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Two things we’ve come to learn about Subaru in the past month: it has a special place in its heart for Australia and its doing all it can to give the soon-to-depart current-generation WRX the swan song it deserves.

The Japanese automaker’s Australian arm is introducing a limited-edition WRX model in Australia, called the WRX RS40. If you’re wondering what the "RS40" means, that’s an allusion to Subaru’s 40th anniversary in Australia and considering that the legendary sports sedan is nearing its last legs, it was only appropriate for the folks Down Under to give it a proper send-off on the same year Subaru is celebrating the big "4-0" in the country.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the WRX RS40 dons the iconic WR Blue Mica finish that has become a trademark for the model for so many years. Subaru also added a slew of new aero components, including STI front and rear spoilers, a strut-tower brace, special "RS40" badges, and of course, a set of 17-inch gold-finished alloy wheels.

There aren’t a whole lot of interior modificatons, but where it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Recaro sport seats with blue Alcantara inserts are the unquestioned highlight of the cabin upgrades and are complemented by a new short-throw shifter, and an individually numbered plaque.

No performance upgrades were given to the WRX RS40, so expect the same 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that develops a tidy 195kW (261 horsepower) at 6,000 rpm and 343 Nm (253 pound-feet) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Suby will offer only 300 units, each priced at AUD$4,500 over the base WRX price.

Unfortunately, it’s exclusive to Australia so if you’re thinking of getting one, you’ll probably have to jump through multiple hoops to get one.

Click past the jump to read about the base WRX STI

The Subaru BRZ’s global popularity is unquestioned. Since making its debut a little over a year ago, the BRZ has become quite the seller for Subaru . It still doesn’t have the cache of the Impreza , but it’s safe to say that it’s getting there.

It certainly helps the case of the BRZ that markets like Australia, which has long been a hotbed for muscle cars, has embraced a sports car like the BRZ to the point that it’s offering up a special edition aimed only at the market from "down under."

Granted, the whole "BRZ S" designation only alludes to a number of packages that are being offered as add-ons to the BRZ, but the mere inclination of Subaru’s Australian arm to showcase and offer these programs is a testament to the rising popularity of the BRZ in the Aussie market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ S

The Suby WRX hit showrooms in the U.S. market in 2000, but its roots are far deeper in the Japanese market. In Japan, Subaru unleashed the wild Impreza WRX in 1992 with an astounding 237 horsepower under its hood. In the same year, Subaru also release the Type RA variant of the WRX, which was essentially a tripped down model that was intended for racing, thanks to its lack of features, lighter curb weight, tighter gear ratios and driver-controlled center differentials. In 1999, Subaru produced its final Type RA WRX and the following year, the Impreza WRX made its debut in the U.S.

Here we are, nearly 14 years since the last Type RA WRX made its way out of a Subaru factory and the Japanese automaker has just announced that it is resurrecting the famed moniker with the new WRX STI tS Type RA. On the outside, this model looks like any other old four-door WRX spec C found in Japanese dealers, but under the skin it is a whole different ballgame.

This beastly sedan features all of the suspension and braking upgrades needed to make it a true track monster. Additionally, its optional Tangerine Orange Pearl paint will certainly help you pick it out from a crowded parking lot.

Click past the jump to read all about the WRX STI tS Type RA

American upgrades on Japanese sports cars aren’t exactly a new thing in the aftermarket auto scene these days. Doug Ross, the owner of Weapons Grade Performance in Wallingford, Connecticut, knows all too well about the formula of fitting an American engine into a Japanese sports car.

But unlike the rest of us, Ross has the capabilities to undertake such a project to see if a current Japanese sports car can handle the an American engine tucked inside it.

All of it was eventually answered with the development of the Subaru BRZ06 .

It was a time-consuming project that Ross was determined to complete and with the help of his people from Weapons Grade Performance, he managed to install an LS2 V-8 engine inside the BRZ that was actually a mix-mash of parts from different LS V-8 engines.

After much work and some tedious labor in trying to fit the American engine into the engine bay of the Subaru , Weapons Grade Performance successfully worked around all of the kinks and complications in fitting the BR-Z with a re-tooled and re-modeled LS2 V-8 engine, giving the Subaru more than the 200 horsepower it has on the stock model. Weapons Grade Performance didn’t divulge the exact specifications of the new Chevy-powered BRZ, but we venture to say that since this engine was borrowed from the Corvette Z06, it is at least 500 horsepower.

Weapons Grade Performance is still tinkering with the idea of more modifications to come, including the possibility of dropping a supercharged LS9 engine into the BRZ, which could eventually lead to the BRZ packing close to 600 horsepower under its hood.

Click past the jump to read about the Subaru BRZ

Source: LSXTV

Just recently, we brought you the announcement and video of Revolution Motorstore’s Subaru Impreza STi that it dubbed "Project STi" becoming the fastest Impreza to ever lap Nürburgring. Well, a car like this is never safe from the poking prodding of the folks here at Topspeed. After a quick email exchange, we were able to get the information needed on this super Impreza to pass on to you.

After getting all of the juicy details from the UK, we quickly realized that this is no simple tuner throw-it-together-and-pray-it-works kind of car. Nope, Revolution took to this Suby to task, stripping it of the majority of its tunable parts and either tweaked or outright replaced the ones that were not absolutely perfect for this run around the `Ring.

From the engine all the way to the discrete tailpipes, Revolution’s engineers and builders racked their brains to figure out how to squeeze every bit of power and knock off every ounce of weight while still keeping the car relatively streetable – and we emphasize the word “relatively.”

Click past the jump to read all about this insane build

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Subaru BRZ is a nice sports car, but with quite a disappointing output for real car addicts out there. Luckily for us, where Subaru decided to stop at just 200 horsepower, Crawford Performance comes into focus and increases the output to more than double.

By adding a new turbo, replacing the standard exhaust system and doing some ECU upgrades the tuner obtained an output of 450 horsepower. There are no official detail on the peak torque, but it looks like it has been tripled, so we guess it is somewhere in the 450 pound-feet area. Now, this looks like a number more suitable for a sports car, no?

The guy over Drive took this car out for a test drive in an attempt to see how the updates improved the car’s performance and phenomenal dynamic features. According to them, this package managed to "add to the BRZ ’s performance without taking away from it’s character."

Click past the jump to see Drive taking the Crawford-tuned BRZ to task and to read more on the base BRZ.

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In 2011, a Subaru Impreza STi became the fastest road-legal sedan around the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 55 seconds. Not too fast, relatively speaking, but still, good enough to push it to the top of the model’s list of fastest times. This year a road-legal Subaru Impreza that was prepared by UK tuners, Revolution Motorstore, became the fastest Impreza around the `Ring with a lap time of 7.53.08.

This specially prepared Impreza is powered by a 2.2-liter Cosworth engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. However, the record was set on medium boost, meaning the engine delivered only about 400 horsepower.

Other changes to the Revolution Impreza include the removal of the rear doors, wider arches, a carbon-fiber hood, aluminum boot and thinner glass. The car sits on 19-inch OZ Superturismo LM alloy wheels combined and comes to a stop by way of Tarox 10-pot brake calipers.

Check out the above video to see the Impreza Project STi in action.

See more of the Impreza Project STi after the jump

Last week, the Subaru Rally Team released episode 1 of its two-part "Launch Control" web series chronicling the exploits of the Rally America and the Global RallyCross seasons this year.

Subaru promised that episode 2 of the series would be released shortly thereafter and to its credit, the automaker lived up to it with the release of the the second episode of Launch Control today.

This time, the Subaru Rally Team USA find themselves in Michigan for the 2013 Sno*Drift Rally. The one-off ice and snow has been described as beyond treacherous, where the smallest of mistakes can prove costly for the driver and the team.

But despite all of that, the team is still competing with the best of ’em and drivers David Higgins and Craig Drew are competing against the rest of the field in a course that proves to be far more difficult than anybody previously anticipated.

Like episode 1, the series’ second episode is a must-watch for fans of Subaru, rally racing, and specially fans of both.

Click past the jump to watch episode 1 of Launch Control

When a car is considered the fastest of its kind, people usually stand up and pay serious attention.

Well, that’s what folks are saying about this 2013 BRZ , which belongs to drag racing driver Ali Afshar. If beefed up is a description for this Japanese sports car, then consider that a massive understatement.

As an 18-time NHRA champion, Afshar knows full well the value of having a monster engine under the hood of his team’s racecars. That’s precisely why this BRZ comes with a staggering 1,400 horsepower, all packed in the car’s 2.5-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine. The usual amenities of a racecar have also been added, including the full-on roll cage, the enormous rear wing, the wheelie-bar, and the wide slick wheels.

But the real highlight of this BRZ is that engine that has been tuned to deliver some otherworldly output. All in all, that much power should bode well for the Afshar, as he attempts to race the BRZ down the strip of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this week in 7 seconds.

It’ll be interesting to see if Afshar is successful in his attempt, which will be a record, should he achieve it. Whatever happens, it’s going to make for an extremely entertaining show.

Click past the jump to read about the Subaru BRZ

If there’s one thing we’ve come to know about a web series, it’s that you can’t miss any of it, especially if it’s about the auto industry. Just a few months ago, Koenigsegg had one and it was phenomenal. A few years ago, Chevrolet Racing had another that was equally entertaining.

This time, it’s Japanese automaker, Subaru , or to be more specific, Subaru’s Rally Team USA that is producing a web series. The web series is called "Launch Control" and evidently, it goes behind the scenes on how the team does in both the Rally America and the Global RallyCross seasons this year.

To get thing going, episode 1 of Launch Control introduces us to a man who definitely needs no introductions if you’re a fan rally facing: defending Rally America champion, David Higgins.

The episode takes us on an in-depth look at how Higgins prepares for an arduous rallying season from his home in Wales. In addition to seeing the defending champ’s preparations, we’ll also learn a little more about Higgins’ team as it prepares his car at the Vermont Sports Car in time for the opening of rally season.

The second episode is scheduled to be released on the first of May 1 so until then, check out the first episode of Subaru’s new "Launch Control" web series.


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