What is it?
It’s the Subaru Impreza Litchfield Type-20, a Subaru Impreza STi made to go faster. But with a bit of a difference.
Specialist importer and tuner Litchfield’s Type-20 is based on the Japanese domestic version of the Impreza and it’s meant to compete with the fastest variants of Mitsubishi’s Evo X. It generates 394bhp.
Because the Type-20 is based on the Japanese Impreza rather than the UK one, it has a 2.0-litre engine rather than a 2.5.
Despite the 2.0-litre unit’s smaller capacity, it is very over-engineered and can actually deliver more power reliably than the 2.5.
The 2.0-litre unit forms the basis for Subaru’s WRC and Group N rally cars. Litchfield has previously had a 2.0-litre race car delivering 600bhp; that sort of output would melt the 2.5.
Litchfield’s modifications to make the Type-20 hit its 394bhp and 375lb ft run deep. There’s ECU remapping, a new induction system, a modified exhaust and a brand new bespoke turbocharger.
There are also a raft of suspension changes, aimed at sharpening the Impreza’s responses and releasing some of its potential, without ruining the comfort.