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WHEN IS A REPLICA NOT A REPLICA? WHEN IT’S A SCOOBY­CLINIC 22R...

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Scooby­clinic proves its 22R clas­sic Im­prezas are much more than just 22B clones

It would be easy to mis­take these wide­body Sub­aru Im­prezas for a pair of iconic 22B STI mod­els. Built by Pro­drive, the 22B is ar­guably the most pop­u­lar Im­preza ever built. It ar­rived in 1998, at a time when Sub­aru were smash­ing the World Rally Cham­pi­onship. They had just won three con­sec­u­tive man­u­fac­turer World Cham­pi­onships, start­ing in 1995 when Colin Mcrae also won the driver’s World Cham­pi­onship, too.

To cel­e­brate this im­pres­sive hat-trick Sub­aru launched the nar­row-bod­ied ‘Terzo’ lim­ited edi­tion. How­ever, it was the fat boy 22B that re­ally turned heads. It looked just like a WRC car and had a ton of fea­tures that made it the ul­ti­mate pre­mod­i­fied Im­preza. It was based on the two-door STI Ver­sion IV Type-r, was 80mm wider than a stan­dard Type-r, had a forged EJ20 en­gine with a big­ger 2.2litre dis­place­ment, a ’97 Stispec turbo and used the shorter gear ra­tios from the stripped­out RA vari­ant.

The re­sult of all this was 280bhp and 267lb ft of torque, in one of the best-han­dling 4WD chas­sis of all time. Just 400 were made to cel­e­brate 40 years of Sub­aru. Of those only 16 were of­fi­cial UK cars. They cost £40k when new but these

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