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Old 12-03-2003, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default WRX Granddad?

Would you consider the 1987 RX the precursor to the WRX?
Does the title go to another subaru product?

Having this discussion with my brother-in-law.
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:26 AM   #2
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That's a pretty good theroy...everyone always asks what WRX stands for, maybe it's simple. The W stands for World Rally Championship and they added that to the RX The RX was certainly a sweet car of that time...and still sweet today!
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Old 12-03-2003, 10:50 AM   #3
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ahh the three door RX *drool*

I would say the RX was just a modified GL (or GL-10) kinda like the WRX is a modified Impreza.

It has alot of the same features as a WRX but I wouldn't say it's Subaru's "flagship of the day", I would say the XT would be closer to the flagship like the WRX is today.

Does anyone have some rally pictures from the 80's?

oh and I believe WRX stands for World Rally Cross (X=cross like autocross= AutoX)
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:51 PM   #4
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I would have to agree as well. It was the sporty model for the time and if you search for info about the Subaru RX on the web, you find they were (and still are) very popular for rallying overseas.

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Old 12-03-2003, 03:42 PM   #5
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Yes I would say the RX is the granddaddy to the WRX. They used it for rally in its time and now they use the WRX, both are turbo, both have the sport suspension....
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Old 12-03-2003, 05:59 PM   #6
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Well, I guess you could say it is the Grandfather, but they actually made an RX in the original 1800 body style as seen here, but it was not available in the states.
http://www.ultimatesubaru.net/80s/pr...dy/sheet8a.jpg
So it would be:
Great Grandfather = early 80's RX
Grand Father = Late 80's RX
Father = Early 90's Turbo Legacy

Also, the early 90s Impreza turbos were called the RX originally, but they never sold them here so most people don't know that.

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Old 12-04-2003, 03:39 PM   #7
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Opie and I would agree that the Turbo Legacy was the WRX's daddy ... But remember, boys and girls, the Adam of Subaru's was the 360
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:04 PM   #8
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Well, I guess you could say it is the Grandfather, but they actually made an RX in the original 1800 body style as seen here, but it was not available in the states.
It wasn't called the rx then but that car was available here in north america from 1980-1984. Just that it was named the GL Turbo coupe.

that was the wrx's great grand-dad, the RX was the grand-dad, The Legacy turbo was the dad, and the WRX is the son.

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Old 12-04-2003, 11:47 PM   #9
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While I like the RX coupes, I think I would rather have an RX sedan. They are SOOO much rarer!
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It wasn't called the rx then but that car was available here in north america from 1980-1984. Just that it was named the GL Turbo coupe.

that was the wrx's great grand-dad, the RX was the grand-dad, The Legacy turbo was the dad, and the WRX is the son.

Mark,
Your right about that some what. They actually only offered Turbos on the original GLs in 83 and 84, and they only came in automatic. Then in 85 with the newer body style GLs they introduced the Turbo RX as we know it. I also think they were called the "Turbo Traction" models.

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Old 12-06-2003, 10:14 AM   #11
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Good replies. That's a picture of my RX. It's dismantled from the windshield forward for a little massage. Rally with a fellow that has RX NO W on his plates. I was looking for a plate that would convey the feelings of this thread, along the lines of WRX GDAD.
Or RXSANSW. Any ideas?

It is a little disheartening that alot of the owners of WRX's have no clue of the subaru history or this car.
I tend to think of them as "bandwagon" owners.

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Old 12-06-2003, 07:41 PM   #12
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"Bandwagon owners"

I like the XT a lot also.....
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i've always heard that the impreza was designed to replace the legacy in the world rally championship. apparently subaru thought the legacy wasnt up to it.
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That RX looks so damn nice, more photos!
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Old 12-08-2003, 11:08 AM   #15
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i've always heard that the impreza was designed to replace the legacy in the world rally championship. apparently subaru thought the legacy wasnt up to it.
The Legacy was actually quite competitive rallying, FHI engineers found that by shortening and sectioning the Legacy unibody they could develop an even stiffer body while still using many of the same parts. Thus the Impreza was born. This allowed FHI to market a smaller car using a majority of the Legacy's parts which reduced manufacturing costs and created on hell of a rally monster for it's time!
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sick1.8t, the Legacy was doing fantastic in the rallies, but the car was simply too heavy to vy for the title, so they developed the Impreza...

And yes, Gravel, I agree. Of all the current import performance cars, the WRX is the one with the most unaware owners. Most Honda people know something about older Hondas, same with Toyota and Mazda, but not Subaru... Yes it's a shame....
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