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« on: June 28, 2010, 08:00:17 am »

When Subaru introduced for the first time its new and re-styled Impreza, a lot of news have been published, where people were either criticizing Subaru's design orientation or Subaru's decision to greatly improve the car's everyday usability rather than concentrating on what has actually made the Impreza WRX so damn charming: its raw performance to amaze us when pushed to the limits.

If you,like us, were not so thrilled about this new Impreza WRX, I am proud, however to announce you that finally someone, STI, stepped in and decided to give its past glory back to our Impreza WRX and worked hard to give us what we have all been expecting from day one: an amazing and powerful racing car, the R205 by STI.

Design & Interior
Almost identical to any other Impreza WRX, the R205 proposed by STI has however, some tiny little aesthetics particularity of its own with the obvious R205 logo placed on our car's front grill, tweaked aero parts for better stability and performance and exclusively designed 18-inch alloy wheels.
Once behind the wheel, you will also have quite some difficulty to find any difference from a regular Impreza WRX with our R205, with the exception of course of the little STI Plate with your car unique production Number.

On The Road
Produced in a limited quantity with only 400 vehicles, the R205 is not your average Impreza and I must admit that I was not expecting such a huge improvement. Just forget everything you have learned, heard or read on the previous Impreza WRX, coz' the R205 from STI is nothing like its predecessor.

Before going to much into specifics now, let's get back to the basic like, for example our car numbering, with the R standing for "real Road Sport" and where the 205 is in fact the logical numbering succession of previous models that were more oriented on looks rather than pure performance including the S203 and S204 (Here the S stands for "Special").

With the R205, STI wanted to create the ultimate performance car regardless of your driving skills and weather conditions, and to put things into perspective, STI went deep into African's best wildlife to get its basic concept into motion and took the impressive Cheetah for inspiration. Why this animal you may ask? Well, this is in fact pretty simple as the Cheetah is in fact the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) on distances of up to 450m, and just needs 3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h. Some pretty impressive numbers that no actual super car would be capable to reach in the savanna.

With this in mind, STI decided that they have to completely re-work on our car's engine as well as improve its stability and road behavior. By adopting the exclusively designed turbocharger with ball bearings for the turbine axle bearing, specially tuned ECU (Engine Control Unit), and the sport muffler with lowered back pressure exhaust, STI can now offer 320PS (235kw) of maximum output, and 431N.m (44.0kg.m) of torque to our R205. Thanks to STI's unique Flexible Tower Bar, the R205 is not only stable and agile but also impressively confortable!

With all of these in mind, and after having spent some time with STI Staff to better understand what's hiding behind the R205 badge, I was eager to give our car a try and was not ready for the shock. Sharper, Faster, way more agile, the R205 is nothing like any other Impreza WRX you can imagine. Accelerations are breathtaking and pushing the R205 to its limit is just pure Joy and fun. Sure, like any other sports car, the R205 is a machine that needs to be treated with respect and that will need your full attention when you are pushing it hard, but like any other Subaru, the R205, thanks to its AWD, is impressively tied to the road, though not without giving you still the possibility of placing your car correctly with a bit of over-steer into the correct position to take any corner like a champ. Fitted with STI best breaks, the R205 will not fail you when you need to hammer them down in case of emergency.

The last time I had such fun with an Impreza had been back in 2007, with another exclusive Subaru, the Impreza RA-R, but while the RA-R had been astonishingly powerful, it had, however, lacked all the modern comfort that you would expect from any civilized car, whereas the R205 is just the perfect marriage between comfort and power letting you carry your friends or family around with still the possibility of getting the thrill to kick anyone's ass on the road.

Plus:
Best Impreza Ever Made !
Amazing Performances/price ratio
Sharp & Agile
Comfortable !

Minus:
Limited to 400 units and sold in Japan only.
Don't expect to save money on Gasoline with this one.

Conclusion:
Sold at around 4.7 Million yen (around 42,000.00 EUR; 52,500.00 USD), the R205, is so far the best Impreza I ever had the chance to drive (Even better than my beloved STI RA-R). The only regret that I have with this car is that STI only made 400 of them and that we will not see such improvements on any stock Impreza WRX. Although STI stopped the production of this R205, there is apparently still a bunch of them available through some Subaru dealership, And if you really want to know what an Impreza with real race DNA is capable of, you will have no other choice than flying to Japan to get one of them.








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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 10:50:31 am »

Very interesting post Scorpio.

V-Ltd can you work out a price landed kindly Sir.  Popcorn Popcorn
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 08:52:34 am »

Thanks Spec B  Popcorn
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 11:24:51 am »

Very interesting post Scorpio.

V-Ltd can you work out a price landed kindly Sir.  Popcorn Popcorn

I can save V-Ltd the effort. This is looking like around $11M landed. So now you just have to decide if you want a house or a car.  Roll On Floor Laughing

Nice car though. I'll buy it in around 10 years or so.  Big Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010, 07:10:46 pm »

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Introducing the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400
Meet the Subaru Impreza STI CS400. Feel free to forget that rather clunky name if you wish, because you wouldn't use it anyway, not when you can simply call thie car the Impreza Cosworth or Cosworth STI. The subject of rumour and gossip since its existence was confirmed by a brief announcement a couple of months ago in the UK, this car is now a reality.

 

The 2.5 litre engine has been tuned to 295kW and 540Nm, a significant 78kW jump over the regular STI, allowing the 0-100khp time to drop by 1.5 seconds to a claimed 3.7 seconds. That is seriously quick, with acceleration to match a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 and is way ahead of its traditional rivals, the Mitsubishi Evolution and Ford Focus RS, with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Subaru, anxious to restore some much needed sporting credibility to the Impreza, approached Cosworth about a possible collaboration 15 months ago. This may seem an unusual partnership given Subaru's historic ties with Prodrive in the UK, but Cosworth already had experience with the turbocharged flat-four through its US tuning division. Based in California, it has been modifiying boxer engines for the West Coast tuning scene for several years, often extracting between 450 and 600kW.

Five Imprezas were delivered to Cosworth's unassuming headquarters in Northampton for work to be carried out. Complete details on the work done to the engine are in the full article, but power increase was mainly due to significant internal improvements and enhanced ECU mapping (we can't tell you the details of the ECU enhancement, but we at MRT know Cosworth used the best ECU software!) . Its also worth bearing in mind at this stage that although it reputation has been built on engine development, Cosworth's talents run deeper. The firm took on responsibility for the entire development process, the result of which is a car with new Eibach spring and Bilstein damper units, a 10mm front suspension drop, a 10mm wider rear track and AP Racing front brakes with six-pot calipers gripping 355mm discs with aunique groove pattern.

The aim isn't to creat a trackday special, but a fast road car, on that retains the driveability of the standard STI but, in the words of Kenyon Neads, Subaru UK's marketing director, "takes it to the next level. When you drive it, you'll find that the dynamics, the composure, stability and power delivery has created a very different and better car."

The understated appearance of the CS400 backs up his assertions. The rear wing is unaltered, the wheels are still "only" 18s, and the colour choices are limited to sliver, red and dark grey. Look close and you might spot the new mesh grille, badges (besides the Cosworth branding, each car will wear an engine signature and a numbered plaque on the door sill) and the darkened glass.

Inside, the seats have been re-trimmed and feature fatter bolstering, while liberal application of piano-black inserts has helped lift the ambience a fraction, although it doesn't look or feel like a $100K car. Which is what the CS400 is, priced at £49,995 is a near doubling of the £27,590 a standard STI costs in th UK, leaving a yawning price gap between the two.

But not necessarily for much longer. "This is the ultimate manifestation of where we think we can take the STI" Neads says, "but this partnership with Cosworth is ongoing." In other words, the two firms have invested heavily in this car, too heavily for them to call it quits after just 75 units. So expect to see another model, probably with around 260kW.

One final thought about the CS400. The reputations of both firms are on the line: for Subaru this is a chance to prove it hasn't lost its touch, that the hatchback Impreza platform can play host to a driver's car every bit as good as the old saloons. For Cosworth, this is the first time its name has appeared on a road car since the demise of the Escort Cosworth in 1996. Both are determined to get it right.

Personally, we'd love to see how it fares against Mitusbishi's FQ400 Evo X UK model. And for both of them to be available here in Australia from a Subaru or Mitsubishi dealer

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010, 07:14:02 pm »

Nice to see the Subbie detractors are still around  ..................  whistle whistle     Die While Laughing Roll On Floor Laughing
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