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Old 12-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Subaru Impreza WRX STi 22b 1998 article

For those of you that are or were once close to the Subaru community or have been in the import world for awhile then you are probably pretty familiar with the Impreza 22b... Autoblog had a great article the other day...

It was 1998 when Subaru made some crucial changes to its World Rally Championship Impreza, such as increasing the displacement of the turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engine from 2.0 to 2.2 litres and fitting wide fender flares. Subaru won the WRC manufacturer championship with the car that year, and it also was the year of the automaker's 40th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, the company came out with this limited-edition, road-going Impreza, the hallowed 22B STI, which looked nearly identical to the rally car.

Only 424 22Bs were built, and most of them stayed in Japan. But Dominick Infante, national manager of product communications at Subaru of America, was able to secure a drive in one of the only two 22Bs in North America. He details the car's history and some of the design and engineering cues that made the Impreza STI so popular both in motorsport and on the street, but we were caught up listening to the exhaust and admiring the timeless blue-and-gold paint. You should too, so head below to watch the video.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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Mint 22B for sale on tradecarview, $45K USD
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OMGG.... jizzed my pants....

this was back when subarus still had soul... a rawness to them.... nowadays they're so tame-looking and mainstream, its like they're purposely killing everything good about the impreza

not sure if correct, but toyota bought a huge stake in subaru around 2007? about when things started turning into shit (somebody ought to do a google search and confirm)

On October 5, 2005 Toyota Motor Corporation purchased 8.7% of FHI shares from General Motors who had owned 20.1% of FHI[9] since 1999. GM later divested its remaining 11.4% stake, selling its shares on the open market to sever all ties with FHI.
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Don't forget about the Saab-Subaru love child that was the 9-2x.
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:27 PM   #6
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #7
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im sure a majority of you are already subbed to the drive channel but incase there are some that arent... maoooor subaruus
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22B is subaru's finest car
but for 40k i think it's safe to say most would rather have a mint R34 or NSX
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:16 PM   #9
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Call me crazy but I'd take a 22b or TME Evo over an R34 or NSX.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #11
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It's not 1990s (because SW20 came out in 1989) but still, I think a lot of people like Japanese cars in that era.

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Still remember how bad I wanted to buy a 98 RS and make it into a 22B
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Fantastic car, it would be great to own a piece of heritage like that.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:25 PM   #14
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