Like all good fanatic automobile to return out of Japan, the Subaru WRX has so many variants it takes some actual examine to get all of the permutations down. However when you ask a Subaru nut what the best road-going Impreza of all time is, you are more likely to get a humble-sounding mannequin as the reply: 22B. And you will seemingly get that reply very, in a short time.
The rationale for the 22B’s maintain on Subie followers? A mix of maximum rarity, WRC rally automobile appears, and hints that it is likely to be much more formidable than Subaru claims. For one, solely 424 had been constructed—400 for Japan, 16 for the U.Ok., 5 for Australia, and three prototypes. That is it. And people appears, positive, Subaru has the WRC cred to again them up. The 22B was constructed to have a good time three consecutive FIA World Championship titles. That earned the financial system automobile the best to pair gold wheels with an enormous hood scoop and a fair bigger rear wing.
After which there’s the problem of efficiency. Subaru claimed 280 horsepower—on the time, there was an unstated settlement between Japanese automakers to restrict horsepower to round that quantity. Few consider that Subaru took this restrict significantly for the 22B. Most presume the true determine to be nearer to 300, possibly barely above that. Its engine, enlarged to 2.2-liters from an everyday WRX’s 2.0, was stuffed with internals to deal with elevated output. Sodium-filled exhaust valves, as an example.
Elsewhere, the 22B included all the corporate’s information about traction, aerodynamics, and dealing with: A wider monitor, extra tire, an adjustable rear wing, upgraded clutch, and a short-ratio gearbox. And the 22B is mild, at a bit over 2,800 lbs.
You’d count on all that stuff so as to add up. However the 22B additionally accelerates like a up to date supercar, hitting 60 mph within the low- to mid-4-second vary. Some say it may dip into the excessive 3s. Uncooked acceleration numbers are a really restricted measure of general efficiency, nevertheless it highlights simply how outrageous the 22B actually is. Basically, it is a little bit supercar constructed across the humble Impreza.
And pricing displays that. Just some years in the past, a legitimate 22B prototype could only command $142,559. And a yr earlier than that, we had been placing the excessive finish of valuation for a regular 22B at around $100,000. Brace your self for what Appreciating Classics wants for this example: $370,000. It has low miles, simply 271 proven, having been bought by a collector as an funding. It is in as-new form, with the window sticker, the unique plastic over the rear seats, the entire 9 yards. There aren’t going to be any extra 22Bs made, so discovering one on this situation—if that is actually what you need—may by no means occur once more. Even so, this value is aggressive, to say the least.
This 22B is within the U.Ok., and keep in mind that it will be a number of years earlier than the 25 yr rule lets you legally import one thing like this. There is likely to be one other approach to get it into the nation, however do your homework. It would be an unforgivable sin if this had been crushed for being right here illegally.
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