Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

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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.

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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."

Press release after the jump.

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.

More videos after the jump

Source: You Tube
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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.

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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.

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