Word of the Day: 22B

The most desirable Subaru? Perhaps the 1998 Impreza 22B STI. Only 424 were built, with the rally-influenced model celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary.

 

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_ Dork
2/17/20 10:45 a.m.

It's the Only STI where, instead of being called a fanboi, you're bestowed the title "rally enthusiast"

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/17/20 11:09 a.m.

This is the one, huh? 

Carbon
Carbon UltraDork
2/17/20 11:12 a.m.

I loved these cars so much until I owned a few wrxs and stis, then it wore off quite a bit. I drove a saabaru the other day, made me really miss my bugeye, interesting that that is the one that sticks with me not the stis.  Somehow the 2.0 was a little more endearing and the stylish and aesthetics were less cartoonish to me. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/17/20 11:17 a.m.

You can still get one for about a buck.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
2/17/20 12:08 p.m.
Carbon said:

I loved these cars so much until I owned a few wrxs and stis, then it wore off quite a bit. I drove a saabaru the other day, made me really miss my bugeye, interesting that that is the one that sticks with me not the stis.  Somehow the 2.0 was a little more endearing and the stylish and aesthetics were less cartoonish to me. 

But the 22B was a super rare version of the GC, not the big fat GD, which was more or less a Legacy in dimensions.  (Subaru is nothing if not pragmatic, they reuse parts as much as possible)

 

That added wheelbase kills the feel, and the GCs were a lot lighter too.  This is most of why GC 2.5RSs are worth more than any GD short of the STi.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/17/20 12:14 p.m.
Appleseed said:

You can still get one for about a buck.

Okay, true. And I have that one at home, too. :)

Jerry
Jerry UberDork
2/17/20 12:22 p.m.
Appleseed said:

You can still get one for about a buck.

I just bought that recently, it reminded me of Subarust.

chandler
chandler PowerDork
2/17/20 1:20 p.m.
Appleseed said:

You can still get one for about a buck.

Coming in white soon

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_ Dork
2/17/20 1:30 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

This is the one, huh? 

It is. It really is. 

Vigo
Vigo MegaDork
2/17/20 3:39 p.m.

It is 100% the coolest subaru in history to date. It's honestly one of the coolest cars of the entire decade. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/17/20 4:08 p.m.

In reply to Vigo :

If not one of the rarest.

Woody
Woody MegaDork
2/17/20 5:27 p.m.

I'll be honest that I was thinking 22R when I clicked on this thread.

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
2/17/20 5:33 p.m.
Vigo said:

It is 100% the coolest subaru in history to date. It's honestly one of the coolest cars of the entire decade. 

The issue of SCC with the 22B vs. Evo (whatever was the billy badass model that year, Evo VI TME?) article was my favorite of all time.  Because of the Subaru.

Flynlow
Flynlow HalfDork
2/17/20 5:51 p.m.
Appleseed said:

You can still get one for about a buck.

Which retailer should i go to to find one of these (in blue)?

chandler
chandler PowerDork
2/17/20 7:35 p.m.

Walmart, B and C cases

Purple Frog
Purple Frog New Reader
2/17/20 7:42 p.m.

In reply to Woody :  I was also thinking of that bullet proof engine in my '84 pickup.   surprise

 

einy
einy HalfDork
2/17/20 7:52 p.m.

In reply to Woody :

Me too !

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/18/20 12:55 p.m.

In reply to Flynlow :

FWIW, I think I found mine at Publix. 

buttdyno
buttdyno New Reader
2/18/20 11:04 p.m.
Knurled. said:

But the 22B was a super rare version of the GC, not the big fat GD, which was more or less a Legacy in dimensions.  (Subaru is nothing if not pragmatic, they reuse parts as much as possible)

That added wheelbase kills the feel, and the GCs were a lot lighter too.  This is most of why GC 2.5RSs are worth more than any GD short of the STi.

https://www.edmunds.com/subaru/impreza/1999/rs/features-specs/

Wheel Base 99.2 in.

https://www.edmunds.com/subaru/impreza/2003/sedan/st-100161059/features-specs/

8 ft. 3.4 in. (99.4 in.)

If you can feel .2" of wheelbase, your butt dyno is more sensitive than mine.

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
2/19/20 12:35 a.m.

I came in here thinking it was a weird variant of a 20B. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/19/20 8:14 a.m.

Found mine. 

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
2/19/20 9:00 a.m.
buttdyno said:
Knurled. said:

But the 22B was a super rare version of the GC, not the big fat GD, which was more or less a Legacy in dimensions.  (Subaru is nothing if not pragmatic, they reuse parts as much as possible)

That added wheelbase kills the feel, and the GCs were a lot lighter too.  This is most of why GC 2.5RSs are worth more than any GD short of the STi.

https://www.edmunds.com/subaru/impreza/1999/rs/features-specs/

Wheel Base 99.2 in.

https://www.edmunds.com/subaru/impreza/2003/sedan/st-100161059/features-specs/

8 ft. 3.4 in. (99.4 in.)

If you can feel .2" of wheelbase, your butt dyno is more sensitive than mine.

That's really weird!  I remember checking imprezawrx.com every day in the 2000 era as they continued to put out updates and speculation,  and then being horrified when they unveiled the horribly ugly nose and revealed the 103" wheelbase.

buttdyno
buttdyno New Reader
2/20/20 1:07 p.m.

In reply to Knurled. :

I'm pretty sure I had my 2003 WRX weighed at a Prosolo once and they told me it was right around 100" (they use that to know where to put the scales), but I have not measured personally (and don't have the car anymore). FWIW :)

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