Subaru Impreza WRX STi in the test

Subaru Impreza WRX STi in the test
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D a. There it is again - that nervous twitch. A shock wave of shock causes the muscles in all limbs to suddenly cramp. Where did the one in the rearview mirror come from? Two hours later the same thing: Again sudden contractions, especially in the shoulders and arms. What idiot is going that tight? You'd have to see a doctor about these panic attacks. But who lies down on the couch and confesses without fear of immediate briefing: 'Doctor, I feel threatened by my rear wing.'

It is actually the massive blue tray, its massive presence on the trunk lid at times triggers anxiety and even hints of paranoia. Granted, the seizures become rarer as you get used to them, but they never stop completely. After all, every shock is followed by this incredibly nice feeling of relief: Nothing bad has happened.

WRX STI is the sport version of the Subaru Impreza

However, not all users did the martial machine like that. Based on the long-tailed hairstyles of the eighties, which were extremely popular in village discos and Bundesliga stadiums, a colleague got viciously upset about the 'mullet spoiler.' Admittedly, the sports version of the Subaru Impreza looks a bit out of date. In addition to the tail unit, the deep front apron with the large cooling air gap. And: in addition to a big mouth, there are also big cheeks. Because fender flares of this kind have been totally out for two decades. But the nice thing about this apparent anachronism is that the driver of the dark blue vehicle can immediately counter any suspicion of subculture.

After all, this car is not a case study for lint tuning, but the sculpture of an athlete. When they chiseled the discus throwers in marble in ancient Athens, the sculptors didn't suddenly leave the muscles out because they later no longer corresponded to fashion. This is not about lifestyle, but about competitive sport, and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI is not installed just for fun, but because it has served as a homologation base for rally cars for many generations. Anyone who gets in here always has a bit of sheen on themfaded heroes Colin McRae or Richard Burns, a touch of Hollywood, real name also known as Petter Solberg.

Young women turn after the athlete

And the best thing is: The handlebars can also feel a bit like a movie star. Because where the Subaru shows up, necks turn. And amazingly, it's not just macho men who make friendly nostrils, but above all young women. “Nice car,” says the brunette at the gas station in Weißwasser, and she's not the only one. Again and again raised thumbs stretched towards the car, lips formed into a smile.

We accepted the warm waves of affection with thanks and did not ask any further questions whether the ovations were for the massive appearance or the midnight blue metallic The paintwork that became a trademark in two decades because the rally cars of the Fuji Heavy Group wore the same war paint. Even Hermann Gassner has to admit that the color of this car is a real highlight. Otherwise, of course, the four-time German rally champion doesn’t leave a good eye on the WRX STI, but the man is more than self-conscious. He won all his titles with the competition from Mitsubishi - the Lancer Evo are opponents on the gravel road, but otherwise brothers in spirit.

This car doesn't just look like a weapon

We were delighted to see with the Subaru Impreza WRX STI that this car doesn't just look like a weapon. Instead of looking out of the window with a slight discomfort as usual in winter to see whether the treacherous smoothness threatens the expensive sheet metal of the test car, the Subaru driver shouted: 'Hurray, it was snowing.' Member of the editorial team effortlessly put the presents under the Christmas tree in the shade.

The fun on the dry slopes by no means came to an end. The two-and-a-half-liter turbo with its 300 hp and 407 Newton meters pushed really hard, but could also be moved in a manner that was quite civilized. The steering and chassis offered a high degree of precision when aiming for vertices. The Subaru is taut, but not hump-hard, which on the one hand has the advantage that small children don't ask from the back seat on the highway: 'Mom, why does the man in the blue car over there always bob so weird?' The long-suffering of springs Long-distance journeys are not martyrdom for long-suffering intervertebral discs. We're not getting any younger either.

There is little greater automotive pleasure than a brisk ride through the Black Forest in the evening on the way home from the Rally France - not least because of all the fun in search of the ideal line Low beam and high beam illuminate the rider of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI excellently.

Where the light isThe point is: the lighting up of the reserve indicator regularly darkened the mood of many members of the editorial team. The fact that a 2.5-liter turbo just barely misses the 30-liter mark when driving on the motorway in a hurry is undesirable - but more to blame rider than Ross. The fact that the petrol station has to be approached every 200 kilometers is also a clear design flaw. In a survey, the vast majority of the fan base would be in favor of a little less trunk volume - if there were a larger tank for that.

Standard 60-liter reservoir is a nuisance

The standard 60-liter reservoir is a nuisance in any case. Perhaps the Japanese would have done a few Le Mans outings in addition to the rally years to understand that there is no need to make a state if the time gained on the track runs away again at the gas pump.

So who? If you want to make miles, you have to find it in your own accelerator. “Wow, 450 kilometers on one tank of fuel,” wrote a colleague on the long-term test card. It remained unclear whether this was meant ironically. Those who stayed moderate could travel 100 kilometers with a good nine liters of consumption. With the total average consumption of 13.6 liters, the drinking habits of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI are not classified as behavioral. However, in addition to high-octane drinks, the blue car also secretly allows itself regular drinks of the creamy variety.

Engine needs a lot of fuel and oil

In addition to the routine changes, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI consumed astonishing amounts of oil in the endurance test. More than ten liters of extra lubricant over 50,000 kilometers - it ranks high in the sport-auto history. After all: the engine stayed healthy. This is not a matter of course, because a first endurance test ended prematurely with engine damage, triggered by the installation of the wrong crankshaft bearing.

Speaking of the annoyances: The gearshift could work a little more lubricated. Especially when things are going fast, the six-speed gearbox shifts from third to fourth.

Other flaws were inadequate adjustment options for the steering wheel, which is slightly to the right, and a warped trunk lid that sometimes does not open Push of a button, but only opened when swearing or persuading. In return, the glove compartment did not close at all for a while. One tester stated: “If you drive it for more than a week, you get the impression: a good car. But that is quickly put into perspective when you then get into the Audi TT RS long-term test car, for example. '

There is also the noticeable turbo lag, annoying airflow whistling beyond 200 km /h and a slightly unwilling cold start behavior below 13 degrees minus. TheThe list of annoying little things can also be rolled out in all its breadth because there wasn't much else.

Although the Subaru Impreza WRX STI was often asked for because of its aggressive looks, the Impreza rarely complained. After 24,000 kilometers the brakes were due, otherwise there is a boring routine in the list of workshop work. Three inspections, once the pollen and air filters were replaced, a couple of new wiper blades. That's it. The Impreza only stayed lying down once. But that's the way it is when the editor parks two hours at the photo session with the ignition on ...

Subaru Impreza WRX STI was a loyal companion

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI was a loyal companion. We got used to him. We liked it, not only in spite of, but also because of its rough edges. We give it back with a heavy heart, not least because the therapist still had a recipe for panic attacks ready when looking at the mirror. The expert advises the view of the positive. Every time he looks into the sharp blue, he prescribes a softly mumbled: 'It's great that you're here again.'


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