Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

We’ve waited for this show since the summertime so you need to excuse us for getting all geeked up about its premier episode tonight on Speed. Featuring some of the best rally drivers and drifters this side of the galaxy, the Battle Cross Gymkhana Series will see these racers burn rubber on some of the most extreme locations you can find. As you can imagine, the first episode will be held in a steel mill, which is always a good location if you want dust to fly and mayhem to ensue.

The two drivers that will be featured in tonight’s episode will be 2011 Rally America Champion David Higgins and teammate Dave Mirra in their respective Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars. As far as mechanics go, the whole competition is centered around two challenges with the first one going to whoever posts the fastest lap while the second one will be awarded to who could do it with more style.

The show will be hosted by rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler and the judges will be rally driver Stephan Verdier and drift maestro Samuel Hubinette.

The show kicks off tonight, November 17, 2011, at 10pm EST, so be sure to be in front of your TVs when the flags are waved and the sand-flying chaos ensues. Or if you’re anything like us, set your DVR and get the opportunity to fly by commercials.

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Subaru ’s in-house performance tuning division is preparing a fantastic looking WRX STI sedan that’s parked at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show .

Aesthetically speaking, Subaru Performance Tuning’s imprint is all over the car as evidenced by all the aerodynamic additions given to the sedan. The front lip spoiler, the carbon fiber B-pillar trim, the carbon fiber trunk trim, and the carbon fiber side sill plates are all products of SPT. The WRX STI also carries new strut tower and lower chassis braces that come in handy in maximizing the potential of the car’s newly-installed Cusco Zero-2E coilover suspension kit.

Other exterior additions to the car include a moon roof air deflector, exhaust finishers, a billet oil cap (V.2), a billet battery hold down (V.2), and a set of 19" Volks Racing G12 wheels wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Sport tires with Brembo’s "Gran Turismo" four-wheel brake kit.

Inside, SPT gave the WRX STI a unique electronic set-up, highlighted by a Footwell illumination kit, an auto-dimming mirror with a trans-reflective display, and a media hub digital music integration system with a 10" KICKER subwoofer.

Looking at the car, it’s easy to see why Subaru Performance Tuning had such an easy time setting up an aftermarket program for it. The WRX STI is one of those cars that’s already easy on the eyes and any such modifications done is like adding that cherry on top of the proverbial sundae.

Anytime you have an audio system get the green light from an automaker to customize one of their cars, you know that the focus will be on enhancing the car’s audio set-up.

That’s exactly what Kicker Audio did with the Subaru WRX STI 5-Door. To be fair, the car still comes with some exterior details, including blue and black body graphics that cover major parts of the car’s white exterior finish, Eibach lowering springs, and a new set of 18" Konig Black Lightning wheels wrapped on General Tires Exclaim.

The interior of the car is where the extensive audio set-up was done. Kicker Audio added a custom audio system that features a Clarion CX400 double-DIN receiver, six component speaker systems, two 6.5" woofers, and eight solo-baric L& 12-inch subwoofers powered by 10 kicker amplifiers. In addition to all of that, Kicker Audio also found some time to enable the iPod, Bluetooth, Sirius, and XM-ready, providing the kind of extensive audio modifications that very few cars can boast of.

The Subaru Impreza 5-Door Accessory Vehicle is in the same boat as its 4-Door counterpart. They’re not as much in the way of flash, as they are in previewing to customers what awaits with their new Accessory packages.

Compared to the rest of the cars that you’re going to catch at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show , this one will probably not make your most memorable list, but that’s also not what it went there to do. This car, together with its four-door sibling, will be purely for marketing purposes.

The Impreza Sport 5-Door Accessory Vehicle has been dressed in a special Brushed Titanium 3M Scotchpring textured wrap to go with a new mesh grille, an aero splash guard, a front underspoiler, new crossbars, side strakes, a sport spoiler, side window reflectors, and a Yakima fork mounted bike carrier and bike wheel holder.

Inside, the extensive accessory modifications feature an auto dimming mirror with compass and Homelink, a new cargo tray, all-weather floor mats, side sill plates, a center console sliding armrest, a 110-volt power outlet, a remote engine starter, seat back protectors, a leather shift knob, and a new speak system from KICKER Audio with a 10" powered subwoofer.

It can be argued that Subaru ’s line-up of SEMA -bound vehicles offer a look at the rich motor racing history of the Japanese automaker. That is until you look at the accessory packages for the four-door and five-door variants of the Impreza .

The former is arguably the least eye-popping of the whole line-up, but it does give us an idea of what we can expect as far as what an Impreza Accessory Vehicle is going to look like. In dressing up the car’s exterior, Subaru used a Satin White theme on a number of aerodynamic body parts, including the body side molding kit, the splash guards, and the trunk spoiler. The moon-roof air deflector and the rear bumper pain protection film round out the exterior modifications given to the Impreza 4-Door Accessory Vehicle.

Inside, the modifications were pretty subtle compared to the other models, in particular, the 4-Door’s 5-Door brother. The only notable improvements done on the former’s interior include a new cargo tray, side sill plates, and carpeted floor mats, all of which were sourced from Subaru Performance Tuning. Upgraded speakers courtesy of KICKER Audio and an auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink are the final two touches given to the car.

It lacks flair and all of the technological gadgetry usually associated with cars for the SEMA Auto Show, but on the other hand, it does have both style and class, two qualities that are more important to real-world patrons.

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Scion FR-S Concept

The Toyota/Subaru FT-86 creation has been buzzing about the internet since the two announced their partnership, but after months of concepts and hearsay, a Subaru source has provided a bit of official information about the new sports car. The FT-86 will be arriving in the U.S. badged as a Scion FR-S and will feature one of the lowest centers of gravity of any vehicle out on the market. It will actually be right behind the Porsche GT3 and the Ferrari 458 , thanks to the boxer engine provided to Toyota by Subaru. Subaru’s boxer engine has a flat, low profile that balances weight efficiently and provides quick handling response and flat, confident cornering.

We’re expected to see debuts of all the FT-86 variants when the Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors in December 2011 so we’ll have more details on those models at that time. Subaru’s version of the FT-86 is also being considered for an STI version which could come sporting a new generation, naturally aspirated (not turbocharged as with other STI models) 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine.

Speaking of the STI, Subaru sources also say that the new STI will take at least two years before coming to the market and will be drastically different from the base Impreza. In fact, this is part of Subaru’s plan to separate their conventional models from their performance models. The Impreza was put together with an eye out for economy, but the STI will be a different beast altogether. It will get its own engine, one that will have nothing to do with the Toyota engine created for the FT-86 project and will make it easier for Subaru to market the vehicle as a performance model. No specific figures were given, but we expect the new STI to carry a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP on tap. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

Subaru offered up a small taste of what was to come with the first image of the new 2012 Impreza revealed in both sedan and hatchback versions at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The 2012 Impreza will be offered in base, Premium, Sport Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models when it arrives in dealerships later this fall.

The 2012 Impreza comes with an improved fuel economy achieved with the use of a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder producing 148 HP and 146 lb-ft of torque which debuted in Europe earlier this year. This engine replaces the current 170 HP 2.5-liter SOHC aluminum-alloy engine. Further aid is offered with the use of the new continuously variable transmission.

The new model will come with a totally new design that "will propose roomier cabin space with new level of comfort and refinement for enhanced product appeal."

UPDATE 08/22/2011: Subaru has announced prices for their 2012 Impreza. The base model 4-door Impreza 2.0i with a five-speed manual transmission starts off at $17,495 to match last year’s prices. The automatic version, offered exclusively with Subaru’s newly designed continuously variable transmission (CVT), starts at $18,495. The base 5-door Impreza 2.0i starts at $17,995 when equipped with a five-speed transmission and $18,995 for the CVT-equipped model.

Subaru is making a quick turnaround with its XV Concept car by offering up a production model in the same year. The concept was revealed at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show while the production version was officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Known as the Impreza Outback in the US market, the new XV Crosstrek was introduced to show an SUV that will "define a new generation of Subaru crossover vehicles."

The concept was favorably received globally thanks to its distinctive and trendy design which blend a crossover-like commanding silhouette and an urban friendly image into one harmonious and elegant package. The Subaru XV’s design symbolizes the fusion of SUV functionality and urban persona. IT carries a crossover design that combines a stylish, flowing form with the overall functionality of an SUV.

The hexagon grille and hawk eye headlights emphasize a unique identity of Subaru’s future line-up of vehicles. The corners of the front and rear bumpers come with special edges that aids and improves aerodynamic performance, which in turn provides better fuel economy.

The interior of the XV is as roomy and spacious as any of its contemporaries. Combine that with a stylish design that perfectly balances the different tactile and emotional qualities of leather, metal, and cloth and you have the best of luxury and modern-day technology in one fine interior cabin.

Whereas the concept car was powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder horizontally-opposed DOHC engine with an output of 150 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb/ft at 4,200 rpm, the XV Crosstrek will carry the same powertrain while also coming with a more palatable 1.6-liter petrol variant, as well as a 2.0-liter Boxer diesel engine.

UPDATE 11/18/2011: During the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has revealed that the XV Crossover headed to the US will officially be called the XV Crosstrek. Subaru thinks this will help differentiate it from its brother, the Impreza Outback Sport.

Racing teams and automakers alike are always striving to prove their strength and dazzle us with the impressive technology used in their vehicles. Many times, they succeed in doing so when they manage to break some records. There is, and will always be, a war in terms of record-breaking and this week, Subaru Rally Team USA is stepping ahead of the pack with a speedy trek up the famed Mt. Washington Hillclimb.

On Sunday, July 26, 2011, Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins took to the famous course with a SportsCar-prepped Subaru WRX STi rally car equipped with BFGoodrich RC01 Rally tires. With this beast, Higgins managed to finish the hill climb in only 6 minutes and 11.54 seconds - that’s about 30 seconds faster than Frank Sprongl’s previous record from 1998. Higgins also beat the unofficial record of 6:20.47 set by Travis Pastrana last year.

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Subaru WRX STI

As we all sit back and eagerly await the grand debut of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, creative minds are at their desk bringing the future car’s design to light in their own renditions. As other renderings have proven to be a tad too aggressive compared to the milder changes found in the Impreza Design Concept , we’ve come up with this prediction of the future Impreza WRX STI.

The 2012 Impreza will feature a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights. The rear will get sharp-edged rear lights and a new taillamp. The STI version will also get fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and a massive wing on the back.

The concept debuted with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), but don’t expect to see the same for the production model. The WRX STI is expected to carry a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP on tap. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

We expect the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX to debut in late 2011, with sales beginning in early 2012

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