Mods and Con­se­quences

Subaru Im­preza Turbo

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard Dredge

‘If you’re plan­ning to go crazy with up­grades, you don’t start with a UK car’

The first Im­preza Tur­bos were sold in Ja­pan in 1992, with of­fi­cial UK im­ports start­ing two years later. Over the next six years there were many spe­cial edi­tions and mi­nor up­grades but all were two- or four­door sa­loons, or five-door es­tates, with per­ma­nent four-wheel drive, pow­ered by a four-cylin­der, 2.0-litre twin-cam turbo petrol en­gine.

A mas­sive net­work of spe­cial­ists has built up to sup­port th­ese cars, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to up­grades. But if you want to keep re­li­a­bil­ity with your per­for­mance you need to be very care­ful.

There’s so much you can do to your Scooby that we can only scratch the sur­face here. If you want to ex­plore fur­ther, im­merse your­self in one of the clubs be­cause any­thing you’re think­ing of do­ing will have been at­tempted by some­one al­ready.

‘ What you want to do with your car has a big im­pact on which model you start with,’ says Scooby ex­pert Si­mon Lines. ‘UK cars are more in­sur­ance-friendly, and have bet­ter cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion and slightly higher gear­ing for more re­laxed cruis­ing. But they’re heav­ier, have less power and gen­er­ally a weaker en­gine block. JDM (Ja­panese Do­mes­tic Mar­ket) edi­tions have an alu­minium bon­net and more power, so they’re bet­ter suited to up­grades. So if you’re plan­ning to go crazy you don’t start with a UK car.

‘The dif­fer­ence be­tween good and bad Im­prezas is mas­sive but even a ropey one will feel awe­some if you’ve not driven one be­fore. The key thing is not to un­der­take any up­grades on a whim – you re­ally have to do your re­search.’

More cru­cial ad­vice comes from se­rial Im­preza owner John Eng­land: ‘Tell your in­surer ev­ery­thing and make sure that your pol­icy is like for like re­place­ment. It’s not un­usual for some­one to spend £30,000 on their Im­preza but for it to be worth just half that. In the event of a to­tal loss you re­ally want to be paid what your car owes you.’

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