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Subaru Impreza STI
The other star of the Subaru booth is decidedly less ostentatious than Travis Pastrana’s hillclimb special, but has an equally impressive motorsports pedigree.
This STi was driven by legendary rally driver Tommi Makinen, who set a production sedan record of 7:55 around Germany’s famed Nurburgring course. While not everyone agrees that Nurburgring times matter all that much, it’s nice to see a bit of Subaru history brought to SEMA.
Gallery: Subaru Impreza STI Nurburgring
The star is Subaru‘s SEMA stand is undoubtedly the same Subaru STi used by Travis Pastrana for his record setting hillclimb up Mt. Washington.
Subaru figured it would be a good idea to display the car in their SEMA booth, and we’d have to agree. You can check out the gallery below for more Red Bull-sponsored Subaru goodness.
Gallery: Subaru Impreza STi Travis Pastrana
With seven years of roaming the streets (in Japan), the second generation Subaru Impreza body became a familiar sight to many. And now that the third generation Impreza STi is out, we’re expecting to see less and less of the second gen bodies. But leave it to the crazy tuners in Japan to come up with this idea: taking a second generation model and outfit it with a front end from the the current model.
Some of us here at AutoGuide think it’s just too weird. The second-gen STi is notorious for its boxy shape and large headlights while the new generation is more streamlined and bubbly. Pairing the two together doesn’t quite flow well. (Some other crazy folks here in the office are big fans and made me write this sentence).
Complementing the transformation is also a full body kit from Charge Speed, which definitely gives the car a much sportier and more aggressive profile. Thumbs up for being unique, but much like the R35 front end on an R34 Skyline, we think they should belong on their respective bodies.
GALLERY: Car Service Hiro Converted Subaru Impreza STi
[Source: Farm Of Minds]