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Stand Out Features

Subaru logo22 May 2002

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

THE STi's engine is always a standout feature given its higher power output than the standard WRX, but also because of the introduction of variable valve timing this time around, which aids driveability. The front torque-sensing limited slip differential is a new addition to the STi's spec sheet and succeeds in making the car an even faster point to point proposition than it was previously. It enables the STi to break free of the shackles of understeer when exiting a corner under power and also helps the super Sube to keep pace with its main rival, Mitsubishi's Lancer Evo, which employs a high-tech four-wheel drive system with Active Yaw Control to dial out understeer and oversteer through the front and rear differentials.

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The ultimate STi is the Impreza 22B STi. It's based on the World Rally Championship car of the day and just 424 examples were produced - 400 of these were for the Japanese domestic market and sold out in 48 hours. Five of them came to Australia in late 1998, priced at $120,000.

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