Here Are Two Ways To Build The Subaru Legend We Never Got

What's better for maximizing your game than a friendly rivalry? Maybe an unfriendly one? But if the second isn't available, the first can work too. Just ask these two friends who've created a pair of Subaru RS coupes fit for inclusion in "things Subaru should have built."

On the season opener of /TUNED, Matt Farah looks at two different approaches to turning the tragically underpowered, but still fun, U.S.-market 2.5RS into the Impreza WRX STi 2.5RS (or unobtanium, 350-hp 22B) we wish we got here in the land of Dairy Queens and wall-to-wall Law And Order SVU.

The two Subaru guys have, over time, transformed their RSs into"R-STi" spec models, by way of a couple of drivetrain swaps, one a USDM, the other a JDM. Which is better? You decide. Either way, it's proof that where there's a will, there are at least two ways.

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Video: /TUNED Returns With a Pair of Swapped Subies!

Video: /TUNED Returns With a Pair of Swapped Subies!S

We know, we know. Tuned has been gone for too long. But fear not, we’re back for an extended 16-episode run, and we’re starting it off with one of our favorite budget tuner projects: the Subaru R-STi. See, it all started because we didn’t get the Subaru WRX here in the US until 2001, where other countries were treated to WRX goodness since 1998, but in the oh-so-marvelously lightweight 2-door variety, earning legendary status in the holy grail of Subaru’s, the special edition 22b. Now, the 2.5RS (the non-turbocharged version we got here) makes a great platform for either a JDM 2.oL turbo STi swap, or the USDM 2.5L turbo STi swap, but which is better? We take out a pair of swapped Subies in the mountains and engage in a little friendly rivalry.