The Impreza turned Subaru from a little known manufacturer of quirky four-wheel-drive vehicles to the globally famous maker of a rallying legend.
Launched in 1992, the whole range still sported Subaru's trademark frameless windows and distinctive sounding fourcam boxer engine, but it was the Turbo's earth shattering performance which impressed.
This compact conservatively styled saloon totally rewrote the performance car rulebook, mating secure sure-footed handling and rifle-bolt gearchange to the sort of blistering straight-line pace that humbles Ferraris and Porsches. Amazingly it was also well built, reliable, and at £17,499, a bargain. Nothing was faster point-to-point: the 1990s true hero car.