A functional hood scoop feeds the air-to-air intercooler. Below 3000 rpm, the engine is weak-kneed, and turbo lag is noticeable. Why the sudden change of heart? Not long into the loan, we experienced a glitchy passenger-door-lock actuator that our local dealer repaired under warranty. Our calibrated butts agreed with Subaru's estimated 6. There's also a set of butterfly valves in the intake manifold that have the top third of the butterfly disc removed. Subaru says that thanks to the positive press from scribes like us and the success of the Impreza 2. The heavier plus-one tire fitment netted a slightly slower launch, resulting in a negligibly slower 5.
Rather, we could easily dial in a bit of oversteer to get the car to rotate. Running through our 600-foot slalom at 63 mph as fast as German sport sedans and sports cars costing at least twice as much was just icing on the cake: We were in the driver's seat of a super sleeper in a world unprepared for it--like finding a secret factory prototype never meant for public consumption. That's a lot of boost, and it takes some time to build. Subaru also hints it will slowly dole out more power with future higher-performance versions. According to Subaru, the new car should reach 60 mph about 1. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter.
Inside, sport-bucket front seats were surrounded by dual front and front-side airbags. Only the power door lock, the fouled spark plug, and some noisy worn tires--all easily taken care of. This car is a killer dry-day play toy and a wet-weather survival kit. But there also seems to be a camaraderie among fellow Subaru owners; I get a nod or a wave whenever I pass one. Thus, when the valves are closed, only the top third of the intake passage is open, which causes the air to tumble as it enters the combustion chamber, enhancing combustion at low rpm. We began a running tally of F-body slack jaws and even toyed with the idea of putting musclecar stickers on the door.
Again, those friendly Subaru folks accommodated us by allowing our loan to extend beyond the normal year. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. Both bodies have the same mechanical stuff, but the sedan comes with more aggressive-looking blistered fenders. What some felt was a gamble on 's part turned out to be a harbinger of good--no, great--things to come. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter.
Not just a pretty er face, the new look also enhances airflow, optimizes lift-force balance, and maximizes engine cooling. . We wasted no time taking our to the test track. For now we'll have to take what we can get, which is quite good. With the new boots, we threw our sport wagon into the fray in our May 2002 issue's three-way comparison test.
On a dust-covered asphalt autocross course, we felt little of the traditional understeering plow. The latter is a welcome change because on the highway, the 22B was about as relaxed as Sam Kinison. The brakes left a similarly warm, fuzzy feeling. We can't, however, say we're thrilled that the U. The same driver earned 19. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557231549392 ; listingsSearchManager. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter.
What more could you ask for? Some optional equipment became standard or grouped into a package. We wouldn't call the lag offensive, but it's more pronounced than in a Volvo or Saab, the two turbo stalwarts in today's market. Once it gets on the whistle, 7000 rpm arrives quickly. There's also a revised instrument cluster and metallic surface details. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter. A diagnostic showed a fouled number-two spark plug cleaned and replaced gratis.
Damn, I love this thing! One of the cats is positioned between the exhaust collector and the turbo itself, which helps reduce the time before a cold cat warms up and becomes effective. SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Our love affair continued for an additional 10 months and reached a total of 26,932 miles. Anti-lock brakes are standard, and there's little fade. Standard equipment included a 2.
Subaru says that a host of structural improvements netted a whopping 148 percent improvement in torsional body rigidity over the last Impreza, which now looks like a bit of a wet noodle. And, finally, you could get a fractionally faster sports car, but it would be far less useful. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Who would've imagined a funky little Japanese wagon with puppy-dog eyes and a 2. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager.
The single Mitsubishi-supplied turbo adds 14. This latest version-- praise the Lord! Up front, twin-piston sliding calipers grab 11. We didn't get a chance to sample an automatic car, but the five-speed model we drove snicked through the gears with Hondalike crispness. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. Brakes were unaffected with an identical 125-foot stop from 60. No matter, the long list of positive comments kept getting longer. There were no recalls nor technical service bulletins and no need for roadside assistance.