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