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PostHeaderIcon Travis Pastrana Goes Full Throttle at Wild New NRX Track

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

Travis Pastrana didn’t mince his words describing the NRX track, calling it a “hell track for cars.” Pastrana knows a thing or two about hell track for racers. He’s competed — and won — in supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing. But even with his accomplishments, Pastrana still paid reverence to the track that will be used in the Nitro World Games by taking us on a flying lap around the circuit.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX Raiu Edition

Subaru is releasing a new and exciting special edition version of the WRX in North America. One catch: the special edition WRX is exclusive to Canada, not the U.S. The model is called the WRX Raui Edition, which takes its name from the Japanese word that means “thunderstorm.” It carries a lot of exclusive features inside and out, but it’s also limited to just 100 units, making it a must-have item for our friends north of the border.

PostHeaderIcon 8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Most Affordable New Sports Cars for 2018

Although it’s easy to get lost in the deluge of noise surrounding fully self-driving, electron-powered commuter bubbles, there’s still a strong number of gas-powered sports machines out there to enjoy. And we aren’t talking about six-figure unobtanium supercars either – nope, we’re talking about loads of driving goodness to be had in the far more reasonable $20k to $30k price range. As such, we put together the following list of the 10 Most Affordable Sports Cars on the market today.

Looking over the list, some of you out there will undoubtedly point out how several entries aren’t your typical “sports car,” whether it’s the body style, drivetrain layout, or both. Regardless, every single one of these models comes packed with maximum smiles per miles, and for a lightweight price tag to boot. As such, we’ve included a few hot hatchbacks, a rally car, and a few others that fall outside the traditional sports car spectrum. Of course, there’s plenty of RWD coupes in there as well, so fear not and read on.

Continue reading for the full list.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX STI Type RA-R

Though it’s true that most of them are found only in Japan, there are no shortages in special edition Subaru WRX STIs in the world. We all need to remind ourselves of that because Subaru is releasing another special edition version of its power-packed performance sedan, and it’s once again exclusive to the Japanese market. It’s called the WRX STI Type RA-R, and it’s essentially a lighter and more powerful version of the WRX STI Type RA, one of the few special edition versions that made its way in the U.S. market.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray

Having just celebrated 50 years in the U.S. with a batch of limited-edition packages for eight different models at the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru unveiled two more special-edition versions of the WRX and WRX STI at the 2018 Subaru Tecnica International Boxerfest in Washington D.C.

Much like the 50th Anniversary Edition, the Series.Gray comes with a special exterior paint, a sportier interior, and extra standard equipment. Only 1,000 units of the Series.Gray cars will be produced, with 750 WRX and only 250 WRX STI models to leave the factory. Besides being produced in smaller numbers, the WRX STI also gets a revised chassis for a sportier ride. Let’s find out more about both cars in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Announces Bumped WRX Pricing for 2019 to Go with Extra Juice for the STI

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

It’s not very often we can start out talking about any car with the words “it comes standard with a manual transmission,” but that’s how we’re starting today. This is fantastic news, considering previous rumors suggested that Subaru would kill off the manual because Eyesight isn’t compatible. (180284) Back to the real reason we’re here, Subaru has confirmed what we told you back on April 13, 2019 – the 2019 WRX STI will get a minor bump in power. It’s just five horsepower, and Subbie went to a lot to make it happen, but it’s there. It also comes with a bump to pricing across the line.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

The WRX STI is the world’s resident street-going rally car is due to be replaced soon, yet we’re still madly in love with the current model. With 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque on tap from a 2.5-liter, Boxer, flat-four, this baby chews the payment at all four corners thanks to Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. It might be rally-bred, but it’s fast on the street too, hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160 mph. If all that makes you drool a little more than you would like to admit you can spruce up your desktop with one of our hand-picked wallpapers.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

The WRX STI is the world’s resident street-going rally car is due to be replaced soon, yet we’re still madly in love with the current model. With 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque on tap from a 2.5-liter, Boxer, flat-four, this baby chews the payment at all four corners thanks to Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. It might be rally-bred, but it’s fast on the street too, hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160 mph. If all that makes you drool a little more than you would like to admit you can spruce up your desktop with one of our hand-picked wallpapers.

PostHeaderIcon It’s Not Much but the Subaru WRX STI Will Get a Minor Bump in Power for 2019

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

Subaru’s WRX and WRX STI models offer the kind of driver-focused, free-wheeling driving experience that few other sedans in the market can offer. Sure, the WRX and WRX STI have aged in some respects, but the two models, specifically the STI, have established a lot of equity with their fan base. That’s good to know because Subaru’s giving the people what they want by offering the 2019 WRX STI with more power for its fans to play with.

PostHeaderIcon Good News! The Next-Gen WRX Will Be Offered with a Manual Transmission

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

As disappointing as it is to see the manual transmission fade into the sunset as more automakers lean on its automatic counterpart, there are some automakers who are keeping the dream alive. One of these manufacturers is Subaru, which coincidentally dropped hints a month ago that it was axing the manual transmission from its models. Turns out, not every Subaru model is completely ditching the manual transmission because the fun-tactic three-pedal setup will live on through the WRX performance line.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX

There’s just something about the current-gen WRX that just stands out among other sedans on the market. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s one of few performance sedans with true, on- and off-road capability or maybe it’s just the attractive look and sheer dependability. Either way, it’ll certainly be a nice addition to your desktop, so give your screen a fresh look with the wallpaper selections below.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru is celebrating its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in America by offering a special 50th Anniversary Edition on all its models, including the 2018 WRX. There are no mechanical updates, so don’t expect any horsepower or handling improvements. This special edition is for appearances only. However, Subaru is only building 600 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so rarity is a big attraction factor.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the WRX’s highest trim, the Limited, as to include all the desirable features. Items include the StarLink infotainment system, keyless access and push-button starting, LED steering responsive headlights, 10-way power driver’s seat, and the EyeSight safety system.

As for what sets the 50th Anniversary Edition apart, the details are all listed below.

Continue reading for more information.

What Makes the 2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“The most noticeable change is the bright blue paint Subaru calls Heritage Blue.”

The most noticeable change is the bright blue paint Subaru calls Heritage Blue. Unlike most other 50th Anniversary Edition models, the WRX doesn’t receive the Satin Chrome side mirrors. Rather, the 18-inch double-spoke wheels are Satin Chrome while the mirror caps are Heritage Blue. The overall look is pretty striking. Subaru does include the special 50th Anniversary Edition badge on the WRX’s door, just like the other 50th models.

On the inside, the WRX still gets its Recaro racing seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts, but the 50th Anniversary logo is embroidered into the seatback, while the contrast stitching and seatbelts are silver. The seatbelts look especially good since the WRX’s interior is mostly black, including the headliner.


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“On the inside, the WRX still gets its Recaro racing seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts”

As for Subaru’s EyeSight system, the active safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and sway warning, pre-collision braking, and pre-collision throttle management. Blind-spot monitoring is also available, as is Subaru’s StarLink emergency services connectivity.

Under the hood, the WRX remains unchanged. That’s fine though, as the car features a turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four engine making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and is the proper enthusiasts’ choice. For those who don’t like to row their own, Subaru does offer a Continuously Variable Transmission. Naturally, the Symmetrical AWD system is standard and includes active torque vectoring and an optional variable torque distribution system.


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“Subaru is only making 600 of the 2018 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so they won’t last long.”

Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city and 27mpg highway with the manual gearbox and 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the CVT. (Talk about a big incentive to not pay extra for a CVT!)

As mentioned, Subaru is only making 600 of the 2018 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so they won’t last long. Pricing starts at $36,355, including the destination fee. Subaru dealerships already have 50th Anniversary Editions in showrooms.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
WRX Limited 600 $35,495 $36,355

References

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PostHeaderIcon Valentine’s Day Special – A Love Letter To The Subaru WRX

Welp, it’s Valentine’s Day, and as most of the country reaches for the champagne and chocolates, us car enthusiasts are a little too busy with the engine oil and spark plugs. And that makes it the perfect time to reflect on that one special model, the car that lit the fires of passion in your auto-loving bosom. For me, that car was the Subaru WRX.

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The Full Story


“Out of all the amazing machinery I saw in those tiny pixelated boxes on my laptop screen, one stood out from all the rest – the blue and gold Subaru WRX.”

I remember when I first learned about rally racing as a kid. My initial exposure to the sport encompassed brief clips downloaded off the Internet showing brightly color, sponsorship-sticker laden compacts flying through the air with reckless abandon. It was insane – the speeds, the terrain, the sideways-right-on-the-edge action. Here was a motorsport unlike any I’d ever seen before. I was immediately hooked. And out of all the amazing machinery I saw in those tiny pixelated boxes on my laptop screen, one stood out from all the rest – the blue and gold Subaru WRX.

Gradually, I learned more and more about the WRX’s turbo flat-four engine, its symmetrical AWD, and all the other good stuff that made it such a stout competitor in the World Rally Championship. At the time, I was quite the little import nerd, and considered the Nissan Skyline GT-R (back then, we just called it the “Skyline”) to be the biggest and baddest ride around. But while the Skyline was at the top of the pile, the WRX had all the same characteristics, but in a much more accessible, package.

Not only that, but the Suby was stout. I’d watch as pros like Colin McRae flung ’em through the corners, occasionally smashing into bits of the terrain, only to keep their foot in it and keep on goin’. As far as I was concerned, these small blue machines were simplyindestructible.

Unfortunately, they were was also perpetually out of reach, with sales restricted to those spoiled speed lovers over in Europe and Japan. Then, in the early 2000’s, Subaru brought the WRX to the States, and everything changed.


Suddenly, the WRX was everywhere. I couldn’t believe that here in the U.S., home of the V-8 and RWD drag racers, a high-strung AWD Japanese sedan was actually getting sold in dealers. Now I had a purpose. Now I had to own one.

Fast forward to today, and I do indeed have a WRX in my driveway, complete with the blue paint and gold wheels. It’s my project car, my daily driver, and my track machine, and even though the repair bills have been getting a bit pricey in the last few years, you can rest assured I’ll be holding onto it for the long term.

Yep. I love the Subaru WRX. What car do you love?

References

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PostHeaderIcon The Subaru STI 50th Anniversary Edition Is the Rarest WRX You Can Buy Today

Unlike other Japanese automakers, Subaru needed only a few years since it established itself as a company to start selling cars in the United States. Founded in 1953, Subaru crossed the pond to North America in 1968, when Subau of America was born in Philadelphia. That’s an impressive feat and it’s not surprising that the carmaker is celebrating its 50th American anniversary with limited-edition versions for all its cars. Launched at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the new lineup also includes a special WRX STI that’s limited to only 200 units, making it the rarest WRX you can buy in 2018.


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“Much like the rest of the 50th Anniversary Edition batch, the WRX STI sports the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior paint and special badges”

Much like the rest of the 50th Anniversary Edition batch, the WRX STI sports the exclusive Heritage Blue exterior paint and special badges. It also has unique alloy wheels and satin chrome trim. However, it doesn’t have the satin chrome trim mirror caps, as Subaru opted for Heritage Blue instead. A good choice!

The interior is mostly black, which might be an issue for some, but at least it has silver contrast stitching and matching seatbelts. 50th Anniversary logos are embroidered on the front seats and the carpeted floor mats, giving the cabin more exclusivity. The 50th Anniversary Edition is also based on the high-level Limited trim, meaning that it features an extensive list of standard equipment, including Recaro front seats, a sliding moonroof, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and keyless access with push-button start. The EyeSight Driver Assist technology package is also included.


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“Of course, the coolest feature is that production will be limited to only 200 units”

The drivetrain remains standard, so the 2.5-liter boxer engine delivers the same 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. But with a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph, the WRX STI is pretty solid in the performance department. And it’s quicker than the significantly more powerful Ford Focus RS!

Of course, the coolest feature is that production will be limited to only 200 units. Get one and there’s a big chance you won’t see an STI like it for the rest of your life. The limited run could also help the car retain its market value and maybe even become a collectible one day. The good news is that it’s not significantly more expensive than the WRX STI Limited it is based on. Priced from $41,195 before shipping and other fees, the 50th Anniversary model is only $300 more expensive than the Limited trim. Not a bad deal given all the extras.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.


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Based on high-level trims and built in very limited numbers, the 50th Anniversary models share many features, including the new Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome trim, and new aluminum wheel designs. All but the BRZ, WRX, and WRX STI also have satin chrome mirror caps, while the BRZ doesn’t come with aluminum wheels. Inside, there’s black upholstery with silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and 50th Anniversary logos embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each models is based on a high-level trim that adds extra standard features, including EyeSight Driver Assist technology.

Drivetrains remain standard no matter the car, so don’t expect extra horsepower or improved performance.

Production is limited between 200 and 1,050 units, depending on the model. The WRX STI the rarest with only 200 examples, while the BRZ, Forester 2.0 XT Touring, Legacy 3.6R Limited, and Outback 3.6R Limited will be produced in 250 units. Other Forester, Legacy and Outback variants will be made in 800 units each, while the Crosstrek will get 1,050 examples.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
BRZ Limited 250 $29,940 $30,800
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955
Forester 2.5i Touring
2.0 XT Touring
800
250
$33,390
$36,390
$34,305
$37,305
Impreza 2.0i Limited (4dr)
2.0i Limited (5dr)
500
550
$28,340
$28,840
$29,200
$29,700
Legacy 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$31,490
$33,840
$32,350
$34,700
Outback 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$35,080
$37,280
$35,995
$38,195
WRX
WRX STI
Limited
Limited
600
200
$35,495
$41,195
$36,355
$42,055

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.


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Based on high-level trims and built in very limited numbers, the 50th Anniversary models share many features, including the new Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome trim, and new aluminum wheel designs. All but the BRZ, WRX, and WRX STI also have satin chrome mirror caps, while the BRZ doesn’t come with aluminum wheels. Inside, there’s black upholstery with silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and 50th Anniversary logos embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. Each models is based on a high-level trim that adds extra standard features, including EyeSight Driver Assist technology.

Drivetrains remain standard no matter the car, so don’t expect extra horsepower or improved performance.

Production is limited between 200 and 1,050 units, depending on the model. The WRX STI the rarest with only 200 examples, while the BRZ, Forester 2.0 XT Touring, Legacy 3.6R Limited, and Outback 3.6R Limited will be produced in 250 units. Other Forester, Legacy and Outback variants will be made in 800 units each, while the Crosstrek will get 1,050 examples.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
BRZ Limited 250 $29,940 $30,800
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955
Forester 2.5i Touring
2.0 XT Touring
800
250
$33,390
$36,390
$34,305
$37,305
Impreza 2.0i Limited (4dr)
2.0i Limited (5dr)
500
550
$28,340
$28,840
$29,200
$29,700
Legacy 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$31,490
$33,840
$32,350
$34,700
Outback 2.5i Limited
3.6R Limited
800
250
$35,080
$37,280
$35,995
$38,195
WRX
WRX STI
Limited
Limited
600
200
$35,495
$41,195
$36,355
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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Promises New Viziv Performance STI For 2018 Tokyo Auto Saloon!

While we’re just a few short days away from the official sheet pull at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Subaru is teasing us with a few shots of its upcoming Viziv Performance STI, giving us a sneak peek at what the six-star brand might have planned for the upcoming WRX STI. Boy racers and vape enthusiasts, take note – this is your new icon.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“It should be said right off the bat that Subaru has a history of releasing some seriously desirable concepts that never actually make to the production stage, so temper your lust accordingly.”

For those of you who may be unaware, the Tokyo Auto Salon is an annual car show centered on the latest and greatest performance parts, aesthetic enhancement pieces, and tech bits from the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing together tuners and aftermarket suppliers to show off their various wares to eager crowds of enthusiasts. The big makes also take advantage of the show to bring their customization and sport-oriented products directly to their target audience, hence the be-winged concept you see here.

Subaru frames this new Viziv concept as the embodiment of its “vision for the future of making cars that deliver enjoyment and peace of mind to its customers.”

For now, we’re limited to a pair of shadowy teaser image and no specs, but so far, we like what we see.

Of course, it should be said right off the bat that Subaru has a history of releasing some seriously desirable concepts that never actually make to the production stage, so temper your lust accordingly.

Now that you’ve been properly warned, this concept looks to be a sneak peek of the next-generation Subaru WRX STI. It’s a continuation of the Viziv Performance Concept that showed at the Tokyo Auto Show in October of last year, which appropriately previewed the base model WRX, and thus this latest
appears to be upgraded for additional go-faster duties courtesy of the Subaru Tecnica International, Suby’s official in-house motorsport-focused skunk works division.


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“The first image shows a chunky, geometric front end with plenty of pink undertones (STI's go-to color).”

The first image shows a chunky, geometric front end with plenty of pink undertones (STI’s go-to color). There are mean-looking C-shaped headlights, a centrally divided six-sided front intake, an extended front splitter, pronounced side skirts, and hugely flared fenders front and back, as well as small ancillary wings just above the front rims. The fascia also throws in a pink grid for the lower intakes, and we’re pretty sure there’s a sizable hood scoop lurking under that shadow.

Large wheels fill the fenders, while the side-view mirrors are pretty much non-existent, looking more like canards than actual usable mirrors. That means they are most likely used for rear-facing cameras to enhance the car’s aero. Of course, the WRX has never really been known as the most aero-friendly model, offering the same efficiency as a thrown brick, but every little bit helps.

The model should also keep its traditional four-door body style, and even though there are no actual door handles, there’s a very subtle line drawn down the rear fender, suggesting this concept is indeed still a sedan. Pop the door, and part of the fender will open with it.


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“Moving back to the topic of aero, the second image shows the STI's requisite boy racer rear wing, more pink trim, and the STI logo in big stylized letters. Because of course it does.”

Moving back to the topic of aero, the second image shows the STI’s requisite boy racer rear wing, more pink trim, and the STI logo splayed out in big stylized letters on the end cap. There’s also interconnected taillights that will undoubtedly offer additional visual width to the vehicle, set with a black mesh overlay that’s reminiscent of the insert you get in the nose. We’re also likely to see a quad-tipped exhaust system in back.

Compared to the old Viziv concept, the newer STI version is definitely bigger, bolder, and more aggressive, most likely arriving with a wider stance and extra details throughout. Look for more in-your-face aero, deeper intakes, more logos, and the like.

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Note: previous Viziv Performance Concept pictured on the left, latest Viziv Performance STI concept pictured on the right.

So far, the interior of the concept is a mystery, but if we do get something, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a large touchscreen and heavily bolstered sport seats. However, it’s quite likely Subaru will keep the design study relegated to just the exterior styling.

There’s no details on the oily bits either, but hopefully that will change when the model debuts in Tokyo. Of course, we can assume symmetrical AWD for grip and a turbocharged flat-four engine for motivation.

All told, fans are chomping at the bit for more info on the next-gen WRX and WRX STI. Rumors continue to swirl, with some of the latest contending Subaru could add a hybrid powertrain to the mix. We’d also expect the new WRX and WRX STI to use the latest Global Platform underpinnings from the updated fifth-generation Impreza that dropped cover at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

In the power department, we expect the new STI to offer well over 300 ponies, with 350 feeling about right for a next-generation model. Rumors point to the 2020 model year as the most likely release date for the updated performance machine.

As a reference, the Subaru WRX STI will take on competitors like the Civic Type R, Ford Focus RS, and Volkswagen Golf R.

Look for complete details on the fresh Viziv Performance STI concept when it drops at the Tokyo Auto Saloon later this week.

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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Jeremy Clarkson Tries His Hand at Gymkhana: Video

Jeremy Clarkson is good at many things. He’s good at talking about cars. He’s good at driving some of them. And he’s good at pissing a lot of people of. He also claims to be good at drifting, something he showed in the last episode of The Grand Tour when he decided to have a go at recreating Ken Block’s famous Gymkhana stunt videos.

Of course, this is Jeremy Clarkson we’re talking about. A lot of his bombastic claims should be taken with a grain of salt. His stunt video, called “Farmkhana: Ultimate_Country_Playground,” is a perfect example of that. Watch it on a surface level, and you might even be convinced that Clarkson’s run across the playground is legitimate. He even makes faces while performing those intense burnouts. But take the time to study the video. Look at it closer, and you’ll start noticing how carefully edited it is. The shots from inside the Subaru STI show him mostly stationary — the face-making served as good distraction — while the shots of his feet slamming the pedals are far from conclusive since we don’t know if it’s actually doing it.

I will admit that Clarkson does know how to do a proper drift. He’s done it in front of a camera many times. But he’s nowhere near Block’s level when it comes to this kind of horse-playing. The latter is on another level. Fortunately, Clarkson and the show are in on the joke too when they released a short “Behind-The-Scenes” video of the stunt. It turns out; there was a lot of editing and failed stunts involved in the making of Farmkhana, including one scene where Clarkson failed to drift into a sheep pen, hitting and destroying its wooden enclosures every time.




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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Announces Pricing for WRX STI Type RA and BRZ TS

Those of you who have been waiting with baited breath to hear the price figures of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA and the BRZ tS can all breathe a sigh of relief now. The Japanese automaker has officially gone public with the pricing of the two new models, and in a stroke of good fortune, they’re not as expensive as we thought. The track-focused WRX STI Type RA, for example, will cost $49,855 with delivery. Meanwhile, the Subaru BRZ tS will carry a price tag of $34,355. They’re pricier than their standard models, but that’s to be expected for two models that are limited to just 500 units apiece.


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“For comparison’s sake, the base STI carries a price of $36,995 while the base BRZ hits us in the wallet to the tune of $26,315”

For comparison’s sake, the base STI carries a price of $36,995 while the base BRZ hits us in the wallet to the tune of $26,315. Do a little math and you’re looking at an extra $12,800 for the WRX STI Type RA and $8,020 more in added cost for the BRZ tS. That’s the bad news. The good news is it could’ve been more so we’ll take these small victories when we get them.

Now that we know how much these two limited edition track-focused models cost, it’s time to see what kind of cars we’re actually getting if we decide to buy one of them. Let’s first look at the Subaru WRX STI Type RA. The most important aspect of this limited edition STI is the power bump, which goes up to 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque from a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine. That was achieved with the addition of a new cold air intake, a high-flow performance exhaust, stronger pistons, and a tuned ECU. In addition, the WRX STI Type RA also gets a carbon fiber roof and wing, inverted front struts, a short-throw shifter with a revised third gear, improved stability control, and a new set of 19-inch BBS wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tires, among others. Cosmetic upgrades on the sedan include red and black cosmetic accents and a Type RA badge on the trunk.


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“The WRX STI Type RA also gets a carbon fiber roof and wing, inverted front struts, a short-throw shifter with a revised third gear, improved stability control, and a new set of 19-inch BBS wheels”

Now let’s move on to the Subaru BRZ tS. It’s a similar story here as the main highlights of the special edition BRZ revolve around mechanical improvements made to the car. It still carries the same amount of power as the standard BRZ — 206 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque —
but it also gets a manually adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a black body kit, STI-tuned Sachs dampers and coil springs, a V-brace in the engine bay, a stiffer chassis, and a set of 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.

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