The WRC legends: Pic of the Week

In the long and storied history of both the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza, two models continue to be held in the highest regard: the Tommi Makinen Edition, and the 22B.

The Mitsubishi celebrated Makinen's four consecutive WRC titles; the Subaru marked the 40th anniversary of the brand as well as three constructors' titles in a row. These cars not only represent the zenith of their respective manufacturers' rallying exploits, but also the peak of Japanese turbo nutter rally saloon popularity.

At the turn of the millennium no supercar was safe from an Evo or an Impreza on the loose; no handling day could be considered complete without the appearance of one, or both; young fans swooned over the very latest version in magazines, or discovered another JDM oddity on Gran Turismo. It was a whole new performance car obsession, and surely no two cars encapsulate that incredible fascination like the Tommi Makinen and the 22B.

Earlier this week we took a Final Edition WRX STI to this Subaru v. Mitsubishi grudge match. The classic shootout is one you can read in Autocar in a couple of weeks, with our Subaru sayonara coming this weekend. It's going to be a tough goodbye to write, that's for sure...

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[Photos: Malcolm Griffiths]

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  • Gandahar 02 Feb 2018

    To be replaced by Golf R, Audi RS3 and AMG A45.

    I'm having trouble looking past my rose tinted reactolite rapide sunglasses here to be honest.

    Those crafty germans completely bypassing sport to give us a knob that feels good in your hand, both gear and infortainment wise.


  • monthefish 02 Feb 2018

    "the 22b.... not actually a homologation car at all and, other than the looks and inspiration, has no direct bloodline to those legendary rally cars."

  • Krikkit 02 Feb 2018

    Just gorgeous, great photography as well guys.

    Both of those would find a place in my lottery-win garage, fantastically mad machines.

  • DooM_II 02 Feb 2018

    wondeful cars and background, shame about the dirty sensor !

  • Onehp 02 Feb 2018

    Somebody know what these cars weighed for real? Full tank, real scales (no manufacturer figures!)

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