Subaru came to the Los Angeles Auto Show packed with a concept version of the next generation Impreza. The concept looks to be leaner and meaner than the current Impreza and rides along with Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.
The exterior features a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights. The hood, grille, and headlights were designed to project three-dimensional character. The rear gets a garnish that radiates outward from the center, sharp-edged rear lights, and new taillamp.
The interior is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." The smooth integration of the instrument panel with the door trim and armrests suggests sporty yet comfortable driving. The roomy platinum-leather four-seat layout envelops occupants. Dark blue piping and double stitching accent the leather. A "layered" approach to color, with the upper part light platinum and the lower part a shade darker, gives the interior a feeling of spaciousness and sophistication.
The concept is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Updated 11/19/2010: Subaru has just unveiled a pretty cool video of their Impreza Concept, as well as a new series of images. Check them out in our picture gallery. Enjoy!
Subaru has announced its posse for the 2010 SEMA Show with the guest of honor being the "Fastest STI Ever," the record breaking Nurburgring Subaru WRX STI driven by Tommi Makinen. This STI lapped the Nurburgring in 7:55:00. Altogether, Subaru will be bringing six customized versions of the Impreza WRX STI, each with its own flair for design.
Trailing behind the limelight centered on the fastest STI will be Travis Pastrana’s World Record Setting WRX STI, Get More G’s Subaru Performance Tuning WRX STI 2010, Kicker Audio WRX STI, K&N Performance WRX STI, and Subiefest Best of Show Winner – Jamarri Whiteside – 2006 WRX STI.
The vehicles won’t be the only ones in attendance as SRT USA drivers Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra will be on hand on November 2nd and November 3rd from 1pm-2pm to sign autographs. Four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen will also be making an appearance.
"SEMA is the pinnacle of the aftermarket tuning world and the perfect place to show our new line of SPT parts," said Charlie Fishman, national accessory manager, Subaru of America, Inc. "With the launch of the new 2011 Impreza WRX and WRX STI, Subaru is having a record year for Subaru Genuine Parts and SPT accessory sales. The launch of the 4-door WRX STI has rekindled interest for the 2011 SEMA Show."
We found out about this special 2008 Subaru WRX STI on Ebay only after bidding for the car closed, but since the reservation price wasn’t met, we think that anybody willing to take a flyer on it could still acquire it under the right price.
This particular WRX STI is painted yellow and while it might not be the most notable color choice, it has that color for a reason, which we’ll get into in a bit.
Among the features of this WRX STI include, a gravel-tire tread design over the hood and roof, a downpipe, an ECU tune, SPT front strut and lower chassis braces, and a set of Work Emotion XD9 18" x 9" wheels in custom satin black that comes with BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S 275/35 ZR18 tires. As for the interior, there’s a carbon fiber pattern trim, alcantara seats, yellow piping, and a slew of electronic features that would make it look like its own Best Buy store.
Oh, and about that yellow paint. It’s the signature color of the man who owns it. Yep, no less than two-time X-Games rally champion, Travis Pastrana.
The car’s only got 5,668 miles on it with Pastrana having driven it himself. He also signed it to make it more awesome. In case you’re wondering where he got this car, it was actually given to him by Subaru as a gift for his rally exploits in the past three years while driving a Subaru.
When one takes time to think about how the years have gone by it can be a tad bit overwhelming. The days of grunge rock don’t seem like they were that long ago, but one glimpse at the calendar and it’s clear that time sure has flown.
Many years ago, back in the late 1980s, there was an interesting trend happening in New York City. The baseball team that was consistently overshadowed has grown up and become a major player in the race for the title. The Mets had always been the baby brother of the Yankees. They were never quite good enough and they never had millions of fans from around the world. Yet, as the Yankees declined, the Mets grew.
That brings us right to the Subaru WRX. For years, the normal WRX has been in the shadows of the bigger and faster STI variant, but those days seem to be over. With the 2011 model year, the WRX has gone off to camp and come home a grown up, ready to take on the sports sedan world like never before.
When Cosworth unveiled the Impreza STI CS400, they announced only 75 customers will have the chance to drive one. First customer is already enjoying his CS400. His name is Edwards and comes from Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire and paid £49,995 for it.
The car will deliver an impressive 400PS (395 hp) at 5750rpm and will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds. This is an impressive task compared to the standard Impreza WRX STI at 300PS / 296bhp at 6,000rpm with a 5.2 second sprint.
"As a huge Impreza fan I’m thrilled to be the first to take delivery of the ultimate incarnation of the model line," enthused Edwards. "The CS400 is everything I’d hoped it’d be and more. The performance is simply astounding and to know I’m one of just 75 people in the world to own one… well, it’s a very special feeling."
You know when people say that, when given the opportunity, they could do what race car drivers are paid to do? Well, to be honest, driving a race car at insane speeds is easier said than done. In their new ad campaign for the 2011 Impreza WRX STI sedan, Subaru shows us that there’s more to racing than just being a good driver. Skills are definitely important, but equally as vital is mental preparation – something a lot of us can’t begin to comprehend until we’re right smack in the middle of a rampaging race car.
In this ad, the automaker brought in rally driver Dave Mirra to drive the new 305-horsepower WRX STI around and under an overpass with random people sitting in the passenger seat.
Think you guys would have fared better than these folks? We applaud your bravado, but to be honest, we highly doubt it.
Check out these five 30-second ads, which Subaru has ingeniously called ‘Get More Gs’, and we’re pretty sure that you’d be having the same reactions as these unsuspecting folks.
A civil war has erupted in the automotive world and it’s all thanks to the Japanese. This has nothing to do with baseball, sumo wrestling, or the World Cup. It doesn’t even have anything to do with Honda and Toyota, the two biggest car companies in the Asian country. This is a battle of the younger persons car; two rally machines that have been fighting for years.
In the left corner we have one of the most prolific rally cars of all time, the 2010 Subaru WRX STI. Not quite sure what all those letters stand for but it’s bound to be something with speed or rally in it. The STI has been refreshed time and time again and it has always lagged behind the Mitsubishi in terms of sales and track performance. Yet, that hasn’t stopped them from releasing this new version and making it that much better.
In the right corner we have the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and you guessed it, this is the tenth version. The Lancer Evolution is a definite boy’s toy. It’s hard on the blacktop, dull and boring inside, but all that doesn’t mean anything. It’s this cars rally heritage that makes it so good where it matters.
So, which Japanese rally car takes the champagne and which will win in TopSpeed’s epic battle, the STI or the EVO?
The sixth round of the Redline Time Attack took place in the hot California desert. It was called the “Liberty Grand Prix” and it took place on America’s birthday, July 4.
Despite the fact that it was like the surface of the sun outside, a gusty wind helped keep the temperatures from climbing into the 100-degree range. The intense heat had a big impact on the cars that were competing on the track.
The time attack cars were sprayed with water and packed with ice before their runs in an effort to keep them cool and some were even running without hoods and bumpers.
Saturday’s practice session and Circuit Battles went flawlessly. Most of the fans withstood the tremendous heat in order to watch film star Paul Walker take his supercharged BMW E92 M3 around the track. With 500 horsepower on tap, Walker’s road car did battle with an ABF Performance Mini Cooper S.
One would think that the M3 driven by Walker would dominate the Mini, but if you look deeper, you will discover that this is no ordinary Mini. Under the hood of the Cooper S is a 650 horsepower motor that allows the car to run the quarter mile in 10 seconds. Needless to say, it beat Walker with sub 1:30 times.
Today, Subaru announced prices for the 2011 Impreza models, including the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium, and the Outback Sport. The Impreza 2.5i sedan starts at $17,495 with the 5-door version starting at $17,995. The Impreza 2.5i Premium sedan starts at $18,495 with the 5-door version at $18,995. The Outback version is priced at $19,995. The 2011 Subaru Impreza is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in July.
The Special Edition Package is replaced by the power moonroof value package that includes the all-weather package, fog lights, and a power moonroof for just $500. All models will be offered with Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive, vehicle dynamics control and brake assist, 17" alloy wheels, raised suspension, and fog lights as standard equipment.
New for the 2011MY, Camellia Red Pearl and Sage Green Metallic will be offered as monotone exterior colors on the Outback Sport. Obsidian Black two-tone, Marine Blue two-tone, and Steel Silver two-tone complete the Outback Sport color line up.
Subaru has announced its partnership with Cosworth for the development of a new 1.6-liter boxer four-cylinder turbo engine. Italian magazine Autosprint reports that the new engine will be launched in 2012 when Subaru will bring out the new generation Impreza.
Next to the Impreza, the new engine will mainly serve for the mass return to the Japanese competitions. With the new FIA rules in place, the engine is necessary for the WTCC rally.
Subaru and Cosworth’s newly developed relationship has recently produced the Impreza STI CS400, a model that delivers a total of 395 hp at 5750rpm and makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds. This was an impressive task compared to the standard Impreza WRX STI at 300PS / 296bhp at 6,000rpm with a 5.2 second sprint. It is limited to only 75 units, each priced at $72,000.
The current Impreza is offered in four distinct output levels: 2.5i 170 hp; 2.5GT 224 hp; WRX 265 hp, and STI 305 hp.