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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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Honda opens new hydrogen filling station in Swindon
Honda opens new hydrogen filling station in Swindon Japanese manufacturer hopes to kick start the uptake of hydrogen-powered cars in the UK with the opening of its own filling station

A solar-powered hydrogen production and filling station facility capable of producing 20 tonnes of hydrogen a year has been opened at Honda?s Swindon factory. 

The hydrogen it produces can be dispensed directly into fuel cell vehicles such as Honda?s own FCX Clarity

Fuel cell cars are still under development and so far have only been manufactured in small volumes, but Honda fuel cell expert Thomas Brachman says that if made in numbers of 100,000 a year or more, the cost of a Honda hydrogen fuel cell car could already compete on price with a conventional combustion engine-powered car of today.

The hydrogen station is the first to produce commercial quantities of renewable hydrogen at the point of use. It has been developed by a consortium of companies including the British Oxygen Corporation, with funding from the government?s Innovate UK. 

The plant will also supply a small fleet of bi-fuel Ford Transit vans belonging to Swindon Borough Council and two fuel cell-powered fork lift trucks working in the production facility.

Hydrogen is produced at the new plant in a sustainable way though pressurised alkaline electrolysis of water using electricity produced by a solar farm nearby. 

Electrolysis is a process which breaks down water into hydrogen and oxygen with no carbon emissions, as long as the electricity used is from renewable sources. A fuel cell converts hydrogen and oxygen into ?clean? electricity with only water and heat as by-products. 

Hydrogen is produced by the Honda production plant at 900bar and can be supplied to vehicles with either 350bar or 750bar storage tanks. The firm first established a hydrogen filling facility at Swindon in 2011. 

Until now, the hydrogen it dispensed was shipped to the site, but the addition of the sustainable production facility has significant implications for the potential of hydrogen as a transport fuel. 

One of the challenges manufacturers face in making fuel cell cars a production reality is the distribution of hydrogen to the point of sale. There are arguments in favour of centralised hydrogen production on the grounds of cost, but stand-alone systems don?t rely on a complex hydrogen delivery network and the associated carbon footprint that goes with it.

According to the UK Petroleum Industry Association, the cost of building a conventional high volume filling station capable of dispensing five million litres per year is in the region of 2 million - compared to the cost of the Honda filling station and production plant of just over 1 million. 

Passenger cars make up around 60 per cent of the fuel used in road transport, accounting for around three million litres of the conventional filling station?s capacity. Assuming an average car can achieve 35mpg, that?s enough fuel for around 23.1 million miles of motoring.

The Honda FCX Clarity has a range of 285 miles on 3.9kg of hydrogen, the useable amount in a tank holding 4.2kg. On that basis, the Honda station could provide enough fuel per year to support over 1.4 million miles of fuel cell-powered motoring at an estimated pump price for hydrogen of between 5 and 6 per kilogram. 

On-going running costs would be much lower than a conventional forecourt, with no fuel to buy and no delivery costs. The question of energy security is also removed from the equation altogether. 

The UK government is backing hydrogen as part of a portfolio of low-emission technologies, says Kate Warren from the government?s Office for Low Emission Vehicles: ?Road transport will need to de-carbonise by some 80 per cent by 2050, so we need to understand what the options are.? 

An 11 million project called ?UKH2Mobility? was launched in October with 7.5 million coming from the government and 3.5 million from industry. ?The project is trying to understand what it will take for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and refuelling infrastructure and who needs to do what to make it happen,? said Warren.

The funding is destined for both new and existing stations with the aim of establishing 15 publicly accessible hydrogen stations in the UK by the end of 2015. In the longer term, UKH2Mobility is planning to have a network of 65 stations through the UK.

Warren says 400m of government is in play to support low emission technology, with an extra 500 million to come between 2015 and 2020. A further 500 million has been pledged towards the Advanced Propulsion Centre (a shared initiative between the government and industry) and that is matched by 500 million-worth of industry funding. 

In October, Hyundai delivered six ix35 fuel cell cars to fleets in the UK including Transport for London. Toyota has also announced the UK will become one of the first markets for its FCV next year. Honda?s production FCEV, claimed to be the first fuel cell car with the entire fuel cell powertrain packaged in the engine bay, comes to the Europe in 2016.

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Notes from a 10-car motorway pile-up - does emergency braking work?
Notes from a 10-car motorway pile-up Hindsight is a wonderful gift, especially when it comes to car crashes. But my friend's experience recently has left more questions than answers

A friend of mine had an accident recently, being part of a 10-car pile-up on the M1 one Saturday morning. 

Impressively, given that all 10 cars were doing around 70mph when their panic-braking began, everybody walked away. No one was seriously hurt apart from the soreness of whiplash and some mild shock, although there was an awful lot of vehicle damage. 

My friend?s was car number three in the train of destruction, which was triggered by somebody undertaking and surprising the lead car, which my mate reckons may have been slow to react. 

But when its driver did brake it was hard enough to trigger his car?s emergency brake assist, prompting an older supermini without this feature to bury its nose beneath its tail, aided by the impact of my friend?s car hitting it too. My mate was hit by the car behind, and another seven cars followed that. Which was enough to close the motorway. 

Unsurprisingly, there was not much hard-shoulder chat among the victims, but the guy behind my mate reckoned that the combination of the M1?s endless straight stretches, which make it hard to see much further than the car in front ? modern motorways often curve gently to provide a clearer view of the traffic ahead ? and the fact that my friend?s car had privacy glass may have contributed. 

?You can?t look through it,? he said, ?and see what?s ahead.? Which I reckon is an excellent point. Privacy glass is a fashionable and slightly absurd vanity, all the more so when you realise that it?s potentially dangerous. 

And maybe emergency brake assist isn?t so clever either, thinks my friend, the car mindlessly performing an emergency stop regardless of the developing circumstances and with almost no chance of its strategy being over-ridden during the accident?s remaining milliseconds. 

A final observation from this mildly painful and expensive few seconds ? my friend?s car was 1200 miles and two months old, and leased from its maker. It was written off, triggering its crushing a few days later, with no parts salvaged. It?s part of their policy to ensure that no damaged secondhand parts ? or the deranged car - make it onto the market. Very laudable, although it?s hard not to think of the waste.

Tesla aims to build 500,000 cars a year
Tesla aims for 500,000 models per year New report says electric car maker Tesla's rise in the EV market shows no sign of stopping

Tesla could be building 500,000 EVs a year, according to a report produced by automotive analysts at International Strategy and Investment.

ISI has told investors that Tesla has a major advantage over the competition in that it will not face significant rising costs as global CO2 emissions regulations become ever more onerous. The business case for a premium electric car also seems to be compelling, according to ISI.

While Land Rover and Porsche are realising profit margins of 15-18 per cent ? the highest in the mainstream car industry ? Tesla could be in line for margins of 25 per cent, rising to a possible 30 per cent by 2020. 

ISI has told investors that it believes Tesla to have a ?tangible lead? in both product and technology and that battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are likely to be the ?optimum solution as original equipment manufacturers pursue tailpipe emission-free cars? rather than cars with hydrogen fuel cells.

ISI said: ?[Tesla] has a market-leading product for which there is no obvious competition [and] has already created substantial brand equity through product and innovation. Global legislation, namely emissions regulations, is a tailwind [for Tesla] yet a headwind for the [premium] competition.?

Tesla?s estimations suggest that the cost of batteries should fall by about 30 per cent, with ISI estimating a 13 per cent drop in the factory cost of the Model S by 2020. Mainstream car makers, by contrast, will be faced with rising costs as they switch to hybrid transmissions to meet CO2 regulations. 

Tesla is also poised for greater success in China, ISI has asserted, not only because premium car sales in the country are booming but also because the Chinese authorities are pushing for a much greater uptake of BEVs. 

Estimates quoted by ISI suggest that China wants as many as five million BEVs on its roads by 2020, along with some 4.5m charging points. 

On the open market, ISI said Tesla is attracting buyers from Mercedes, Lexus and BMW as well as pulling in significant numbers of Toyota Prius customers looking for a premium upgrade. 

The nature of Tesla?s increasing competitiveness in the marketplace became clear last week when Daimler sold its four per cent stake in Tesla, raising 487m. Analysts suggest that the move shows how Tesla has now become a serious rival for premium luxury car makers, rather than a technical partner.

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Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi auto first drive review
Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi auto first drive review Kia wants to take on the best of the SUV market with its third-gen Sorento, and a big lift in quality and driving refinement means it's off to a good start This is the third-generation model of Kia?s big Sorento SUV.  It?s heading for UK early next year, with a 2.2-litre diesel engine under the bonnet, all-wheel drive and seven-seats.The Mk3 Sorento is effectively all-new, with a new, stiffer, body shell, updated running gear and transmission and a completely fresh interior. The car is 95mm longer, measuring 4.78m long, 5mm wider and has been reduced height by 15mm. The ride height has been dropped by 20mm and the driver?s hip-point is 38mm lower, making getting in and out much easier for a wider range of drivers.Kia says that even thought the roof is lower, lower seat cushions mean more headroom for all three rows of passengers, and there?s an increase in legroom. With the third row of seats folded, the boot capacity is up from a useful 515-litres to a significant 615-litres.Kia engineers say this new bodyshell is ?significantly? stronger. 53 per cent of the structure is made up from ultra-high-strength steels (compared to 24 per cent on the outgoing model). 10 per cent of the structure ? mostly in the A- and B-Pillars ? is made from ultra-strong hot-stamped high tensile steel. ?Stronger? steel has been used around the wheel arches, tailgate and rear wheel surrounds to further stiffen this big body shell. All in all the new Sorento shell is 14 per cent stiffer than the old model.In parallel, there?s been a concerted effort on improving refinement, with tweaks including 30 percent thicker dashboard soundproofing and larger engine and transmission mounts. The 2.2-litre engine (set to be the only one sold in the UK) has seen power edged up from 194bhp to 197bhp and torque is up very slightly. Early figures suggest that fuel economy is marginally down, probably a consequence of the new motors meeting Euro 6 pollution standards.Under the skin, the Sorento rolls on the same MacPherson strut and independent rear suspension. A bigger rear subframe bushes and vertically mounted shock absorbers are designed to improve body control.

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