Why Would Anyone Spend $150K To Mod A Subaru Impreza?

We understand that taking a regular car and turning it into a supercar killer is something a lot of petrolheads like. But sometimes, pouring a ton of money into a project car isn’t the best of ideas.

This Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS that stars in RegularCars’ latest video is a perfect example of when a project goes too far. The owner set out on a quest to get an engine out of a STI to make 400 horsepower and ended up blowing numerous motors. He then turned to the venerable, turbocharged 2JZ engine from the Toyota Supra and converted the Impreza to be rear-wheel drive only.

Somewhere down the line, he wanted more, eventually settling for 655hp. The issue, though, is that the tires are way too thin. And when you combine that with a short wheelbase, it’s a recipe for disaster. The car, apparently, just didn’t want to do anything. It didn’t want to go in a straight line, it couldn’t put its power down, and it couldn’t even stay put together, as the trim piece holding the nonworking gauges kept falling out.

Still, completing an engine swap and getting a car to make 655hp is quite a feat. But there are many other vehicles we would’ve purchased with the $150,000 that went into the car. To each his own, though – plus, this owner can brag about creating an Impreza with the same amount of power as a Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

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  • yawn

    $150k is chicken feed compared to the money some aussie’s spend on modding rexxy’s. My friend has one that’s had significantly more spent on it.

  • no25

    “Why Would Anyone Spend $150K To Mod A Subaru Impreza **and still make it look awful?**”

  • Shobin Drogan

    He could’ve gotten a 22b STi AND a used hellcat to satisfy his power cravings. But then its his money so what do I care.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Or an even more powerful Corvette ZR1 and a used hellcat for 15 grand more.

      • LWOAP

        There are so many options too it’s ridiculous. Still, to each their own.

    • Vassilis

      The 22Bs are like unicorns. They don’t exist!

      • Shobin Drogan

        They do if you’re planning to drop a shit load of money on them at auctions lol

        • Vassilis

          hehe but do they even auction them?

          • Shobin Drogan

            I wouldn’t know, ive only seen a type r sti in person never a 22b. I think some car news site do report them being on auction once in a while.

  • Bash

    Its a steal….. no seriously its a steal.


    So long as he’s happy then the costs don’t matter. For 150k I’d buy the C7 ZR1 with the ZTK track package when it becomes available and still have money to spare. Provided dealer markups don’t push the base above 150k.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Drug addicts are happy too…

      Just sayin’

  • Fabián Montiel

    Worst part is that it’s not even finished yet assuming that the owner is going to repair all the issues that it has.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Ricer stupidity at its “best.”

  • Infinite1

    I’d buy the MK4 Supra and spend the difference with modding it. End up costing less if you do it right the first time especially for 650 HP

  • lagunas3ca

    lol “the tires are too thin”… everybody knows if you want an Impreza (WRX, WRX STI…) with anywhere close to 500 whp then you have to swap out literally everything.

  • nastinupe

    And this is why people are willing to pay $150k for a 500 hp Porsche 911 GT3.

  • Juan Alvarez

    And I thought I was spending too much money on a new set of tires for my Forester.