Nearly 20 years ago, the Subaru Impreza WRX made its way to the United States with a 227 horsepower engine, a rally sports-tuned chassis, and an all-wheel drive option. The first model made available in the United States was the “Bugeye,” which was built on the second-generation Subaru Impreza between 2000 and 2003. As is clear, the oval headlamps are where the Subaru WRX Bugeye gets its moniker.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 218 horsepower powers it. It came with two options for the gearbox: a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic. It was offered in both sedan and wagon body styles. It is simple to assume, nevertheless, that the majority of devotees preferred the manual transmission. The EJ20 engine, which allowed owners to adjust the performance to whatever made them tick, was one of the things that contributed to its cult following.

Customers in the US wouldn’t have to worry about importing the Subaru WRX Bugeye because it was sold in many countries across the world, including the US. The “Blobeye” model, which quickly became popular, replaced the Bugeye on the market, according to Sports Car Digest .

Subaru Impreza WRX Blobeye blue

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Subaru Impreza WRX Hawkeye black

Subaru followed up the Blobeye in 2006 with the Impreza WRX Hawkeye, a newer, more angular vehicle. The car’s front and back facades were totally redone, and its headlamps were given a meaner appearance, giving it a more intimidating appearance.

With a new 2.5-liter EJ225 engine that generates 230 horsepower and 320 newton meters (236 pound-feet) of torque, Subaru completely redesigned the drivetrain. The STi version produced more power, producing 315 horsepower. The Hawkeye STi variant added a center differential, a more dependable transmission, and a bigger, more potent engine to the vehicle, giving it more robustness to handle rough roads.

Hot Cars points out that the WRZ Hawkeye was only offered for a year despite having a better engine. However, the slang stuck to the car’s personality so strongly that even Subaru now refers to those headlamps as “hawk-eyes,” according CarBuzz .

The next time you see a Subaru WRX Bugeye, Blobeye, or Hawkeye speeding down the street, we hope these differences will make it easier for you to distinguish between them.

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