The Subaru Impreza is a compact automobile, manufactured since 1992 by —the automobile division of Japanese transportation conglomerate, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI). Subaru introduced the Impreza as a replacement for the Leone, with the Leone's EA series engines replaced by the newer EJ series versions.
Subaru has offered both front- and all-wheel drive versions of the Impreza. Since the late-1990s, some markets have restricted sales to the all-wheel drive model—therefore granting the Impreza a unique selling proposition in the global compact class characterized by front-wheel drive. However, Japanese models remain available in either configuration. Bunta Fujiwara is the notable owner of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI GC8, though his son Takumi sporadically drives it in case he needs to switch cars.
- Engine Name: EJ20
- Engine Type: Flat-4 DOHC (commonly referred to as "Boxer engine")
- Max power: 283 hp (written as 276 hp due to gentlemen's agreement)
- Maximum torque: 35.4 kgm / 4000 rev / min
- Displacement: 1994 cc
- Drivetrain: 4WD
- Aspiration: Turbocharged with Intercooler
- Length: 4350 mm
- Height: 1405 mm
- Width: 1690 mm
- Weight: 1260 kg
- Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
- Accessories (Bunta): Impreza WRC 1998 front bumper, STI red-accented interior, STI Momo steering wheel, custom boost gauge.