2022 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction
2002 Subaru WRX STI Sedan
|Engine||2.0 litre four-cylinder|
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Based on the humble Impreza, Subaru's mighty WRX ranks right at the top of the list of motoring cult cars. The combination of all-wheel drive grip, turbocharging and, crucially, a keen sale price all contributed to this legend - not to mention images of the signature blue and gold works cars howling through the forests in the World Rally Championship. Introduced in 1992, the WRX shared the underpinnings of the previous Liberty/Legacy RS, but each part was refined, enhanced, and packaged in the Impreza’s smaller body. Australian cars received a 155kW version of the EJ20, 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed turbo four-cylinder coupled to the familiar constant all-wheel drive system. Acceleration was phenomenal, easily matching local V8s of the day, but it was the extraordinary levels of grip the WRX had that made it such a legend. The original body 'GC8' Impreza WRXs went through to August 2000 before the second-generation GD chassis was adopted, ushering in a new era of high performance motoring. Offered as a sedan or wagon only, the new WRX’s controversial ‘bugeye’ styling only lasted a couple of seasons before being revised to a more cohesive design. Standing for Subaru Technica International, the STi served as the flagship of the WRX range, sporting the engine modifications and suspension tuned for ultimate driver involvement.