Over in the Motherland, Japanese WRX STIs were powered by the formidable 2.0-litre EJ207 engine
Compared to locally-delivered 2.5-litre cars, these JDM versions hit harder, are more reliable and respond better to modification
Performance cars have many important attributes – but it’s powertrain that’s easily one of the most important.
Over on home soil, Subaru Japan exclusively used its legendary 2.0-litre ‘EJ207’ right until the end of the last-generation WRX STI.
This is the same engine that debuted in the mighty Legacy RS with Colin McRae in World Rally, and also ran for over 20-years with continual refinement and upgrades. It is legendary stuff, and the engine we all know and love dear from Subaru.
Other markets – namely Australia, USA and Europe – copped a rather lacklustre 2.5-litre motor with its fair-share of issues.
Between crappy head gaskets and poorly-sealing piston rings, these export-spec EJ257 2.5-litre motors were never your first choice, but sadly used to be your only choice.
Now however, we can finally import JDM 2.0-litre powered EJ207 Subarus into Australia. These 2.0-litre WRX STIs wind-up hard and honestly remind us of a warmed-up SR20DET in terms of power delivery.
Where the previous GD-generation WRX STIs are steadily increasing in price in Japan, the single-generation ‘GRB’ hatchback model with exactly the same running gear represents great buying at present.
You get the same flavour, a better chassis, and to us, far better looks.
Get in whilst you can!
The car pictured – 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI (EJ207)
Our Subaru Impreza was built in August 2008 and is a ‘WRX STI’ model.
That means it’s powered by the epic 2.0-litre straight-six ‘Ej207’ engine with 227kW power, 442Nm torque, and a six-speed manual transmission with adjustable ‘DCCD’ all-wheel drive system.
It’s finished in the hero colour of World Rally Blue pearl and comes with a factory-option STI sports exhaust, STI front lip spoiler, carbon interior pack and keyless entry & start.
The car has a great Subaru dealership service history and has never been modified or upgraded. It’s a smart example overall that’s also never been repaired or repainted. Export certificate and Japanese paperwork available to view on request.
Quick facts of the car pictured be found here:
- 2008 Subaru WRX STI
- 2.0-litre EJ207 turbo flat-four
- Six-speed manual / adjustable DCCD 4×4
- Factory option equipment: WR Blue paint, smart keyless entry and start, STI front lip spoiler, STI sports exhaust, carbon interior inlays
- Factory specification includes climate control, automatic headlights, power windows.
- New Bridgestone high-performance tyres
- New low pressure power steering hose and o-ring
- Subaru dealership service history.
- Japanese de-registration paperwork and auction paperwork available.
24 drivers pushed three EJ207-powered Legacy Sedans 24 hours a day, for 18-days straight, at speeds topping 145 mph, crushing international records along the way.Subaru Japan