The Subaru Impreza WRX is often touted as Subaru’s first performance rally machine sold in the US, but they actually introduced an earlier rally special edition on the Leone chassis. It was simply called the RX, and featured all-wheel-drive, a flat-4 turbocharged engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox and custom body cladding/wing. It doesn’t get much more classic Subaru rally than that! Find this 1987 Subaru RX offered for $2,000 in Dublin, CA via craigslist.
The 3-door RX was sold in limited quantities, only 2600 made it the the US according some various unsavory internet sources. The EA-82T was good for 118 horsepower and 134 ft-lbs of torque…which might explain by nobody bought one. Rebuilding the current engine won’t be too expensive, but the flat layout makes pulling the engine a requirement for any major work.
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