SPOTTED: SUBARU IMPREZA R205
The Japanese are always keeping the best special editions to themselves - this one made it over though!
Cosworth enhanced CS400 versions and diehards like Crossroads Subaru developing specials like the time attack inspired TA340C Harris drove recently. The Japanese still dig on their ultra-exclusive hot Scoobies though, like this R205 offered for sale in Manchester.
From the outside it looks pretty much standard fare STI hatch. Underneath it's a whole lot more exotic, the super-zingy, 8,000rpm JDM 2.0-litre boxer four offering a much more explosive delivery than the 2.5-litre chugger we get.
OK, equal length headers means no Subaru burble but that's a fair trade for the kind of throttle response regular STI owners could only dream of.
Based on the 2009 STI Spec C, the R205 takes that car's roller-bearing twin-scroll turbo, stiffer suspension bushings, Torsen rear diff, reinforced front cross member, aluminium bonnet, lighter glass and lightweight battery ... and goes further still!
A Subaru geek's delight in other words, the R205 the latest in a long line of super special Imprezas that started with the spectacular (OK, spectacularly ugly) S201 back in 2000 and has evolved through S202, 203 and 204. There's now an S206 too, this hatchback 205 the only one on the country according to the vendor.
OK, it's not cheap at £40K. But it's a fair comparison to the prices asked for the Cosworth CS400s also in the PH classifieds at the moment and, arguably, even more hardcore.
SUBARU IMPREZA R205
Engine: 1,994cc flat-4, turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 320@6,400rpm*
Torque (lb ft): 318@4,000rpm*
First registered: 2011
Recorded mileage: 5,000
Price new: 4.5m Yen (plus taxes)*
Yours for: £40,000
*All figures as per official manufacturer spec