The rendering presents the beloved 22B as a 2022 model
2022 Subaru STI 22B rear 3/4 with rally paint by TheSketchMonkey
The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is a JDM rally icon dating back to the early 1990s. It all started with the 1992 WRX, and in 1994 the first full-scale STI model was introduced. It is the GC8 generation that is considered the most iconic of all, in no small part because of what it spawned an epic 1998 Subaru Impreza STI 22B that is now a collector’s item. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article the STI division doesn’t do much with its rich rally heritage. The latest generation doesn’t even have a full STI version. With that being said, YouTube Pixel Master, TheSketchMonkey decided to reimagine the 22B as a 2022 model.
Subaru’s lost chance
At some point in the past few years, Subaru Tecnica International (STI) realized it was playing a losing game of catch-up. The rules were changing too quickly for the brand to successfully launch a proper STI version of the new Impreza, which left us with just the WRX, “it’ll have to do.” Still a decent package, The 2022 Subaru WRX left a lot to be desired, and the fact that it was also offered with a ‘Lineatronic’ transmission – a continuously variable transmission that tries to pretend it’s not – didn’t help matters. It certainly can’t match the credentials of a 22B rally car, which have been masterfully emulated in the ultra-exclusive Prodrive P25.
Building 22B from the 2022 model year
rear 3/4 comparison between 2022 Subaru WRX and 2022 Subaru STI 22B images
The 2022 Subaru WRX may not be exactly what you asked for, but that’s as good as we’re going to get given the circumstances. That being said, the lack of a 2022 STI leaves a lot of room for interpretation, which is a great opportunity for someone with well above average Photoshop skills to reimagine the 22B as a new model based on the 2022 model. year WRX.
The graphic designer goes to town on the infamously fictional 2022 Subaru STI 22B, making the current WRX lower and sleeker while borrowing subtle elements from the older Impreza WRX STI models. The video above shows the digital transformation of the 2022 WRX into a modern reincarnation of the most iconic STI ever made.