It felt like an eternity as I listened to Amber Logston bicker with her fiance about the final cost of her widebody '04 Subaru WRX STi. While this went on for a few minutes, I pretend I'm Leigh from BRS and started stalking girls on MySpace. Amber stopped talking to her chatty man and got back on the line. They settled on roughly $65,000. That's how much it cost this Texas graphic designer to build a widebody STi.
Wait, wait. $65,000 for an STi with a fatter ass? She didn't get played. There's a bit of history behind this Subaru and why it costs more than the combined salary of the Super Street staff. Amber bought the car used as stock, with about 35,000 miles on the odometer. Almost immediately, she began blowing money on go-fast parts: wheels, tires, suspension, aero parts and anything else that could make the car different than every other STi on the road.
Individuality didn't last very long though: a casual cruise with some friends ended up causing thousands in damage. While driving around town, a delaminated tire from an 18-wheeler was abruptly kicked up by a van in front of Amber's STi. Now picture the massive tire moving at the Sube in slow-motion. At the last second, Amber managed to swerve. Directly. Into. The. Tire. The giant rubber (heh, heh) smacked most of the front-end, wrecking the Subaru up real good. Imagine carbon fiber and fiberglass flying everywhere, while Amber cried like a little girl. She was already on her third set of wheels and the car was down and out.
After reality set in and the tears subsided, Amber decided to bring the Sube back to life. That's around the time that all hell broke loose. The blow from the giant tire must have jarred something deep inside this Texas native. Having a custom car was always part of Amber's love for wheels. "Nothing is good enough stock. I cannot have a car that looks like everyone else's. I have to drive something that people will think is either weird or cool. Then they get to know me and are like, 'it's totally like your car'," she explained.
The first kit (or what was left of it) was replaced with mostly Seibon and APR stuff like a carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber trunk, rear diffuser, front diffuser, GT mirrors, a carbon fiber roof wing, molded fender flares and a sexy APR, SSGT widebody kit. Nearly five months later, the car was reborn, complete with House of Kolor Kandy Pink Chrome JLine wheels shod in Hankooks, a new sweet stance (courtesy of K-Sport coilovers) and enough style to forgo the jokes about this being a girl's car. Girlie car or not, though, this thing looks effing wicked. If you didn't know the car was widebodied, you'd probably never find out because it almost looks stock. The only real hints are the vents on the flared front fenders. Job well done to the secret body guy- as Amber is hesitant to give up the name (smart girl). However, Amber is quick to credit the pearlescent paint finish - a two-tone sand metallic (with black top) made all sparkly with a red crystal ice pearl - to Pinnacle Auto in Houston.
Along with the exterior, she began ripping apart the stuff beneath the hood to make the WRX faster. Power Enterprise, Walbro and APEX'i all account for fuel needs, while TurboXS and Aqua Racing handle breathing and sucking. Amber estimates that the car is just a few ponies shy of 300 at the wheels. That's not a bad number for a car with hp-sapping AWD. She also wisely upgraded the stock clutch to a triple-plate carbon dealio from ATS.
But let's get serious: this is a girl's car, after all. The inside has to be perfect, right? If the photos aren't reason enough to believe, check out Amber's interior list: custom suede headliner, Alcantara door panels and custom black interior carpet. And, of course, all the obligatory gauges are accounted for, like Defi, GReddy and the sexy Racepak carbon gauge cluster. In-car audio is covered, thanks to a long list of components from Digital Designs. The only ICE element that isn't from DD is the head unit, the touch screen is an Alpine IVD-310 DVD.
And we thought the WRX STi was pretty damn good from the factory. Amber feels differently and thinks every car could use a little bit of work: "If I was to buy even a Bugatti, I would probably find something to do to it. I can't leave something normal. Everything has to be different." Near the end of the conversation Amber adds, "I'm not a ditz, so don't make me sound like one, okay?" What kind of jerk does she think I am? I don't think she's a dumb; I think all women are dumb (Thank you, Tyrone, for setting your people back a thousand years -JN).
(Don't you mean gender relations? -BG)
(What do you know, Bernice? You're just a dumb girl. -JN)
'04 Subaru WRX STi
Owner Amber Logston
Hometown Houston, TX
Daily Grind Graphic Designer
Power 300whp (estimated)
Under The Hood Power Enterprise 850cc injectors; dual Walbro 255l/hr fuel pumps; TurboXS intercooler and piping, intake, blowoff valve, and RFL-TBE exhaust; Aqua Racing exhaust manifolds; NGK Iridium spark plugs; Nitrous Express Ntercooler spray kit; Vishnu crank pulley; ARC titanium pulley cover; GReddy air diversion plate; carbon Kevlar fuse box cover; Optima Red Top battery; Tein hood dampers
Drivetrain ATS triple-plate carbon clutch; B&M short throw shifter
Brains APEX'i AVC-R
Stiff Stuff K-Sport coilovers, Cusco front strut tower brace
Rollers JLine pink chrome SDMSL2 19x10; APR extended wheel studs; Hankook Ventus K107 245/35R19
Stoppers Project u brake pads
Outside Seibon carbon fiber hood and trunk; APR front and rear carbon fiber diffusers; GT mirrors, and SSGT widebody kit; Mine's replica carbon fiber rear lip spoiler; Ureshi Industries carbon fiber roof wing; custom molded door caps, molded fender flares; Carbign Craft carbon fiber license plate backing; Nukabe tow hooks; DuPont Sand Metallic with black top and House of Kolor Red Crystal Ice Pearl paint; Underground Graphics silver and pink metallic graphics
Inside custom black carpet; black Alcantara panels; black suede headliner; Racepak digital gauge cluster with carbon fiber dash insert; GReddy oil pressure gauge; Defi boost and air-fuel ratio gauges; HKS turbo timer; JDM STi floor mats; JDM hazard button; Cusco seven-point rollcage with carbon fiber option bar
ICE Alpine IVD-310 DVD, Digital Designs M2A amplifiers, Digital Designs speakers, Digital Designs tweeters; Rockford Fosgate distribution block; Clifford alarm system with hood pin switch
Props Steve Milton at Digital Designs, APR Performance; Jermaine at TurboXS, Robert Reed for the audio installation, Chris, all of my closest friends, NASIOC, Team Nextage, Stan Chen, my parents and my family, God, Josh at NX, Greg Lilly, Meguiar's, Hankook Tire, Ricky Chu (you're so hot!), a bunch of people in Texas, and lastly, my loving boyfriend for your support and skills and teaching me everything about my car