Subaru Impreza WRX
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2
The first WRX was launched in 1992 as the (far) hottest
version of the very-ordinary Impreza sedan. Powered by
2.0-litre 16-valve boxer engine and putting
all 240 horsepower to ground via the permanent 4-wheel
drive, it immediately established itself as true drivers
vehicle and modern classic.
During the following 8 years, Subaru have upgraded it
gradually, from the original WRX to the final Version
VI, gaining recognition from all over the world as the
best A-to-B car and possibly the best driver's car as
The WRX series reached its peak in STi Version IV of 1998,
although the Version V and VI have continued to improve
on more minor details such as aerodynamics
With 280 hp and 260 lbft on tap, it could sprint to
60 mph from rest in 4.6 seconds and top 150 mph. Sharp
steering, lots of grip and highly controllable made
it hard to be beaten in terms of driving fun.
arch-rival was the Lancer GSR, which had vastly improved
since the "revolution"
made in Evolution IV.
An instant classic, the WRX is undoubtedly a great buy
but common sence should be used when appraising a second
Such is the nature of the WRX that many
have been driven hard, and the difficulty young drivers
have in getting insurance on the car may have lead to
second rate repair work.