STI: this is your life
The hooligan's rallyist brand of choice has a new model. We chart its slidey, gold-wheeled history
Posted: 14 Jan 2014
1998 Impreza 22B-STI
Beloved by men with woolly hats, and usually seen dump-valving around seaside towns, the 22B was the beginning of a Subaru revolution. The 22B-STI was the roadgoing equivalent of the 1997 Impreza World rally car, and emphatically wasn't a cynical marketing exercise. The engine grew to 2.2 litres, it got a close-ratio ‘box, quick steering rack, swollen wheelarches, aluminium bonnet, and massive rear wing. Which, plainly, made it go faster. It was also finished in Sonic Blue Mica and fitted with gold BBS wheels. Which, you may notice, began a bit of a trend...