- That makes it more durable and more receptive to additional high-horsepower modifications.
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Although the first-gen Subaru Impreza WRX and its STi (first-gen capitalization) sibling are finally import-eligible, one version still isn't. And even after all the GC8 Impreza WRX versions become old enough to bring over, it'll still be nigh-impossible to get. I'm talking of course about the Subaru Impreza 22B STi, which even today is a JDM and rally icon. However, classic car fans have long had ways of experiencing hard-to-find models: cloning them. But can you do that with the 22B? The first-gen Subaru Impreza WRX STi is already significantly upgraded over the 'standard' GC8 WRX. In addition to more power and torque, the GC8 STi's handbuilt version of the EJ20 has forged pistons, polished ports, and lighter valvetrain components. And that's on top of the engine's upgraded turbocharger, retuned ECU, and factory-installed intercooler water sprayer. Plus, that's just the motorsports-derived stuff in the engine. Compared to the GC8 Subaru Impreza WRX, the STi has stiffer springs, upgraded shocks, a larger rear spoiler, and a front strut-tower brace. Also, its center differential is electronically adjustable. And inside, it has a Nardi steering wheel and sport seats with more bolstering.
That makes it more durable and more receptive to additional high-horsepower modifications.
But while Subaru threw a significant amount of racing tech at the GC8 WRX STi, it threw even more at the 22B. Understandable, given that the Subaru released the 22B to celebrate its three back-to-back WRC titles and 40th anniversary. So, while the first-gen Impreza WRX STi is special, the 22B is even special-er. For one, its EJ22G is bigger and has additional performance upgrades, including a bigger turbo, new ECU, and sodium-filled valves. And though an EJ20-based design, it has a closed-deck crankcase. That makes it more durable and more receptive to additional high-horsepower modifications. In addition, Subaru gave the 22B a reinforced, close-ratio five-speed transmission with a new twin-disc clutch. It also widened the track, seam-welded the chassis, installed a rear strut-tower brace, bolted on Brembo brakes, and fitted lighter, wider gold BBS wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires. That last change necessitated flared fenders, which turned into a WRC-like body kit with an adjustable rear wing, Autoweek explains. Also, the Subaru Impreza 22B STi has Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs set up by rally team Prodrive as well as a quicker steering rack. In short, there are a lot of things that separate a GC8 Subaru Impreza WRX STi from a 22B. And some of them, such as the seam-welded chassis, aren't easy to replicate. However, a lot of the 22B's upgrades, such as Bilstein coilovers and BBS wheels, are 'just' parts.
They're not necessarily cheap parts, mind you, but they're not new-car expensive, either. Also, the parts shopping list is shorter if you're starting with a GC8 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, rather than a non-turbocharged Impreza 2.5RS. For a long time, that was the sportiest GC8 Impreza we could get in the US, Car Bibles notes. But while it's (usually) cheaper than a JDM Impreza WRX STi, you'd have to buy even more parts to make it into a 22B clone. With a GC8 STi, the factory already got the ball rolling with the upgrades, so to speak. And you won't have to swap the engine, either. RELATED: Is it Better to Lower Your Car With Lowering Springs or Coilovers? Now, some of these upgrades, such as increasing the engine's displacement, aren't for the faint of wrench. Fortunately, there is an alternative. California-based Renner Racing Development specializes in Subarus, including 22B replica builds, Autoweek says. So, if you don't feel comfortable modifying your GC8 STi yourself, you could always talk to the Renner team. How much does a DIY 22B replica cost compared to the real thing?
There are cheaper kits available, though.
These days, a good-condition GC8 Impreza WRX STi costs about $20,000-$30,000. Meanwhile, even a fair-condition Subaru Impreza 22B STi goes for at least $100,000. And $70,000-$80,000 can buy a lot of parts. If you just want the widebody look, Renner can do that for around $12K, Autoweek says. But if you want some of the performance parts, you're looking at about $40,000-and that's not including the donor car. And if you're looking for a real race car, with a roll cage and everything, your replica will cost almost as much as the real thing. As for the DIY approach, Car Bibles' 2.5RS-based build would cost, depending on part quality, $4500-$13,500 without the donor car. However, it's worth pointing out that Aerosim Research, Renner's body kit supplier, charges $7500 for its carbon-fiber kit. There are cheaper kits available, though. Browsing through suppliers like Vivid Racing and Bilstein, I think Car Bibles' estimate is slightly low. Assuming a non-carbon-fiber body kit, I'd peg the part cost closer to $20,000. A metal-ceramic twin-disc clutch alone costs about $2000. Also, that $20,000 estimate doesn't include installation costs or unexpected repairs. And considering some of the mods involve the suspension, you will need to factor in alignment costs. In addition, ECU tuning isn't always street-legal. However, if you want a Subaru Impreza 22B STi but can't wait another year or afford one, know that there is an alternative solution. And that's modifying a GC8 Impreza WRX STi.
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It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life -changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.
The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story.
Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.
They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story.
Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.
First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.
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He's seditious and lacks no remorse for his actions, much like Johan. However, he still bows down to Johan and does what he's ordered to. He also thinks of his own self-indulging antics as well, as seen through his multiple affairs and his toying with people. Part of what makes Johan more evil than Roberto is that Johan seems detached from being human altogether and doesn't care about following anyone's plans or desires other than his own. There are many other villains in this series with their own twists on evil as well. Some prove to be more human than what first appears, making their stories even more interesting. This series shows us we're all human and that there are blurred lines between good and evil. We are then begged to ask the question, "can truly evil people become good in the end?" Questions like these are threaded into the entire show and addressed in ways that make us stop and think. Where there are mighty villains, there are mightier heroes. No one can watch Monster and not root for Dr.
Tenma. He's the true MVP of the show. He starts out as an up-and-coming doctor paving his way into a bright future and then quickly ends up as an outlaw pursuing a phantom-type serial killer who some people, including Dr. Lunge at the BKA, refuse to believe is a real person. We find ourselves shouting "JOHAN IS NOT IN TENMA'S HEAD!" and rooting breathlessly for the doctor as he runs from the law and those wishing to cause him harm or kill him altogether. It's hard to not be on edge as the doctor pursues Johan and debates whether or not he should take away the life he gave to Liebert a decade prior. Something ending about Dr. Tenma is that no matter how much trouble he's in, he always stops to help someone in need, even if it's someone who actively fights against him. This is one of the ways he shows that he truly does believe all lives are equal. He doesn't pick and choose who he will save or give any type of medical attention to. He gives it to anyone who needs it, even if it gets him in trouble. Parallel to Dr. Tenma on the quest to take down Johan is Johan's twin sister, Nina Fortner (aka She and Johan grew up together until shortly after they were sent to the hospital the night Dr. Tenma treated Johan for his gunshot wound. After that, Anna became Nina and grew up in a nice home with adoptive parents who loved her, along with a memory problem blocking out any recollection of her childhood.