Subaru Impreza V5 STI Type R

Stuart Hammond ‘I always wanted to build a 400bhp+ two-door Impreza and settled on this 1999 Version 5’

  • Year: 1999

  • Mileage: 179,000

  • Acquired: 2013

  • Dream car: Mazda 767B

Why did you choose the car?

I wanted to build a 400bhp+ two-door Impreza and settled on this 1999 Version 5.

What’s the best bit? 

Tough choice between the rare S202 seats, F1-style shift light or the Syvecs S6 ECU.

What’s the worst bit? 

Eighteen-year-old paint is starting to show its age, but a respray in 2018 is planned.

What’s it like to run? 

Most parts are no problem. Even the local main dealer should be a good source of parts at reasonable cost. A brilliant forum run by friendly W201 loons is

Any modifications? 

Erm... one or two. The engine is a 2.1-litre closed-deck Williams Motorsport stroker with 14mm head studs, Spec C AVCS heads, full New Age inlet conversion, one-off FP Green hybrid turbo, Williams Motorsport headers, Cobra Sport de-cat exhaust, HDI intercooler, RCM fuel rail kit with Fuelab fuel pressure regulator, Syvecs S6 ECU and Toucan touchscreen. It makes over 450bhp, more than 450lb-ft of torque and does an 11.84sec/121mph quarter mile. It also has a Hawkeye UK six-speed DCCD gearbox conversion, RTS stage 4 clutch/flywheel, 18in Prodrive P1 WRC Wheels, coilovers, Brembo front and rear brake calipers with carbon pads, Godspeed discs, a variety of interior mods, Subaru Steel Grey paint and a Scoobyworld blended rear diffuser.

Any advice for buyers? 

Buy one now if you’re thinking about it as prices are continuing to rise. Check the DCCD (driver control centre differential) is working, if modified check for proof of a reputable map/mapper/ECU, check for rust.

What’s it like to run?

I run Midland Scooby Services in Grantham and we share all our progress and work on the car via social media.

Any funny mishaps?

Blew an intercooler hose off at 7000rpm in fourth gear at Santa Pod and my mind went to that place where no one wants to go!

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