The British Subaru tuning specialist Litchfield has just presented its new Type 20 tuning kit for the JDM 2008 Subaru Impreza STI pocket rocket.
First introduced back in 1992, the Impreza series is relatively new compared to such pedigreed models as Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and, of course, Dodge Challenger. Still, almost right from the beginning the vehicle became modder’s darling all over the world. The success can be attributed not only to the vehicle’s relatively low price stick, but also thanks for the car being a great platform for all sorts of modifications. If you don’t go too deep with your fantasy, all you need is a garage, an access to after-market parts and -last, but not least- a pair of skilled hands. Combine these ingredients in right doses and your possibilities are basically endless.
However, not everyone lives in a home with huge built-in garage and not every gearhead has adequate qualification to build his or her own rice rocket. For them, the only option is a tuning specialist like, for example, Litchfield: for a healthy chunk of money they’ll do all design, development and actual building of the car sending you a vehicle that may be not the most unique in the world, but surely a lot more interesting than the base version.
Equipping the original 2.0-liter EJ207 DVVT engine with the new Twin Scroll Turbo with Zircotec ceramic coating, the tuner has increased the engine’s power output to impressive 400PS @ 7500 rpm and its torque now peaks at 375lb-ft (507Nm).
Compared to a single-scroll system, a twin-scroll design may be not as appealing when it comes to long-term durability and, well, price. Yet, featuring two separate exhaust gas entry paths into and through the turbine, a twin-scroll unit gives you better fuel efficiency at low revs and on higher loads. There is also virtually no turbo lag, so it’s no wonder that the tuned car takes only 3.9 seconds to cross the 100km/h mark putting you dangerously close to the territory usually occupied by super-cars that cost ten times more than this modified Impreza STI.
Of course, by today’s standards a bolt-on twin-turbo is not something that would nearly be enough for a serious enthusiast, so the list of other upgrades includes a reprogrammed ECU with enhanced mode Economy (after all, a different turbocharger needs a different fuel management program,) a cold air induction system with high flow filter, a JDM STI 13.1 Steering Rack (in a normal situation you would probably go nuts trying to install the unit by yourself not only because the unit is sort of heavy, but also because there is an impressive work that needs to be done in order to make the system work as intended with all the electronic gizmos that come with modern cars,) and a Milltek 3 Exhaust System with 100-cell Hi Sports Flow Catalytic converter that is supposed to make the engine work even better than the standard version.
The list of visual enhancements includes an STI front lip spoiler, quad-tip exhaust system on the rear, 18×8.5 lightweight Rota alloy wheels fitted with performance 245/40/18 Dunlop SP600 tires, red Maserati style tail light option and a revised STI front grill. I frankly can’t say that the body parts do make the car look any meaner than the stock version, so you may be better off ordering an aero kit from a different vendor if Litchfield agrees to sell you the car without the body modifications. If not, well, at least you get a heavily modified vehicle for relatively low money.
The Litchfield Subaru Impreza STI Type 20 is available for order at a price of £36,995 on the road.