Common Name: Impreza
Model: Impreza WRX Unmarked Police Car
Engine: Boxer 4 DOHC (EJ20 Turbocharged And Intercooled)
Horsepower: 250 hp / 6000 rpm
Torque: 333 nm / 3600 rpm
Dimensions: 4405 mm x 1730 mm x 1435 mm
Wheelbase: 2525 mm
Weight: 1430 kg
Model Number: 054
Made In: China
In 2001, the Impreza line received a complete update. The chassis received a 120% increase in torsional stiffness. The version nomenclature was dropped from the name. To distinguish between the years, Japanese and other auto-enthusiasts often refer to the chassis as GDA (the WRX had an ‘A’ where as the STi had a ‘B’) revision A to G where G is the current (2007) version. The wagon chassis is given a GGA code.
The WRX has received two styling updates. The exterior “bug eyed” styling was widely regarded as somewhat unattractive, so Subaru introduced a mild facelift (often called blob eyes or peanut eyes) of the front end in the 2002 Paris Auto Show. A third update was introduced in mid-2005, including the performance models, with the controversial “jet intake and wings” grille first debuted on the Subaru R1 kei car, along with new headlights (sometimes referred to as hawk eyes or pig nose and also “vag eye” due to the effect on the grille), taillights, and bumpers. Subaru states that they chose this style to go back to their heritage, paying homage to their grandfathered company, the Nakajima Aircraft Company.
August 2000 brings the 2001MY WRX NB sedan. It has an EJ205 with AVCS coupled with an MHI TD04L turbocharger. The engine produces 250 PS (184 kW) at 6000 rpm with 34 kgm (333 Nm) at 3600 rpm. The wheels are 16 inch in diameter. The car uses 2 pot/1 pot front and rear brakes. The front brake rotors are ventilated while the rear are solid disks. It has a torsen rear LSD and a 4.44 final drive ratio. The transmission has close-ratio gears unique to Subaru of Japan at that point in time. The car has a curb weight of 1340kg (2954lb).