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** October 17, 2021 **

Performance :: 1998 Impreza 22B STI

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About the 1998 Impreza 22B STI:

In 1998 Subaru graced the world with the 22B to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Recently, very clean examples of this car have been on the market for nearly $400,000 USD. This car represents the pedigree of the brand, and should send chills through any true lover of Subarus. You may very well be looking at the largest gathering of 22Bs ever recorded in the United States, as we have three on display at the World Record Attempt event.

Specs:
- Limited to only 400 units
- Powered by a closed deck 2.2-liter turbocharged EJ22
- 280hp @ 6300 rpm - (Others have claimed this figure to be higher, due to JDM regulations at the time)
- Curb weight: 2,800 lbs
- Twin-plate ceramic and metal clutch for better heat resistance
- 17-inch gold wheels
- A sleek wide-body kit
- Bilstein suspension
- IHI RHF 5HB turbo

All 400 Japanese units sold out in about 30 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the report. Another 24 were produced for export markets: 16 for the UK, along with another 5 for Australia, and 3 prototypes. The 16 cars imported to the UK were modified by Prodrive, with longer gear ratios, and UK specification lights. Because 50 22Bs had already been imported privately into the UK, Subaru had to wait until 1999 to register the 16 officially imported cars under the VCA's Single Vehicle Approval scheme.

The 22B had the EJ22G 2.2 liter engine. This means the displacement was increased from 2.0 to 2.2 liters, bored up to 96.9 mm. This car was given a unique color of blue and had fender flared widebody taken from the Peter Stevens designed WRC car, thus widening the width by just over 3 inches. The car has a unique hood, front and rear fenders, a WRC-inspired front bumper and a unique adjustable rear wing. The suspension is provided by Bilstein, while the brakes were four-pot front/two-pot rear STI calipers, painted red. The origin of the name 22B has been debated. The 22 referred to the 2.2-liter displacement and the B was thought to be for the Bilstein suspension. This would correlate with the idea that Subaru sells a Legacy Spec B, where the B represents the Bilstein suspension. However, the B is actually a Subaru internal code for Turbo. 22B is also hexadecimal for the number 555, in reference to State Express 555, Subaru's major sponsor in the WRC from 1993 to 2004.


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