2002 Subaru Impreza STI Blob-EyeLow mileage - just 52,000 miles - highly modified Impreza, massive spec!
2002 Subaru Impreza STI ‘Blob-Eye’ (JDM car with the 2.0 litre engine) with just 52,000 miles on the clock!
Originally imported into the UK when the car was nearly new and covering just 52,000 miles at the time of writing this, this awesome Scooby has been with the previous owner for the past couple of years during which time he has put blood, sweat and tears - not to mention around £14,000.00 (backed up with a folder full of receipts for most of it) - into the car to produce what you see here today!
No wonder he had a tear in his eye when I drove off in it! But sad news for him is good news for you as you now have the chance to win this stunner for just £9.50!
Driving it home took me back years, I haven’t driven anything Japanese since my old Silvia PS13 a decade ago! Cruising back to base with the loud exhaust, blow-off valve whooshing and the bass pumping was great and I had a massive grin on my face the whole trip back. The car gets a lot of attention with questions being asked in the petrol station (Shell VPower obviously) as well as plenty of thumbs up from other road users too.
First thing that hit me was how tractable the car is, a testament to Richard at Zen Performance who carried out the mapping, the thing pulls cleanly and hard throughout the rev range. I was especially impressed with how quickly the turbo spools up with hardly any lag, this being partly attributed to the twin-scroll turbo set-up on the JDM spec. cars. Looking at it, you’d expect it to have a rock-hard ride and whilst it does feel pretty firm around town, it is not uncomfortable and once up to speed it is perfectly comfortable whilst giving rock solid control courtesy of the Tein coilovers, Whiteline anti-roll bars, drop links and lateral links, Powerflex bushes and those sticky Yokohama AD08RS tyres.
Another thing that hit me is just how fast it is! 400-420bhp doesn’t sound a lot in these days of the 600+ BHP saloon car, so, though I was expecting the car to be fast, I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS fast. I suppose what I forgot is just how much weight these modern day cars are carrying around with their 600bhp, this Scooby however, weighs in at approximately 1350kg which means a power to weight ratio of around 311bhp/tonne and that’s a lot.
The car is in absolutely beautiful condition and it really is a testament to the previous owner. Having had the front bumper and wing re-sprayed, he was not happy with the colour match up so sent the car back to have both sides re-painted too and this attention to detail and seemingly ‘money no object’ attitude can be found throughout the car from his choice of high end parts (including the extremely rare and expensive ‘Gurney flap’ on the rear wing) right through to the smaller details such as the flip paint brake calipers and the gorgeous Mishimoto wheel lugs.
Anyway, enough of me waxing lyrical about it, check out the spec. list below!!
ENGINE / TRANSMISSION:
Mapped by Richard at Zen Performance 400-420 bhp
LM420-S60 Twin Entry Hybrid Turbo
RCM 340 Fuel Pump
RCM 3 Port Boost Solenoid
RCM Time Attack Catch Tank Kit
RCM Stainless Steel Twin Scroll Exhaust Manifold
RCM Cool Thermostat
RCM 850cc Injectors
HKS SS BOV
Samco Intake Hose - Large MAF Housing with Induction Kit
Samco Radiator Hoses
Mishimoto Intercooler kit
Mishimoto Radiator Brackets
Mishimoto Header Tank
Mishimoto Overflow Tank
Competition Stage 3 Clutch with Lightened Flywheel (covered just 1000 miles)
Hayward and Scott full 3” exhaust system
High Tensity Cambelt and High Flow Water Pump (done at 50k miles)
SUSPENSION / BRAKES / HANDLING:
Whiteline front and rear XL anti-roll bar kit plus droplinks all round
Whiteline lateral links
Powerflex front and rear trailing arm bushes
DBA T3 discs all round with Project MU H800 pads all round
18” Rota Grid Drift alloy wheels just a couple of months old and in perfect condition.
New 235/40x18 Yokohama AD08RS tyres.
Mishimoto Neo Wheel Lugs
Goodridge Brake Hoses
Calipers for been sprayed in a flip paint blue/purple
INTERIOR / ICE / SECURITY:
JP Half Roll Cage - welded in brackets but cage can unbolt from brackets should you wish to add back seats!
Corbeau RS2 reclining bucket seats in mint condition with OMP subframes with runners costing £1000
Rear has been retrimmed in black carpet
DEFI gauges (EXPENSIVE!) - Oil Pressure / Boost Pressure / Oil Temperature.
AEM X-Series A-Pillar mounted Boost and Wideband gauges
Cobra Cat 1 alarm with receipts
Tracker with receipts
Pioneer Double DIN SPHh-230DB touch screen head unit with Apple Car Play
Vibe 6x9s Slick 480watt x4
Vibe Slick 12” Subwoofer & 1200watt Amp.
Vibe Slick 150.4 1920watt 4 channel Amp.
2 vibe Amp. wiring kits
Alpine door speakers
Carbon Front splitter
Maxton Design front racing splitter
Custom projector headlights
Carbon side skirts
Carbon rear spats
ABW rear diffuser
RPG Carbon Fibre Gurney Flap