How Much Did the First Gen Subaru WRX Cost New?

One of the most iconic Japanese sports cars of the nineties (and arguably of all time) is the first generation Subaru Impreza WRX. The “WRX” in the name stands for “World Rally eXperimental” and the first version of the car was introduced in 1992.

As the name suggests, the WRX featured rally inspired technology, including all-wheel drive, a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and stiffened suspension. Subaru gave the car a viscous coupling type centre differential, while the rear limited slip differential was a viscous type. Altogether, these changes made for one of the most exciting cars of the early nineties and the WRX quickly proved to be a hit.

A Type RA model was also available for Japanese buyers and was intended for use in motorsports. It was essentially a stripped-down version of the standard WRX, with reduced soundproofing, no air conditioning, manual windows, no anti-lock brakes, and added racing features such as shorter gearing and stronger engines.

Subaru would soon introduce an upgraded version of the WRX, known as the WRX STi (Subaru Technica International). This even more performance orientated WRX was given a blueprinted specially-tuned engine, upgraded transmission and improved suspension system. Like the standard WRX, the STi version proved to be hugely popular with both Japanese buyers and buyers around the globe.

Subaru would introduce more versions of the car throughout the nineties and make a number of changes/upgrades to the standard models. The most famous and sought after of all models was the Impreza 22B STi that was launched in 1998 to commemorate both Subaru’s 40th anniversary as well as their third consecutive manufacturer’s title in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Today, the first generation Subaru WRX has become a serious collectors item, with some of the rarer models like the 22B reaching some eye watering sums of money. However, how much did the first generation Subaru WRX cost new and what is it in today’s money? To answer the question, check out the list below of the prices for the different years and models of Japanese WRXs and what they are in today’s money.

First Gen Subaru WRX Original Price in Japan

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1992 Subaru WRX Price (from November 1992)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 123.44 (taken from November 1992).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RAE-GC8EJ20 – 237 hp (177 kW)5MT2,108,00017,07732,832
WRXE-GC8EJ20 – 237 hp (177 kW)5MT2,298,00018,61633,431

1993 Subaru WRX Price (from October 1993)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 105.00 (taken from October 1993).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRXE-GC8EJ20 – 217 hp (162 kW)5MT2,598,00024,74346,362

1994 Subaru WRX Price (from January 1994)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 112.50 (taken from January 1994).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX STiE-GC8EJ20 – 247 hp (184 kW)5MT2,778,00024,69346,110

1994 Subaru WRX Price (from October 1994)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 99.40 (taken from October 1994).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RAE-GC8EJ20 – 256 hp (191 kW)5MT2,198,00022,11340,380
WRXE-GC8EJ20 – 256 hp (191 kW)5MT2,498,00025,13145,892

1994 Subaru WRX Price (from November 1994)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 96.70 (taken from November 1994).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA STiE-GC8EJ20 – 271 hp (202 kW)5MT2,728,00028,21151,447

1995 Subaru WRX Price (from August 1995)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 88.12 (taken from August 1995).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION IIE-GC8EJ20 – 271 hp (202 kW)5MT2,728,00030,95855,275
WRX STi VERSION IIE-GC8EJ20 – 271 hp (202 kW)5MT2,748,00031,18555,680
WRX STi VERSION II 555E-GC8EJ20 – 271 hp (202 kW)5MT2,878,00032,66058,314

1996 Subaru WRX Price (from January 1996)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 105.70 (taken from January 1996).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX V-LIMITEDE-GC8EJ20 – 256 hp (191 kW)5MT2,555,00024,17242,740
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION II V LIMITEE-GC8EJ20 – 271 hp (202 kW)5MT2,823,00026,70847,223

1996 Subaru WRX Price (from September 1996)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 109.05 (taken from September 1996).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,255,00020,67935,775
WRX E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,555,00023,43040,535
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION IIIE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,785,00025,53944,183
WRX STi VERSION IIIE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,885,00026,45645,770

1997 Subaru WRX Price (from January 1997)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 116.14 (taken from January 1997).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX STi VERSION III V LIMITED E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,935,00025,27143,363
WRX TYPE R STi  E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,985,00025,70244,102

1997 Subaru WRX Price (from September 1997)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 120.54 (taken from September 1997).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,269,00018,82431,879
WRX  E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,569,00021,31236,094
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION IVE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,799,00023,22139,325
WRX STi VERSION IVE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,899,00024,05040,730
WRX TYPE R STi VERSION IVE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,999,00024,88042,135

1998 Subaru WRX Price (from January 1998)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 130.07 (taken from January 1998).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE R V LIMITED E-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,499,00019,21332,458
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION IV V LIMITEDE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,950,00022,68038,410
WRX TYPE STi VERSION IVE-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,999,00023,05739,048

1998 Subaru 22B STi Price (from March 1998)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 126.78 (taken from March 1998).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
22B STIGC8EJ22 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT5,000,00039,43866,380

1998 Subaru WRX Price (from September 1998)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 141.70 (taken from September 1998).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RAGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,279,00016,08326,839
WRX GF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,579,00018,20030,371
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION VGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,859,00020,17633,669
WRX STi VERSION VGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,919,00020,60034,375
WRX TYPE R STi VERSION VGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT3,009,00021,23535,435

1998 Subaru WRX Price (from November 1998)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 115.64 (taken from November 1998).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2021 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA LIMITED GF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,499,00021,61035,973
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION V LIMITEDGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,999,00025,93443,171
WRX TYPE R STi VERSION V LIMITEDGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT3,009,00026,02043,315

1999 Subaru WRX Price (from September 1999)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 110.76 (taken from September 1999).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RAGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,279,00020,57633,456
WRX GF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,579,00023,28537,860
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION VIGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,859,00025,81341,971
WRX STi VERSION VGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,919,00026,35442,852
WRX TYPE R STi VERSION VGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT3,009,00027,16744,173

1999 Subaru WRX Price (from November 1999)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 104.96 (taken from November 1999).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA LIMITED GF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,429,00023,14237,539
WRX TYPE RA STi VERSION VI LIMITEDGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT2,999,00028,57346,459
WRX TYPE R STi VERSION VI LIMITEDGF-GC8EJ20 – 276 hp (206 kW)5MT3,039,00028,95447,079

2000 Subaru S201 STi Price (from April 2000)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 105.26 (taken from November 1999).

ModelChassisEngineTransPrice in Yen (¥)Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
WRX TYPE RA LIMITED GF-GC8EJ20 – 296 hp (221 kW)5MT3,900,00037,05159,049

How Much Does a First Gen Subaru WRX Cost Today?

Credit: Subaru

Sale prices of the first generation Subaru WRX vary wildly depending on what model is being sold, where it is being sold and what sort of condition it is in. In the United States, most first generation WRXs fall in the $10,000 – $40,000 range with some outliers being above and a few really bad examples falling below. Just like when it launched, the 22B STi still commands the greatest price. For example, this 40k kilometre 22B fetched over $300,000 earlier this year, not bad investment considering the original sale price.

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