The STi Version 5 STi Sports Wagon was the last of the breed and all but the best of all the now modern classic status 5 door Imprezas. In terms of equivalent cars of the same era, the STi 5 had no direct competitors, except perhaps in some marginal capacity as the first Audi Avant RS2's and the later S4 Avant or RS4, which are nowadays firmly in the modern classic-investable car category.
These STi Sports wagons were of the best specification of all & were built & supplied exclusively to the Japanese domestic market. The Japanese know a good car & we have seen values of the various guises of this model rise steadily, especially over the last couple of years as modern replacements have become less exciting with more electronics.
Naturally as domestic demand for high quality well preserved examples outstrips supply, these have strengthened in price in Japan by over 100% over the last 2 years (All classic STi Imprezas have, the later & more exclusive, the higher their values are climbing, with the 22B already at unreachable stratospheric values).
The condition of this particular example is the best STi 5 we can remember having in stock over the last couple of years, so we had to pay a high price for this rare car when it came up, knowing it could be a very long time till another one as good as this comes again. We're well aware of market conditions and that examples like these will continue to rise in value over the next couple of years (Just see what other rally fugitives such as Delta Integrales have done). Condition of this example is still much like new and it should last a very long time provided it continues to be as well looked after as it has been all these years.
The engines on these models are STi Blue-printed units with stronger internals incl. better camshafts, valve springs and larger turbo combined with an 8,000 rpm rev limit (Normal WRX's are 7,000) packing 280+ bhp as standard. Further mechanical improvements from Subaru Technica International include a carbon fibre front strut brace, uprated intercooler, uprated suspension, 4 piston brakes at front with 2 piston at rear, etc.
The STi 5 is also distinguishable by it's updated vented bonnet, light green tint on windows (Privacy glass on the rear), updated rear spoiler with integrated central brake light and the red and white rear lights in addition to crystal type headlights and a fresher design of front bumper & splitter. The Sti 5 interior was also of a brighter design than previous versions, with "STi" embossed front seats & white dials with a digital odometer. The air-conditioning controls were also updated and a driver's SRS airbag included with the Momo leather steering wheel.
For the sports driver who wants reliable high capacity load carrying capability without the weight penalty, outstanding 4WD road holding, STi performance and reliability - this is the wagon to own. Better dynamically than the later heavier and more watered down bug eye WRX & STi wagons, in terms of performance & fun - you'll be hard pressed to find better. Classic Impreza STi performance - with all the practicality of a normal 5 door wagon. These made & continue to make other manufacturer's modern sports estate offerings look positively boring & performance is bland by comparison!
This car's remained standard mechanically and the only non original modifications are OZ Racing 17" wheels (with new sports tyres fitted) and an Alpine USB compatible head unit. Note that original wheels with a set of good winter tyres are included with this example.
Note also that STi (4 onward) ECU's are also mappable with Ecutek software,. Although standard performance is more than enough for most, if at any point the new owner decides he'd like to Improve this Sti 6's performance, it's relatively easy & we can supply additional parts to further improve this car. Ask us for further details or visit www.neweraparts.com
Exterior & Interior Condition: The bodywork is completely rust free & there's no underside corrosion at all to the chassis, nor in the engine bay. This is hardly of the usual rough condition UK cars or imports that came into the UK several years ago are typically found in. Our full array of pictures will speak for themselves to show the outstanding condition of this Impreza STi 5 Sports Wagon. Pictures of this example should speak for themselves.
There's a small pin dent on the n/s/f door which we have pointed out in pictures. Access to the rear wasn't possible for our dent specialist, so it was left as is. Other pin dents have been removed as best as possible, as shown. There are no other faults to report, it's clear the previous owner was very careful with this Sti 5 sports wagon!
Interior is also in excellent condition without any significant wear. Note this has been a non-smoker's car since new. It's very rare to find an example anywhere near this good nowadays as any serious enthusiast searching for one of these will know.
Test Drive: Mechanically it's also in good condition. Strong power with good response, a nice quiet engine with no noisy valve gear or signs of a hard pushed engine. . We test drove this car after warming up - which revealed a very tight feeling car. There are no faults to report at all. This car's been regularly serviced and oil was recently changed. Timing belt was also changed at 78,000km, so isn't due for a long time yet.
This is an exceptional Impreza STi 5 Wagon in stunning condition. Inclusive of new MOT, Full UK registration, comprehensive UK warranty & a full valet just before collection, this Impreza sports wagon is available at £10,895 OTR.
Currently located in our storage facility in Japan, it's ready to ship to England, or to any other country (Ask about our FOB package if you're not in UK). A deposit of £1,000 secures this unique Impreza sports wagon for prompt shipment.
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