The GC8 Impreza definitely put Subaru on the map, and the WRX proved that you didn’t have to sacrifice practicality for fun. This Rally-inspired Impreza gives you an exceptional driving experience behind the wheel of this lightweight, potent turbocharged chassis. This 1993 Subaru WRX Impreza benefits from several upgrades and is finished in a Blade Silver (262). Aside from a few minor blemishes, the body is in good shape for its age. The subtle OEM side skirts and rear spats, upsized Subaru alloys and large OEM hood scoop allude to this model’s rally-inspired roots and serious demeanor on the tarmac. Additionally, the rear wing has been removed for an even more stealth look. Notable repairs include left and right fenders being replaced with OEM Subaru along with the left rear door. If you are looking for a 4 door sedan that can do everything from grabbing some groceries to carving up some backroads, this GC8 is a top-tier contender. Recently serviced and legally imported this Japanese Classic is collectible, fun, and easy to own!
The cabin of this WRX Impreza has been cared for and it shows. The door cards and headliner are finished in a grey and black cloth in tip-top shape with the OEM floor mats included. You will notice that both front seats are far from OEM, keeping both the driver and passenger planted firmly during spirited driving. The Driver’s side seat has been switched out to a fixed Bride race seat and the bolster, unfortunately, has obvious wear on it from getting in and out of the seat over the years. The passenger side has a Recaro sport-designed seat that still has its adjustability to recline. A MOMO Race steering and MOMO aluminum shift knob have been upgraded from OEM to give the driver better grip and control. Power windows with factory one-piece rain guards are a nice touch that allows for some extra ventilation on bad weather days. Mirror adjustments are all operable with the controls inside the cabin. The dash has a cover on a spot that has some wear underneath it where something was mounted at one point in its life. We also wanted to note two small cuts in the driver’s front door card and some slight carpet damage behind the drivers seat. Other than that the door cards look great as does the headliner. For car audio and navigation choice in this Subaru, the previous owner chose Clarion double-din as a head unit. Although it’s all in Japanese, the system appears to function as it should. Overall, no rips or bubbling detection is found in the cabin other than what we noted. Tasteful modifications were installed to make this interior stand out from the rest. The gauge cluster has been previously swapped in Japan so the vehicle is being sold with unknown miles and has been priced accordingly.
Subaru’s boxer-designed 2.0L turbo engine is no slouch whatsoever. This Japanese version of the WRX came equipped with an EJ20G closed deck block which was not available here in the US. The robust boxer rumble can be translated through the aftermarket catback exhaust system firing out the back. Under the hood, you will find an HKS mushroom air intake filter and an ARC top mount intercooler to help this EJ motor breathe. The engine starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery that should last for another 4 years. Fresh off an oil and filter service the little four-banger won’t require any scheduled attention for another 5,000 km. The sounds of the turbo spool through the intake can definitely be heard with the power windows down and the turbo sounds make you grin when depressing the right pedal. Acceleration is impressive and it’s a blast to row through the gears. The five-speed manual shifts as it should and is geared for the higher cruising speeds of our American interstates. In Japan, the suspension was upgraded to KYB New SR Special with lowering springs and the ride is quality isn’t half bad for its age. The brakes are confident and the power steering is communicative and makes this little sedan easy to park in the city. The 17″ wheels are all wrapped in new all-season tires at all four corners. They quiet down the ride immeasurably and will provide tons of premium grip for tens of thousands of miles to come.
1993 Subaru WRX Impreza GC8