The Subaru Impreza is not nothing short than an automotive legend, but it’s important to remember that all legends start somewhere. In this case, It was the 1994 Subaru Impreza Turbo that started the ball. The Impreza was introduced a year earlier, in 1993, however it had a small, tired engine and could not live up to its promise. The problem was remedied the following year with the Impreza Turbo, an easy to drive, un-intimidating car that could blow the doors just about anything, never mind the dirt road! The car gained legendary status in following years when it was driven by Colin McRae in the mid-90s, helping Subaru win three consecutive World Rally Championships Constructor’s Title.
The heart of the Impreza Turbo was its 2-liter, turbocharged flat-four Boxer engine, which originally developed 208 horsepower. It was enough to make the small car blindingly fast, with a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 141 miles per hour.
There numbers, however, do not reflect the excitement of driving the Impreza Turbo. The four-wheel drive system, simple and effective, combined with the low center of gravity of the Impreza, contributed to its absolutely superb handling, at any speed and on practically any surface. The 1994 Subaru Impreza Turbo was the first in a long line of high performance Subaru four-door sedans, which are still produced today.