NA Kerb weight 470kg Engine 4 cyls in line, 1998cc, petrol Power 183bhp at 6750rpm Torque 148lb ft at 5250rpm Gearbox 6-speed sequential manual

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Mercedes-Benz plans new AMG Sport range
Mercedes-Benz plans new AMG Sport range New AMG sub brand created to rival performance divisions from Audi and BMW, with new C450 AMG Sport among the first models to arrive

Mercedes-Benz is developing an extended range of AMG Sport models to be positioned underneath its traditional line of AMG cars, Autocar can reveal.

Intended to challenge the various performance orientated models from the Audi Sport and BMW M Performance line-ups, the new AMG Sport models are set to receive exclusive exterior and interior styling touches and upgraded engines.

They'll also use uniquely calibrated chassis tuning and electronics, according to sources familiar with Mercedes-Benz?s plans.

As with the performance car strategies pursued by Audi and BMW, Mercedes-Benz plans to offer its upcoming AMG Sport models with a choice of either petrol or diesel engines, although not in every model.

Among the features differentiating them from the standard Mercedes-Benz models upon which they are base will be widened tracks similar to those used by full-blown AMG models.

?We have identified growing demand for our more overtly sporting models, both in petrol and diesel guises. We intend to extend our range with a new line of models developed in partnership with AMG,? an insider revealed to Autocar.   

Included in the new AMG Sport line-up will be models from the A, C, E and S-class line-ups together with variants based on GL- and M-, GLK- and GLA-class.   

Among the first of Mercedes-Benz?s new AMG Sport models will be the upcoming C450 AMG Sport. Planned to make its public debut later this year, it runs a tuned version of the C400?s turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that produces a claimed 367bhp.

That's 34bhp more than the standard C400, but over 100bhp short of the upcoming C63 AMG, which runs a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant.

Also under development and planned for launch in 2015 is an AMG sport variant of Mercedes-Benz?s new BMW X6 rivaling M-class coupé.

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Citroen reveals special edition DS3 Cabrio
Citroen reveals special edition DS3 Cabriolet New DS3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit is the fourth model to be created with the cosmetics retailer, and is now on sale

Citroën has revealed the latest special edition of its DS3 Cabrio to be built in partnership with Benefit Cosmetics.

The car, named DS3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit, is now on sale priced from £18,745 - a £1000 premium over the regular model. Modifications include new white paint, pink accents on the door mirrors and wheels, as well as new logos and badges on the B-pillars and at the rear.

Inside, new floor mats feature alongside an upgraded polka dot dashboard design, as well as new white trim.

The DS3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit is powered by a 120bhp VTi petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

This is the fourth special edition to be created in conjunction with Benefit Cosmetics.

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New Hyundai i20 revealed in design sketches
New Hyundai i20 revealed in design sketches Sleek, sporty shape for Korean manufacturer's new Ford Fiesta rival, which will be officially revealed at the Paris motor show

The second-generation Hyundai i20 has been shown off in official design renderings ahead of the model's unveiling at the Paris motor show in October.

The new version of Hyundai's B-segment model ? designed at Hyundai's European design centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany ? features the latest evolution of the brand's design philosophy, dubbed Fluidic Sculpture 2.0.

The front of the new i20 features a new interpretation of Hyundai's familiar hexagonal grille and a new thin horizontal strip connecting the headlamps.

At the rear, i20 features a 'wraparound' rear window that blends into the C-pillars, which are dark-coloured to accentuate the car's side profile.

Hyundai says it has given the car a long bonnet and sculpted body sides to create a "powerful stance".

The Korean manufacturer hasn't revealed any technical details of its new rival for the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, although the car has been spied testing ahead of its debut.

Inside the i20 has seating for five, with previous test mules showing off a two-tone cloth seat trim. Expect a significant lift in fit and finish in the cabin, with a central infotainment screen and redesigned front fascia.

It is expected that the i20 will borrow much of its engine range from the current generation, meaning a 1.2-litre petrol with 84bhp and 88lb ft and a 1.1-litre CRDi diesel with 74bhp and 133lb ft.

Two variants of the 1.4-litre CRDi will likely be offered too, delivering 99bhp and 101lb ft and 89bhp and 162lb ft respectively. It's also highly likely that Hyundai will also offer the i10's 66bhp 1.0-litre engine. A hotter performance variant of the i20, badged under Hyundai's N performance brand, is expected to come later.

The second-generation i20 is slated to go on sale at the start of next year. 

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Mercedes-Benz revises E-class model range
Mercedes-Benz revises E-class model range Derivatives of German manufacturer's executive saloon get nine-speed automatic transmission, more power and lower emissions

Mercedes-Benz has updated the E-class range, with options including a new nine-speed automatic gearbox as well as power and emissions upgrades and new safety kit.

Among the changes is the addition of urea injection to the exhaust system of the E220 Bluetec and E250 Bluetec.

Fuel economy is improved from 61.4mpg to 64.2mpg in the E220 Bluetec saloon and from 47.9mpg to 53.3mpg in the E350 Bluetec saloon, with both featuring EU6 emission compliance.

Economy is also improved on the E300 Bluetec Hybrid, from 68.9mpg to 74.3mpg in saloon guise.

Further up the line-up, the E350 Bluetec receives a revised 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine boasting an added 6bhp at 254bhp along with an updated version of Mercedes-Benz?s newly introduced nine-speed automatic gearbox.

On the petrol side, the E400?s turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine has been replaced by the larger 3.5-litre V6 recently unveiled on the CLS400. Power and torque remain the same at 328bhp and 354lb ft, with the E400 coupé returning 40.9mpg.

Emissions gains mean that CO2 figures have dropped across the board, lead by the E300 Bluetec Hybrid, which emits just 107g/km.

The changes also mean the E350 Bluetec now reaches 0-62mph fractionally quicker than the current car, at 6.4 seconds (down from 6.6 seconds), whicle the E350 Bluetec Hybrid completes the same sprint in 7.1 seconds, down from 7.5 seconds.

Standard equipment on the E-class has also been bolstered by the addition of the Collision Prevention Assist Plus system.

The technology, which helps to reduce the impact of rear-end accidents via visual and auditory warnings as well as partial autonomous braking, will be fitted as standard to all E-class models.

New Premium and Premium Plus packages also add further luxuries to the E-class. The Premium package includes a panoramic glass sunroof, a memory pack, rear split folding seats and a reversing camera on saloon models for £2695. Premium Plus adds keyless go and an upgraded sound system for £3895. On estate models, prices for those packages is £2395 and £3495 respectively.

Price increases across the range now means that the entry-level E220 Bluetec saloon in SE specification starts from £34,270, compared to £32,750 for the older E220 CDI. Similarly, the E-class estate now starts at £36,060.

The upgraded E-class models will be available from September.

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