It's impossible to go through life without being aware of the generation gap that exists between parents and their children. Whether it's music, dancing, clothing, slang or even taste in cars, the younger generation's preferences rarely seem to intersect with those of older generations. And thanks to the incredibly fast-paced and rapidly changing world we now live in, the generation gap is certainly wider than it's ever been before.
Logan Schlegel, who not too long ago was touring the country as a member of an underground metal rock band, knows all about the generation gap. He grew up in Joplin, Missouri, with a father passionate about dragsters and hot rods from his youth and who still owns his high school dream machine, a '68 SS El Camino. But for Logan, it was the rumble of a Subaru boxer engine that captured his imagination and inspired him to scrape together enough cheddar to buy this '08 Impreza STI.
Having quit the rock band he was touring with so that he could go back to school to get a recording arts degree, Logan found himself drawn to the idea of building a Subaru. His Subie love started back in high school when a buddy of his owned a lightly tuned WRX that made the kind of angry noises that appealed to his heavy metal ear. "His car just had an exhaust upgrade and an AccessPORT tune, but the aggressive sound of the boxer engine got me. I knew I had to have that boxer rumble!"
Wanting to build something fresh and new, Logan and his father went to look at the new '08 STI and they both liked the practicality and uniqueness of the five-door hatchback body style. Trading in his Toyota Matrix, Logan suddenly found himself in possession of this WR Mica Blue STI and a fresh new bank loan.
There's no better way to bridge the gap between father and son than by wrenching on a car. And that's exactly what Logan and his dad did, literally installing every upgrade in their home garage. "I'm really proud of the fact that I did all the work myself on this car, with my dad's knowledge and skill guiding me along the way. I definitely couldn't have done it without the support of my parents, but I want people to know I spun most of the wrenches myself."
The one exception to Logan's home-built approach was the custom front-mount intercooler and ECU tuning. For this he turned to P&L Motorsports in Chicago, who he bought his GT35R turbo kit from. "I was super impressed by their turbo kit when installing it and I really like to work with smaller shops like P&L that do all their own development work. So once I was done installing the turbo kit, my dad and I trailered the car from Missouri to their shop so they could install a prototype front-mount intercooler and then dyno-tune the engine for me. Once they were done, I jumped in the car and drove it to Florida, where I go to college. I couldn't be happier with the results and can't say enough good things about how professional and skilled the guys from P&L are."
Running a very conservative street tune, Logan's growling boxer is now pumping out a rock-solid 380 whp and 360 wtq. Of course, like all of us, Logan's original plan was to just do a reflash and install a nice set of wheels, but his cross-country P&L adventure certainly speaks volumes about his dedication and growing passion for his Subaru, as does the impressive list of top-shelf parts he's added to it. From the angry-sounding Invidia N1 Race exhaust to the 18x10-inch +30 offset Advan RS, Logan has carefully selected his upgrades to suit his personal taste and style. "I guess I've been influenced a lot by my dad's love of hot rods, where the emphasis is placed on achieving a super-clean look. That's really the look I've gone for on my STI."
Mission accomplished, according to HIN and Import Faceoff judges, because Logan's clean yet aggressive-looking Impreza has taken home some heavy metal hardware, including Best in Show. It takes tremendous attention to detail to snag the big trophies, and Logan has certainly paid great attention to every area of his Subaru's appearance and performance. The super-clean interior has some very subtle upgrades that include the Alcantara-wrapped OEM steering wheel and the use of Wedge Engineering seat rails for that race-car-low seating position. On the outside, some equally subtle modifications have been used to very good effect, like the paint-matched black grille and foglight housings, rear wiper delete and smoked front and rear reflectors. Under the hood, it's the white ceramic-coated turbo, charge pipes, intake manifold and strut tower brace that have the most visual impact.
Logan Schlegel's '08 Subaru Impreza STI may have very little in common with his father's '68 El Camino, but the passion it took to build them into the personalized dream machines they are today is very much the same. In this high-tech world where we're all growing more and more disconnected thanks to cell phones, texting, e-mail and the Internet, Logan and his dad have discovered the perfect way of bridging the generation gap-spending some quality time together in the timeless solitude of their home garage building one seriously bad-ass Subaru.
Specs & Details
'08 Subaru Impreza STI
Engine 2.5-liter turbocharged EJ25 flat-4
Engine Management Cobb AccessPORT pro tuned by Jorge at P&L Motorsports
Drivetrain Cobb double-adjustable short shifter and Cobb Knob shift knob; Kartboy front shifter bushings, crossmember bushings and pitch stop; SPT rear shifter bushing, IXIS clutch optimizer, Group N engine and transmission mounts; ACT HD street clutch, Motul Gear300 transmission fluid and 90PA rear diff fluid
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 18x10" +30 offset Advan RS wheels, Nexen N3000 275/35ZR18 tires, 5Zigen locking lug nuts, P&L Motorsports SS braided brake lines
Suspension BC Racing coilovers, Megan Racing control arms, Whiteline camber bolts and rear subframe inserts; Perrin front strut brace and antisway bars (22mm front and rear)
Exterior Seibon carbon-fiber CW hood, Chargespeed Bottom Line bodykit, carbon-fiber front bumper vents, 15% window tint, Hella Supertones, painted grille, foglight housings and logos/badges; RA mudflaps, DRL delete, Rally Yellow fog overlays, rolled fenders, rear wiper delete, Perrin shorty antenna, BlueBatMobile tail covers, Lightwerkz angel eyes; smoked headlight relfectors and rear reflectors, Nukabe tow hook
Numbers 380 whp and 360 wtq
Special Thanks Jorge, Mark and the crew at P&L Motorsports, Josh at Import Image, Bryan at CVR Motorsports, Rob at AMR, Mike & Scott at GBR Racing, and my family and friends for all their support!