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).

Stock Performance

  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 8.4 sec.
  • Braking (60-0 mph):139 ft.
  • Roadholding Index: 0.8
  • Base Number of Cylinders: 4
  • Base Engine Size: 2.5 liters
  • Horsepower: 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque: 162 lbs./ft. @ 4000 rpm


  • Length: 172.2 in.
  • Width: 67.1 in.
  • Height: 55.5 in.
  • Weight: 2720 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 99.2 in.
  • Front Headroom: 39.2 in.
  • Rear Headroom: 36.7 in.
  • Front Shoulder Room: 53 in.
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 52.4in.
  • Front Hip Room: NA
  • Rear Hip Room: NA
  • Front Leg Room: 43.1in.
  • Rear Leg Room: 32.5 in.
  • Luggage Capacity: 11.1cu.ft.

  • K&N Filter
  • OMP front strut tower brace
  • Trunk light by Team Hightower Engineering
  • Front light bar by Team Hightower Engineering
  • Front skid pan and rear diff guard by Primitive Enterprises
  • Silverstone S525 gravel tyres from Tabor Rally Team
  • STi Impreza Seats from SPD Tuning Service
  • 18mm Sway Bar from SPD Tuning Service
  • Stromung Muffler from SPD Tuning Service
  • Hella Supertone horns from Susquehanna MotorSports
  • Hella 80w/100w headlights from Susquehanna MotorSports
  • Hella 4000 100w euro driving lights from Susquehanna MotorSports
  • Single stage brake booster from SPD Tuning Service
  • Braided steel brake lines from SPD Tuning Service
  • KYB AGX adjustable struts (4F/8R) from SPD Tuning Service
  • 215/45-17 Bridgestone Potenza S-02 PP tires from TireRack.com
  • Prodrive P7 7x17" rims from SPD Tuning Service
  • Front slotted disk brakes by Primitive Enterprises
  • Pictures of these mods