Take a performance driving class first. Better yet, take several.
This is one of those cases where a salvaged Subaru Impreza has received a new lease on life thanks to a smorgasbord of aftermarket accessories. If it was all original, it'd likely be worth an awful lot more than the current $7,000 bid on Bring a Trailer.
This 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS has been heavily modified over the years as it's gone through a series of six owners. It was stolen and recovered in March of '98 and the California salvage title was issued the following November. The digital speedometer now reads 240,000 miles. It is street-legal and the list of upgrades is quite extensive.
The factory-installed naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine has been fitted with, among other upgrades, a Blouch turbocharger with 2.0-liter DOHC cylinder heads, STI camshafts, a front-mount intercooler, JE pistons, and a Cobb three-inch exhaust system. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual sourced from a 2011 STI. It was also rebuilt with a heavy-duty clutch. Additionally, the builder/seller installed an R180 limited-slip differential and a carbon fiber driveshaft.
Riding on 18-inch powder coated grey wheels, Brembo disc brakes also sourced from an STI are found at all four corners. Some serious suspension and steering system work was completed with height-adjustable coilovers and a 2015 STI quick-ratio steering gear. Inside you'll find carbon fiber fixed bucket seats and even a JDM STI Spec-C rear seat.
A short-throw shifter with a Cobb knob, air conditioning, racing gauges housed in a carbon fiber casing, and a Kenwood touchscreen stereo are among the amenities. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is stock Subaru but it too came from a donor car. Additional sound-deadening materials have been installed as well. Subaru hasn't built two-door Imprezas for years and the 2.5RS, essentially a pre-WRX for the North American market, remains highly sought after. But this one is different. It's not meant to be garaged but driven. Hard.
Its carefully curated parts selection is impressive and the iconic body style, refinished in Rally Blue Pearl, serves as a reminder of Subaru's rally racing greatness. You've got until this coming Saturday to place a bid.