Has it really been five years since Subaru brought forth the redesigned Impreza? It seems like only yesterday when the bugeye version of the Rex hit our shores (and redefined the compact sports sedan in the US), followed by a masculine front-end massage and the current model's Alfa-esque nose job. But before the newest Impreza hits the market, those of you in the UK that may be averse to the restyled WRX can plunk down your pounds for the final iteration of Subaru's road-going rally machine.
The GB270, taking the name from the UK's Rally GB, gets a final work-over from the folks at Prodrive, complete with a modified version of the 2.5-liter boxer that produces 266 HP and 310 lb.-ft. of torque – 40 HP and 74 more pound-feet of twist then the standard model. The 0-60 time drops by .6 seconds (from 5.9 seconds), while response in the middle of the tach has been improved.
A lowering spring kit, along with a 'quickshift gearchange' (what we're assuming is just a short-throw shifter), a MOMO gear knob and 18x7.5-inch GT1 wheels are all part of the package. Exterior enhancements include a new rear-spoiler and mesh grille on the sedan, while the Sports Wagon benefits from a new rear waist spoiler, front and rear aero pieces, a black mesh grille and gloss black rollers.
Only 300 units of the sedan will be sold, while only 100 wagon lovers will be able to park the GB270 in their garage.
More information, including pricing and upgrades, is available in the press release below.
BIG VALUE FROM FINAL-EDITION IMPREZA WRX
Subaru is guaranteeing customers exceptional value from the final-edition versions of its iconic Impreza 2.5 WRX saloon and Sports Wagon.
Called GB270, the last-of-the-line current Impreza offers around £7,600 in extra equipment for the saloon and just under £7,000 for the Sports Wagon.
Both models cost £22,995 on-the-road – only £2,898 and £1,898 more than the standard Impreza WRX saloon and Sports Wagon respectively.
Named after Rally GB – Subaru's most successful WRC stage – and the 270 PS the Prodrive-uprated engine produces, the GB270 models can be ordered from July 10 with first deliveries planned for September 1.
Numbers will be strictly limited to 300 for the Impreza GB270 saloon and 100 for the Sports Wagon.
Standard Prodrive Performance Pack
Both models benefit from the 270 PS Prodrive Performance Pack which boosts power by 40 PS and torque by a staggering 74 lb ft to 310 lb ft.
The result is a 0-60 mph time reduced from 5.9 to 5.3 seconds and a 0-100 mph time of 13.9 instead of 14.4 seconds. Mid-range response is substantially improved.
Other shared features include a lowered spring kit, 'quickshift' gearchange, special carpet mats, MOMO 'Air-Race' gear knob, larger-diameter 18x7.5ins GT1 alloy wheels and GB270 exterior badging and individually numbered interior plaque.
Impreza GB270 Saloon
Specific to the Impreza GB270 saloon are a WRC-style rear spoiler, stainless-steel mesh front grille, STI front lip spoiler and silver-finished alloy wheels.
Impreza GB270 Sports Wagon
Helping the GB270 Sports Wagon stand out is a rear waist spoiler, front and rear aero splash guards, rear privacy glass, black stainless-steel mesh front grille and gloss-black alloy wheels.
In addition, both models will be available with an optional ICE pack consisting of a Clarion SatNav and iPod adaptor and Bluetooth 'phone kit for £1,750.
Other extra-cost upgrades include a GB270-branded leather or Alcantara/leather interior for £1,400 or £1,600 respectively and privacy glass window tinting for the saloon at £405 (all prices include VAT).
A totally new 5-door Impreza will be launched in the autumn in 1.5 and 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated versions only. The turbocharged STI returns in the spring.