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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Teases Viziv Adrenaline Concept Bound for Geneva

Subaru will add another study to its Viziv line of concepts that it’s been parading at motor shows over the past half-decade. This latest one, the seventh in the series, is called Subaru Viziv Adrenaline, and it’s set to make its debut next month, at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy

First arriving on the scene in 1989, the Legacy nameplate has served as Subaru’s flagship sedan for six full generations. Now there’s a new seventh-generation arriving for the 2020 model year, and it’s framed as “the most advanced Legacy in the model’s 30-year history.” Sporting a revised exterior, oodles of new technology and luxury features in the cabin, as well as a new platform and a new turbocharged engine option, the Legacy is feeling fresher than ever. But with segment competition tightening, does the Legacy have what it takes?

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy – The Rare Case Where Bland Is Good

If you a regular follower of this motoring journal, you know that are a few things we hate more than bland and boring cars. We think they are an abomination, up there with costume parties and superheroes. But we have to admit, sometime we tend to overgeneralize when we use inflict a car with those ghastly terms. You see, the truth is we only hate bland cars that are also rubbish at being bland. Yes, there is an art to that. There is a way you can get a great bland car. Just look at the Subaru Legacy. 

Now, you may ask why would anyone want a bland car in the first place? The answer is simple. Sometimes you just want to blend in. Sometimes it is actually cooler to turn up somewhere in an invisible car than in something people notice. School run is one example, and funerals is another, which amount to the same thing. In any case, some situations call for a bland car. What’s more, if we car guys are brutally honest with each other, we would admit that outside of our own circle being marked as a car guy is not the coolest thing in the world. There have been occasions where we wished our car didn’t set us apart as someone “who likes cars.” Like it or not, that phrase has certain stereotypes attached to it.

That brings us to the Subaru Legacy. Now, this is a car you can forget about owning, and that is just perfect . It it perfect because a day-to-day runabout should not stand out. It should not occupy a space in your consciousness as you go about your daily business. It must be like a comfy pair of slippers: an extension of your limbs. And that is what the Legacy does brilliantly. This car, especially in white, is like a pair of jeans. It works everywhere, it’s comfortable, it’s supportive, and it’s practical. Of course, there are many bland cars that have these very characteristics. But not may of them offer a package as well-rounded as that of the old Subi.

For one thing, the Legacy is a Subaru which is a brand famous for its bulletproof reliability. So it’s not going to bother you for years with – another reason it’s forgettable, but in a good way. Also, the Legacy is quite good-looking in its latest iteration, at least for a bland car. So if someone does notice it, or if you catch a glimpse of yourself in a shop window or something, you are not going to be embarrassed. This new 2020 model you see here has something of the Impreza about it, which is nice. Then we have the features and the technical specs, both of which are at least a head and shoulders above the competition, even though the price tag for this model is usually much lower.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy boasts a 260-horsepower 2.4-liter in the XT model, and a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter in others. It also comes with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as well as available tablet-style high-definition 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK multimedia screen, DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, as well as all the other bells and whistles you are used to in this segment. This car is like a notorious soup that also happens to be somewhat tasty. It’s good for you, you consume a lot of it, and you will like it, even though in the back of your mind you are thinking about a big juicy steak.

 

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PostHeaderIcon Old versus New: How different is the 2020 Subaru Legacy to its predecessor?

Subaru has revealed an all-new seventh-generation 2020 Legacy sedan at the2019 Chicago auto show, but right off the bat it was criticized for playing it too safe with its design and styling. Some even say it looks nearly identical to the vehicle it’s meant to replace and while that is an overstatement, you really have to look at the fine details to be able to tell them apart.

And that’s what we’re going to do here, put the two models side by side and dissect their differences so that you don’t have to. Besides, Subaru has been doing this whole conservative, evolutionary design approach for most of the last decade now, but if you remember crazy cars like the SVX coupe from the company’s past (as well as the current BRZ), you know it wasn’t always so restrained.

In the press release that accompanied the reveal of the new model, Subaru mentioned it rides on the company’s new Subaru Global Platform it introduced in 2017, its new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer with 260 horsepower, improved interior with extra tech and last but not least the car’s “bold design” that follows a “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy. But let’s see the two cars side by side first, then start judging them.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Subaru Legacy is Upon Us – Will It Get Any Love at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show?

Subaru announced that it will be unveiling the 2020 Subaru Legacy at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The announcement comes just a couple of days before the car’s official launch and it comes along with two teasers that showcase the exterior and the interior. To be honest, we weren’t very excited until the company decided to drop those two teasers, and now, we cannot wait to check this beauty out.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Teases 2020 Legacy Interior Before Chicago Debut

The current sixth-generation Subaru Legacy dropped at the Chicago Auto Show back in 2014, and this year, the four-door is poised for a substantial update in The Windy City. To help build up some hype prior to the big sheet pull next week, Subaru just released a shadowy teaser image of the new Legacy’s interior.

PostHeaderIcon Engineering Explained: How Subaru Made the S209 Engine That Much Better

Import fans with a fondness for rally-bred speed got quite the treat this week, as Subaru revealed its fastest, best handling, hardest braking STI ever – the S209. This thing is purpose-built from the factory for maximum performance thrills and comes with a long list of upgrades that includes new stuff in the power department. Engineering Explained goes under the hood scoop to figure out exactly what makes this boxer rumble.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Brings Back Legendary Blue-and-Gold Livery but You Won’t See It in WRC

The last time Subaru shone brightly in the World Rally Championship, a scarcely-believable 16 years ago to be precise, Petter Solberg drove a blob-eye Impreza covered in blue and the golden logo of the company to take the world championship home to Norway. Now, those colors are back, but only to Rally America and various Rallycross events that Subaru competes in.

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally happening: Subaru of America announced that the works racing outfit, Subaru Motorsports will compete in 2019 proudly displaying the classic Subaru World Rally Team colors. The design has been tweaked to keep up with the changes that occurred to the Subaru badge itself but, otherwise, it’s the same livery that was rocked by the GC and GD Imprezas of old.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 Is the Tuner Special We’ve All Been Waiting For

The Detroit Auto Show is in full swing, but looking at the headlines, you’d think we were covering something like the Tokyo Auto Salon. That’s because Motor City is playing host to several major debuts from the Land of the Rising Sun, including the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209. This is the first S model to head to the U.S., and it promises to be the most powerful, best braking, and best handling STI model that Subaru has ever produced. What’s more, it’s up against the 2019 Toyota Supra for supreme Japanese-performance fanfare, but honestly, the Six Stars seem to outshine the Toyota whopper this time around.

PostHeaderIcon The Subaru Impreza STI and Forester STI e-Boxer Concepts Coming To Tokyo are Crazy Sexy

Automakers are gearing up for the Tokyo Auto Show, and it’s already proving to be a show of conceptual goodness. Outside of Mitsubishi’s interesting concepts Subaru will be in attendance with two pretty awesome concepts – the Forester STI e-Boxer and the Impreza STI. Both come wearing a beautiful helping of STI design to go with, most likely, limited performance. Here’s what we know about them so far.

PostHeaderIcon Ex-McRae Impreza stars in Girardo & Co’s Christmas Video

We’ve already seen a number of videos this holiday season where companies show off their most outrageous Christmas tree carriers. GIrardo & Co., a company that specializes in the sale of rare vintage and modern machinery, tried their hand at this kind of video too. Their vehicle of choice? A 1997 WRC-spec Subaru Impreza formerly driven by the late Colin McRae.

Colin McRae was the only driver part of the Subaru World Rally Team that drove in each of the 14 rounds of the 1997 season. He won five rallies that year, including all of the last three, but ultimately fell short of winning the title, gathering 62 points to Tommi Makinen’s tally of… 63 points. The Impreza you see here is the car he piloted in the grueling Safari Rally which he and Nicky Grist won ahead of Richard Burns and six-time Kenyan Rally Championship winner Ian Duncan.

PostHeaderIcon Here’s Your First Look at the 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 that Will Debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Subaru just confirmed plans to launch a new S version of the WRX STI in 2019. Not surprisingly, it will be called the S209, but the really big news is that it will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show on January 14, 2019. Yes, it will be the first S series WRX to be sold in the United States.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru Has a Big Surprise Planned For the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

While there’s certainly no shortage of aftermarket kits out there to make your Six Star sedan a rally-inspired performance hero, none of ‘em feel quite like a limited edition run from the factory. Unfortunately, those of us residing stateside have had limited access to such machines, but now, it’s looking like that might change with a new debut at the2019 Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks.

PostHeaderIcon Watch This Compilation of Subarus Getting Stuff Unstuck From Snow: Video

Like some kind of weird reverse hibernation, Subaru drivers wake up the moment a single snowflake falls from the sky. Winter time is the right time for the Six-Star badge to come out and shine because when the traction drops, the fun can begin. So hit play and watch as these Scooby’s get to play hero.

PostHeaderIcon Video Reviews for the 2019 Subaru Forester are Finally In and You Need to See Them

You may not be able to instantly tell by looking at it, but the 2019 Subaru Forester is an all-new vehicle riding on a new platform. Subaru has opted to keep it looking familiar so as not to upset the excellent image it’s created for it, but at the same time, its capabilities have been expanded in all directions.

PostHeaderIcon Watch This Subaru WRX With a Six-Speed, AWD, and Four-Cylinder Break Into The 7’s: Video

Here’s an Impreza that can complete a quarter-mile run in 7 seconds. It’s not the first Impreza to break into the 7-second territory, but it’s the first to do so with a 6-speed manual transmission. Now you’ll understand why they call it the ’White Bullet.’

Can you imagine shifting your way through a manual 6-speed transmission in order to complete a quarter-mile run in 7.96 seconds? It’s hard, especially when you have to contain the might of a +1,000 horsepower AWD Impreza at the same time. But it isn’t impossible as the guys from White Bullet Racing have proved at Maryland International Raceway during the World Cup Finals recently.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

PostHeaderIcon Team O’Neil Rally School Explains Heel Toe and Clutchless Shifting: Video

In the never-ending quest to be a better driver, there’s a few techniques and terms you’ll run into time and again. Heel-toe and clutchless shifting are two very common examples, offering a way to execute buttery-smooth gear changes that won’t upset the drivetrain or the car’s balance at speed, both of which are critical when driving at the limit.

Luckily, there’s the Team O’Neil Rally School, which not only offers hands-on experience with in-depth driving classes at its facility in New Hampshire, but also these helpful videos to give you a basic understanding of what these techniques entail and why they’re important.

First up is heel toe, which is a way to efficiently downshift under braking without upsetting the car’s balance. Essentially, heel toe involves putting the clutch in with your left foot and braking with your right, then moving the shifter to neutral. From there, you use the side of your foot (or “heel”) to “blip” the throttle, bringing up the engine rpms to match those of the rest of the drivetrain and wheels. Properly executed, the shifter should slide into the lower gear with ease, and when you let out the clutch, there should be no jerking in the drivetrain, giving you a smooth downshift under braking. The throttle blips also sound pretty cool.

Next up is clutchless shifting, which is all about feeling out where the engine and drivetrain match up in terms of rpm, then sliding the transmission into gear at just the right moment. This is a good technique to use if you have some kind of clutch failure, or for you simply don’t want to mess about with trick heel toe shifting, but be warned, it can be pretty hard on your transmission if improperly executed.

Finally, it goes without saying that if you want to try these techniques for yourself, make sure to do them in a safe environment!

PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attack Special Drops the Hammer at The Transfăgărășan Pass

The Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attackcar has been shredding records left and right since it burst into the scene and lit the Nurburgring up on its way to becoming the fastest four-door sedan to ever lap the Green Hell. Now, the one-off creation is at it again with a new record in its cap after laying the smack down on Romania’s iconic and super dangerous Transfăgărășan Pass. Three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins and co-driver Darren Garrod piloted the WRX STI Type RA Time Attack to its latest record-setting feat, completing the Pass in 40 minutes and 58.8 seconds.

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