Subaru started production of the Impreza series in 1992. The purest of the models was a high-performance four-wheel drive sports car, the Subaru Impreza WRX. On its debut, it was equipped with an EJ20 power unit that generated 236hp at 6000rpm and 224.2 lb ft of torque.
Modification in 1994 further enhanced its performance and further modifications in 1996 boosted the engine’s power output to 276 hp at 6500 rpm and 253.1 lb ft of torque, the highest in the 2.0-liter class.
Initially, the WRX had a 5-speed manual transmission, but in 1993, a 4-speed automatic transmission was also an option. Brakes are discs on all wheels. The sports model settings on the suspension provide extremely good driveability and outstanding control and stability.
Because of the excellent stability and handling, the Subaru WRX can easily compete on level terms with much more powerful cars from the next class up. The Type RA model is the ideal base car for tuning.