Subaru Impreza Turbo
The Subaru Impreza is a compact automobile line of cars launched in 1992 by Fuji Heavy Industries, the Japanese transport conglomerate. It arrived as an able replacement for the Leone which was discontinued once an upgrade for the EA series of engines became available. The Impreza Turbo is an improvement over the first generation of these cars and it came with added power and greater control. Produced from 1994 till 2000, the compact car came as the 4-door sedan or the 5-door hatchback. The name ‘Turbo’ was added to the car which was introduced in the UK. After Subaru’s efforts to get away from the boy-racer image, the Turbo arrived with an all-wheel drive which was its strongest selling point. When it arrived, it sold for about $45,000. Currently, it is resold for about $22,000 to $28,000.
For the price range at which it was made available, the Impreza Turbo came with a very impressive engine. The specs and stats speak for themselves. Originally, there was a 208 bhp engine in its belly but in March 1999, it was upgraded to a 224 bhp engine with options of a further upgrade up to 300 bhp! Little wonder that the Impreza Turbos outsold the non-Turbos in UK and elsewhere too. The 2.5 liter, boxer engine which was turbocharged with 300 bhp power at 6000 rpm was capable of powering the car from dead still to 100 kmh under 5 seconds. The top speed that the car attained was about 235 kmh.
Subtle changes from the previous Imprezas make the interiors of the Turbo look different. There is the familiar center stack but the gauges and dials are bright and illuminated as if proclaiming the sportiness. The dash has been cleanly cut at the center into two vertical halves and this cut lends a lot of visual aggression to the interiors. Bolstered and well-gripping seats of cloth are accompanied by ample legroom, headroom and carpeted floors. A 6-disk CD changer, a modern climate control system and an optional leather upholstery are the luxury features. Seatbelts and airbags complete the safety features.
The car arrives with a semi-estate body. The general appearance and looks of the car are more mainstream compared to the other Subaru predecessors which carried a boy-racer image. The sedan and hatchback arrived in a range of colors from blue to grey to black. The hood-scoop on the bonnet of the car was a certain distinct feature which seemed to imply something special underneath.The fenders of the car were flared to enhance its sporty appearance and on them were placed the optional fog lamps. Otherwise, there was a large grille on the front fender. The rear presents large lamps and indicators with a large dual-exhaust - another power indicator. On the right is the fueling point. Their is nothing very striking on the whole. But that was what Subaru wanted the car to look like - normal and mundane.