But this isn't just any Impreza...
The Subaru WRX STI may be a far cry from the giant-killing rally monster it was in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but that doesn't mean there isn't a place for a winged, turbocharged all-wheel-drive sedan in the hearts of performance enthusiasts. However, there's one name in the back catalog of Subaru's STI-badged products that stands head and shoulders above the rest: the Subaru Impreza 22B STI.
It's a hallowed machine that embodied everything great about Subaru's rally exploits, but the sheer rarity and exclusivity of it (only 424 were built worldwide) means that prices for these special cars have skyrocketed in recent years. Case in point, one has just come up for sale in the UK by Appreciating Classics with an asking price equivalent to approximately $370,000.
That price may seem exorbitant, especially when you consider the fact that a brand new McLaren 765LT starts at around $300,000, but a quick glance at the listing is enough to tell you this 22B is completely pristine. In the 22 years since it was built, the car has been driven just 271 miles - that's an average of 1.03 miles a month. It was imported when new from Japan as a family investment, and while it was seldom driven, it was regularly started, maintained, and had all parts regularly checked to ensure it was in prime condition.
The interior, as is to be expected, is in as new condition with the original floor mats, rear-seat protection, and sill kick plate protection still in place. The paintwork is in perfect condition. Paper stickers are still on the headlights and the Pirelli 'P Zero' decals are still in place on the original tires.
The 22B was built in honor of three years of back-to-back WRC championship victories, with 400 built for Japan, 16 for the UK, five for Australia, and a further three prototypes. The coupe wore a big wing, a hood scoop, Subaru's WR Blue paint, and classic gold wheels. But it was what went on under the hood that made it so spectacular. The engine was increased from 2.0 liters to 2.2 liters and the internals were all forged. The official power output was 276 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, but that was merely to comply with the Japanese 'gentleman's agreement' that limited the outputs of all performance cars of the era to around 280 hp. In reality, the 22B produced in excess of 300 hp. A five-speed manual gearbox handled the transmission of power to all four corners, where Bilstein suspension and big brakes ensured prime handling and stopping ability. 0-60 mph took a supercar-slaying 3.9 seconds.
We have absolutely no doubt that someone will pay the mammoth asking price of this pristine example, but we can only hope it goes to a loving home where it might actually be driven.