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PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Nurburgring Lap: 6’57”

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR-1

Well, they did it. This time the weather played along and Subaru finally managed to tackle the Green Hell, the fearsome 12.8-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife race track, and accomplished what they had set out to do. In this attempt Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special managed to bang in a sub-seven minute lap, going around in 6:57.5.

While most of this remarkable achievement is due to the technical excellence of Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR, which is a Time Attack machine, one must not forget the skills and prowess of racing driver Richie Stanaway who piloted the car. This wasn’t done just for fun, either. The Nurburgring lap is supposed to create some good hype draw attention to the upcoming release of the production WRX STI Type RA and showcase the capabilities of the Subaru WRX STI’s standard all-wheel drive system in general.

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Built by ProDrive based on the 2017 WRX STI model, Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special comes with a modified 2.0-liter Subaru WRC-spec boxer motor and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It packs 600 horsepower and while they haven’t tested how fast it is flat out, at the ‘Ring the car hit 179 mph. Other highlights include WRC gearbox with an automatic clutch, modified with hydraulics for paddle-shift operation, special aero kit with DRS wing, and lightweight BBS 19-in. forged alloy wheels shod with 245/35R19 Yokohama Advan Sports tires.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans with Beefed-up WRX STi

Subaru has just set a new record on the Nurburgring using a special version of the WRX STi. While the Japanese firm didn’t break the all-time record, now held by the NextEV Nio EP9 electric supercar, it did set a new benchmark for four-door sedans. Specifically, the Prodrive-built WRX STi Type RA NBR Special completed the Nordschleife course in 6:57.5 minutes, smashing the previous record, set in 2017 by the Porsche Panamera Turbo, by almost 41 seconds. The beefed-up WRX STi was driven by Richie Stanaway, known for his 24 Hours of Le Mans stints with Aston Martin, and the benchmark was verified by Nurburgring officials.

While not a production model, the Type RA NBR Special is based on the stock sedan. The extra performance comes through weight reduction and suspension and engine upgrades, the latter in the form of a WRC-spec 2.0-liter boxer unit. The sedan also received a full roll cage for added strength and stiffness. Engine output is rated at “more than 600 horsepower,” and Subaru claims that the car reached a top speed of 179 mph at the ’Ring. The company also offers a limited-edition WRX STi Type RA model, but the production car uses a stock engine, with upgrades including a carbon-fiber roof, spare tire delete, carbon-fiber wing, and lightweight, 19-inch BBS rims wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sports tires. So technically speaking, the Type RA NBR Special doesn’t qualify as a production car record.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans with Beefed-up WRX STi

Subaru has just set a new record on the Nurburgring using a special version of the WRX STi. While the Japanese firm didn’t break the all-time record, now held by the NextEV Nio EP9 electric supercar, it did set a new benchmark for four-door sedans. Specifically, the Prodrive-built WRX STi Type RA NBR Special completed the Nordschleife course in 6:57.5 minutes, smashing the previous record, set in 2017 by the Porsche Panamera Turbo, by almost 41 seconds. The beefed-up WRX STi was driven by Richie Stanaway, known for his 24 Hours of Le Mans stints with Aston Martin, and the benchmark was verified by Nurburgring officials.

While not a production model, the Type RA NBR Special is based on the stock sedan. The extra performance comes through weight reduction and suspension and engine upgrades, the latter in the form of a WRC-spec 2.0-liter boxer unit. The sedan also received a full roll cage for added strength and stiffness. Engine output is rated at “more than 600 horsepower,” and Subaru claims that the car reached a top speed of 179 mph at the ’Ring. The company also offers a limited-edition WRX STi Type RA model, but the production car uses a stock engine, with upgrades including a carbon-fiber roof, spare tire delete, carbon-fiber wing, and lightweight, 19-inch BBS rims wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sports tires. So technically speaking, the Type RA NBR Special doesn’t qualify as a production car record.

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PostHeaderIcon Drive Takes A Look At Building High-Horsepower Subaru Engines: Video

Prior to the release of the FA, the mainstay for performance Subaru builds was the iconic EJ powerplant. First seeing an introduction in 1989 on the Subaru Legacy, the EJ has seen a variety of configurations and output levels, with both naturally aspirated and turbocharged applications utilized over the years. The most famous of the EJ’s are those that came mounted in the nose of Subaru’s much-loved rally machine, the WRX and WRX STI. For the past two decades, tuners have tweaked this flat box of power for ever-greater levels of performance, and modern builders are pushing some serious horsepower these days. One such builder is Vince “Built” Griffin from Prime Motoring, who gave our friends over at Drive the lowdown on what it takes to turn the EJ into a total beast in this 19-minute, 32-second video.

The video covers just about everything you need to know about building an EJ, including advantages of the platform, common problems and their solutions, intercooler selection, exhaust selection, common mistakes, block reinforcement, and a whole lot more. If you’re into tuning, or you’re simply a fan of the WRX, this video is sure to provide some interesting and valuable insight into what’s going on behind that classic boxer rumble.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Enthusiast Makes Intake Out Of Cardboard, Goes Faster: Video

Folks like us do some pretty silly things in the name of performance. Whether its justifying the purchase of a new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio as a “family car,” or breaking your back running coilovers on the daily driver for a few seconds per lap on the weekends, you wouldn’t be wrong for calling our perspective “skewed” at best. That said, where there’s a will, there’s a way, as evidenced by this intrepid young Subaru driver’s unorthodox approach to boosting horsepower. Documented in a short five-minute, 21-second video from our friends over at 1320 Video, the Subaru in question is a mostly stock early 2000’s Forester running flat out at the Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack event at the Colorado Springs Airport. In a bid to crest the 100-mph mark, the driver fabricated a new intake from a Pringles can and cereal box, plumbing it through the headlight for a budget-friendly ram air effect. The result is just enough extra power to reach three digits, making this driver our new hero.

Never mind the Mustangs and Vipers this kid is running against. We’re much more interested in the box-shaped, 15-year-old grocery getter chipping away for a personal record. This is real enthusiasm, people, and it’s infectious. Fingers crossed the owner continues to have fun for years to come.

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PostHeaderIcon Travis Pastrana Sets Mt. Washington Hill Climb Record

Travis Pastrana has accomplished a great many things in his illustrious motorsports career. He’s a motocross champion, an X-Games gold medalist, and a four-time Rally America champion. It’s fitting then that for a man who has accomplished a lot in his career, Pastrana added yet another feather to his cap by claiming the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hill Climb record in staggering fashion. With a specially-prepared Subaru WRX STI rally car acting as his stead, Pastrana sped up the 7.6-mile track in 5:44.72.

Pastrana’s record ascent to the summit of Mt. Washington didn’t just break the old record set by David Higgins in 2014. It shattered that 6:09.09 lap time by 24 seconds in one of the most incredible displays of hill climb rallying you’ll ever see. For his part, Higgins also competed in the event and was determined to eclipse his own mark. Unfortunately, his own attempt was derailed after his car went off the road, forcing him to abandon his lap time. It’s easy to feel Higgins’ disappointment in not only failing to finish the climb, but in seeing his record fall. Then again, it still took someone with the skill and experience of Pastrana to lay claim to the lap record of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hill Climb. It’s hard not to see Higgins return next year to try to reclaim his record. For now, though, it’s Pastrana who deserves the shine, as well he should considering his latest accomplishment.

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PostHeaderIcon The Highs and Lows of Subaru’s 2018 WRX STI

Subaru has given the WRX STI a mild refresh for 2018 – with a strong emphasis on mild. The press materials contain bullet points like, “optimized suspension, revised styling, and bigger brakes.” But how do these changes actually affect the car? Well, after spending a week with the latest STI, I’m separating the wheat from the chaff. Which of these updates should Subi fans be happy about and which don’t really matter?

I’ve already given a full account of these updates, along with my thoughts behind the wheel, in my Driven Review. But for the sake of time, here’s a quick run-down on what’s new for 2018. The front fascia is new, with a slightly larger lower grille and more pronounced faux air intakes to either side. The fog lights are gone, sadly, but Subaru added adaptive headlights that turn with the steering wheel. The main grille is new, too. Larger, 19-inch wheels are now standard, as are bigger Brembo brakes. Subaru updated the suspension for “better handling and ride comfort.” There’s also a new, fully electric center differential that’s said to more quickly distribute torque between the front and rear axles. Interior mods include a larger vehicle information screen in the center dash and better sound insulation for a quieter ride.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX STI – Driven

Those television commercials say Subarus are made from love. That’s only the case if we’re talking about the love of motorsports and rally racing. See, generations of Subarus, most notably the Impreza WRX and WRX STI models, have taken home World Rally Championship trophies from events around the world. Thankfully, Subaru injects this racing pedigree into the production version of its WRX models, making them some of the best performing, all-weather and terrain racing machines on the planet. And now for 2018, the WRX and WRX STI receive a slight cosmetic refresh paired with a handful of mechanical upgrades.

I recently spent a few days with a 2018 WRX STI Limited painted in that lovely WR Blue Pearl hue. At first glance, the acid-green brake calipers and tall rear wing command the eye’s attention. But looking deeper, you’ll see the front grille is ever so slightly more aggressive than before. A new set of 19-inch, Y-spoke wheels are new, as are those bright brake calipers and the larger rotors they squeeze. Things inside change little, too, through the small changes make big improvements in comfort. A larger information screen atop the dash has new graphics, the StarLink Infotainment system now measures 7.0 inches, the rear seat gets a folding center armrest with cup holders, the door panels have new grab handles, and road noise is hushed thanks to thicker side glass and added insulation. Mechanically, Subaru gave the STI a new fully electronic center differential that’s said to work faster than the previous mechanical and electrical DCCD. Sadly, Subaru chose not to completely rework the WRX STI onto the Impreza’s new-for-2017 chassis. Even the 2.5-liter Boxer engine remains untouched at 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. But does this dull the rally-inspired driving experience. Hardly. Keep reading to find out more.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX STI – Driven

Those television commercials say Subarus are made from love. That’s only the case if we’re talking about the love of motorsports and rally racing. See, generations of Subarus, most notably the Impreza WRX and WRX STI models, have taken home World Rally Championship trophies from events around the world. Thankfully, Subaru injects this racing pedigree into the production version of its WRX models, making them some of the best performing, all-weather and terrain racing machines on the planet. And now for 2018, the WRX and WRX STI receive a slight cosmetic refresh paired with a handful of mechanical upgrades.

I recently spent a few days with a 2018 WRX STI Limited painted in that lovely WR Blue Pearl hue. At first glance, the acid-green brake calipers and tall rear wing command the eye’s attention. But looking deeper, you’ll see the front grille is ever so slightly more aggressive than before. A new set of 19-inch, Y-spoke wheels are new, as are those bright brake calipers and the larger rotors they squeeze. Things inside change little, too, through the small changes make big improvements in comfort. A larger information screen atop the dash has new graphics, the StarLink Infotainment system now measures 7.0 inches, the rear seat gets a folding center armrest with cup holders, the door panels have new grab handles, and road noise is hushed thanks to thicker side glass and added insulation. Mechanically, Subaru gave the STI a new fully electronic center differential that’s said to work faster than the previous mechanical and electrical DCCD. Sadly, Subaru chose not to completely rework the WRX STI onto the Impreza’s new-for-2017 chassis. Even the 2.5-liter Boxer engine remains untouched at 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. But does this dull the rally-inspired driving experience. Hardly. Keep reading to find out more.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy

Introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the sixth-generation Subaru Legacy received its mid-cycle facelift exactly three years later, at the same event. Redesigned inside and out, the current Legacy carried over with the same four- and six-cylinder boxer engines, but gained a host of new technologies and active safety features. The facelift leaves a rather soft print on the midsize sedan styling-wise, with the most significant upgrades having been operated in the technology department. The sedan now features better materials, smartphone integration, and new apps, among other features. The revised Legacy arrived just as Subaru of America posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales.

Although Subaru isn’t the kind of automaker you’d expect to challenge giants like Toyota, Volkswagen, or General Motors, the Japanese firm is definitely on a roll that will lead to biggest investments in brand-new cars in the future. The Legacy is still some three years away from a complete redesign, but needless to say, the four-door is still up for a good battle in this crowded segment. Sure, with the brand-new Camry almost in showrooms and the current Accord setting new benchmarks in the midsize market, the Legacy could use a fresh look and better tech, but it’s not as dated as it seems. Find out how it stacks against competition from Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Nissan in the review below.

Updated 06/23/2017: Subaru revealed prices for the 2018 Legacy that will arrive into retailers this Summer. Check the “Prices” section for the full details.

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PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Reveals Hardcore STI Type RA NBR Special Edition: Video

Don’t look now, but there’s a go-faster Subaru WRX STI just over the horizon. Per usual, the Japanese superhero is labeled with a string of letters that promise more speed than the standard model, rocking the moniker Type RA NBR. The Subie faithful will be quick to recognize the name – the last time we saw it was in 2013 with the tS Type RA, a model limited to the Japanese market. Prior to that was the original Type RA from the ‘90s, a tuned-up, hardcore iteration of the GC8 WRX. This latest version is framed as an all-out time attack racer, and you can preview its AWD turbo goodness in the above-featured 2-minute teaser video.

By the look of it, the new Type RA won’t be street legal, but word is it will be coming stateside. Cue fan boy happy dance. Subaru also says it’s gearing up for a run at setting a new record at the Nurburgring for four-door sedans later this year. The automaker has yet to give us an official spec sheet, but more info is expected to drop next week. In the meantime, read on for a little speculation on what this thing is packing.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent

It’s no longer a secret that Subaru wants to bring the seven-passenger SUV back to the U.S., but the 2017 New York Auto Show confirms that the vehicle is very close to arriving in dealerships. Specifically, Subaru announced that the Ascent concept will go on sale in 2018 as a spiritual successor for the Tribeca. Based on the Viziv-7 concept showcased in 2016, the Ascent is much closer to production form, but it will likely lose some of its features before hitting the assembly line.

Subaru’s confirmation of the seven-seat SUV and Ascent name comes after 64 months of consecutive record-breaking sales in the United States. The Japanese firm has been growing slowly but steady in North America, and it now needs to step into new markets to keep the hype alive. A seven-seat hauler seems like a safe bet, especially with not so many companies offering this type of layout nowadays. The Ascent will be built at Subaru of Indiana plant in Lafayette and won’t be sold outside North America. Until the production model arrives, let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Outback

Subaru has been doing remarkably well lately, posting impressive growth and sales numbers over the past several years. Helping to fuel that success is a strong stable of vehicles that cover a broad range of segments, including a few that manage to straddle the line between segments and still offer the benefits of both. The Outback is one such vehicle. Framed as the “World’s First Sport Utility Wagon,” the Outback nameplate has been around since 1994 and is currently the brand’s top-selling model, bringing all the capability and utility of a crossover, but in a wagon body style that’s a little closer to a traditional passenger car. It’s a nice combo, and to keep it feeling fresh, Subaru unveiled a mid-cycle update for the Outback at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, giving it new styling, an updated interior, more technology for safety and convenience, and a few bits and pieces that lend it a more premium feel.

The appeal for something like this is clear, and on paper, it looks like it should do well amongst buyers looking for a non-SUV that fits their particular active lifestyle. But does the 2018 Outback have what it takes to steal sales from folks more inclined to get a crossover? Read on for details.

Update 6/23/2017: The 2018 Subaru Outback is currently in preparation to roll into dealers in the coming weeks, and we now have full pricing information. Compared to the outgoing model, the Outback gets a mild price increase that ranges between $250 and $495, depending on the trim level. The base model officially starts out at $25,895. Check out the prices section below for full details on model and option pricing.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX MSRP Announced

2018_WRX-STI

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX model are on their way to the dealerships across America as the Japanese company reveals the MSRP. Prices for the standard WRX sports sedan starts at $26,995, while the hotted-up and tricked-out WRX STI kicks things off at $36,095.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is, obviously, the one you want, since it comes with a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine,Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, yellow-painted brake calipers, STI Sport Design instrument cluster with LCD, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), auto on/off windshield wipers and Welcome Lighting. Also, new to WRX STI is auto LED low and high beam height adjustment control.

But the standard 2018 WRX isn’t bad either, what with a 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam, new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before), heated exterior mirrors and SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit on premium models. The full 2018 WRX price list is as follows:

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
WRX MODELS
Standard WRX 6MT $26,995 $27,855
WRX Premium 6MT $29,295 $30,155
WRX Premium CVT $30,495 $31,355
WRX Limited 6MT $31,595 $32,455
WRX Limited CVT $32,795 $33,655
WRX STI MODELS
Standard WRX STI 6MT $36,095 $36,955
WRX STI Limited- Wing 6MT $40,895 $41,755
WRX STI- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 6MT $40,895 $41,755

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX MSRP Announced

2018_WRX-STI

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX model are on their way to the dealerships across America as the Japanese company reveals the MSRP. Prices for the standard WRX sports sedan starts at $26,995, while the hotted-up and tricked-out WRX STI kicks things off at $36,095.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is, obviously, the one you want, since it comes with a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine,Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, yellow-painted brake calipers, STI Sport Design instrument cluster with LCD, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), auto on/off windshield wipers and Welcome Lighting. Also, new to WRX STI is auto LED low and high beam height adjustment control.

But the standard 2018 WRX isn’t bad either, what with a 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam, new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before), heated exterior mirrors and SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit on premium models. The full 2018 WRX price list is as follows:

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
WRX MODELS
Standard WRX 6MT $26,995 $27,855
WRX Premium 6MT $29,295 $30,155
WRX Premium CVT $30,495 $31,355
WRX Limited 6MT $31,595 $32,455
WRX Limited CVT $32,795 $33,655
WRX STI MODELS
Standard WRX STI 6MT $36,095 $36,955
WRX STI Limited- Wing 6MT $40,895 $41,755
WRX STI- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 6MT $40,895 $41,755

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX MSRP Announced

2018_WRX-STI

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX model are on their way to the dealerships across America as the Japanese company reveals the MSRP. Prices for the standard WRX sports sedan starts at $26,995, while the hotted-up and tricked-out WRX STI kicks things off at $36,095.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is, obviously, the one you want, since it comes with a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine,Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, yellow-painted brake calipers, STI Sport Design instrument cluster with LCD, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), auto on/off windshield wipers and Welcome Lighting. Also, new to WRX STI is auto LED low and high beam height adjustment control.

But the standard 2018 WRX isn’t bad either, what with a 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam, new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before), heated exterior mirrors and SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit on premium models. The full 2018 WRX price list is as follows:

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
WRX MODELS
Standard WRX 6MT $26,995 $27,855
WRX Premium 6MT $29,295 $30,155
WRX Premium CVT $30,495 $31,355
WRX Limited 6MT $31,595 $32,455
WRX Limited CVT $32,795 $33,655
WRX STI MODELS
Standard WRX STI 6MT $36,095 $36,955
WRX STI Limited- Wing 6MT $40,895 $41,755
WRX STI- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 6MT $40,895 $41,755

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX is one of those sporty sedan rally cars that every enthusiast should drive at least once in their life. It went through a generational shift for the 2015 model year that made it even better, bringing new exterior looks, a longer A-Pillar, LED exterior lighting, a roomier interior, better outward visibility, and a new 2.0-liter four-banger that was 0.5-liters smaller than the outgoing unit but offered three extra ponies and 14 extra pound-feet which really helped to offset the 50+ pound weight gain than came with the new-gen model. It’s only been a couple of years since the new-gen model hit showrooms, and Subie has been busy putting together some minor revisions for the 2018 model year. There’s no power gain to speak of, unfortunately, but there is some minor exterior styling updates, improved suspension setup, updated manual transmission, and a new optional Performance pack – the latter of which you really want to know about if you’re hoping to ride off into the sunset with a new WRX.

So, while there isn’t a lot of big news in the aesthetics department, the mechanical bits under the metal got some serious reworking, and it’s exactly what the doctor ordered. Plus there are upgraded interior materials, a new rear-seat armrest (with cup holders,) and a few updates to help cut down on unwanted noise bleed through from the road For those of you into technology, the infotainment display has grown up a bit as well, with the screen size in base trims growing by 1.5 inches while the screen in the Premium trim grows by 0.8 inches.

For a mid-cycle update, there’s actually quite a bit to talk about when it comes to the WRX. Oh, and before I forget, the WRX STI also got some significant updates, so if you’re looking to get your hands on one of those, our man Jonathan Lopez has all of the details in his full review of that 300-horsepower beast here. Anyway, let’s scroll down and see what the 2018 Subaru WRX has to offer!

Update: 4/20/2017: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2018 Subaru WRX. Check out the prices section below to learn just how much it’ll cost you to roll out in a brand-new Subie!

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

It’s clear crossovers and SUVs are becoming the standard vehicle in the American automotive market. Automakers see this trend and are responding to consumers. SUVs of all types, whether it be a 707-horsepower Jeep or an off-road Toyota focused at millennials, the high-riding craze is certainly gaining momentum. Well, Subaru has responded with this, a three-row crossover called the Ascent. It’s only a concept for now, but Subaru will bring it to market for 2018. Let’s just hope the production version looks this cool.

Subaru calls the Ascent’s styling theme “Dynamic x Solid,” which is an interesting oxymoron. Quite the opposite, though, is Subaru’s lack of a vehicle with more than five seats. With the death of the ill-fated Tribeca in the first months of 2014, the Japanese automaker has been without a family hauler. That left the Forester as its largest model, but only in size.

Competition from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and even Dodge is getting strong, so the Ascent definitely has a big mountain to climb. Subaru was shy with information at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but we’re expecting more details and a debut of the production model in the next few months. What information Subaru did share is below the jump.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

It’s clear crossovers and SUVs are becoming the standard vehicle in the American automotive market. Automakers see this trend and are responding to consumers. SUVs of all types, whether it be a 707-horsepower Jeep or an off-road Toyota focused at millennials, the high-riding craze is certainly gaining momentum. Well, Subaru has responded with this, a three-row crossover called the Ascent. It’s only a concept for now, but Subaru will bring it to market for 2018. Let’s just hope the production version looks this cool.

Subaru calls the Ascent’s styling theme “Dynamic x Solid,” which is an interesting oxymoron. Quite the opposite, though, is Subaru’s lack of a vehicle with more than five seats. With the death of the ill-fated Tribeca in the first months of 2014, the Japanese automaker has been without a family hauler. That left the Forester as its largest model, but only in size.

Competition from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and even Dodge is getting strong, so the Ascent definitely has a big mountain to climb. Subaru was shy with information at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but we’re expecting more details and a debut of the production model in the next few months. What information Subaru did share is below the jump.

Continue reading for the full story.


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