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.

Specification Breakdown

Quick facts of the car pictured be found here:

  • 2008 Subaru WRX STI
  • 135,000km
  • 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

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