What is it?
Subaru may have pulled out of the World Rally Championship, but it still wants an STi for privateers to run in Group N, the category for more standard vehicles. Enter the Impreza WRX STi Spec C.
At first glance it may seem much the same as any other new-age STi, but don't be fooled. The Spec C is a lightweight, toughened-up homologation special that's full of trick stuff and is eye-wateringly fast once you get it in the groove.
For those who believe the regular STi lacks some edge in its latest incarnation, this Spec C could be just the car you¹ve been waiting for.
What's it like?
The Spec C has the same power and torque outputs as Japan's potent 2.0-litre WRX STi 304bhp and 311lb ft but it gets a new, high-response twin-scroll turbocharger and a reprogrammed ECU to boost mid-range thrust.
And that's just for starters. An extensive round of weight saving has cut out 30kg, and the chassis gets stiffer springs, dampers and bushes (up by 15 to 30 per cent). There's a more rigid front crossmember and a thicker rear anti-roll bar too. The result is an STi that truly moves things on, albeit at the expense of some day-to-day usability.