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Subaru is planning to introduce the 2015 WRX S4 in Japan on August 25. Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming. Don’t worry, you guys aren’t the only ones. The company has always been secretive when it comes to its vehicles, and is always careful not to leak out any information about them. Somehow, it managed to do it again because there’s little we know about the WRX S4 other than the assumption that it’s going to be a better-equipped version of the standard model.

The Japanese automaker did release a well-crafted press release, highlighted by a prevalent use of quotation marks that points to some clues about the WRX S4.
So the “S4” name apparently comes from the model’s four attributes, including "Sports performance", "Safety performance", "Smart driving" and "Sophisticated feel".

Combining all four elements into one car usually means that said car will be a premium model that makes good use of new technology to increase its appeal. In this case, the WRX S4 will come with the company’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. What we don’t know is whether it’s going to be an updated version or the system the current WRX employs.

The good news is that we won’t have to wait long to know all the details about the Subaru WRX S4. The company has made it clear that it’s unveiling the model on August 25. For now, all we need to do is wait for that day to come.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru WRX S4.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and apparently the driver in these two videos has love for bread and milk on a whole other level. Or perhaps he just needed an excuse to go drifting around town on what is normally a mundane grocery run.

The two videos include some pretty sweet gymkhana-style action around dirt roads, farms, and rock quarries. Not to spoil the fun, but the story line in both videos revolved around our hotshoe friend realizing he’s out of ingredients to make his girl a tasty breakfast. As the girl slowly realizes her Subaru -owning man isn’t in bed with her, she awakens and walks into the kitchen only to find him preparing a meal with the just-snatched ingredients.

Besides implying that owning a Subaru and hooning it like Ken Block will save your romantic relationship, the videos are extremely entertaining to watch. They may not be the most professionally shot videos in the world, but the content sure makes up for quality.

Above is the new2015 Subaru WRX STI hooning about and below the jump is the current Subaru BRZ doing its thing. Both are fun watches, so be sure to check them both out.

Subaru BRZ Gymkhana video after the jump and for info on the cars.

You can now rest easy, Subaru BRZ fans. The Japanese sports car will live to see a second generation version after all. It wasn’t looking too good, especially after a recent conversation between Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and Drive indicated that the second-generation 86 could be a BMW -Toyota collaboration, leaving Subaru out in the cold .

But thank your lucky stars for Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. The head honcho of Subaru’s parent company has told Automotive News that the BRZ will live on, effectively debunking the previous report of the BRZ’s possible demise.

Yoshinaga told Automotive News that Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries will be working on a successor to the current-generation BRZ . The Fuji chief was responding to the aforementioned Drive report that quoted Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

"If I were to be told that, I’d pass out," Yoshinaga told Automotive News. "It’s not going to be just one generation."

Cue the collective sighs of relief from fans of the BRZ.

So it looks like Subaru will still be involved in the next generation model of the BRZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ

You surely remember Subaru’s record-breaking run at the Isle of Man TT we covered on June 21st. The seven minutes of video evidence is pure driving nirvana as we watch Mark Higgins battle his way around the open road course and around the turns along the hilly British island. Well, Subaru has released two more videos surrounding the event, with one being the full, uncut point-of-view shot seen above, and an in-depth look into the changes made to the 2015 WRX STI (below the jump).

The video above is nearly entrancing as you watch the quaint British countryside fly past at 160 mph through the STI’s windshield. Adding to the fun is a voiceover of Higgins walking us through his techniques and inside info on his run. Graphic readouts of his heart rate, temperature, breaths per minute, G forces, speed, and position around the course.

Below the jump, Subaru’s National Manager Dominick Infante runs through the many updates the team did to the otherwise stock 2015 Subaru WRX STI . Among other things, the team added new tires, brake pads, coilover shocks, a straight-pipe exhaust system, GPS trackers, and removed the electronic top speed limiter. For safety, the car gets a roll cage, fire suppression system, a racing seat, and a five-point safety harness.

Be sure to check out both videos for the complete story; the second video is after the jump.

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.


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