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The folks at Motor Trend’s Ignition tend to get their hands on new cars first, and for good reason, as they deliver stellar reviews. This time around, Jonny Lieberman got his hands on the 2015 Subaru WRX . Not only does Lieberman now how to handle powerful cars, but he also happens to be a lover of WRX s.

He was brutally honest about the new WRX, and actually pointed out plenty of flaws in it, including its rather bland looks and the fact that it is not nearly as quick as last year’s model. The latter of those two issues is rather striking, as Ignition tested last year’s WRX and noted a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph, while the 2015 model took a whopping 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. This is mostly because the new six-speed gearbox requires a 2-to-3 shift to hit 60 mph, but it is also courtesy of a little extra weight.

Overall, however, it seems as if Lieberman had a ball beating the crap out of the WRX, and left it with a pretty good review. He actually called it the best driving WRX ever built, which is a pretty big statement coming from a lover of the model.

Take a look at the video to see exactly what Jonny had to say, and keep an eye out for the awesome air time the Suby gets at around the 5:45 mark.

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , Subaru unveiled the Legacy concept — a preview of a production model set to be unveiled in 2014. Today the company has released the first teaser image of the all-new Legacy , which will be unveiled on February 6th at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

Few details were released about the new Legacy, but the teaser image reveals a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan .

We’re not too sure how many design elements from the concept will be carried over into the production version, but we will really like seeing those cool hawk-eye headlights and taillights.

Under the hood, rumors suggest that the 2015 Legacy will get an improved version of Subaru’s famous boxer engine. We also expect to see Suby’s Symmetrical AWD (S-AWD) system and a CVT.

Updated 02/07/2014: The Legacy has officially made its debut. See all of the details after the jump.

Updated 05/16/2014: Subaru announced prices for the all new 2015 Legacy set to be put on sale later this summer. Prices will range from $21,695 for the 2.5i and up to $29,595 for the 3.6R Limited version. Full details after the jump.

Updated 05/28/2014: Today we added about 100 new high res images to our 2015 Subaru Legacy picture galley. They reveal new details of the interior and more exterior colors. Check the "Images" tab to see them all.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

Subaru is preparing to make a statement at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring , and to help it do so, the Japanese automaker has unveiled the WRX STI NBR Challenge.

The race car is scheduled to compete in the SP3T class, which is a sub-category that only allows cars carrying turbocharged engines with displacements of 2.0 liters or less.

That’s all fine and dandy for Subaru and its new WRX STI NBR Challenge, which is a full-fledged race car complete with all the bells and whistles required to compete in the series. With this being a race-tuned rig, you won’t find the usual WRX goodies; instead, it comes with modified bumpers, a prominent rear wing, a ventilated hood, lightweight windows and a track-tuned suspension, all put in specifically for racing purposes.

The WRX STI NBR Challenge also received a set of 18-inch, BBS wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires, as well as a reworked 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that’s now capable of hitting 340 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. That’s a tidy 35 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque more than the stock 2015 WRX STI.

Subaru has high hopes for the WRX STI NBR Challenge as it prepares to tackle the Nurburgring. Tackling the `Ring is easier said than done, but with drivers Toshihiro Yoshida, Kota Sasaki, Carlo van Dam and Marcel Lasée all ready to take their turn racing this blue rocket, Subaru’s got as good a chance as any other team.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Subaru WRX STI

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Subaru of American announced that the first 1,000 units of the 2015 WRX STI offered in North America will be special Launch Edition models. The WRX STI Launch Edition will come draped in WRX Blue Pearl exterior paint combined with gold-painted, 18-inch, BBS alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40R18 summer performance tires.

On the interior, the 2015 WRX STI Launch Edition will also feature an exclusive cabin design treatment that includes performance-designed front seats wrapped in blue Alcantara with black stitching — regular WRX STIs will be carry black seats with red stitching. The same blue and black combination will see used on the door panels, console and the carpeted floor mats. The will be lots of "STI" and "Launch Edition" logos placed all over the cabin to remind you that this is a special model.

As standard, the new WRX STI Launch Edition will come with an STI short-throw shifter for the six-speed manual transmission and Keyless Access & Start system, which are usually offered as an option on the WRX STI Premium.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

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The Subaru WRX STI will make its first public appearance next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , so we still have to wait a few more days before we finally get to see it in person. Though we still haven’t seen the STI in person, Subaru has already released details on the racing version that Subaru will use in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race set to take place from 19th to 22nd of June.

With the new WRX STI race car, Subaru will participation in the 24-hour race for the seventh consecutive time and hopes to obtain its third victory in the SP3T class. This year the race car is based on the new-generation WRX STI and features a more aggressive body kit, with a larger rear wing for improved downforce.

Just like in the previous years, Hideharu Tatsumi will be the team manager, while Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki will be listed as drivers along with two European drivers.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Subaru WRX STI.

Subaru LEVORG Concept

Well, that didn’t take long.

The Subaru LEVORG Concept — it wasn’t so much a concept, actually, but more of a near-production model — made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and Subaru isn’t wasting any time developing a multitude of concepts based on the sports wagon.

There are five concepts in total, all of which somehow carry the "LEVORG" nomenclature: the LEVORG STI Performance, the LEVORG Premium Sports, the LEVORG Prova, the LEVORG Syms and, the LEVORG Corazon Sportier.

To be honest, we don’t know a whole lot about these concepts, other than the obvious that they all share the LEVORG name. Other than that, it’s matter of deciphering the names and figuring out which of these concepts will in all likelihood get our attention.

The most obvious is the LEVORG STI Performance, which contains the three most awesome letters of Subaru ’s alphabet: S-T-I. There’s also the LEVORG Premium Sports, which we imagine to be somewhere along the lines of a BRZ -derived sports car that doesn’t pack quite as much power as the STI Performance.

As for the other three, those names (Prova, Syms, and Corazon Sportier) don’t do a whole lot in kick-starting our imaginations. Nevertheless, we’re still looking forward to seeing all five LEVORG concepts when they make their debuts at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon this coming January.

Click past the jump to read about the original LEVORG Concept.

The Vision Gran Turismo project really is unlike anything we’ve seen in the industry. It’s a massive project that involves more than a handful of automakers, as well as some companies with no direct ties to the auto industry, all with the objective of creating one-off concepts that will be exclusively used in Gran Turismo 6.

As of today, only two concepts have been revealed — the BMW Vision Gran Turismo and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo — but as the days go by, more and more companies are dropping teasers of their respective one-offs.

Toyota did it last week and now, Subaru is joining in on the fun with its own side teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

As you can expect, the sporty silhouette of the Subaru Vision Gran Turismo Concept reveals a cutting-edge design that does justice to the concept of the whole collaborative project. Diffusers on both the front and rear end appear to bulge out, giving the concept a more robust look. Meanwhile, the roof looks like it extends past where it should be and actually has brake lights set up on it too. There’s also a huge rear spoiler (no suprise there), a fancy set of wheels, and a shooting brake-like figure that we don’t normally see from a Subaru concept.

Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concepts

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Back in May, we reported about a tuned Subaru Impreza STi that lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in record time, becoming the fastest Impreza to lap the world-famous racetrack. The team behind the record-breaking car, Revolution Motorstore, built it with utmost attention to detail and total commitment, with an aim to set a new lap record for a Subaru Impreza.

The folks behind this awesome, record-setting project now plan to sell the Subaru Impreza "Project STi ". An advertisement was recently put up Revolution Motorstore official Facebook page. "Project STi" is now up for sale at £42,995 which is just over $70,000.

That’s a pretty steep price, sure, but keep in mind that this is no ordinary Impreza. The tuner went to great lengths in order to make it competitive. Major changes have been done to the interior and the exterior, including the removal of the rear doors. Not like the rear doors are needed anyways, as in place of the back seat is a custom-built half roll cage.

The tuner also replaced the stock 2.5-liter engine with a 2.0-liter, four-pot boxer engine from a JDM Impreza. Apart from the engine block itself, the rest of the parts have either been replaced or reworked for improved performance and durability. The net result is an engine that now puts out over 500 horsepower and upwards of 500 pound-feet of torque.

The suspension systems have been overhauled from ground up, so it can tackle any track you throw at it. Standard brakes would’ve never stood up to the punishment and hence had to be replaced with larger discs, new calipers, brakes lines, fluids, master cylinders, and more.

Click past the jump to read in detail about the 2003 Subaru Impreza Project STi

If you’re wondering why the Subaru BRZ suddenly morphed into an SUV, don’t worry, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

This is a completely different car from the popular sports coupe; actually, it’s not so much of an actual car as it is a concept on what the BRZ could look like if it was given the full sport utility treatment.

The concept is called the Cross Sport Design and it’s on display at the Tokyo Motor Show . Those are about all the details we have of the vehicle, other than the obvious fact that it looks really sweet with the BRZ-inspired design, complete with the coupe-like stance, the unmistakable BRZ headlamps, the distinctive grille, the stylish fenders and those massive wheels.

According to Subaru , the Cross Sport Design Concept is the final product of a project that wanted to combine the essence of sport and utility in one design,There are a lot of ways that Subaru could have interpreted that, but we’re pretty happy that they choice this route to do so.

We’re pretty excite to see what the Cross Sport Design Concept has to offer.

Click past the jump to read more about the inspiration for the concept, the mighty and popular Subaru BRZ, and to see more shots of the Cross Sport Design Concept.

Source: Autocar UK
Toyota GT 86

The Tokyo Motor Show has been full of excitement and interesting new designs, but one bit of bad news has surfaced: Subaru’s brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga dismissed the idea of a convertible Subaru BRZ.

[Automotive News] has reported that Yoshinaga wasn’t too fond of Toyota ’s drop-top concept displayed at Tokyo, saying his engineers believe the chassis would require a complete redesign in order to safely create a convertible BRZ.

Unfortunately, the lack of Yoshinaga’s blessing spells doom for Toyota’s attempts at building the car even without Subaru. Yoshinaga is also president of Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company that owns Subaru and manufacturer of both the BRZ and FR-S . “We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” says Yoshinaga.

With that sort of nail in the coffin, it seems unlikely a convertible FR-S or BRZ will ever appear – at least in the car’s current generation. Perhaps when the car’s second generation rolls out, Fuji Heavy Industries will have accounted for the heavy interest in the roadster. Yoshinaga himself knows the market is ripe for the car, "I understand well that Toyota Toyota is receiving strong requests from the American market for the car," he said. "But the biggest challenge is meeting our internal safety standards. There are big technical difficulties."

Perhaps a bigger issue of concern is the apparent inter-company quarreling happening over the convertible idea. Toyota, the company responsible for the overall design of the BRZ/FR-S cars, seems adamant about the idea and has toted several convertible FR-S concepts around to other car show around the world, while the President of the manufacturing company and brand chief of Subaru, responsible for the powertrain and underpinnings of the cars, is dead set against it. Such an open and publicly played out situation cannot be good for future product development.

Lets just keep our fingers crossed that Toyota’s desire for a chopped-top FR-S doesn’t put the entire FT-86 project on the chopping block.

Click past the jump for more info on the FR-S and BRZ coupes


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