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3. Special Editions
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..:: 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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The 10 worst cars on sale in Britain today
Having recently named the best cars on sale in the UK, now it's time to name the worst?

A few weeks ago Andrew Frankel picked his top 50 best cars in sale in Britain today.

Among the top 10 were the Mini Cooper, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Range Rover Sport, Ford Fiesta 1.0T EcoBoost and Porsche 911 GT3, but it was the storming Volkswagen Golf R which took the top honours.†

There's a flipside, though, because while we were busy naming the best cars on sale today, we also had to choose those models which fall drastically short of our expectations.

Welcome, then, to our list of the worst cars on sale in this country.

10 - Infiniti Q50 2.2D

Worryingly, the firm?s top brass must have driven the Q50 back to back with a BMW 3-series and concluded that it was at least competitive. It isn?t.

9 ? Ford EcoSport

Ford is not the only manufacturer to get a car into both the top five and the bottom 10, but the EcoSport still represents an amazing drop in form.

8 ? Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid

World?s first luxury sporting plug-in hybrid. But its power delivery is annoying, the price high and the base diesel better and more frugal in daily use.

7 ? Fiat 500L

Proof that there are limits to the elasticity of brands even as strong as the 500. If you think it isn?t much to look at, wait until you drive it.

6 ? Mini Paceman John Cooper Works All4

Take a Countryman and remove the main point of buying one (its five doors and practical interior). If the Paceman has a point, we can?t see it.†

5 ? Lexus CT200h

Not much more than a posh Prius with an inflated price. It would have been overtaken many times by newer rivals were it not already at the back.

4 ? Nissan Micra

Some cars make this rogue?s gallery because of one appalling impediment, but the Micra is here because it?s miserably mediocre in so many areas.

3 ? BMW 7-series

It was probably the least desirable mainstream luxury saloon even when it was new back in 2008. Today, it?s mightily far off the pace.

2 ? Alfa Romeo Mito TwinAir

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New Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition revealed
Italian manufacturer celebrates its relationship with Pirelli with limited-edition Aventador supercar

Lamborghini has revealed a special Pirelli Edition of the Aventador.

The model, which celebrates the Italian supercar manufacturer's relationship with the tyre company, will be produced in a limited run.

The Pirelli Edition keeps the standard Aventador's mechanical package, so power comes from the same 691bhp V12 engine as that of the regular road car. That's enough to get the Aventador to 62mph in 2.9sec and provide a top speed of 217mph.

Upgrades for the special edition include new two-tone paintwork, a painted stripe running the length of the car and the addition of Pirelli's logo.

Standard equipment includes a transparent engine cover, new carbonfibre and leather cabin trim, Pirelli P Zero tyres and new 20 and 21-inch alloy wheels.†A special Pirelli plaque also features inside.

Lamborghini and Pirelli have been working together since Lamborghini's formation in 1963. Since then, all the firm's cars have been shod with Pirelli rubber.

The Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition is available to order now in both coupť and Roadster forms, with first deliveries planned for summer 2015. Pricing hasn't been revealed, but the standard Aventador starts at around £260,000.

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How the new Volvo XC90 was designed ? exclusive studio pictures
The Swedish manufacturer?s new SUV ushers in a new design language. The car?s exterior design manager talks us through its philosophy

The striking new 2015 Volvo XC90 is a vehicle that represents a break from the past for the Scandinavian company.

Built on the firm's new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), the big SUV also introduces a new design language, elements of which will filter through the rest of Volvo?s model range as it gets refreshed or replaced in the coming years.

The XC90?s exterior design manager, Anders Gunnarson, gave us a tour of the car and told us about its creation.

Autocar: What are the main design themes on the all-new Volvo XC90?

Anders Gunnarson: ?Quite early in the program came the word ?confident? as a guiding line. Of course, going back to our history, we have been a lot about confidence, so we want to enhance that.

"The Scandinavian approach is very much about having one idea and working with clarity. It is quite sophisticated to have a refined design with simple attributes. We?re enhancing the good proportions of the vehicle rather than ornamenting or decorating it so badly so you lose the form. Good proportions were the basis for the exercise."

At first glance, the front end of the XC90 is extremely striking.

AG: ?The front is very much the most important part of the vehicle. You see that with the stance - the wheels are in a good position, as is the grille. There are a lot of elements are from our history, albeit done in a different manner. ?The grille has a new floating frame, with extra depth. Thomas [Ingenlath, Volvo?s head of design] badly wanted to introduce a new Iron Mark [Volvo?s badge] with the diagonal line in the mark, so we had to consider that. We spent a lot of time securing the detailing around it.

"I think that?s important ? you have the Iron Mark, the lettering, the depth, the material, the diagonal line, the free-floating grille and so forth. "The reason for going through all these elements is that we are so keen on the brand name and really want to expose it in the best possible way, with a lot of dedication to the detail. That?s very important for this vehicle, both the interior and exterior.?

How did you arrive at the distinctive ?Thor?s Hammer? design of the front headlamps?

AG: ?From the start we wanted a visual identity, both day and night, and something that communicates the new technology inside the headlamps also. You wouldn?t be able to have that headlamp design before full LED lights became available."The industry has been working a lot with headlamp identity for quite some years now.

"But if you think about it, we were first with the Volvo 240, especially in England, with the lights that are always lit. That created a lot of identity. The story with Thor?s Hammer is quite nice also. The hammer is called MjŲlnir in the Viking story. As a Scandinavian car company, we can take ownership of it.?

Has the design attempted to give the XC90 more of an upmarket quality?

AG: ?On the side of the vehicle, the belt line position has an almost majestic feel to it. The Volvo ?shoulder? is very important for us; we wanted to keep that, but do it in a different manner. We think that crease line creates more of a quality perception. It has more of a machine look than the old Volvos, which were a bit softer. This is more serious looking. That was very important for us also, that it should look serious.?

Did you have to work hard to give the car a solid stance, as is popular on most modern SUVs?

AG: ?Proportions are important at the rear of the car. You have quite a lot of mass. The old XC90 looked a bit light at the top. It is very important that the car should look solid from the rear. That doesn?t necessarily mean a low centre of gravity, because it is an SUV, but you need some substance, so it looks and feels like it is standard sturdily on the tarmac. We worked a lot with that and I think it shows.

?The tail lamps are standing in a way that is traditional on a Volvo, but on this car they are more technical, creating a nice graphical form from the rear.

The angle of the rear screen, is a nice detail because it gives us a nice position of our brand name. Every piece of design around the brand name should be well thought through ? the car shouldn?t be designed and tailored but then you don?t really know what to do with the badge."It?s clear that we have thought about it and want to have a good position for it.

"Also at the rear we have pulled the spoiler down to create this wide sensation of the rear end. The brake light is almost hidden underneath the spoiler.†This feeling of width is being echoed by the exhaust pipes in the lower part of the rear.?

How important was it for your design team to have an influence in the creation of the new SPA car platform?

AG: ?On previous platforms, our task was to create a nice-looking car around something that was not tailor-made. Of course, it?s possible but it is not optimal. Now this time we have the possibility to be there from day one, tailor-making our own platform and giving us the optimal prerequisites. If you?re working with the fundamental architecture from day one, you will create the prerequisites you want.

?The biggest job has been to engineer the platform, but we were heavily involved in the early stage, so we could decide how to create good proportions and what to do with wheelbase, widths and so forth. We were there from day one as a team, going through what possibilities we had to move components and so on. It was very important to be part of it.The XC90 is the first Volvo to feature the new design language.

How much of it will we see on the manufacturer?s future cars?

AG: ?There will be a super-strong family resemblance that will work very nicely together in the showroom, but it?s a moving identity. We have some strong items to work with. Certain things will not change. Things like the front lights, the grille and so forth are likely to remain, but it?s not not like everything will come from XC90.?Volvo is now owned by a Chinese company.

Do your designs now have to appeal more to Chinese market tastes?

AG: ?Chasing contemporary trends could be quite risky for a company like Volvo. Of course, we have a design studio in China doing research and we need to know what it is all about. But you can lose your sense of self by just going for what you think those markets want. What?s most important is that you have to know what you want, and you have to make the optimal outcome based on what you want. That will give you respect and be appealing to the market. It?s very different, China compared to Sweden. It couldn?t be more different. Here we have this motto ?less is more?, the motto there is ?more is not enough?.?

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Porsche 718 'baby Boxster' project cancelled
Porsche's R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz confirms development has stopped of a £35,000 entry-level roadster

The Porsche 718 ‘baby Boxster’ project will not happen, according to the firm’s head of research and development Wolfgang Hatz.
 
Expected to cost around £35,000 and to be powered by a new family of four-cylinder engines, the baby Boxster has long been tipped as a way to increase Porsche’s sales volumes. The Porsche 718 name was rumoured as an acknowledgement to the firm’s racing history.
 
However, Hatz said: “The project is stopped. We have a very good entry point to the range with the Boxster, and we see no reason to go below that. Porsche should remain exclusive, and you cannot chase volume when you are such a brand. The Boxster is our perfect entry point - we have already set the right entry level.”
 
The car was expected to be developed as part of a cross-VW Group strategy. However, without the sales volume generated by all its relevant brands being involved, the car is not now expected to be developed in any form.
 
Autocar first scooped the car back in 2010, and 12 months later company boss Matthias MŁller confirmed the scoop, saying that the carmaker would build a ‘modern-day’ version of the classic 550 Spyder as an entry-level model for the brand.
 
MŁller told German newspaper Handelsblatt: "I can imagine that such a modern version of the famous 'James Dean' Porsche would be well received by our customers." He also said that the new model would not be retro-styled.
 
The Porsche was at that time expected to be based on a new mid-engined aluminium and steel platform being developed by Audi which was also set to be used for the proposed Audi R4 roadster. However, that project was also cancelled, leaving the baby Porsche's chances of making production very slim.
 
The engine range would have been drawn from the new flat-four engines Porsche has in production. These will be rolled out on the facelifted Boxster and Cayman ranges in 2015. The engine is understood to produce around 400bhp in turbocharged form.

 

Ferrari F40 leads iconic supercars at Autosport International
Historic models from Ferrari, Lancia, Porsche and Audi to be on display at January's Performance Car Show

Ferrari's iconic F40 will head up a new 'Track Icons and Wild Road Cars' display at the Performance Car Show next month.

The event, which takes place as part of the Autosport International show, is being held from 8-11 January at Birmingham's NEC arena.

Built to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, the F40 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 478bhp and 425lb ft. Able to complete the 0-62mph sprint in just 3.8sec, the F40 was the first production car to break the 200mph barrier.

The F40 will be on display alongside a Jaguar XJR15 - which was launched at the very first Autosport International in 1991 - plus a Porsche 959, Audi Sport Quattro SWB and Lancia Stratos Stradale.

At the other end of the scale, Ferrari's 950bhp LaFerrari hypercar will also be on display.

Other attractions at the 2015 ASI event include the Live Action Arena, where finalists from Autocar's Britain's Best Driver's Car will be put through their paces, as well as our supercar display.

Tickets for Autosport International and the Performance Car Show are already on sale, and cost £32 for adults and £21 for children. For more information about tickets, click here.

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