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Why Would Anyone Spend $150K To Mod A Subaru Impreza? 18
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Subaru, subaru impreza, Subaru Videos, tuning, video on 01 18th, 2018


We understand that taking a regular car and turning it into a supercar killer is something a lot of petrolheads like. But sometimes, pouring a ton of money into a project car isn’t the best of ideas.
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Once Driven By Rally Gods, This Subaru Legacy RS Is Now Up For Grabs 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Prodrive, racing, Rally Cars, Subaru, Subaru Legacy, UK, WRC on 01 13th, 2018


This might not be an Impreza but being a real Prodrive-raced Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car driven by none other than Ari Vatanen.

This is the same car that Vatanen was driving when he was leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally, ahead of Tommi Makinen, Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae and Juha Kankkunen before crashing.

After the race, the car returned to Prodrive and was re-shelled in-house before it was sold to an Italian rally team. In 1995, the same car was driven by Richard Burns at the Bettega Memorial Rallysprint, finishing second overall.

The car then was re-shelled again but this time it was converted to a new Safari-spec Impreza shell, which is not uncommon for Legacy rally cars. In 2008, the car was bought by the Richard Burns Collection in order to completely rebuild it and bring it back to its original specs.

The task was overseen by ex-Prodrive man Ian Richardson, who created an authentic Prodrive-spec Legacy shell for the car which now comes with the famous K555 BAT number plate. The rather special Subaru Legacy RS Group A rally car is presented in the correct gravel specification and livery it wore at the 1993 Acropolis Rally.

The blue-gold Subaru is powered by the period-correct works turbo 2.0-liter flat-four engine with 290hp, paired to an X-trac manual gearbox. It has covered around 60 miles (100km) since the rebuild and is currently heading to Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Competition Car Sale on February 23 with a price estimate between £120,000 and £140,000 ($162,000 to $190,000).

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Subaru Viziv STI Performance Concept Loosely Hints At Next WRX 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Subaru, Subaru Concepts, Subaru WRX STI, Tokyo Auto Salon on 01 12th, 2018


Subaru wants to lure visitors at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon to its stand with a new concept car, the Viziv Performance STI.

The study builds upon last year’s Viziv, albeit with some styling changes made all around, with the most significant one being the large wing added to the boot.

Look closer and you will also see a tweaked rear diffuser made from carbon fiber, new side sills, reshaped front bumper with larger air intakes and STI branding, and a slightly modified grille. Emphasizing its sportier stance are the red accents applied to different parts of the exterior.

The rest of the car, though, appears to have remained untouched, but then again, at the time of writing, Subaru hasn’t treated us with an official press release, so the live images are all we’ve got.

Nevertheless, the new Subaru Viziv Performance STI is said to preview the next generation WRX STI, but knowing that the Japanese car marque tends to drastically tone down its concepts for production, this one will likely follow the same route.

Expected to arrive within the next few years, the upcoming Subaru WRX STI is believed to drop the current 2.5-liter Boxer engine and replace it with an entirely new unit. Some say that electrification might be on the table too, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Baby Driver Returns To Subaru WRX To Pull Off Snowy Drifts 10
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in drifting, Film, Movie Cars, Subaru, subaru impreza, Subaru Videos, Subaru WRX, video on 01 10th, 2018


Ansel Elgort, the star in the film “Baby Driver,” kept one of the six Subaru WRX sedans that were used during the filming of the movie. Instead of putting the WRX away, Elgort took to Twitter to showcase some snowy drifts.

As the wheelman in the film, Elgort received tons of training to ensure that he could actually perform the stunts in the movie’s chase scenes, which is probably why we loved “Baby Driver.” Apparently, Elgort remembered some of his training, because the drifts he pulled off during New York City’s recent snowstorm were on point.

According to Motor1, making “Baby Driver” took six WRX sedans. One of the sedans was converted to rear-wheel drive and fitted with an upgraded differential to keep the smoky drifts going. That vehicle, even with 158,000 miles on the clock, sold for $69,100 on eBay.

While that vehicle is probably stored away somewhere, Elgort begged the studio to take one of the WRX sedans home. After roughly a year of begging, Sony finally obliged his request, giving the actor the Subaru for his birthday.

Clearly, Elgort’s still enjoying being behind the wheel of a Subaru.


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Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept Announced For Tokyo Show 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, STI, Subaru, Subaru Concepts, subaru sti, Subaru WRX STI, Tokyo Auto Salon on 01 10th, 2018


Subaru has given the Viziv Concept a more aggressive stance, and probably some changes beneath the skin, as they’re now going to unveil it at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, later this week.

Named Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept, it features a more aggressive front end, a muscular hood, wide wheel arches, large rear wing, red accents, and an ‘STI’ badge on the front grille.

It’s unknown at the moment what engine it carries, but since it’s expected to preview the next generation WRX STI, which is due in a few years, it’s likely powered by a new boxer engine, smaller than the current 2.5-liter unit that makes 305hp.

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) will also have a couple of other hot cars on display in Tokyo, from January 12, such as the Levorg STI Sport and BRZ STI Sport. These will be joined by the BRZ GT300 2017, WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016, Legacy RS 1993 New Zealand Rally, and Impreza 555 1996 San Remo Rally racers.

The WRX STI S208, a track-ready version of the car aimed solely at the Japanese market, will sit under the spotlight of the event as well.

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Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept Announced For Tokyo Show 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, STI, Subaru, Subaru Concepts, subaru sti, Subaru WRX STI, Tokyo Auto Salon on 01 10th, 2018


Subaru has given the Viziv Concept a more aggressive stance, and probably some changes beneath the skin, as they’re now going to unveil it at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, later this week.

Named Subaru Viziv Performance STI Concept, it features a more aggressive front end, a muscular hood, wide wheel arches, large rear wing, red accents, and an ‘STI’ badge on the front grille.

It’s unknown at the moment what engine it carries, but since it’s expected to preview the next generation WRX STI, which is due in a few years, it’s likely powered by a new boxer engine, smaller than the current 2.5-liter unit that makes 305hp.

Subaru Tecnica International (STI) will also have a couple of other hot cars on display in Tokyo, from January 12, such as the Levorg STI Sport and BRZ STI Sport. These will be joined by the BRZ GT300 2017, WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016, Legacy RS 1993 New Zealand Rally, and Impreza 555 1996 San Remo Rally racers.

The WRX STI S208, a track-ready version of the car aimed solely at the Japanese market, will sit under the spotlight of the event as well.

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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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Turns Out Jeremy Clarkson Isn’t As Good At Drifting As Ken Block 8
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, celebrities, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, The Grand Tour, video on 01 8th, 2018


In last week’s episode of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson set out to prove that doing what Ken Block does during his Gymkhana videos is mostly video editing, rather than pure skill.

Of course, he was painfully wrong, as proven by the segment he titled Farmkhana: Ultimate_Country_Playground, which consists of a Subaru STI getting thrashed around a farm.

The problem is, Clarkson relied mostly on editing to make his drive look epic, which did work to some extent, but all you have to do is pay close attention to a few of the details in order to see everything that’s wrong with the picture.

Not only was the show’s host stationary in some of the shots (revving the car while standing still, pressing the pedals chaotically and so on), but he also failed to drift properly through certain obstacles, which is something Ken Block certainly doesn’t need any help with.

After the segment itself, you can watch a short “Behind-The-Scenes” video, which will show you exactly what we mean. That STI has probably never felt more helpless.

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The Grand Tour Season 2 Episode 5 Trailer Is Filled With Action 4
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Amazon, celebrities, Film, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, The Grand Tour, video, VW, VW Golf GTI, VW Up on 01 4th, 2018


This week on The Grand Tour: Jeremy gets inspired by Ken Block and wants to do one of those amazing videos, while Richard drives a small tank through a shopping mall, and James tests out a city car.

The action-filled trailer starts with Clarkson and an old Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, which is thrashed around an English farmland in an attempt to do some Ken Block-ing controlled drifts.

In a different continent, in UAE’s Dubai, Hammond sits inside a small tank, which he uses in a luxurious shopping center, before taking it on the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, and on the sand dunes. This part of the show was filmed more than a year ago, and it was initially believed that Jezza was in the driver’s seat.

Meanwhile, May takes a trip to the Eboladrome test track to try out the Volkswagen Up! GTI, surrounded by flames and explosions, which he compares to “an 80s action movie”.

We also see the facelifted Volkswagen Golf GTI going against its iconic predecessor, the Mk1 Golf GTI.

Back in the studio tent, Richard Hammond and James May reveal some behind-the-scenes footage that’s described as “embarrassing”, whereas the Celebrity Face Off shows English comedian, musician, TV and radio presenter Bill Bailey, and English actor Dominic Edward Cooper, in an attempt to find “the world’s fastest person with a failed early career in a band”.

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Listen To A Subaru Boxer Engine Rev To A Dizzying 12,000 RPM 26
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Subaru, subaru impreza, Subaru Videos, video on 12 26th, 2017


While big, bustling V8 engines have their appeal, there is something especially intoxicating about small-capacity engines that howl like tiny Formula 1 engines.

Among Subaru enthusiasts, high-revving boxer engines, such as the EJ207, are adored and Australian tuning company GotitRext has decided to take the boxer engine to new heights.

The firm got their hands on a flat-four EJ-series motor and set about transforming it with new internals and a Garrett GTW3884 turbocharger. Incredibly, the engine delivers 610 hp at the wheels. However, that’s not the most amazing thing.

The most remarkable element of this flat-four is its ability to rev to a barely-believable 12,000 rpm. It’s unclear how GotitRext was able to make the engine rev at such extraordinary levels while still being reliable but it makes for a truly frightening powertrain.

As a matter of fact, the five-speed manual transmission mated to the engine means this 1994 Impreza LX hits 140 mph (225 km/h) in third gear alone!

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Subaru Investigating Potential Mileage Cheating 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, Reports, Subaru on 12 21st, 2017


Subaru is investigating whether mileage readings of its vehicles have been falsified during final checks.

The Japanese automaker was recently embroiled in a vehicle inspection scandal and if it discovers that fuel efficiency figures have been falsified, Subaru’s image could be severely tainted, Reuters reports.

In Japan, the mileage figures show the numbers of kilometers a vehicle can travel on a liter of petrol, and Subaru says it is currently searching for any possible infractions. However, even if unrealistic figures are discovered, it probably won’t result in a recall as it would not constitute a safety requirement violation.

“At the moment we are trying to confirm whether data was indeed fabricated, and if so, how this happened and which models are affected,” Subaru spokeswoman Miyuki Yasuda said.

Subaru claims that concerns of falsified mileage readings were first expressed as external investigators were working on the aforementioned inspection scandal.

On the back of this news, Subaru shares fell by as much as 8.5 per cent, their lowest since July 2016.

In 2016, approximately 40 per cent of Mitsubishi’s market value was wiped out after it admitted to overstating fuel economy figures.

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Subaru Investigating Potential Mileage Cheating 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in japan, Reports, Subaru on 12 21st, 2017


Subaru is investigating whether mileage readings of its vehicles have been falsified during final checks.

The Japanese automaker was recently embroiled in a vehicle inspection scandal and if it discovers that fuel efficiency figures have been falsified, Subaru’s image could be severely tainted, Reuters reports.

In Japan, the mileage figures show the numbers of kilometers a vehicle can travel on a liter of petrol, and Subaru says it is currently searching for any possible infractions. However, even if unrealistic figures are discovered, it probably won’t result in a recall as it would not constitute a safety requirement violation.

“At the moment we are trying to confirm whether data was indeed fabricated, and if so, how this happened and which models are affected,” Subaru spokeswoman Miyuki Yasuda said.

Subaru claims that concerns of falsified mileage readings were first expressed as external investigators were working on the aforementioned inspection scandal.

On the back of this news, Subaru shares fell by as much as 8.5 per cent, their lowest since July 2016.

In 2016, approximately 40 per cent of Mitsubishi’s market value was wiped out after it admitted to overstating fuel economy figures.

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Subaru Says Next WRX Will Look Like Viziv Concept 18
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Subaru, Subaru Concepts, Subaru WRX on 12 18th, 2017


Subaru says that the next-generation WRX will bear a close resemblance to the Viziv Performance concept unveiled a couple of months ago.

Speaking with Autocar, Subaru design chief Mamoru Ishii said that the positive reception to the Viziv has encouraged the carmaker not to mess with the design significantly when the next WRX hits the road.

“Such a car brings lots of expectation, from within the company and from our customers. What we know is that our customers’ lifestyles are changing and we have to respond to that. The question was whether we have done that in a correct way with this concept.

“For instance, we know that autonomous and connective technology are coming, and for many customers that is great, but we don’t think that is what all of our customers want. For some, driving pleasure is still very important and that is what we are exploring,” Ishii said.

According to Ishii, customers can expect to see the next WRX adopting a similar body shape, bold arches, and bonnet scoop to the concept.

Subaru intends on launching the next-generation WRX in 2020 and will build the sedan around the Subaru Global Platform. Interestingly, Ishii revealed that the brand has some flexibility when it comes to what powertrain it will offer for the WRX, indicating that something other than a boxer engine is a real possibility.

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Subaru BRZ tS And WRX STI Type RA Pricing Announced For U.S. 14
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in prices, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Subaru WRX, Subaru WRX STI, USA on 12 14th, 2017


Subaru has released pricing information for the limited edition BRZ tS and WRX STI Type RA.

Starting in alphabetical order, the BRZ tS will cost $33,495 when it arrives at U.S. dealerships next spring. That’s a hefty premium over the standard model but the tS has been tuned by STI and it features an aerodynamic body kit, an adjustable carbon fiber rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as drivers with find leather and Alcantara upholstery as well as red contrast stitching. Other highlights include red seat belts, a frameless rearview mirror, and a 7-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

While the model eschews a turbocharged engine, it has been equipped with new draw stiffeners, a V-brace, and a returned suspension that features SACHS dampers and coil springs. There’s also a high-performance braking system with Brembo rotors.

The WRX STI Type RA, on the other hand, will cost a whopping $48,995. It features a modestly revised exterior with a carbon fiber roof, a carbon fiber rear wing, and 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.

Interior revisions are minor but include Recaro front seats and an ultrasuede steering wheel. Elsewhere, there’s red contrast stitching and an individually numbered plaque on the center console.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which has been equipped with a cold air intake, a high-performance exhaust system, an optimized ECU, and new pistons. Thanks to these changes, the car produces 310 hp (231 kW) which is a minor an increase of 5 hp (3 kW). The engine is connected to an upgraded six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter.

Speaking of performance, the WRX STI Type RA has Bilstein dampers, an active torque vectoring system, and a unique Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control system. Drivers will also appreciate the car’s high-performance Brembo braking system with cross-drilled rotors and 6-piston monoblock front calipers.

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”

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IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline







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