2003 Subaru Impreza STI 8 RA V-Ltd. Spec. C. Sonic Blue Met
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Impreza STI 8 RA V-Ltd. Spec. C.
Sonic Blue Met
For those in the know, this is the best version of Impreza STI produced yet by Subaru. The STI 8 Spec R V-Limited is stiffer, more spaceous, better handling, safer and better engineered than the best of the GC8 models, the 2 door coupe Type R models, made until the end of 2000. For this version, Subaru have pulled out all the stops to make a true driver's car:
The turbo is a twin scroll ball bearing unit. There's a 12 litre tank in the boot spanning from one side to the other, which feeds water either through a manually operated switch, or automatically - to the intercooler, to reduce charge temperature. The best feature of this model is a combination of the stronger 6 speed close ratio gearbox with a sophisticated adjustable centre differential that allows handling characteristics to be finely tuned as desired. By switching bias to the rear wheels, oversteer and 4 wheel drift fun can be had. Setting it to normal mode gives sure footed grip up to levels well beyond those to which people usually drive on public roads. All the way to the front, gives maximum 4WD for use in snow and very slippery conditions. This centre differential can also be operated automatically, where the system can assess which wheels are able to take the most grip and distribute torque accordingly. Unlike the older GC8 models fitted with the adjustable centre differential, these Spec C's also come with 4 channel ABS. The brakes are well specified with huge Brembo 4 piston callipers and discs. The Spec C's usually supplied by specialists in the UK are devoid of air conditioning. Luckily this example is fitted with a basic system, to keep the occupants cool on hotter days. There's also the rally styled roof vent of course, which when opened will force feed fresh air directly into the cockpit. Attention to detail is all there. The gauges in the dashboard each scroll around in a synchronised fashion when the ignition is first switched on. Something we've not seen before on any other car.
The car's weight has been kept down as much as possible by fitting a lightweight alloy bootlid, leaving only minimal trim in the boot (Full trim can be purchased and supplied if required) and fitting thinner glass. Despite not fitting side skirts as standard, nor a large rear spoiler - with which to obscure the rear view, Subaru have opted to make these Spec C's comfortable and accomodating. Electrical equipment includes an original dealer option Defi Genome electronic boost gauge with controller unit (making it easy to fit additional Defi gauges in the future), electric windows, electric mirrors with retract mode, central locking, dual SRS airbags, etc. Front seats are Grey Black Recaros. This is probably the most sensible colour to have the interior in, as in the long term lighter colours will show wear at a much earlier stage. There are also original fitted mats included. There was a hifi previously installed in this car, although the last owner took this out. The original single DIN sized cage and wiring kit have been felt behind to enable easy fitment of a decent hifi in the UK.
Usually STI Spec C V-Ltd examples are kept as standard, but this example's had approximately £5,000 spent on it recently in parts, before the owner decided to sell it! Wheels are Volk Racing CE28's - forged monoblock alloys of some of the strongest and lightest construction available. Tyres are Bridgestone Potenza RE-01's - Tyres are each nearly new. Suspension is also of very high quality, consisting of Biot Type III fully adjustable coilover units with damping easily adjustable from the top of each unit. For the rear shock absorbers, adjustment is carried out from turning a knob on each side of the rear parcel shelf. This suspension was rated the second best coilover setup available here in Japan. Exhaust is a part titanium STI unit from the catalyst - back.
This is a grade 6 example - which corresponds to a new car. Having been a non smoker's car that's clearly never had a hard life, this was an example we were proud to buy and stock! Copies of the auction sheet are also available / shown on our website's information. We drove this example to see what it was like. Felt very fresh and fun to drive. Suspension was compliant and comfortable. A very quick car as standard, it didn't take long to understand why this is a particularly special example - we loved it!
Including UK SVA conversions E-SVA test, Odometer Recalibration to miles, a comprehensive warranty, Road Tax full UK Registration, A deposit of £1,500 secures this example for prompt shipment to UK. Please Contact us using the inquiry form for further information on this STI 8 RA V-Ltd or to source an alternative Scoob!
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