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Subaru Impreza – First generation

The Impreza was first divided into three variants of bodywork: saloon 3 volumes 4 door, station wagon (commercially known as the Sport Wagon) and coupe (not imported in Italy).

The engine range was restricted to just 1,800 cc engine from 101 hp, but this is soon joined by a 1600 cc and 2000 cc aspirated plus 2.0 l turbo 211 hp version that equipped WRX.

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The first restyled exterior is dated 1997 and one on the interior in 1998. On this occasion, was also introduced an increased engine displacement to 2500 cc.

Engines

EJ motors were characterized by a distribution to single overhead camshaft (except for the 2.0 l, which instead was a double overhead camshaft), 2 or 4 valves per cylinder and ranged from 1.5 l to 2.0 liters of displacement. The Impreza, the debut, it inherited three extracted in different engine capacities of 1.6 l, 1.8 l and 2.0 l. The specific power of those engines was relatively low (in comparison to cars of the time), but allowed it to have a good torque at low revs, giving a character that fully respects the philosophy of multi-car dall’Impreza embodied already at birth.

Engines 1992
Model Engine Displacement power Coppia Report
compression
0-100 km/h, s max

Speed

(Km/h)

Consumption

average

(Km/l)

1.6 GL 16v EJ16 1.597 Cm³ 66 kW (90 CV)
@5.600 RPM
137 Nm (14,0 kgm)
@4.000 RPM
9,7:1 12,7 175 11,8
1.8 GL 8v EJ18 1.820 Cm³ 76 kW (103 CV)
@5.600 RPM
147 Nm (15,0 kgm)
@4.400 RPM
9,5:1 11,8 174
2.0 GL
16v man.
EJ20 1.994 Cm³ 84 kW (115 CV)
@5.600 RPM
172 Nm (17,5 kgm)
@4.000 RPM
9,7:1 9,7 190 10,8
2.0 GL
16v aut.
EJ20 1.994 Cm³ 84 kW (115 CV)
@5.600 RPM
172 Nm (17,5 kgm)
@4.000 RPM
9,7:1 11,1 180 10,3

In 1997, coinciding with the first major restyling of the vehicle, the engine range is renewed completely: leaving the scene of the 1800 cc (the only one left with 2 valves per cylinder) and are updated both in 1600 that the 2000 cc cc, which gain in torque and power, while under the new anti-pollution standards Euro 2.

Engines 1997
Model Engine Displacement power Coppia Report
compression
0-100 km/h, s max

Speed

(Km/h)

Consumption

average

(Km/l)

1.6 TS 16v EJ16 1.597 Cm³ 70 kW (95 CV)
@5.200 RPM
143 Nm (14,6 kgm)
@3.600 RPM
10,0:1 12,8 171 12,2
2.0 GL
16v man.
EJ20 1.994 Cm³ 92 kW (125 CV)
@5.600 RPM
184 Nm (18,8 kgm)
@3.600 RPM
10,0:1 10,2 191 11,2
2.0 GL
16v aut.
EJ20 1.994 Cm³ 92 kW (125 CV)
@5.600 RPM
184 Nm (18,8 kgm)
@3.600 RPM
10,0:1 12,7 183 11,6
The entry and success in competitions in the WRC

The Subaru Impreza was soon called upon to replace the Legacy RS in the RCA Championships (also known as Group A), a category that at the time was the series “Queen” of the rally world. The Impreza 555 (so named for the number of English assonance also read in Japanese language, meaning “Go Go Go”) was a huge leap in quality compared to the Legacy, already from the data sheet: this indeed boasted about 20cv more dell’antenata, had one of the first aluminum engines, excellent road holding, new suspension, a better balancing of weights, a body lighter and smaller.

The 555 he made his debut in 1993 in the Rally of Finland “1000 Lakes” with the samples to drive home Ari Vatanen and Markku Alen. Won the first victory in 1994 at the rally of Corsica, with Carlos Sainz driving. In 1995, Subaru allowed to win both the title pilots (also won by the only famous while Colin McRae) and the constructors title, which failed a year later, when Subaru had to settle for the manufacturers title.

The withdrawal of the model occurred in 1997 because the new regulations of the World Rally Car. His deputy, the Impreza WRC97 was another very good car that won the first race of the championship and won the constructors title in that same year.
Wrc subaru 1996

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