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One of 900 Limited Edition Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C in exclusive Sunrise Yellow.
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C is a limited-edition homologation special which nearly did not exist. When Subaru pulled out of its 20-year involvement in the World Rally Championships after a massive fall in sales worldwide it had to rethink its motorsport programme. Fortunately this rare addition to the WRX STI line-up went on sale through dealerships in Japan only as proof it had not forgotten who it was and what it excelled at. The 2.5-litre engine was dumped for the revvier, feistier EJ20 2.0-litre and a massive overhaul with new diffs, dampers, springs and bars, plus there was a drop in kerbweight of 30kg. With iconic models such as the 22B, (400 units made), RB5, (444 units made), P1, (1000 units made), this limited edition Spec C with only 900 units made, (circa 100 in Sunrise Yellow), is destined for a bright future.
Colour coded body and spoiler kit, sophisticated cooling and air extraction incorporating large bonnet intake and side air extraction vents, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD), Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), Incline Start Assist, VDC electronic stability control, ABS with brake assist, automatic air conditioning, speed sensitive power steering, aluminium pedals. Special Spec C Factory Equipment; Aluminium bonnet, Laminar lighter weight window glass, upgrade exclusively tuned ECU, downsized battery, reinforced front cross-member, stiffened springs and shock absorbers, larger anti-roll bars, upgraded subframe bushings, mechanical Limited Slip Differential, inter-cooler water spray, Gold coloured Brembo brake callipers, ball-bearing type twin scroll turbocharger. Dealer Accessories; Genuine Subaru ribbed carpet mats, side window air deflectors. Accessories; DAB Satellite Radio and Navigation Package, Cat 1 security alarm.
This Limited-Edition Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C is finished in rare and exclusive Sunrise Yellow, (Code C2Z). The gleaming paintwork boasts a vibrant detailed finish and helps enhance all the scoops and air intakes. A small ding to the lower driver’s door and two minuscule dings to the bonnet are visible and noteworthy imperfections. All trim sections, bumpers, scoops and special WRX STI Spec C features remain standard and originality seekers will be pleased to see factory stickers intact within the spotless door apertures. The aluminium bonnet and Laminar lighter weight window glass all remain fitted. Very special.
STI branded sports bucket front seats with red stitching are in excellent clean condition with no notable wear. Matching door cards are immaculate as is the black headlining. The dashboard and switchgear are unmolested as is the leather steering wheel with fully intact red stitching. All functions, controls and gauges operate perfectly including the ice-cold air conditioning. Lifting the boot lid reveals an immaculate boot carpet as well as the Subaru tool pouch, tyre change compressor and inter-cooler water spray bottle. UK specification DAB and touch screen navigation has been professionally installed.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Impreza WRX STI Spec C is fitted with the EJ20 2.0 Litre turbocharged engine whereby peak power is quoted as 308bhp at 6400rpm and 422Nm of torque 4400rpm to achieve phenomenal performance figures of 155mph limited top speed and 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds! The engine bay is stunningly clean with all factory plates, label and stickers intact and Subaru stampings to the original inner wings. The 6-speed quick shift short throw gear change maximises full use of the power and in 2018 an Exedy Pink Box clutch was fitted.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
New for the Spec C were gorgeous 18” High-Lustre anthracite alloy wheels fitted as standard which remain in perfect condition. Matching premium brand Michelin 245/40 R18 have masses of tread. Gleaming gold callipers all round with STI inscription are a distinguishing feature of Spec C and the power of this awesome road going rally car is easily harnessed.
Hailed as a significantly tweaked brother to the Impreza WRX STI, the Spec C was limited to just 900 units for the Japanese market only. Personally sourced by Paul Finch from Finch Motorsport Subaru Engine Specialists for his personal collection, this 2009 example was brought into the UK in 2018 with all UK import duties, SVA/IVA certification and UK registered completed. The Japanese Auction Car Condition Grade was an impressive 4.5. The car has covered 66,028 miles (106,262Km) and upon arrival in the UK, Finch Motorsport carried out documented works to include a new uprated clutch, full cambelt kit, tensioners and idlers, major service and new OEM radiator. Annual servicing since has been upheld with the most recent service carried out in September 2023. All import and compliance paperwork are held in the history file along with servicing and maintenance invoices since arrival in the UK. There are two sets of keys with fobs.
Requiring nothing other than an appreciative enthusiast to enjoy and preserve.