Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

The Isle of Man’s 37.75-mile, 200-turn Mountain Race Circuit is one of those tracks that test a person’s endurance over a pretty long distance. It’s a little more than two-and-a-half times the length of the Nurburgring so you can expect it to be as daunting as any race track in the world, even for the standards of superbikes that race in the circuit every year.

That’s why we found it surprising to find out that a Subaru Impreza WRX STI broke the lap record for a four-wheeled vehicle in the track after the record stood for 21 years.

Driven by former British Rally champion and WRC veteran Mark Higgins, the Impreza WRX STI clocked an impressive - by its standards – time of just under 20 minutes, with an average lap speed of 115.356 MPH, breaking the previous lap record by more than two minutes. Late rally veteran Tony Pond set the previous record back in 1990 while driving a Rover 827 Vitesse.

Congratulations to both Subaru and Mark Higgins for the new record and here’s to hoping that we won’t have to wait 21 years for this record to be broken.

UPDATE 06/23/2011: Subaru has released a 5 minute 25 second video highlighting rally driver Mark Higgins’ lap that averaged 115.356 MPH. Towards the end of the video, Higgins tells the tale of when he lost and then regained control of the Subaru.

Hit the jump for details on the Subaru WRX STI Isle of Man and to see what Higgins has to say about the record breaking lap.

UPDATE 11/07/2011: The WRX STI Isle of Man TT Mark Higgins has been displayed at this year’s SEMA Show and this was the perfect opportunity for us to give you some live pictures of the car. We hope you will enjoy them. Check the picture gallery to see them.

In a strange and unpredictable marketing strategy, Subaru UK has decided to give potential customers the extra oomph they may need to go out and purchase an Impreza WRX STI. Between now and June 31, 2011, Subaru UK will be selling the standard WRX STI models for the typical £32,995 (about $53,500 at the current exchange rates), but add on an upgrade in engine power and satellite navigation system for FREE. Yes, that’s F-R-E-E.

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI comes with a 2.5 liter Boxer 16-valve turbo engine that produces 300 HP, but during this promotional period, the engine will be tweaked to deliver 320 HP and 331 lbs-ft of torque. With this extra 20 HP, the improved STI will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.

Next to the engine upgrade, the STI will also get a Pioneer satellite navigational system fitted as standard. The system features touch-screen capability, Bluetooth, and iPod connection. The screen is also detachable and can be connected to a laptop via a USB port for easy downloading of additional information.

The list of equipment for the Subaru will also include symmetrical AWD, keyless entry and push button start, hill start assist, climate control, SI-Drive, leather Recaro seats, 18 inch alloy wheels, remote locking, satellite tracker, and cruise control.

Subaru UK didn’t mention the reason behind this added bonus, but we don’t think anyone in the UK will mind.

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Akio Toyoda, President of Subaru’s parent company, Toyota , has announced that the next Subaru Impreza would be based on the venerable Toyota Corolla .

In a statement to select members of the press, Toyoda was quoted as saying, “We [at Toyota] are always looking to consolidate redundant parts of our lineup so we can pass our cost savings on to our customers. Because of this, we are pleased to announce that the next generation of the Subaru Impreza will be based on our Toyota Corolla, which is the best selling car in the world.”

While Toyoda declined to discuss a timeline for the changes, he did mention that Subaru’s signature boxer engines and symmetrical all wheel drive would not be carried over to the new Impreza because of, “[the] inefficient nature of the design.” He declined to comment further.

Toyoda did however make great note of his excitement over the Impreza’s changes, “Combining Corolla and Impreza designs makes perfect sense. They share the same area on the marketplace and while the Impreza is unique, it was never a class leader. Nevertheless, [the Impreza] will now have the same DNA inside that helped [Toyota] sell over 40 million Corollas.”

A Toyota insider later broke down the changes for us. The new Subaru Impreza will share very little with the Impreza concept that was shown at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Instead the new Impreza will receive a face lift to look more similar to its Corolla cousin. Our insider also told us that under the hood, the new Impreza would get the Corolla’s 1.8L 4-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. Lastly and most unfortunately of all, our insider told us that Toyoda will relegate the WRX and WRX STI nameplates to being no more than sporty trim packages with, “Very little, if any,” more power added.

UPDATE 04/01/2011: Sorry to pull one over on you guys, but April Fool’s!!! This is all complete fallacy!

Over on the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, Japanese automaker Subaru recently launched the special edition Impreza XV Mizuno Edition. The project, which was born from a collaboration between the Japanese automaker and the Japanese sports accessory brand Mizuno, features an Impreza XV SUV that has been dressed with a limited edition exterior paint finish and given a variety of extra features rounding up to more than $3,000.

On top of that, all models of the Impreza XV Mizuno will also come with a $500 voucher that owners can use to redeem premium running packs from Mizuno. The goodies include two pairs of shoes, drink bottles, caps, and bags.

All told, this special edition Subaru Impreza will only have 250 available units that will be exclusively sold in Australia beginning this March. The price tag for the five-speed manual variant will be AUD$29,990 ($29,763 at the current rates), with the four-speed automatic version priced at AUD$31,990 ($31,748 at the current rates).

Unfortunately, the car isn’t sold here, but it’s good to know that our buddies over in Australia have a pretty attractive piece of ride coming to their beaches in a couple of months.

Details on the 2011 Subaru Impreza XV Mizuno Edition after the jump.

Along with the WRX STI tS and A-Line tS , the Japanese market will also be receiving the Impreza WRX STI spec C to throw in all of our faces. This new version is already on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C version is distinguished by an aluminum engine hood, laminar window glasses, and a downsized battery, all successful in reducing the vehicle’s overall weight. The newly-designed lightweight 18-inches alloy wheels are also brand-spanking new and are wrapped in Bridgestone POTENZA RE070 tires in 245/40R18 dimensions. Recaro seats with SRS front side airbags and SRS curtain airbags are available as an option.

Thanks to an optimized ECU programming, new ball-bearings for the twin-scroll turbocharger, and the reduced weight, the 2.0 liter turbo engine now delivers a total of 304 HP and 430 NM of torque.

The new spec C also gets colored "brembo" brake calipers and specially tuned front and rear suspensions that help the chassis offer stable and linear driving control even in marginal driving conditions.

Press release after the jump.

After being teased a few weeks ago, the Impreza WRX STI tS and A-Line tS (based off the AT model) have been officially unveiled. Of course, it doesn’t really make a difference to us because the folks in the Japanese market will be the only ones strolling around in these sports cars. Nevertheless, the WRX STI tS and A-Line tS will be made available starting January 25th, 2011.

The new tS versions are based off the 4-door Subaru WRX STI (duh!) and will carry some of the same features as the standard model, including the same front and rear dampers, special coil springs tuned by STI, a flexible tower bar front, and flexible draw-stiffeners. Power for the tS will still come from the 305hp, turbocharged/intercooled 4-cyl. Boxer engine, while the A-Line tS will receive the 300hp, single-scroll turbocharged 2.5 liter engine. A bump in power, however, will still come thanks to the weight reduction brought on by the carbon fiber roof and aluminum hood.

The Subaru’s handling has also been greatly improved with the use of the new flexible rear support and rear suspension link. The WRX STI tS is also differentiated by a front under spoiler, special tS front and rear ornaments, and a special STI rear ornament. The logo is then placed on the steering wheel and the new side sill plates to customize the vehicle even further.

Only 400 units of these models will be made in either satin white pearl, obsidian black pearl, spark silver metallic, and WR blue mica with prices starting at 4,020,000 yen (or $48,000 at the current rates).

Press release after the jump.

Subaru Japan has revealed the first teaser image of a future Impreza WRX STI tS (tuned by STI) model. Unfortunately, we don’t have much information on the model because the site is in Japanese and the English version is nonexistent (insert frustrated growl here). And the bad news doesn’t stop there as this edition will only be available in Japan. Why doesn’t that surprise us?

We were able to get some information from the image as it is blatantly obvious that a carbon fiber roof is present. All we need to know now is what other goodies will be in store for us, well Japan, when this new model comes out.

We are not really expecting to see any significant improvements under the hood due to the fact that nothing changed in that department for the Legacy tS unveiled earlier this year. It was distinguished only by a front lip and rear spoiler, 18" alloy wheels, a less restrictive muffler, and STi badges. It also got a revised Bilstein suspension, strut tower bars, and carbon fiber trimming. Our guess is that the new WRX STI tS will follow along those same lines, but that carbon fiber roof is pretty intriguing. Maybe we’ll see a few more fascinating mods when this vehicle is placed in the spotlight.

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!

Press release after the jump.

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."

Press release after the jump.

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.

Source: Ebay

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