>The Subaru WRX is an automotive legend. It’s the rallying car of choice for the World Rally Championship (WRC). Here’s the second generation WRX story, from the Bugeye to the Blobeye and the Hawkeye.

The Subaru WRX (standing for ‘World Rally eXperimental’) exploded on the car scene in 1992, immediately becoming one of the most sought-after, enthusiast performance cars.

Combining the practicality of a four-door body, power of the turbocharged, flat-four engine, and incredible road holding provided by Subaru’s signature all-wheel-drive system, the Impreza WRX has become a proper modern classic and unbeatable rally monster.

Although it wasn’t the first turbocharged and AWD model ever made, Subaru WRX’s affordable price, dependable mechanics, and enormous tuning potential made it the favorite everyday performance car for millions of fans worldwide.

Today, we will discuss the similarities and differences of three well-known and well-loved second generation WRX’s models: the Bugeye, the Blobeye, and the Hawkeye, produced between the 2000 and 2007 model year.

Subaru WRX Bugeye (2000 to 2003)

Introduced in 2000, the Subaru WRX soon gained the affectionate nickname “Bugeye” for its characteristic round headlights and front fascia body style. Available as a sedan or station wagon, WRX was based on the second-generation Impreza model and offered globally, including the USA, which proved to be one of its biggest markets. This model was presented with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, but the manual was the only choice for true car aficionado.

The power came from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged flat-four engine, which developed 218 horsepower and 292 Nm of torque. Of course, as with all WRX models, this flat-four unit was highly tunable, and the majority of owners decided to upgrade their cars to more power and performance. The Bugeye stayed in production until 2003, during which time around 40,000 examples were sold globally.

What Year was the WRX Bugeye?The Bugeye WRX was constructed from 2000 to 2002 as the second generation Subaru Impreza.

How much is a Bugeye WRX?The average value for a manual transmission Bugeye WRX sedan is $12,500. Concours condition will attract prices near $27,000, with fair condition cars selling for only around $6,300. Automatic transmission vehicles sell for about 15% less and WRX wagon sell slightly cheaper.

Subaru WRX Blobeye (2003 to 2006)

Introduced in late 2003, the Blobeye was a redesign version of the Bugeye WRX, with the new front fascia, front and rear bumper, and headlights (hence the name). Although most car fans think that Blobeye was just a second facelift to keep the WRX looking fresh and

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The Subaru WRX: The Bugeye, Blobeye, And Hawkeye
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/subaru-wrx-bugeye/
Published Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 00:33:30 +0000

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