Dream Cars Pt.1 The 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Updated September 23, 2013
I wanted to take a minute and share with you great readers one of my favorite cars. I’m a very practical kind of guy, who loves function, just a little bit more than form. I’m not one of those people who, if I were to win the lotto, I’m gonna find the first Veyron I can get my hands on, and buy it. No sir, i”m more of a simplistic kind of individual. One of my lotto cars would be a 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi.
Subaru has been making cars for what it seems like, a thousand years, and has been doing a good job at it. You can still find a Subaru Justee driving around every so often, if you pay enough attention. In the mid to late 90’s the 22b Impreza was a sweet little car that came in a 2 door non-hatchback option, and was faster than most Civics of the time. The 4 cylinder boxer engine was extremely reliable, and full of torque. What made this car kick ass, was the fact that it was awd, and most people didn’t know about them at all. Only die hard Colin Mcrae rally fans knew the potential of the 22b.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Subaru has been rallying for quite some time, but that’s not the focus of this segment. My love spawned for the Subaru Impreza back In 1998 where I had a part time job working at a large parking garage, and a customer would bring his 22b to the lot 3x a week. It was blue, five speed, burst of refreshing energy. I loved driving it to the back of the lot, where I could study the engine, and just listen to it burble when the idle was low. Since that point I was hooked, and needed to know all things Subaru. Unfortunately Subaru Imprezas are cars that are pretty hard to come by, so I did what most guys do, and settled for posters on my walls.
fast forwarding to 2006, and a man by the name of Ken Block, decided to take his Impreza, and show the world what hooning was all about. His Gymkhana video highlighted not only his driving skills, but showed the tuner world what they’d been missing as far as the Subaru was concerned. His 540hp Subaru Impreza was sliding sideways in excess of 120mph, and was doing it with the greatest of ease. The angry sounding exhaust could only be rivaled by the likes of a Ducati 998 going full tilt. After that year’s model, the Subaru Impreza seemed to have lost it’s balls. Subaru as a whole made a change, and started producing Imprezas as hatch-backs, more than sedans, from which that point forward, popularity began to dwindle. The aggressiveness factor of the Impreza seemed to diminish as well. The Subaru Impreza, for me was falling into the same segment where the Honda Civic went. More family orientated, less tuner car. Non the less, I still love the 2006 Subaru Impreza, and it still holds the number four(#4) spot on my lotto dream car list. So until that day comes, I going to keep researching, keep watching videos on the 2006 Impreza, and keep buying my lotto tickets every once, and a while. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to to dream, now does it?