Subaru's forgotten supercharged hot hatch

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Subaru's current product line-up might not be particularly inspiring, but the Japanese company has built some deeply iconic cars. All-wheel drive station wagons anchored Subaru in the North American and European markets, but it was the company's WRC success, triggering a series of legendary road cars.

Subaru realised that its motorsport success could correlate to sales momentum. From the mid-1990s until the late 2000s, it wasn't shy of leveraging every bit of that Impreza WRX and STi brand loyalty. Hot hatches were never really Subaru's forte, though. It preferred to remain committed to the compact sedan body shape, with occasional two-door Imprezas, such as 22B and P1.

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