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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 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?

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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.

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Photo credits: Larry Chen

Source: RedLine

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.

Press release after the jump.


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 generationImpreza .

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.

Source: Autoblog.it
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Has the world turned upside down? The longtime rally inspired 2011Subaru Impreza STI is going to be offered in a diesel. Even madder is the fact that Mitsubishi is going to be offering theLancer Evolution as a hybrid.

Due in 2012, the next-generation STI will feature a better version of the 2.0-liter turbodiesel offered in the current base Impreza in the United Kingdom. The flat-four layout should mean that the STI could retain its superb handling and agility.

That doesn’t mean that the petrol engines are history. Insiders are reporting that Subaru is working on a downsized four-cylinder, that could be based on the 1.5-liter flat four that is currently used in the base Impreza.

Mitsubishi, on the other hand, is working on a diesel hybrid for the next-generation Lancer Evolution. Mitsubishi hopes that the change will save the Evo from tightening economy and emissions regulations.


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Source: Autocar

There are some fast cars in the world today. Mercedes-Benz , Audi , BMW and Porsche are just a few of them. Yet, Subaru is out to prove that they can keep up with the big names.

Subaru today announced that the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan has become the fastest WRX STI Ever. It recorded a Nurburgring time of 7’55’’00, the fastest lap time ever in a Subaru.

"The 2011MY WRX STI test car balances excellent stability and handling performance at a high level, thanks to its refined suspensions", explained Tommi Makinen who piloted the car. "The car was really controllable with precise and faithful handling even on tricky corners. I could easily predict a next behavior of the car, that is, I confirmed its evolved total driving control ability. Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system also greatly contributed to this performance. The outstanding achievement is not only a tribute to Subaru’s continued and earnest efforts, but also an evidence of confidence in driving a Subaru."

The previous best lap that was set in 2004 by a Subaru WRX STI of 7:59.41. The new time set by the new STI with a quicker than any of the aforementioned competition. The car is still a prototype, but the time is still hugely impressive.

The 2011 Subaru WRX STI is powered by a 305-hp turbocharged/intercooled 4-cylinder Boxer engine and 6-speed manual transmission. It comes with a lowered ride height and new pillow-ball, higher-rate springs for both front and rear suspensions, and spring rates increased by 15.6 percent in front and 53 percent in the rear.

Press release after the jump.

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The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI saloon was officially unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, but our spy photographer has captured the big-winged saloon testing at the Nürburgring.

At first impression, it seems the car is nothing more than the European version of the high-performance saloon. Upon closer inspection, however, there are some differences clearly suggesting that the STI seen here may very well be a prototype for a Spec C model. This is especially convincing since most white Japanese cars are usually special editions.

These differences include the matte black alloys, gold color brembo brake calipers, and the front lip spoiler, all of which were not shown on the show car, but are standout features on the JDM Impreza STI Spec C hatchback .

If it does turn out to be a Spec-C expect a power hike over the standard 305hp to around 350hp. There should also be a weight reduction from the use of a smaller battery, aluminum body panels, and a revised firmer suspension including a more track focused limited slip differential.

Cosworth officially announced today that the Impreza STI CS400 will go on sale this June. There will only be 75 of these limited edition units built and prices will be announced at a later date.

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. The CS400 will also feature a bespoke brake package with 6-pot calipers and 355mm discs at front and numerous updates to the suspension, exhaust, exterior and interior styling.

UPDATE 05/24/2010: Cosworth officially unveiled the first images of the new CS400 Impreza. Also the company announced today that the car will be priced at £49,995 (almost $72,000 at the current rates). It will be limited to only 75 units.

UPDATE 07/19/2011: During the recent Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (15-17 July 2011), Subaru’s limited-edition Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 has managed to Subaru outpaced a host of high-performance road cars and supercars, including the Nissan GTR , Ariel V8 Atom , Lexus LFA and Ford Focus RS500 . With an impressive time of 68.18 seconds, the CS400 was six seconds quicker than the second placed car in the Supercar category.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Evo

The Prodrive P1 may have had a quick run in the consciousness of auto enthusiasts, but the British firm still made quite an impression on about 300 Subaru Impreza P1s. So much so that all 300 of them showed up at Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, England to celebrate what would have been the Prodrive P1’s 10th year anniversary.

If you’re a little confused when asked to recall what the Prodrive P1 was, it was a collaboration between Richard Burns - a former WRC champ- and Subaru UK to make 1,000 tuned-up Imprezas that were all painted in the same Sonic Blue color scheme. They also all had the same upgrades, including an increased power to around 276 horsepower. They also carried many additional upgrade such as Recaro sports seats, six-pixton brakes, and alloy wheels.

Despite only being in its formative years as an up-and-coming tuning brand, Prodrive P1 was surprisingly discontinued after a few years, leaving behind so much promise and potential on the table. Nevertheless, those who got to experience the skills of Prodrive first-hand all trooped to its company headquarters to pay homage to the company that made those Impreza P1s more awesome than they already were.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Subaru

Ever since Apple released the iPad, it was pretty much common knowledge that it would only be a matter of time before some genius car tuner would begin installing the iPad on some pimped-out ride. That car tuner, it turns out, is Scosche, which recently released something they’re calling, the "iKit", which, of course, is nothing more than an iPad installed on a car.

In this video, Scosche shows us exactly how they were able to install an iPad into the dash of a Subaru Impreza WRX STI . We’re not quite certain how smart it is to be using an iPad when you’re behind the wheel of a 305-horsepower sports car, but that’s not really the foremost concern of the boys from Scosche, whose only objective, we believe, is to get people so interested in having an iPad installed in their cars that they’re going to call these guys to do it for them.

Either way, the whole idea of having an iPad inside a car bothers us for the same safety reasons concerning Oprah and her "No Phone Zone" campaign. Now that America is trying its hardest to send the message regarding the dangers of texting while driving, here comes the genius idea of installing an iPad inside a car, which if you ask us, could poise a bigger problem for inattentive drivers out there on the road. Putting the safety issue aside, temporarily, Scosche does provide a clean install for the iPad with an attractive car mount eliminating the need for the driver’s radio. If only drivers would be concerned enough for their safety as well as the safety of others to only use this contraption while the vehicle is not in motion. Something tells us that is not going to happen so we will have to stick to our guns in saying that installing an iPad in a car is just plain dumb.

Source: Scosche

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