maican Tuner’s Fast Feature: Nantwi’s Bug-Eyed STI

Supercar is a term we often hear throughout the automotive arena. For example some manufacturers that come to mind are; Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Bugatti just to name a few. In Japan however, they’re of the belief that those supercars are overpriced and unpractical, so they have over the years affixed their own meaning to the word “supercar”, such as a Honda Nsx, Mitsubishi Evolution MR, Nissan Skyline GTR or the Subaru WRX STI 

Nantwi's Subaru WRX STI

In recent years a manufacturer that has been on a rapid rise is Subaru, and their flagship “supercar”, the Impreza WRX STI. In 2000, Subaru launched what they called the “Second Generation” model to the Impreza where we saw the introduction of the newly designed Impreza WRX STI. Some say the “bug-eyed” front of the sti looked weird and beetle-like. However, it was accepted amongst the masses as this machine’s performance was superb.

Nantwi's Subaru WRX STI

In 2002 our local Subaru dealers, Kingston Industrial Garage began getting a hold of the Sti’s and this beautiful car was purchased brand new by its previous owner Roberto Teape. Being the speed freak that he was and still is, Teape immediately did some modifications to the Sti and decided to take it the drag strip to see what time he could produce. To the alarm of the fans on hand at Vernamfield Drag Strip in Clarendon, Jamaica, the STI ran 11.7 seconds on its very first outing with a stock motor and turbo which was an awesome time. There we saw the potential of the Sti, and the tuner scene was converted with immediate effect.

Nantwi's Subaru WRX STI

About a decade after its inception, this car was acquired by one of Teape’s closest friends, NantwiCoke. I know, the name rings a bell right? Yes the same Coke that is the owner of the 7.7 seconds Mustang, which is the fastest car in Jamaica currently. So obviously Coke is no stranger to speed and he must know a thing or two about modifications. He instantaneously got to work, making this Sti the beast it is today. Coke, without any ado, consulted with close friend Ricardo Hamilton aka “Prettyblue” to plot a scheme. The engine’s capacity was upgraded from 1994cc to 2457cc, forged pistons, higher lift cams, valve springs, retainers amongst other minor parts were installed in the motor coupled with a BlouchDominator 4 XTR Turbocharger and a Perrin Performance Front Mount Intercooler.

Nantwi's Subaru WRX STI

The car was then tuned on the dyno by Gregory “Gregs” Gutzmore from Machines Gone Wild in Florida where the car made an alarming 480whp at 18psi. As for exterior modifications, the car still sports its factory metallic silver colour with standard black 10 spoke sti wheels wrapped in 225/45R17 Nitto Invo Semi-Slicks. The low truck spoiler was replaced with an oem wing from the later model sti. The only change done to the interior of the STI was the autometer gauges that have been installed to monitor the behavior of this tame beast.  

Nantwi's Subaru WRX STI

Coke has plans to make a few more tweaks to the STI, after which he will take it to the drag strip for a “one run” just to see its potential. Otherwise it will stay as his quick street car, one to get his heart rate up a few beats more per minute when needed.

Nantwi's Subaru WRX STI

All in all, there is too much to say about this machine, its best you see it in person, if you’re lucky. After all, it really is a bullet.

 

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