The Subaru Impreza STI is actually a first-generation wagon, which was never sold in the states. It’s equipped with a forged EJ207 short-block engine, so it’s a 2.0-liter flat-four instead of a 2.5-liter. The flat-four features an SC46 turbocharger, 900 cc injectors, Cosworth head gaskets, APR head studs, RCM parallel fuel lines, a Syvecs ECU, and a lot more (full spec in video description). It’s also mated to a five-speed manual with straight-cut gears, so prepare to hear some racecar noises. The “Subbie” makes 488 horsepower.
The “evil-looking Subaru” is fully blacked out and features an aggressive body kit consisting of flared fenders, lower side skirts, lower front fascia, and a massive rear diffuser. It also features Corbeau racing seats and harnesses, and a stripped interior.
The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7 features a carbon-fiber front end (fenders, bumper, and hood) and a 4G63T, 2.0-liter inline-four engine with a long-rod kit, Weisco pistons, ACL race bearings, a Link ECU, and a lot more (full specs in video description). It also has an HPB IX turbocharger and makes 495 horsepower. The EVO usually runs a full interior, but when the owner heard he was going up against the Impreza, he stripped out everything except the driver seat.
Before going head to head, both cars do a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) run. The EVO 7 goes first and puts down a very respectable 4.03-second time. The Subaru, however, smashes it by laying down a 3.18-second 0 to 60 mph time, securing first place on the 0 to 60 leaderboard for manual cars.
Next up – the quarter-mile. The Lancer EVO, once again, goes first and lays down 12.54 seconds at 111.32 mph (179.15 km/h). Thanks to quick gear changes and flat-foot shifting, the Subaru manages to win here as well. It covers the quarter-mile in an incredible 11.6 seconds at 121.87 mph (196.13 km/h).
The cars line up for two races – a standing start drag race and a rolling race. Subaru makes a sloppy start, which gives the EVO an edge. However, Subbies makes a comeback and takes a convincing win. The rolling race, meanwhile, is a slightly different story. EVO rockets ahead, but the Impreza STI wagon manages to overtake him right before the finish.
If the Subaru didn’t have straight-cut gears, it may have been closer or even a different outcome. However, you run what you brought, and Gary – the owner of the Subaru – brought the quicker car for this race. Watch the video below to see how the cars perform and if they could have done any better.
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