1997 Subaru Impreza Outback
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Hanover, NH, September 1999. Special delivery at the
office that day.
Side view. Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Rear view. DMHC buildings are in the background.
Adding some colour courtesy of the 1999 season.
Looks much more at home with dirt on the tires.
Heigh Ho... Driving to work on a glorious fall day.
It's a "pre-owned" Acadia Green Metallic Impreza
wagon in the lively Outback Sport trim. Original life was in
Connecticut, and it doesn't seem to have seen much salt or dirt.
It has a 2.2L
"boxer" flat-4 (just like a Porsche, or a Cessna) engine (137 hp), full-time all-wheel
drive, roof rack, monstrous hood scoop and hood vents, cassette and CD player, cruise control,
4-channel ABS, A/C, and dual air bags. The holes in the hood are for show only,
but many Impreza RS owners have opened them up for custom intakes and turbo
intercoolers. Recent additions to the car include cruise control, factory fog
lamps, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, leather shift boot, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. No sunroof, since there's a
luggage rack. No alloy wheels yet, hope to get them by spring.
car has excessive understeer on snow. It really has to be forced
into oversteer mode through a tricky combination of getting
enough grip to start the nose turning, followed by plenty of
throttle to kick the rear end loose. Otherwise the car will
continue to plow forward using grip from the rear wheels. Once
the rear end is broken loose, donuts and 4-wheel drifts can be
quite fun. This understeer also limits the ability of the car to
do 180-spins easily.
||Watch a video
clip (835K AVI) of a wagon doing a slo-mo 360 in the
Or watch the entire
video (2.3M MPEG1) of several slo-mo donuts in the
Note: you might need to use the right-click, Save As...
procedure to save them to your local hard disk first. Then play
them using any media player that supports AVI (Indeo 4.4) and
Click here and
look in the Downloads section to see video of an Impreza
to see videos of other cars do cool tricks
and look in the Gallery section to see more action
pictures and video.
to see Motorweek's special on two awesome Imprezas. One is a Japanese market-only 22B supercar. The other is a custom 2.5RX turbo, based on the North American 2.5RS.
In my quest to bring a little refinement to my car, I've
documented some of the modifications and improvements I've made.
|How-to page describing installation of a jet fighter-style digital Heads-Up Display (HUD). Okay, not
really, but it's actually very functional.
|How-to page describing installation of a roof rack fairing. I've found a configuration
that bolts directly to the factory roof rack bar. Perfect when there's no aftermarket
rack bars to fit matching fairings to.