Every enthusiast knows that Subaru STi means high performance. The Japanese cars that cut their teeth on the stages of the World Rally Championship gained a cult following among the Playstation generation. Every kid with a love of cars wants/wanted to own a WRX STi. The offbeat sound of the flat-four engine is instantly recognisable even today.
In September 2002 we tested the second generation WRX STi – affectionately known as the “Bug Eye” – which featured a 2,0-litre turbocharged powerplant that was good for 195 kW. Thanks to its symmetrical all-wheel-drive drivetrain the saloon rocketed to 100 km/h from standstill in just 5,36 seconds.
For all of you that missed it the first time around in print, please enjoy our original road test of the “Bug Eye” Impreza WRX STi.