With the introduction of the 2nd gen. in 2001, the Subaru Impreza became bigger (4,41 x 1,73 vs 4,34 x 1,69 meters of the previous gen. as regards the Sedan version), and the lightness that had distinguished its predecessor disappeared (1360 vs 1220 kilograms comparing the standard variants of the two generations). Sold both in Sedan and Station Wagon versions, the pre-facelift Impreza MK2 has a simpler and less aggressive design than before, while the mechanics remain very similar. The available engines are a baseline 95HP 1.6, a 218HP WRX, and, starting from 2002, a 265HP WRX STi. The STi is capable of reaching a top speed of 238km/h and 100km/h in just 5,5 seconds. Since the pre-facelift Impreza received numerous negative criticisms from enthusiasts for its non-aggressive design, in 2003 Subaru introduced a full-bodied aesthetic restyling (that can be seen in the photo in its WRX STi version) in which the MK2 received traditional front lights (previously they were round), a huger rear spoiler, and more accentuated exterior lines. Also, an intermediate 125HP 2.0 and a special “Solberg Edition” were introduced. Limited at just 200 examples, The Solberg Edition is based on the WRX STi but features a more luxurious all-black interior and a DCCD (Driver’s Control Center Differential) system. Three years later, the Impreza is subject to a second facelift just to keep up with the time. This second facelifted Impreza shares its structure with the 3rd gen. Forester. One year later, the Impreza MK2 is replaced by its subsequent evolution, the 3rd gen.

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🏎️ Subaru Impreza II facelift 2003
📍 Japan
🛠️ 1.6 143NM 95HP
💨 12,8 seconds
🔝 171km/h
💶 No longer on sale
Our votes:
⭐⭐⭐ (3/5) for the first 2001 version
⭐⭐⭐⭐️ (4/5) for the 2003 facelift
⭐⭐⭐⚡️(4/5) for the 2006 facelift