Litchfield Imports has unveiled its latest Type 20 Impreza, its fastest version yet. The company has already created a tough reputation with preceding generations of tuned Subarus, and the new Type 20 utilizes the smaller 2.0-litre petrol engine fitted to Japanese-market Imprezas. It's equipped with a dual-scroll turbocharger, Milltek exhaust and custom induction kit.
Litchfield has also adjusted the ECU to enhance effeciency and claims to have improved the Impreza's handling with a different power steering system and revised chassis set-up.
The result is an Impreza generating 400 hp - an addition of 70 hp against the fastest official Impreza, the 2.5 WRX STI 330S. Maximum torque has also been improved; the Type 20 offers 507 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Company boss Ian Litchfield told Autocar: "You can never have too much power. The 2.0-litre Japanese engine lends itself very well to improvements.
The Type-20 will be identifiable with a larger front grille, STI lip spoiler and quad exhausts. It also receives lighter 18-inch alloys and saving an extra 6 kg for the four wheels. Litchfield assert a sprint from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds (exactly as the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series) and an electronically limited speed ceiling of 165 mph (265 km/h).
Type-20 will have a price tag of £36,995 ($57,000 or €45,430), but a series of upgrades to enable owners to bring existing Imprezas up to similar altitudes of performance will also be offered. "
The aim is to provide a high performance model to continue to take on the Mitsubishi FQ range and give the Subaru enthusiast the driving thrills they have come to expect from our earlier models.
The Autosport show was the first chance potential customers have been able to view the new STI in person and we were delighted with their very positive response." Said Iain Litchfield "I attended the launch of the new STI in Japan in November 2007 and got to drive a car in Tokyo.
It was clear then that this car had a huge amount of potential. Subaru had not only improved the engine and chassis but now it has a more refined and within a subtle body style. We were very excited about it."