A Class Of Its Own

Junkyard Gem: 1998 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport

Ever considering the fact that the 2005 model calendar year, only the Subaru Legacy-based mostly...

Ever considering the fact that the 2005 model calendar year, only the Subaru Legacy-based mostly station wagon has worn the Outback name. That can make it challenging to remember that not only did Subaru sell Legacy Outback sedans (via 2004, although by that time the Legacy badges had been dropped from the Outback wagon) but Impreza Outbacks as nicely. This just isn’t as perplexing as Oldsmobile marketing a few unrelated products badged as Cutlasses at the identical time, or Toyota contacting the Tercel a Corolla Tercel for a handful of decades, but it truly is a little bit of automotive background that can be illuminated by using a junkyard stop by. Due to the fact you may locate illustrations of just about every auto Subaru crafted throughout the last 25 decades in every Denver junkyard, it did not choose me long to locate this Acadia Eco-friendly Impreza Outback right here.

The Impreza Outback wagon had been around considering the fact that the 1995 model calendar year, starting to be the Impreza Outback Activity in 1997. All North American Subarus went to all-wheel-generate for 1997, so the Impreza and Legacy Outbacks grew to become more outdoorsy-searching at that position, to distinguish them selves from the non-Outbacks.

Although the promoting for this vehicle known as it just the “Outback Activity” (to distinguish it from the Legacy Outback), the Impreza name appeared on the rear bumper and in all the documentation.

This form of airport-gate-carpeting pattern grew to become pretty common on cars that have been supposed to attraction to youthful men and women throughout the late nineties. You can expect to see equally chaotic fabric in Volkswagens Jetta Trek Editions and Plymouth Expressos from around the identical period of time.

I’ve often admired Subaru’s hood scoops of this period. This just one seems to have been lifted from the Japanese-industry WRX.

This two.two-liter boxer-four created 137 horsepower. If you wanted the 150-horsepower two.five motor in an Impreza in 1998, you had to acquire the RS Coupe.

With the five-pace guide transmission in a two,835-pound vehicle (the present-day Impreza isn’t going to weigh a full whole lot more, which is unusual in our period of Product Bloat), the 1998 Impreza Outback Activity was brief adequate to be fun. The automatic model was… nicely, not really as a great deal fun.

This seems to be a legitimate nineties Jack in the Box antenna ball.

When pursued by baddies in a RAV4, the Outback Activity had you coated.

In Japan (or at least when driving a Japanese-industry Impreza wagon in The us), you could strap on your New Equilibrium driving sneakers, slam the automatic shifter into D, and blow the doors off a ’62 Pontiac Catalina whose driver isn’t going to even know there is a race occurring. Here we go!

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