The GGB series Impreza Sti with 280 bhp was introduced in 2002. As usual, the Japanese kept the best for themselves, with the UK, Europe, USA etc only getting much lesser equipped models, mostly non-turbo and boring spec!
The Impreza STi 7 sports wagon is an extensively equipped robust & spaceous family car offering legendary Subaru STi performance & 4WD all-weather capability. This particular model is extremely rare having only been made by Subaru for just 1 year before production stopped, as the facelift model was ushered. Thereafter Subaru made WRX versions (some for export markets but) STi 2.0 EJ20's were only made in small numbers of the spec of this example for the Japanese market.
Making 280 bhp (206kW) @ 6400rpm & maximum torque of 38.0kg・m(373N・m)/4000rpm and weighing only 1,440kg with a low centre of gravity, also equipped with a new stronger close ratio 6 speed manual gearbox, Brembo 4 & 2 pot brakes, 17" alloys and other impressive STi specification inclusive of water spray to the intercooler, this car was built for practicality and performance. As a complete package the GGB Impreza STi 2002 model is unbeatable for performance, value and versatility.
The older classic Impreza Sti's were seriously capable cars that provided more performance than say a Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution. With the classic Impreza having been a car that moved the goal posts so much as far as usable, exciting every day reliable performance were concerned, Subaru moved the goalposts yet again in 2002 and made the best wagons of all with the GGB Sti. Sadly they didn't prove as popular as the manufacturer had hoped had hoped, so production ceased in 2003.
Having driven one of these when still new in Japan we remember it fondly and so recently we begun to look out for one of the best affordable examples for stock. When we finally located this example, we knew we had to have it. Condition of this example is excellent, to our usual high standards. To the true enthusiast, this is a better car than the classic Impreza STi wagons and so it's no surprise the best Subaru STi GGB's in Japan continue to rise desirability & value now - and will continue to do so.
Cars of this category are finding welcoming homes with business people who need to carry loads for their work, or owners who need space to carry hobby goods on weekends - whilst wanting a car that is capable of covering ground quickly, be fun to hussle on twisty country roads and able to operate in all weather conditions. These Subarus are also capable of covering high mileages reliably, so they're a good choice for many. A better and more reliable choice than most performance 4WD estate car European counterparts which are less reliable and more costly to run.
Mechanical Specification includes: 2.0 litre 16 valve boxer 4 cylinder EJ257 STi (AVCS - Variable Valve Timing) engine with intercooler turbo making 280 bhp as standard, 6 speed close ratio manual gearbox mated to permanent 4 wheel drive, with powerful Brembo 4 wheel disc brakes including dinner plate sized discs with 4-piston calipers at the front and 2 piston at the rear. Suspension includes factory fitted gas struts. To deal with the extra power, the Impreza STi gets upgraded suspension components. In addition to STi sport springs and revised struts at each corner, there are beefier anti-roll bars and cross-members. These combined help to offer a refined yet sporty ride that allows you to play with sliding the rear end using throttle to control it, yet gives excellent all weather drivability all whilst offering class leading load capacity. How about a 0-60 in 5.0 seconds with ability to return 30 mpg when driven normally! Naturally along with powerful Brembos at each corner there's 4 channel ABS as standard too. Considering the capacity of swallowing an entire family of 5, ample luggage and the dog with ability to cruise at high speed to say a Ski resort, it only weighs 1,440kg unlaiden. This car is of standard mechanical specification throughout too.
Interior Specification: STI bucket type sports seats with alcantara inserts & STi logos embossed into the material, split / foldable rear seats with 3 x 3 point rear seat belts, Isofix baby seat mountings, foldable rear seat arm-rest with part reclinable rear seats, height adjustable upper seatbelt anchors for each of 4 main seats, , STi option alloy pedal covers, Pioneer 200W CD/USB/Radio, factory fitted high power speakers, reclinable rear seats, rear luggage area cover, full set of Subaru original deep pile fitted mats, Momo SRS leather trimmed steering wheel, SRS airbag for passenger, pre-tensioners on front seatbelts - linked to the SRS system, leather shift knob, climate controlled air conditioning, electric door mirrors with retract mode, heated wipers, factory fitted privacy glass, full electric windows, original option side visors & remote controlled central locking.
Exterior: There is privacy glass for all rear windows (Factory fitted) with pilarless glass on all doors, Crystal design headlights, Factory fitted 17" lightweight alloy wheels with 4 good sports tyres. High level rear spoiler with integrated brake light, sports front grille, vented bonnet, rear wash wipe. Note the low centre design of the rear bumper for ease of loading.
Test Drive: As with each car we source, this example was picked for it's high quality. From our first inspection we could tell the single owner from new of this car had maintained it beautifully. It's clear from the general condition, this Impreza STi's never been driven hard and has always been well looked after. As such it drives without fault and the engine is purrrfectly quiet, no rattles or other signs of wear. We found absolutely no faults to report / needing repair. Note this car has been meticulously serviced & maintaned by Subaru since new. Timing belt, tensioner & idler were changed at 126,385 km on 10th April 2014 and it also had a recent oil change.
Condition: Paintwork is stunning and the underside of the car has no corrosion.
We found just light scratches on the rear bumper, scratches on the o/s/r door & minor scratches on the wheels, as shown. The interior is excellent . After valetting, shampooing & deep vacuuming, it's very presentable with much life yet to give the new owner. It's clear the previous owner was very careful. The boot floor is in good contition as shown.
Note the complete lack of corrosion, or oil leaks on the underside. Engine bay is also in excellent condition, with no rust on bolts, etc. Even the fins on the intercooler show virtually no flattening, further indicating this car's not been driven hard (Subaru intercooler fins will flatten if the car's driven at high-speed in rain, for example) This is a hand-picked example of much better quality than you may find elsewhere & is the only example of a bug-eyed Impreza STi wagon we currently have in stock. We are having difficulty finding good examples of all performance cars to buy here in Japan, so once it's gone - we expect finding another replacement Impreza GGB Sti model of this quality to be very difficult.
UK OTR price inclusive of full preparation as described, 12 months MOT and comprehensive UK warranty is £9,995.
This car is currently in stock at our storage premises located in Chiba, Japan and is ready for prompt shipment. It can be supplied to any eligible country worldwide.
For further information on how to reserve this car - Contact us. A deposit of £1,000 secures.
Newera Imports - Hand picking only the very best performance cars since 1998 for delighted customers. Recommended by owner's clubs and magazines all over the world.