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1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STI brings old-school JDM to Detroit Auto Show

The 341-horsepower S209 is is the newest performance animal at Subaru's Detroit Auto Show stand, but the 1998 Impreza 22B STI is the coolest.

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Subaru produced the 22B in 1998 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Subaru.    

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It also celebrated Subaru's third consecutive World Rally Championship constructor's title. 

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Compared to its 2.0-liter engines found in other Imprezas from the period, the 22B's engine was enlarged to 2.2 liters.

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In addition to a larger displacement, the engine featured a closed deck, upgraded heads, forged pistons and increased boost.

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The engine was officially rated at at 280 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. 

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A five-speed manual gearbox with an improved dual-plate clutch and driveshafts route power to all wheels.

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The suspension sports Bilstein shock absorbers, Eibach springs and aluminum control arms.

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The 22B's color scheme mimics the iconic 555 livery found on the WRC rally cars with a WR blue paint job, gold BBS wheels and red STI logo.

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Subaru only produced 500 22Bs.

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Sadly, the 22B wasn't available in the US. It was sold exclusively in Japan.

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