The Subaru IMPREZA Coupe 22B-STi Version '98 is a road car produced by Subaru. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 2. Although not initially available in Gran Turismo Sport, it was later introduced as part of Update 1.29, released on November 6, 2018.
The Subaru IMPREZA Coupe 22B-STi Version '98 has only one color option:
- Sonic Blue Mica
"The 400-car, limited edition Impreza with identical appearance to the WR car; sold out immediately after going on sale."
In March 1998, Subaru introduced the Version 22B-STi, based on the WRX coupe STi Version IV. The "22" in its name signified engine size, a 2.2-liter flat-4. With a larger turbo, this boxer pumped out 276 HP and 267.6 ft-lb of torque, making it as fast as many European sports cars costing twice as much. But the car's biggest draw was its styling that featured wide-body fenders, making it look very similar to the WRC race car. The 22B's production was limited to 400 units, but all of them were snatched up in a matter of months, despite a price tag of 5 million yen or about $50,000.
Not long after the 22B, Subaru took the covers off the STi Version V in September 1998. In addition to new aerodynamic parts on the exterior, the new STi received a new sport ABS to help stopping power.
In September 1999, the STi Version VI appeared featuring only modest changes that included a new front under spoiler, a reshaped rear spoiler and redesigned 16-in. alloy wheels. The competition model, the RA, came complete with mirror shells on the doors and sheeted rear quarter panels, designed to save weight. The STi Version VI marked the end of the GC-platform. What made this car especially noteworthy was that in its eight-year span, the WRX's body style stayed generally constant, staying true to the original.
This car, as the Subaru IMPREZA 22B STi Version(J) '98, can be purchased in the Subaru Used Cars dealership for around 56,500 Credits. It is a rare car.
It can be found at the Subaru Showroom for 50,000 Credits.
This car, as the Subaru IMPREZA Premium Sport Coupe 22B-STi Version (GC) '98, can be purchased at the Late 90's Used Car Dealership for approximately 25,000 Credits, where it appears only 9 times in total over the course of each subsequent 700 day in-game cycle. The game's pre-race listings dub this car as the Subaru IMPREZA Coupe 22B-STi Ver. '98.
This car can be purchased for 50,000 Credits.
As a Standard car, the Subaru IMPREZA Premium Sport Coupe 22B-STi Version '98 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 39,278 Credits. It is a Level 6 car.
It can be found at the Subaru Showroom for 50,000 Credits. It is a simplified car.
This car can be purchased from the Subaru section of Brand Central for 50,000 Credits.
- The "Sonic Blue Mica" color scheme of this car was originally named "555 Sonic Blue Mica" in Gran Turismo 2 and Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, but it was renamed to simply "Sonic Blue Mica" in Gran Turismo 4 and onwards. The reason for the color's name being renamed is to avoid possible references to tobacco products, as "555" is a common abbreviation of "State Express 555", a cigarette brand that sponsored Subaru in the WRC at the time of the production of this car.
- Despite appearing in nearly all Gran Turismo games to date, this car didn't receive an updated model and interior view until it was added to Gran Turismo Sport. Other vehicles that share this trait are the Toyota SUPRA RZ '97 and Honda NSX Type R '92.