1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Coupe

The Impreza RS is a blast to drive. The engine growls and rev's freely. The view is expansive over the low nose. The not-yet-functional hood scoop pokes up giving you a feeling of performance. Seat position is good and the placement of wheel, gauges and shifter is excellent. Turn in is quick. Braking has a soft feel but has immediate results. I have addressed the feel with stainless steel brake lines and an older model single-stage brake booster. See the mods page for more details.

Overall a really nice rally package. We have use the Impreza on pavement, gravel and snow. Provided the right tires are in place, traction is fantastic. The '98 Impreza is without the LSD rear end but doesn't seem to suffer traction or driveability as a result. Would be a nice upgrade. While performance isn't blazing by sports car standards, the 2.5L motor has a great deal of pull, especially at the low end. This is really where it's needed for TSD. Our scores have been extremely good from day one in this car.

Nora took this car to the Bremerton Raceway for a driving school in the pouring rain. By the afternoon session, she was lapping with the fastest crowd of BMW's, Mustang SVT's and Eagle Talons. It was amazing to see this little car making the same lap times as the 300 hp monsters. It is so easy to drive and has tremendous grip in the rain (despite the stock Bridestone tires).

This car has seen many, many rally miles. Still running strong and likely to stay that way. From local TSD rallies to an epic victory at the 2008 Alcan 5000 'Nicky' has done it all. My daily driver is always up and ready take on any challenge.

Modifications

  • K&N Filter
  • OMP front strut tower brace
  • Trunk light
  • Front light bar
  • Front skid pan and rear diff guard by Primitive Enterprises
  • Silverstone S525 gravel tyres
  • STi Impreza Seats
  • 18mm Sway Bar
  • Stromung Muffler
  • Hella Supertone horns
  • Hella 80w/100w headlights
  • Hella 4000 100w euro driving lights
  • Single stage brake booster
  • Braided steel brake lines
  • KYB AGX adjustable struts (4F/8R)
  • 215/45-17 Bridgestone Potenza S-02 PP tires from TireRack.com
  • Prodrive P7 7x17" rims
  • Front slotted disk brakes by Primitive Enterprises
  • Heads street ported by Delta Camshaft
  • Spicy camshafts by Delta Camshaft
  • 2007 Legacy GT 5-speed transmission
  • Subaru STi torsen front positraction differential
  • Quaife rear positraction differential
  • Pictures of these mods