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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

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition

The Subaru Outback isn’t making many headlines today, especially when compared to other wagons on the market, but it’s getting pretty good reviews. Sure, it’s not as fancy as the Volvo V90 Cross Country or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, but it offers a spacious cabin, solid off-road ability, and a decent equipment package. And it’s more affordable than the aforementioned models too. Introduced in 2014, the latest model is still pretty fresh, but Subaru is giving it the limited-edition treatment for 2018 with the 50th Anniversary Edition.

No, the Outback nameplate isn’t 50 years old yet. It’s barely on its way to its 25th anniversary. Of all the existing model, the Legacy is the oldest, and it dates back to 1989. This limited-edition model was actually launched to celebrate half a century since Subaru of America was established. The Outback is only one of seven vehicles to get this treatment, as the celebrations include all nameplates offered in the U.S. (sans the upcoming Ascent). What does it have to offer on top of the regular model? Let’s find out below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition.

What makes the Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition special?

  • Heritage Blue paint
  • Satin chrome trim
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Unique wheel design
  • Black upholstery with silver stitching
  • Silver seatbelts
  • Special logos on seats and floor mats
  • Extra standard features
  • Standard drivetrains

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“On the outside, the Outback sports a brand-new, light blue color that's called Heritage Blue”

While it has a couple of features to set it apart from the regular Outback, this crossover shares most of its special features with the rest of the 50th Anniversary Edition lineup. So it’s far from unique. On the outside, the Outback sports a brand-new, light blue color that’s called Heritage Blue. The new hue is complemented by satin chrome trim for the windows, matching badges, and similar mirror caps. Subaru did add a set of exclusive wheels, but that’s it. All the other features remain unchanged.

Inside the cabin, there’s black upholstery highlighted by silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and “50th Anniversary” logos on embroidered on the front seat headrests and the carpeted floor mats. Standard features vary depending on trim, as this limited-edition model can be had in either 2.5i Limited or 3.6R Limited guise. For instance, both get standard power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and woodgrain-patterned, matte-finish accent trim.


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“Pricing for each model is set at $35,080 and $37,280, respectively.”

Engine options are standard. Go with the 2.5i Limited, and you get the 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. If you need more oomph, the 3.6-liter six-cylinder cranks out 256 horses and 247 pound-feet of twist.

Pricing for each model is set at $35,080 and $37,280, respectively. That’s only a tad higher than the models they are based on. But unlike the regular model, production is limited to only 800 units for the 2.5i Limited and 250 examples for the 3.6R Limited.

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PostHeaderIcon Check Out This Old Subaru Dealership With a Bunch of Classic 0-Mile Scobbies Wasting Away

Back in the 90’s, you could walk into a Subaru dealership and find a good collection of promising models. The Impreza was still an early model back then. The Justy 4WD hatchback was still around. You could even find a few key trucks and vans tucked away in one corner. If you’re lucky, you might even chance upon a Subaru XT, the wedge-shaped, turbocharged 4WD coupe that Subaru was championing as its resident Sportster. The video above gives you a good idea of what a 90’s Subaru dealership would look like, right down to the cars sitting idle, waiting for a customer to arrive and take them home with him. Unfortunately, this video was shot this year, and that Subaru dealership has actually been abandoned for quite some time.


The video comes courtesy of Cars Addiction, and it’s eery and sobering at the same time. It’s located in Malta, which probably explains why there wasn’t much interest in Subarus back then. Still, finding a couple of abandoned early Imprezas sitting still for 20 years with zero miles on them is jarring.

And don’t even get me started on the XT. To be fair, it was never meant to be a hot-selling model, but it has become something of a grail among Subaru collectors, the lot of whom are probably weeping as we speak at the sight of the abandoned XT in this dealership. See those liveries on the side that advertise its turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive capabilities? Bless those hearts that are bleeding now.

A deeper dive into the history of this specific dealership revealed that the store itself went out of business in the mid-90’s when a competing dealership opened shop on the small Mediterranean island. According to Cars Addiction, the man who owned the dealership refused to sell the cars to anyone, opting instead to maintain them, which he did until a few years ago. That probably explains why those potted plants still look fresh too.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition

Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the current-generation Subaru Impreza received a significant makeover inside and out compared to the previous model, but old engine was carried over with mild revisions. Despite not being that much more powerful, the sedan gets a lot of praise for its comfortable and roomy cabin, the standard all-wheel-drive system, and the available safety features. For 2018, the Impreza continues without any changes — which isn’t surprising given that it’s still relatively new — but Subaru is offering a limited-edition, 50th Anniversary package.

The bundle is part of Subaru’s celebration of its 50th anniversary in the United States. Established in 1953, the Japanese firm crossed the pond to the U.S. in 1968, when Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm founded Subaru of America in Philadelphia and began selling the tiny 360 model. This limited-edition Impreza is part of a larger scale 50th Anniversary offensive that includes the entire U.S. lineup, minus the yet-to-be-available Ascent. Yes, you can have the package on the Legacy, Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, BRZ, and WRX too, but we’re going to focus on the Impreza in this article.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition.

What makes the Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition special?

  • Heritage Blue exterior
  • Satin chrome trim
  • Special badges
  • Unique wheels
  • Black interior
  • Silver stitching
  • Anniversary logos
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Standard AWD

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“The Impreza also gets satin chrome mirror caps, a feature that's not available on some models included in this run”

Just like the rest of this anniversary lineup, the Impreza comes wrapped in an exclusive color. It’s called Heritage Blue and its similar to the brighter blue seen on the World Rally Championship cars and the WRX models. The hue is available for the 50th Anniversary model only, so you won’t be able to order it with any of the regular cars and SUVs. At least not for a while. Subaru also replaced the usual chrome trim on the windows and badges with a satin finish and added unique alloy wheels with a five-spoke design. The Impreza also gets satin chrome mirror caps, a feature that’s not available on the BRZ, WRX, and STI models included in this run.

The upholstery inside the cabin is all-black, which isn’t very exciting, but at least it has silver stitching and silver seatbelts. New “50th Anniversary” logos are embroidered on the front seats and the carpeted floor mats for a more exclusive look. Each commemorative model is based on a high-level trim, so they come with extra features compared to the base model. The Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the range-topping 2.0i Limited model, so it gets all the fancy features. Extra standard equipment inside the cabin includes a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, paddle shifters for the CTV gearbox, folding rear seat armrest with dual cupholders, and automatic climate control, among others.


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“The 50th Anniversary Edition is available for both sedan and hatchback versions of the Impreza”

Power is provided by the same 2.0-liter boxer-four engine available across the entire Impreza lineup. Output is rated at 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, and travels to the wheels through a Lineartronic CTV transmission and the company’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is available for both sedan and hatchback versions of the Impreza. The four-door costs $28,340 before taxes and delivery, a $4,145 premium over the base 2.0i Limited trim it is based on. The gap is similar between the hatchback models, with the 50th Anniversary Edition five-door priced from $28,840. The sedan is limited to 500 units, while the hatchback is limited to 550 examples.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Subaru Ascent Priced from $31,995 in America

The highly anticipated 2019 Subaru Ascent full-size SUV is gearing up for launch into the U.S. market, and it has just received its official price tag. The Ascent comes in four trim levels, the cheapest of which will set you back $31,995, and the most expensive $44,695.

As the biggest Subaru ever built, the new Ascent is the most family oriented model, and as far those go one of the most capable. Boasting an strengthened and extended version of the Subaru Global Platform, a potent 2.4-liter BOXER engine developing 260 hp and 277 lb.ft.of torque, Lineartronic CVT transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the 2019 Subaru Ascent could be considered as the Range Rover of the economy class.

Space and its flexibility in the 2019 Subaru Ascent is one of the car’s biggest highlights. As mentioned you get three rows of seats, with bench or captain chairs on the second row, and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats. That means you can either carry up to 8 passengers, or a boatload of cargo. The family SUV is also extremely safe, coming as standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and new, available EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM). You connectivity needs are taken care of by SUBARU STARLINK and 4G WiFi.









2019 SUBARU ASCENT
Model/Trim Seating

 

Transmission Applicable Option Code MSRP MSRP + Destination & Delivery
Ascent 8-p CVT ‘01 $31,995 $32,970
Ascent Premium 8-p CVT 11

12

14

$34,195

$35,655

$38,455

$35,170

$36,630

$39,430

Ascent Premium 7-p CVT 12

14

$$$35,655

$38,455

$36,630

$39,430

Ascent Limited 8-p CVT 21, 23 $38,995 $39,970
Ascent Limited 7-p CVT 21, 23 $38,995 $39,970
Ascent Touring 7-p CVT 31 $44,695 $45,670

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Teases the Viziv Tourer Prior to its Debut at the Geneva Auto Show

Subaru’s Viziv concept game has been on point since the automaker introduced the first concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, we’ve seen crossovers, SUVs, hatchbacks, and even a virtual Vision GT concept all sport the Viziv moniker. All told, Subaru has released five Viziv concepts since 2013. As we prepare for the 2018 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, we’re going to see the sixth version in the form of the Viziv Tourer Concept.


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“We still don’t know a lot about the Viziv Concept Tourer, but generous as it is, Subaru released a teaser image of the show car, revealing a section of the rear”

If you’ve been following Subaru’s rollout of Viziv concepts in the past, you’ll notice a trend among them. Outside of the Vision Gran Turismo concept, the past few showers served as previews of the next-generation WRX and STI models. Now that the Viziv Concept Tourer is on its way, all signs point to the concept acting as a preview of a WRX estate, a model that Subaru is set to launch alongside the WRX sedan.

We still don’t know a lot about the Viziv Concept Tourer, but generous as it is, Subaru released a teaser image of the show car, revealing a section of the rear. The image itself doesn’t show much, but we can make out those C-shaped taillights pretty clearly. The prominent styling lines also peek out from the image and the rakish styling is evident by the endless amount of layers in the car’s design. There are no photos of the front end, but if form holds, don’t expect it to change dramatically from past Viziv concepts. If anything, it could be identical to what we’ve seen in the past, especially if Subaru pushes through with its plan of using the concept as a foretelling of a future production model. That’s been the trend with these Viziv concepts anyway. It’s unlikely that it’s going to change this time.

What we can tell at this point is that all future Subarus will sit on the automaker’s new Global Platform. That would include the production version of the Viziv Concept. Keep in mind too that Subaru has kept technical details of all previous Viziv concepts under wraps. Outside of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, technical details of all other Viziv show cars have been hard to come by. Don’t be surprised if we get a similar treatment with the Viziv Concept Tourer. It probably doesn’t matter if we’re getting production models anyway, but it would at least be helpful to know the numbers behind it.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Teases the Viziv Tourer Prior to its Debut at the Geneva Auto Show

Subaru’s Viziv concept game has been on point since the automaker introduced the first concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, we’ve seen crossovers, SUVs, hatchbacks, and even a virtual Vision GT concept all sport the Viziv moniker. All told, Subaru has released five Viziv concepts since 2013. As we prepare for the 2018 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, we’re going to see the sixth version in the form of the Viziv Tourer Concept.


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“We still don’t know a lot about the Viziv Concept Tourer, but generous as it is, Subaru released a teaser image of the show car, revealing a section of the rear”

If you’ve been following Subaru’s rollout of Viziv concepts in the past, you’ll notice a trend among them. Outside of the Vision Gran Turismo concept, the past few showers served as previews of the next-generation WRX and STI models. Now that the Viziv Concept Tourer is on its way, all signs point to the concept acting as a preview of a WRX estate, a model that Subaru is set to launch alongside the WRX sedan.

We still don’t know a lot about the Viziv Concept Tourer, but generous as it is, Subaru released a teaser image of the show car, revealing a section of the rear. The image itself doesn’t show much, but we can make out those C-shaped taillights pretty clearly. The prominent styling lines also peek out from the image and the rakish styling is evident by the endless amount of layers in the car’s design. There are no photos of the front end, but if form holds, don’t expect it to change dramatically from past Viziv concepts. If anything, it could be identical to what we’ve seen in the past, especially if Subaru pushes through with its plan of using the concept as a foretelling of a future production model. That’s been the trend with these Viziv concepts anyway. It’s unlikely that it’s going to change this time.

What we can tell at this point is that all future Subarus will sit on the automaker’s new Global Platform. That would include the production version of the Viziv Concept. Keep in mind too that Subaru has kept technical details of all previous Viziv concepts under wraps. Outside of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept, technical details of all other Viziv show cars have been hard to come by. Don’t be surprised if we get a similar treatment with the Viziv Concept Tourer. It probably doesn’t matter if we’re getting production models anyway, but it would at least be helpful to know the numbers behind it.

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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.

Continue reading for the full story.

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?

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Celebrates 50 Years In The U.S. Market With Special Editions, But We’re Digging This 360 Instead

This year at the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru made its presence known with a long line of special edition models. There’s eight of them in total, encompassing almost every entry in Subaru’s stable, and each comes with special paint, satin chrome trim, and new aluminum wheels. All told, we think it’s a rather half-hearted batch of upgrades. Still, there was one car at the Subaru booth that definitely caught our eye – this 1968 Subaru 360. Read on to find out why we like it so much.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The 360 was one of the first cars Subaru ever made. Nicknamed the “ladybug” in its native Japan, the 360 followed the old “kei” car tradition of small dimensions and low weight.”

The 360 was one of the first cars Subaru ever made, with production lasting between 1958 and 1971, which, all things considered, is a pretty impressive run. Nicknamed the “ladybug” in its native Japan, the 360 followed the old “kei” car tradition, and was part of the nation’s efforts towards widespread adoption of the automobile following the devastation of WWII.

The 360 is essentially a two-door microcar created specifically for the rigors of city travel, with a simplified design and tiny dimensions. And when we say tiny, we mean tiny – compared to a modern Smart Fortwo, the 360 is both narrower and shorter, plus its got a shorter wheelbase as well (the rounded body work makes it a bit longer overall, though).


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Exterior Dimension Comparison Subaru 360 Smart Fortwo
Width 1,300 mm (51.2 inches) 1,663 mm (65.5 inches)
Height 1,379 mm (54.3 inches) 1,555 mm (61.2 inches)
Length 2,990 mm (117.7 inches) 2,695 mm (106.1 inches)
Wheelbase 1,801 mm (70.9 inches) 1,873 mm (73.7 inches)

While the 360 was doing well at home, it took about a decade for it to make the journey across the Pacific. Taking responsibility for that was Malcolm Bricklin, who, in 1968, founded Subaru of America in Philadelphia. Bricklin was interested in selling the 360 to U.S. buyers, and after a bit of legal maneuvering, he finally struck a deal to import some 10,000 examples in the late ’60s. Advertised as “Cheap and Ugly,” the 360 was priced at a bargain-beating $1,297.


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“Advertised as “Cheap and Ugly,” the 360 was priced at a bargain-beating $1,297.”

The 360 name is a reference to the engine’s displacement, which is rated at a minuscule 356 cc, or 0.356 liters. The engine is mounted transversely in the rear, and uses air cooling and a two-stroke, inline 2-cylinder design. And because it was a two-stroke, owners were required to pre-mix the oil with the gasoline. As such, Subaru designed the fuel tank lid to act as a measuring cup to help owners find the right proportion of gas to oil. How frickin’ quirky is that?! Thankfully, by 1964, the “Subarumatic” auto-mixing system was introduced to make operation of the 360 a bit more convenient.

Per Japan’s weight regulations regarding kei cars, the 360 tips the scales at just 900 pounds. It uses a monocoque construction, rather than a unibody, as well as a fiberglass roof panel, all of which helps to keep the pounds off. It also incorporates an independent swing axle rear suspension, another weight-saving measure.

Ingress and egress is accomplished by rear-hinged suicide doors. Once inside, passengers would find a layout befitting of the simplified theme, including split front bench seating and a full metal dash. Later models added padding to the dash, as well as an open glove box, pop-out rear quarter windows, and map pockets. Subaru also added controls on the floor for the choke, the heater, and the fuel cut-off.


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“With the three-speed transmission routing the two-cylinder's maximum output of 16 horsepower, the 360 could reach a top speed of 60 mph in a little under 40 seconds.”

The two-cylinder engine connected to a three-speed manual transmission to feed the rear axle, although later models were offered with a four-speed manual and a three-speed “Autoclutch” that replaced the third pedal with a self-operating electromagnet unit. With the three-speed transmission routing the two-cylinder’s maximum output of 16 horsepower, the 360 could reach a top speed of 60 mph in a little under 40 seconds. Subaru claimed fuel returns of 66 mpg, but independent outlets saw numbers around 30 mpg.

By the end of its production run, the 360 enjoyed incremental increases to output, peaking at 25 horsepower. There was also a twin-carbureted engine option offering up a whopping 36 horsepower, which meant the plucky little 356 cc powerplant was making an impressive 100 horsepower per liter.

In addition to the two-door hardtop body style, Subaru also offered the 360 as a wagon, a.k.a. the Custom, and a convertible, with the latter being essentially a coupe with a rolling fabric roof. Subaru even offered a pair of sport models dubbed the Young S and Young SS. The Young S came with a four-speed transmission, bucket seats, a tachometer, and a black roof with a white stripe, plus a roof crease to mount your surfboard. Finally, the Young SS offered up that previously mentioned 36-horsepower engine option.


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“The extremely low curb weight meant the 360 was exempt from U.S. safety regulations, and during crash tests, it provided about the same level of protection as a coffee can.”

While the Subaru 360 was similar to the VW Beetle in a variety of ways, it was also smaller and less powerful. As a result, it was less popular in the U.S. The extremely low curb weight also meant it was exempt from U.S. safety regulations, and during crash tests, it provided about the same level of protection as a coffee can. To compound the issue, Consumer Reports noted that the suicide doors would occasionally open when traveling at speed due to the wind. As you might imagine, sales weren’t great after these issues came to light.

Nevertheless, the 360 was a huge success in Japan, with production reaching an impressive 392,000 units over the course of its 13-year production run. These days, the 360 remains a popular oddity among collectors, and despite all its faults (or maybe because of them), we think it’s awesome.

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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 Celebrates 50 Years in the U.S. with Lame Limited-Edition BRZ; Still no Turbo

Subaru has taken the 2018 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than eight limited-edition models, all built to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary on the U.S. market. All but the new Ascent crossover gained this special package, but the upgrades are far from spectacular. With just a few extra features, an exclusive paint, and new wheels, the 50th Anniversary models are just as common as any other limited-edition vehicles we’ve seen from Subaru at other small auto shows around the world. And the fact that the BRZ was included in this run makes things even more disappointing.


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“Around for six years now, the Subaru BRZ — along its Toyota-badged 86 sibling — has received very few updates up until now”

Around for six years now, the Subaru BRZ — along its Toyota-badged 86 sibling — has received very few updates up until now. But while the lack of design upgrades is somewhat understandable until the next-generation model arrives, it’s very frustrating that Subaru chose to keep the engine unchanged for six full years. Sure, the 2016 “facelift” added five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque, but those figures are laughable and do nothing to improve performance. In 2017, Subaru launched the cool BRZ tS and BRZ STI Sport Edition, but the engine compartment was ignore once again.

The 50th Anniversary model is no different, although such an important event would have been perfect for the launch of the highly-anticipated turbo upgrade. As it turns out, Subaru doesn’t have such plans…


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“The fact that production is limited to only 250 units makes it somewhat appealing, but it's still a mundane BRZ with extra trim”

Granted, this new limited-edition model comes with a few interesting features, such as the exclusive Heritage Blue Paint, the silver accents inside the cabin, and the extra equipment of the Limited trim, but it’s nowhere near as special as it should be. The fact that production is limited to only 250 units makes it somewhat appealing, but it’s still a mundane BRZ with extra trim.

Oh well, maybe next time…

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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

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

References


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PostHeaderIcon Rally Wheels And Knobby Rubber Make For Quite The Off-Road Package

With its Impreza-based bones under the skin, standard symmetrical AWD system, copious rock-deflecting exterior trim, and sizable 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Subaru Crosstrek makes for a pretty decent choice when tackling the great outdoors. I mean, that’s kinda the whole point, right? Load up the capacious rear trunk with your lifestyle equipment of choice (mountain bike, camping gear, inflatable raft, etc.) then set out for the trail head. That’s all well and good, but whaddya need to take it even further? Well, a set of rally wheels and knobby rubber would certainly do the trick.

That’s exactly what the owner of this particular hatchback Scooby did, throwing on a set of what appears to be ten-spoke Method rally wheels wrapped in General Grabber all-terrain tires. It’s a pricey set-up, for sure, but we think it’s worth every penny. Not only that, but the combo looks fantastic on the Crosstrek, turning it from mall marauder to trail buster in an instant.

Thumbs up!

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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 ‘Tis The Season For Symmetrical AWD: Video

We just got a good amount of the white stuff up here in Northern California, which is well timed with the impending holiday season. But, as we all know, with the extra fluffy frozen water comes grip issues on the road, and that can be a problem if you’re on a deadline to deliver tons of toys to good little girls and boys all around the world. Luckily, it looks like Santa has the right stuff to make it there on time, as evidenced in the above commercial.

Rather than floating through the sky pulled by a herd of reindeer, we see Santa is actually powered by a Subaru Crosstrek, dashing through the snow thanks to high ground clearance and 152 horsepower laid down by a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine. And just in case that magical sack Santa uses to haul around all the goodies gets a little too full, the Crosstrek’s sizable rear cargo room should have the right stuff to bring the rest of it. All it needs now is a bright and shiny red grille on the nose…

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS Pricing Announced

Two of the hottest Subarus of all time, for being limited editions not particularly for their performance, will hit the market in spring of 2018. They are the Subaru WRX STI Type RA and Subaru BRZ tS, and the company has revealed how much you will have to pay to get one of these unique models of 500 copies each. 

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, which has a lot of street-cred now thanks to an impressive Nurburgring effort, is priced at $48,995 plus $860 for destination and delivery. Among the main highlights that set this baby apart from regular WRXs we have the carbon fiber roof panel,  spare tire delete, a carbon fiber pedestal wing and lightweight BBS 19-inch forged alloy wheels. Powering the Type RA is a 310 horsepower version of Subaru’s 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with revised gearing. The car also boasts Brembo brakes, and modified Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Driver Controlled Center Differential All-Wheel Drive.

As for the Subaru BRZ tS, while this new model still disappoints in terms of power, in that it still doesn’t get a boost for its 2.0 liter engine, there are some nice extras that justify the $33,495 price tag to some extent. The tS comes with STI-tuned front and rear SACHS dampers and coil springs as well as an STI flexible V-brace, 18 inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Brembo brakes, STI carbon fiber rear spoiler, front, rear and side underspoilers and exclusive colors, black leather and Alcantara upholster and  the latest generation SUBARU STARLINK 7.0″ Multimedia Navigation system as standard.

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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.

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Subaru Ascent 8-Seater SUV Officially Unveiled

We’ve been hearing a lot about this car, and finally last night at the Los Angeles Auto show we got to see it i production trim. The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is the Japanese company’s ticket to play in the large SUV segment. And they are coming out guns blazing. 

The Ascent comes with a number of features you don’t find in too many cars in this class. You can have this SUV in 7- or 8-seater configurations, and that alone puts it in a special club. Then you have the 260 horsepower BOXER engine combined with Subaru’s legendary rally-bred all-wheel-drive running gear. That translates to versatility, performance and peace of mind. And of you have the legendary reliability and affordability of the brand. All of this is blended in the 2019 Subaru Ascent with the latest safety and connectivity technologies.

Designed to appeal to dynamic families with a lot of people and cargo to haul around, the Ascent features a 2.4-liter BOXER engine mated to Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Everyone inside will have a good time throughout the journey, what with the 19 standard cup and bottle holders, 8 USB charging ports, 4G LTE WiFi, and three- zone automatic climate control. They will be safe too, thanks to the size of the thing and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

2019 Subaru Ascent EyeSight package include Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM) which provides a heads-up display of the EyeSight system warnings as well as system status information on the windshield of the vehicle. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available. Steering Responsive Headlights are standard on Limited and Touring models.









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