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Intro & Specifications of my Impreza WRX STi 



Since 1996 I have always wanted to buy a Subaru Impreza. Finally, in June/July 2002, I came to decision to go ahead and buy one. I wasn't sure which was the best model to go for. I knew that there were many. I had a look at at few and I was definitely, very, impressed. I visited a garage near me to view a MY96 White Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Jap Import) which had 300+BHP. The guy took me out in it and scared the living hell out of me, as I had never been in a car this quick before. There and then, I decided to purchase this car !!!!.


I like these cars so much, I decided to make a website all about the Subaru have a look at my and I hope you enjoy it !!

STI stands for Subaru Tecnica International, the high-performance and motorsports subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The STi version of the Impreza WRX is the standard WRX which has (theoretically) visited Subaru Technica International. Originally completed cars were taken from the end of the production line and modified by STi, but since September 1995 they have been built alongside the standard models to specifications and with parts outlined by STi. The engine benefits from a few tweeks such as being manufactured and assembled to higher tollerances (blueprinting) with some stronger and lighter items being used. The engine maximum rpm is extended to 8000rpm on the later models, but the gear box has slightly shorter ratios to compensate keeping maximum speed to around 145mph and a quick shift come as standard. A different ECU map, intercooler, inlet manifold, roller bearing turbo and exhaust allow the engine to produce a slight increase in torque over the WRX although maximum power remains the same. Suspension arms are replaced by alloy items, and a strut brace is added in the engine bay. Externally the car is badged by a red STi logo on the front grill which replaces the normal Pleiades one. The fog lights are also dropped in favour of two covers with large STi logos. The car has uprated suspension over the standard WRX

The development of the STi is similar to that of the UK car with the high spoiler seen on the UK MY99 introduced at the same time. It also had the front lip spoiler as standard from MY99 which was only available from Prodrive as a WR upgrade on the UK specification car. The 4 piston brakes introduced into the UK on the MY99 had been a feature on the STi much earlier. Colour coded side skirts were introduced on the MY98.


Specifications of my MY96 WRX STi Version 3


Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Jap Spec)


1996 (Imported to UK in 1998)

Powertrain Layout/ Configuration

Turbocharged Flat 4 Front Engine AWD

Dimensions (l/w/h)

4350 / 1690 / 1405


1260 kg


2520 mm

Turning circle

10.6 m


WRX STi 6 Spoke Gold Alloy


Pirelli P-Zero Assim.205/50ZR16 


Fully adjustable Ohlins front and rear racing struts with 36 position oil damping system.


4 cylinder boxer 1994 cc

Valve gear

4 per cylinder, dohc


300 bhp @ 6500 rpm


265 lb ft @ 4000 rpm


STi 4-pot up rated & ventilated front discs & 2-Pot rear up rated & ventilated discs


from 0 till 60 m/h 4.4 sec.
from 0 till 160 m/h 11.7 sec.


Close ratio/quick shift five speed STi gearbox/racing clutch


Scoobysport Single Bore Exhaust


Tracker + Thatcham 1 Alarm


Pink STi 'i' Grille Badge - Rear De-Badged - STi Mid Level Rear Spoiler - STi Fog Light Blanking Covers - Electric Arial & Mirrors - Rear Screen Wash Wipe


STi Seats - STi Steering Wheel - 6 Disc CD Multi-Changer

Top Speed (Approx.)

155 miles/h




- STi Engine & Gearbox

- STi Intercooler & Inlet Manifold

- STi Carbon Strut Brace

- STi seats


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