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It hasn’t been long since Subaru and hot-shoe driver Mark Higgins beat the record for the fastest production car lap around the Isle of Man, doing it in 19 minutes, 26 seconds with an average speed of 117.51 mph. More importantly, the record Higgins and Subaru beat was their own, set back in 2011 in a previous-gen WRX STI at 19 minutes, 56.7 seconds with an average speed of 115.36 mph.

Well now Subaru has released the video about showcasing how the automaker and Higgins prepared for the 37.75-mile lap around the British isle. The video shows more than a few dramatic interior and aerial shots of the 2015 WRX STI blasting around corners and flying over hill crests.

In an effort to record Higgins’ reactions while racing, the Subaru team fitted him with sensors that measured his heart rate, breaths, skin temperature, and personal g forces independent of the car.

Speaking of the car, the WRX STI is a completely redesigned for 2015 with improved aerodynamics, 40-percent stiffer chassis, with better suspension components, and a quicker steering rack. For the race, Subaru added a safety roll cage, racing harness, and a fire suppression system. Mechanically, the car was stock except for stiffer springs and dampers to handle the numerous jumps throughout the course.

The Subaru’s blue hood still covers the stock turbocharged 2.5-liter, boxer four-cylinder that’s good for an amazing 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Its zero to 60 mph time remains stock at roughly 4.5 seconds, but its top speed limiter of 155 mph has been removed to help Higgins blast around the track as quickly as possible.

Hello everyone! I hope you guys have had a great week so far and are very excited for the TopSpeed Podcast. This week is Episode 016 and I have a few surprises for you guys.

At some point in the show, I am going to let everyone know how they can get some cool Gumball 3000 gear. I came home with of lots of stickers, key chains, T-shirts and some other cool swag, and I am going to be giving most of it away. You have to watch or listen to the show to figure out how to get it though.

We are start the show off with Mark and Justin talking about what they have been driving over the last week. That means the Civic Si and the expensive Range Rover Autobigraphy . I meanwhile wax poetically about the V-10 wail of the Lamborghini Gallardo as it bounces off the rev-limiter. You don’t want to miss that part.

For news we discuss the continued recovery of Michael Schumacher , Nissan’s new GT-R based concept car and the possibility of an RX-8 replacement from Mazda. We also fit some Aston Martin news in as well.

We even take the chance to talk a bit about what will be happening at Goodwood.

After the news, we have a few questions to answer from you guys about company collaborations and special edition custom cars like Ferrari’s many SP models.

We wrap up the show with Own, Drive, Burn for a trio of far out supercar concepts.

We hope you guys enjoyed the show. As always, feel free to send us any comments, questions or concerns. We love to hear it all.

See you next week.

The Legacy was a bit of a departure from the Subarus of the past when it rolled onto U.S. dealer lots in 1990. The all-new Legacy featured a new flat-four engine that was more refined and quieter than the automaker’s previous engines and it didn’t have to share the engine bay with the car’s spare tire. Yes, that was a thing. The Legacy’s first generation lasted until 1995 when the second generation took over. The Legacy was new again in 2000, 2004, and 2010 with the third, fourth, and fifth generations, respectively. Despite the changes over the years, the Legacy never lost its “quirkiness;” among which was a standard all-wheel-drive system and a manual transmission option.

Now totally redesigned for its sixth generation, the 2015 Legacy is a new bag of tricks. Subaru has seemingly traded quirkiness for quietness – a sort of yielding to the needs of the mainstream. Gone are the manual transmissions and visceral feelings of driving; replaced by a car better suited to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

I recently spent a week getting to know this new Subaru inside and out. My particular tester came loaded to the hilt with the most inclusive option package. Decked out in the Limited Trim, the car came with the “Moonroof + Keyless Access & Push-Button Start + Navigation” package. What’s more, under the hood was the optional 3.6-liter flat-six-cylinder engine that powers all four wheels.

Click past the jump for the full review of the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy

Subaru’s got a lot of things on its plate these days, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese brand from adding more projects to its name. Motoring is reporting that Subaru is planning on bringing back the SVX, the same two-door, grand-tourer coupe that Subaru sold from 1991 to 1996. It’s been quite some time since we last saw the SVX, which makes its surprising return that much more, well, surprising. But a source close to Subaru told Motoring that the company really has plans of bringing back the model as a high-powered hybrid sports coupe specifically earmarked for the U.S. market.

Should these plans come to fruition, Subaru will have a sports coupe to tangle with the all-electric Tesla Model S . That’s a pretty interesting competitor considering that Subaru and Tesla have never really crossed paths before. What’s clear, though, is Subaru’s intentions of becoming a bigger player in the U.S. Introducing a large, high-powered coupe that already has Subaru dealers around the country requesting it goes a long way in achieving that.

There aren’t a lot of details surrounding the returning SVX, but Motoring did secure an advanced sketch of the model and it shows a shooting brake-styled coupe that draws similarities to the Viziv2 Concept the company introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show .

The SVX sketch shows a more aggressive design than anything Subaru has in dealerships these days. The headlights and the grille are straight out of the Viziv2 Concept. Likewise, the low-slung roof extends to the back and creates the angular shooting brake style of the prototype. That’s as good a sign as any that the new SVX will be designed with sportiness and aggressiveness in mind.

It will also reportedly come with a retuned, 3.3-liter, flat-six engine that will work side-by-side with Lexus’ plug-in hybrid system to generate as much as 375 horsepower. That’s a sweet number that places the SVX in the territory of the Model S once the model heads into showrooms in 2017. The only issue is that this rumored SVX will still require dead-dino juice in its tanks, whereas the Model S runs on electric, but this is a step forward at least.

Note: Original Subaru SVX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru SVX.

Source: Motoring

It’s been less than two days since Subaru smashed its own lap record on the Isle of Man TT road course, and the Japanese automaker improved its benchmark once again. This time, three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins and his modified 2015 WRX STI completed the 37-mile course in 19 minutes and 15 seconds.

The new record represents an 11-second improvement over the previous achievement, which in turn bettered Subaru’s first encounter with the Isle of Man TT course by no less than 30 seconds. What’s more, Higgins completed his second lap with an average speed of 117.51 mph, which translates into a 1.04-mph improvement. Kudos to Mark!

So what’s with Subaru breaking its own record for the second time in just two days you ask? Well, it appears that Higgins was unhappy about several errors he committed during his previous attempt and wanted to give it another go knowing he can get more out for the WRX STI. Turned out he was right and Subaru of America has a brand-new record to brag about.

As previously mentioned, Subaru’s vehicle of choice for this run wasn’t exactly a bone-stock STI. The nippy sedan gained a FIA-approved roll cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, a fire-suppression system, and had its wheels wrapped in Dunlop Direzza tires before taking the course. Additionally, the engineers removed the STI’s speed limiter to allow Higgins to charge speed past the 155-mph limit.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru’s new Isle of Man record.

When it comes to bragging rights attached to production cars, most automakers quote the electrifying Nurburgring lap times achieved by their hatchbacks or supercars. Subaru , however, is taking pride in a benchmark set on course that’s more familiar to motorcycle riders than sharp-witted, fast drivers - the Isle of Man TT road course.

Three years have passed since a 2010 Subaru WRX STI driven by three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins set the car lap record at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, and the same team returned to the Isle of Man to improve the benchmark. And Higgins did so by hooning a 2015 WRX STI around the track and past the finish line in only 19 minutes and 26 seconds, smashing his previous record by no less than 30 seconds.

Durring his attempt, the British driver managed to reach an average speed of 116.47 mph and a top speed of 162.9 mph, two figures that are also superior to the ones he touched back in 2011. According to Subaru, the WRX STI used for the record-breaking course is a stock, U.S.-spec model that received some updates, including a FIA-approved roll-cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, and a fire suppression system. Additionally, the sedan was fitted with Dunlop Derezza at all four corners and had its speed limiter - normally set at 155 mph - removed.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru’s Isle of Man record.

Note: 2013 Subaru WRX Concept pictured here.

The Subaru WRX Concept may become more than just a concept after all. First introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show , the WRX Concept wowed just about everyone who saw it. So when Subaru unveiled the production model soon thereafter and it looked nothing like the concpet, a lot of us were disappointed, to say the least.

But Masuo Takatsu finally has some good news for us. Subaru’s WRX Project General Manager recently told Motoring that the design of the WRX Concept could still be used in a production car. Takatsu’s proclamation was confirmed by Subaru designer Mamoru Ishii, who laid out the company’s plans for the new 2016 Subaru Impreza .

According to Ishii, the WRX Concept’s sporty and aggressive look will be given to the all-new Impreza, with the WRX following after that. A bolder, lower body and a tucked roof section are parts of Subaru’s plan for the new Impreza, two design traits the WRX Concept flawlessly conveyed.

Without divulging any more details, Ishii also indicated that Subaru is preparing for an all-new model onslaught. The new Impreza and the subsequent WRX will be leading the pack with designs that will trace their roots to the 2013 WRX Concept.

In the end, Subaru’s reasoning for holding off on using the WRX Concept’s design is really more about timing than anything else. So it’s time to give the company a break.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Subaru Impreza.

Source: Motoring

There’s a storm brewing over at Cosworth , the kind that can redefine the way we look at the Subaru BRZ , Scion FR-S , and Toyota GT86 . The aftermarket company known for its engine forays in the world of Formula One prepared a new power package treatment for the FA-20 engine that powers all three.

After some teasing in early 2014, Cosworth has finally bared the details on this new power package and it has come at a perfect time for the trio of sports cars . It’s a performance upgrade that has turned the normally tame 200-horsepower sports cars into a fire-breathing bullets that are poised to dominate the automotive scene.

Finally, we can alleviate some of our issues with the BRZ/FR-S/GT86 trio with a healthy injection of power, courtesy of Cosworth. Now, if only we can get the automakers to finally add some of this power straight from the factory, instead of slapping on silly body kits and flashy wheels.

Cosworth’s program comes in three stages, with the details on Stage 1 being the only ones that are available as of June 2, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86 by Cosworth.

Source: Cosworth

The Subaru BRZ has been around since the 2013 model year and to this day, there’s still little evidence that Suby is prepared to make a more powerful version of the sports car . It’s latest special edition model, the BRZ Series.Blue, follows in what has become an increasingly frustrating trend for Subaru (Toyota and Scion , too, for that matter) enthusiasts. The aerodynamic upgrades are there, and the interior even looks real nice. But for all the upgrades the BRZ Series.Blue received, it still carries that same medicore 2.0-liter boxer that produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Care to bump that up a little, Subaru?

The likely answer we’ll get is "not as long as people keep buying it," but we’re still holding out hope that Subaru has some serious plans for the BRZ down the road. The rumored BRZ STi is one that we’re clearly holding on to, and we’re not letting that go until Subaru takes the idea to pasture, kills it and brings us its lifeless body.

The rumored output for the BRZ STi is 250 horsepower, which isn’t much, but still something to look forward to. The biggest thing is that we’d likely see that 151 pound-feet of torque climb to closer to the 250 pound-feet mark, giving the BRZ the ability to pull hard out of corners and from the line. But for now, we’re going to have to settle for the STi-badged BRZ Series.Blue. Only 1,000 models are being made so it does have "exclusivity" attached to it.

Take that for what it’s worth.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue.

If you happen to be a fan of slightly quirky Japanese cars with AWD, I have great news for you. It seems Subaru is finally spending the money to bring new platforms and engines to its lineup of cars.

The report comes from Automotive News, who is claiming that after six straight years of record-breaking growth, the Fuji Heavy Industries subsidiary is going to bring a new modular platform to market in a 2016. Along with this new platform that will underpin, the new Impreza and Outback as well as the Legacy and an unnamed three-row crossover , Subaru will add direct injection to every single engine it builds in an effort to improve fuel economy. Adding direct injection will also improve emissions and improve performance.

The goal is to make its models even more enticing to buyers by providing all the same Subaru greatness with even better fuel economy, traditionally a downside of Subaru’s love of AWD.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Subaru Impreza.


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