There should be no doubt that the Subaru Impreza is one of the most sought after cars for a certain type of people. But who are these people? Do they look like you and me? Most of the time. Do they eat with their toes instead of their hands? Possibly, although I’ve never see it. The fact of the matter is that they are people who want the best from their car; the best power, handling, stability, looks and reliability. With the Subaru Impreza they get all that plus the added benefit of having a motorsport pedigree.
The Impreza in its rawest form is not just a car for those who want to get from point A to point B in the most rudimentary of ways. No. The Impreza was designed for those who want to get from A to B by going the way of C, D and maybe K. They go out of their way to find the road that best suits them. Sure, any Impreza can crawl along a highway without much effort, but when it gets into the backroads and off the well-trodden path, it comes to life and becomes so much more than a simple (or very complicated depending on who you are) machine. It becomes something that you can mold around every bend and knead through every straight and switchback. It is, in essence, an extension of you through the metal, to the road.
The Impreza is made to go through all types of weather too. If you live in, say, Southern California where it is sunshiney 112% of the year, it will drive just like any other vehicle. But if you live in a state where it rains and snows and gets muddy, then you owe it to yourself to try out an Impreza when the conditions turn sour. Because of its venerable All Wheel Drive system, the car simply slogs off the worst that is thrown at it. I, personally, have driven through torrential downpours and unbelievable winter snowstorms with blowing sleet and snow drifts, without even the faintest hint that something could be wrong outside. Sure it looked like a whiter, colder version of hell out there, but inside, there were no worries mate. The car takes everything in stride, and then some.
A big reason it can go through all that jazz is because the car was born and bred on the rally circuit. The Impreza was specifically built to take on the harshest climates and most severe terrain ever; all while doing 120 mph and making it to the finish line. And the car did make it to the finish line by winning the WRC Constructors Championship three years in a row from 1995-1997. Their drivers faired just as well too, winning the Driver’s World Title in 1995, 2001 and 2003.
There are many great places to go to check in on the Impreza and the community that surrounds it. My favorites are rs25.com, NASIOC.com, and Scoobynet.com. There are also some great vendors out there too. www.StreetBeatCustoms.com is one of the best and carries a wide range of products for the Impreza, no matter what year you have.