Subaru Impreza WRX STI SPEC D
Cost new: £31, 550. Value now: £16,900
Want a low-miles Impreza without the visual aggression? Then step this way...
If you're attracted to the idea of a Subaru Impreza and its sizeable turbo wallop, but are turned off by certain aspects of the Scooby owning image, then this Spec D makes sense.
The D stands for discreet, which means that it has extra soundproofing, plush leather chairs, an upgraded stereo, touchscreen sat-nav and a more restrained bodykit. Well, slightly more restrained. Just 300 were built, and all in Crystal Grey.
This one's covered just under 21,000 miles and as a result it's in very good nick. The only marks we found in the metallic paint were some minor stonechips to the front; the rest of the car is free of scrapes and creases. There are no signs of corrosion and the bodykit is still attached where it should be.
The wheels show some signs of minor kerbing damage, but nothing too concerning. It wears Kumho Ecsta LE Sport 225/45 ZR 17 rears and Goodyear Eagle F1 225/45 ZR17 fronts, and all
have a good level of tread remaining, with no signs of
rips or tears in the sidewalls. There is, however, some paint peel on the large Brembo calipers and a couple of small chips to the windscreen.
Under the bonnet everything's in good order, with all the fluids up to their maximum marks. The good news continues inside – everything's in working condition. The headlining is in good nick and there's only a light amount of bolster wear and creasing to the seats. The only blemish is a scratch to the centre console forward of the gear lever, but it's not too deep.
The paperwork file shows that the car's three owners have treated it well. It's got Subaru main dealer stamps up to 2014 and its last service was at an independent in April 2016, and all these back up the mileage.
The engine fires right off the key and settles to a refined burble – well, for an Impreza – with no rev searching.
Though this is a calmed-down Impreza it's still scintillatingly fast, with plenty of punch from 3k. We found no flat spots at all.
The steering wheel was as incisive as an Impreza needs to be, and we found no dead spots or sloppiness around the wheel. The suspension – though customarily firm – didn't bring out any peculiar noises or vibrations, and the brakes were sharp yet predictable.
With low-mileage and rarity on its side, plus great overall condition, this Subaru is well worth consideration.
Choose your Impreza SECOND-GEN FACELIFT
- The Second-Gen Impreza is facelifted in 2005 with a new nosejob to reflect Subaru's revamped corporate face.
- In addition to the Spec D, which launches in 2006, Subaru releases the RB320 in honour of rally driver Richard Burns. Power is 316bhp and torque is 332lb-ft, with 320 built.
- GB270 launches in 2007 with quick-shift gearbox and 266bhp/310lb-ft. 400 built.
- Another batch of RB320s launches in 2007 with trim differences to the 2006 car.
IMPREZA WRX STI in detail
On sale at Centurian Automotive
Transmission 4WD, 6-speed manual
Top speed 158mph
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