The Subaru Technica International Version 3 Type R was made especially for original homologation of 2 door Imprezas for racing in WRC. It's one of the most interesting and capable of the classic shape Imprezas that can finally once again be imported to the UK. This is the connoisseur`s Impreza - finely honed for maximum performance and capability, this is the most impressive of the breed. Since April 2004, a model report has been required when SVA testing any car newer than 10 years old on application for first UK registration. Although there are newly released model reports for Sti 3 & 5 4 door models, there are none available for the much rarer and classic STi 2 door Imprezas. This mean that until recently, pre-1997 Impreza Type R's could not be imported to the UK. This is one of the first we are importing in 2 years! As most pre 1997 Imprezas in Japan are too tired nowadays, or just too expensive if in top condition and low mileage - we are usually unable to supply Imprezas. We simply won't buy a car that doesn't meet our exacting standards, which is why we also selected this outstanding example for stock when available. This Sti Version 3 Type R Coupe is an outstanding example in every respect.
This model was only made for the Japanese market, with Prodrive offering the UK equivalent P1 models at very srtong money back home. Special high performance features abound - Mechanically this model carries the same spec. as the P1 UK models and more!
Specification: Water jets are fitted above the intercooler & these can be operated automatically or at the touch of a button. The steering rack is quick geared for less turns from lock to lock, as engineered by Subaru Technica International. 4 Piston signature front brake calipers give excellent braking performance, as required. Further improvements from Subaru includes Sti carbon fibre front strut brace & an uprated intercooler. The engine is a red top unit - factory blueprinted & endowed with stronger internals with a higher 8,000 rpm rev limit. Packing a 280+ bhp punch as standard, although we are able to uprate this easily to 350 bhp + with mild modification. To get 350 bhp, all it needs is an uprated ECU, boost controller and uprated exhaust system, plus UK rolling road mapping to suit. We also strongly recommend fitting a carbon fibre STi 8 styled & sized intercooler scoop - as this will force twice the volume of air through the intercooler (All parts, fitting and setting up is available through www.neweraparts.com).
The gearbox is a close ratio unit with an adjustable centre differential, geared for maximum speed of 155 mph at the red line. The electronically adjustable centre differential allows any range between a fully locked (For very slippery conditions such as snow) all the way to 70% rear and 30% front bias allowing understeer to be dialed out and for power oversteer to be supplied as required, especially with the uprated differential at the rear as described below & in pictures).
Original specification includes: Power steering, power windows, electric mirrors with retract mode, central locking, climate control a/c, tinted windows with retract mode, privacy rear glass, rear wiper, full Sti interior with standard sports seats, fitted mats, etc.
Uprated performance items. This Sti Version 3 Type R Coupe is mostly and essentially close to standard mechanically, although some well appointed performance extras have been added as follows: Gram Lights 57C Forged alloy (Super lightweight) 17" wheels are fitted with good quality Bridgestone Playz PZ-1's of size 215/40-R17. Tyres are near new. The rear differential has been uprated with a Cusco 2 way mechanical item. It's normal for this to be heard on tight corners as the clutches inside slip against each other, but under faster use it will be working to provide maximum drive and be silent in operation. This helps provide excellent rear traction / improved rear biassed 4 wheel slidability when pushing hard exiting corners - Ideal for enhanced control on trackdays and high speed B roads. The exhaust is a stainless steel megaphone DUNK item. Good quality, sporty sounding without being excessively noisy. Inside there's an HKS turbo timer.
Test drive: Test driving this example revealed no faults at all. It drives perfectly. Boost climbs quickly to peak and holds steady. Brake discs usually suffer from heavy wear on Imprezas - if driven hard for most of their lives. This example's discs are visually in very unworn condition. Suspension hasn't been upgraded. The original STi suspension is considered to give an excellent ride, with great roadholding in comfort for UK roads, so nothing needing doing here either. Over a bumpy road there were no rattles or squeaks. Clutch has plenty of life left and brakes feel strong and disc-warp free (Another usual fault on Scoobies - but not on this one!). Performance is also strong and healthy. Clearly this feels like a car that hasn't been used hard and has been well maintained. Note that tyres are each about 1/3rd worn only.
Mechanically and cosmetically, this Sti Version 3 Type R is in excellent condition. Note that the timing belt was renewed less than 6,000 miles ago (Documented). No noisy hydraulic valve buckets is indicative this car`s oil has been regularly changed. Indeed, it`s still golden coloured from a recent change.
Interior: Note: Boot pictures don't show the hard under cover and carpet, but these are included with the car. Original fitted mats are also fitted. Note - there is only basic audio included with this car, although there are uprated speakers. Aside from some tiny holes on the top section of the steering column and A pilar trim, where gauges may previously have been fitted. These are too small to include repaired in the car's costs. We can supply a bespoke A pilar pod and steering column mount for gauges, in addition to offering Defi's excellent gauges online at low prices!. See www.neweraparts.com for info!
Exterior: Auction grade is 4 (Copy of auction sheet is available). There were some minor paintwork faults, but these have all been repaired as part of our full preparation to high standards. Please see pictures to show the minor paintwork faults that were on the car prior - and have now been repaired.
A very rare spec Impreza prepared by the Subaru Technica International factory in top condition. Inclusive of full UK conversions and de-restriction, new MOT, Paintwork as described, Road Tax, Registration, 12 months comprehensive warranty and a full valet just before collection, this car is priced at £7,995 OTR.
Please contact us for full information on how to reserve this Sti Version 3 Type R Coupe.
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