Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

John has owned Im­prezas for 15 years and now has three. He says: ‘I’ve got a 1998 Ver­sion V WRX STi Type R. It’s a two-door JDM car and as a Type R it’s very raw; there’s no ABS or trac­tion con­trol but there is an ad­justable cen­tre diff. When I bought the car it was re­ally down on power; I started with a remap and took it from there. My aim is to get 500-550bhp; cur­rently it’s 398bhp and 465lb ft. It has a 2.5-litre closed-deck en­gine, AP brakes up front and Brembo at the rear, and an up­rated rear anti-roll bar. The in­jec­tors are new, the valves stronger, the fuel sys­tem is beefed up and there’s a three-inch ex­haust. To get to 500bhp it’ll need a big­ger turbo and the fuel sys­tem will need up­grades.’

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