2017 Subaru Impreza

2017 Subaru Impreza
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  • Subaru Impreza
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    20000 (Est.)
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New platform and direct injection for Subaru’s sporty compact

Previewed by a concept car introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the next-generation Subaru Impreza has been unveiled in production form at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The brand’s new four-door compact rides on the Subaru Global Platform, a new architecture that will underpin all of the company’s upcoming models. Much like the previous generation, the new Impreza offers a five-door hatchback version, which was also unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The fifth-gen model has been redesigned inside and out, receiving a revised boxer engine with slightly more horsepower and enhanced fuel economy. More significant improvements were made in the safety department thanks to a stiffer body, plus updated or added driver-assist features. Keep reading to find out more.

Updated 10/19/2016: Subaru announced prices for the 2017 Impreza sedan which arrive at dealerships later this year. 5-speed manual models will be available in early 2017.

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The Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition Is The Most Powerful WRX Ever, But It's Not Coming to a Garage Near You

The Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition Is The Most Powerful WRX Ever, But It’s Not Coming to a Garage Near You

If you want one, you’ll have to relocate to South Africa

Subaru has launched the Impreza WRX STI Diamon Edition, the most powerful Impreza ever made. If you want one, you have to get to South Africa. Here’s why you should consider it: 349 horsepower and 342 pound-feet of torque are barely contained under the hood, and all that power is matched by an outrageous body kit.

Subaru has built numerous special edition Imprezas over the years. For instance, think about the 22B or the RB320, both dedicated to the late Richard Burns, or the Japan-only S208. Now, this latest super-Impreza is the work of Subaru South Africa who built it to mark the 30th anniversary of Subaru Technica International or STI.

This isn’t the first limited-edition model built by Subaru South Africa and, like the 15th-anniversary edition, it will most likely become extremely sought after as only 30 will be built. All of them are, probably, already booked and will be shipped to their very lucky owners in January of next year.

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Watch This Subaru WRX With a Six-Speed, AWD, and Four-Cylinder Break Into The 7's: Video

Watch This Subaru WRX With a Six-Speed, AWD, and Four-Cylinder Break Into The 7’s: Video

Did you ever think a four-pot Impreza could do a 7-second quarter-mile run?

Here’s an Impreza that can complete a quarter-mile run in 7 seconds. It’s not the first Impreza to break into the 7-second territory, but it’s the first to do so with a 6-speed manual transmission. Now you’ll understand why they call it the ’White Bullet.’

Can you imagine shifting your way through a manual 6-speed transmission in order to complete a quarter-mile run in 7.96 seconds? It’s hard, especially when you have to contain the might of a +1,000 horsepower AWD Impreza at the same time. But it isn’t impossible as the guys from White Bullet Racing have proved at Maryland International Raceway during the World Cup Finals recently.

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Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Small cars are still quite popular and the market is brimming with options even in 2018

Compact cars still represent great value for money, even in 2018, in a market flooded by SUVs and all kinds of niche crossovers. Compact models are a great choice as a first new car and, luckily, there’s still a great variety of cars to choose from. Here are our top 10 choices.

Picking the best small car of the myriad of options available isn’t an easy thing to do. If you’ve made up your mind and you don’t want a compact SUV or crossover and, instead, go for a compact sedan or hatchback, there are the obvious choices like a Volkswagen Golf, a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla. But the market is much wider than that. and

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Team O'Neil Rally School Explains Heel Toe and Clutchless Shifting: Video

Team O’Neil Rally School Explains Heel Toe and Clutchless Shifting: Video

How to swap cogs like a pro

In the never-ending quest to be a better driver, there’s a few techniques and terms you’ll run into time and again. Heel-toe and clutchless shifting are two very common examples, offering a way to execute buttery-smooth gear changes that won’t upset the drivetrain or the car’s balance at speed, both of which are critical when driving at the limit.

Luckily, there’s the Team O’Neil Rally School, which not only offers hands-on experience with in-depth driving classes at its facility in New Hampshire, but also these helpful videos to give you a basic understanding of what these techniques entail and why they’re important.

First up is heel toe, which is a way to efficiently downshift under braking without upsetting the car’s balance. Essentially, heel toe involves putting the clutch in with your left foot and braking with your right, then moving the shifter to neutral. From there, you use the side of your foot (or “heel”) to “blip” the throttle, bringing up the engine rpms to match those of the rest of the drivetrain and wheels. Properly executed, the shifter should slide into the lower gear with ease, and when you let out the clutch, there should be no jerking in the drivetrain, giving you a smooth downshift under braking. The throttle blips also sound pretty cool.

Next up is clutchless shifting, which is all about feeling out where the engine and drivetrain match up in terms of rpm, then sliding the transmission into gear at just the right moment. This is a good technique to use if you have some kind of clutch failure, or for you simply don’t want to mess about with trick heel toe shifting, but be warned, it can be pretty hard on your transmission if improperly executed.

Finally, it goes without saying that if you want to try these techniques for yourself, make sure to do them in a safe environment!

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The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

Everything you need without breaking the bank

Finding the right car for you isn’t exactly easy. From horsepower to mpg, interior room to standard equipment, there’s a lot to take in and consider. Of course, doing your homework is critical to finding that perfect ride, and luckily, if you’re looking for something under the $20K-mark, we’ve got you covered right here.

Continue reading for the full list.

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Subaru Will Probably Kill Off Its Manual Transmission Because Eyesight Isn't Compatible

Subaru Will Probably Kill Off Its Manual Transmission Because Eyesight Isn’t Compatible

Will the Six-Star brand put its third pedal to bed?

In a bid to make its cars safer, Subaru will look to double down on its high-tech Eyesight suite of features. Unfortunately, that could mean the death of its manual transmission offering, which so far is not compatible with Eyesight.

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2018 Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition

2018 Subaru Impreza 50th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate Subaru’s 50th year in the U.S. with a limited-edition sedan

Unveiled for the 2017 model year, the current-generation Subaru Impreza received a significant makeover inside and out compared to the previous model, but old engine was carried over with mild revisions. Despite not being that much more powerful, the sedan gets a lot of praise for its comfortable and roomy cabin, the standard all-wheel-drive system, and the available safety features. For 2018, the Impreza continues without any changes — which isn’t surprising given that it’s still relatively new — but Subaru is offering a limited-edition, 50th Anniversary package.

The bundle is part of Subaru’s celebration of its 50th anniversary in the United States. Established in 1953, the Japanese firm crossed the pond to the U.S. in 1968, when Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm founded Subaru of America in Philadelphia and began selling the tiny 360 model. This limited-edition Impreza is part of a larger scale 50th Anniversary offensive that includes the entire U.S. lineup, minus the yet-to-be-available Ascent. Yes, you can have the package on the Legacy, Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, BRZ, and WRX too, but we’re going to focus on the Impreza in this article.

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Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Celebrates 50 years in the U.S. with boring lineup

Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.

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Get Ready To Wag Your Tail: The Barkleys Return In Subaru's Latest Commercial

Get Ready To Wag Your Tail: The Barkleys Return In Subaru’s Latest Commercial

Looks like someone needs to work on their parallel barking

There are few things out there that are guaranteed advertising hits, but dogs seem to be one of the most universal. I mean, come on – not only are they adorable, but you can put ’em in just about any situation and they quickly become the center of attention. Anyone who’s been in a room with a new puppy will be able to attest to that.

With that in mind, it makes sense that Subaru is once again falling back on its tail-wagging, ball-chasing, slobbery-kiss roots with a fresh ad featuring our favorite canine family, the Barkleys. This time around, the puppers are working on their parallel parking skills in a new silver Impreza hatchback. Of course, getting it next to the curb can be a particularly tricky maneuver if you don’t have thumbs, but it’s even harder when you’re distracted by a pair of flying ducks overhead. Let’s just say things don’t go exactly as planned.

It’s a cute watch, and at 30 seconds in length, it’s quick as well. And don’t forget to check out more of Subaru’s dog-themed adverts below ;)

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Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

The 25-year-rule has elapsed on these old school classics

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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Subaru Dresses up its Three Favorite Models for an Outing in Tokyo

Subaru Dresses up its Three Favorite Models for an Outing in Tokyo

Technically, they’re not concepts in the traditional way concepts are created

Subaru’s ho-hum presence at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show - only the new Impreza made the trip to Germany - may have been a disappointment for fans of the brand, but not all is lost because the Japanese automaker will be out in full force at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. We already know that it plans to unveil a special edition version of the BRZ at the event. Now, it’s adding to its list of debuts by rolling out three “concept” versions of its three best-selling models: the Impreza, XV, and Outback.

Truth be told; none of the concepts are actual concepts, at least in the traditional way we know of concepts. Instead, they’re more like “special variants,” each coming with unique exterior and interior features that none of their standard counterparts feature. Subaru even says as much, describing them as previews of what it calls the “new Subaru story,” presumably a launching pad for what future versions of these models could look like. The company hasn’t made it clear if it plans to roll out these models in limited edition numbers like the BRZ STI Special Edition, but don’t be surprised if it does, especially if the public reacts to it as favorably as Subaru hopes.

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Ugly Car Spotlight – Subaru Impreza Casa Blanca

Ugly Car Spotlight – Subaru Impreza Casa Blanca

Here’s looking at you, kid. Unfortunately.

Barring its concept cars, Subaru isn’t exactly known for pumping out gorgeous exterior designs. Functional? Dependable? Fast? Yes to all three, but either way, styling remains a real weak area for the Six Star brand. Unfortunately, the Impreza Casa Blanca is proof positive of that, and it quite possibly takes the cake for ugliest production car ever.

Apparently, Subaru decided to update the 1999 and 2000 model year Impreza with this hideous body kit to capitalize on a renewed interest in retro cars. Incredibly, upwards of 5,000 examples of the Casa Blanca were built. Luckily, this monstrosity was relegated to the JDM market only, which means those of us residing in the U.S. don’t risk losing our lunch after accidently seeing one of these things out on the road.

Just look at that front end and those taillights! The whole thing is a mishmash of contradictory styles, botched together by groan-worthy details that make us want to run for the hills. It’s slow too, mounting a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter boxer four in its deformed nose.

What do you think, dear reader? Is this indeed the ugliest car ever made, or is there something else out there that’s even worse? Let us know in the comments!

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Quick Highlight – Subaru Impreza Gravel Express

Quick Highlight – Subaru Impreza Gravel Express

Keep your miserable SUV, all aboard the Gravel Express!

I think at this point, Subaru is well established as one of the primary movers and shakers in the world of rough, rally-tough performance, mostly thanks to the turbocharged, all-four-driven, race-bred WRX. But while this mainstay of the import enthusiast culture first hit U.S. shores in the early 2000’s, older overseas slideways fans have known the joy of boosted Scoobys for much longer. Probably the most famous old school ‘Rex is the wide-hipped, be-winged 22B, a true icon in and of itself. But I’m not here to sing the praises of the 22B, at least not this time around. No, instead I want to raise awareness of something a little… weirder. Say hello to the Gravel Express, a JDM-special WRX rocking two-tone paint, a raised ride height, a giant bull bar on the nose, and a spare wheel on the hatch.

All you really need to know about this thing is right there in the name. Indeed, this odd Impreza is rocking WRX-levels of power from a carryover turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine and the traditional high-performance symmetrical AWD system. Unfortunately, Subaru axed the Gravel Express after just one generation, because apparently, this tasty slice of automotive awesomeness just didn’t sell as well as hoped. But the fact it was made at all is reason to celebrate, no?

On these shores, we got the much-less-interesting Impreza Outback Sport, which neglected boost in favor an all-atmosphere 2.2-liter four-cylinder, but the bones are pretty much the same. Your job, dear enthusiast, is to find an old Outback Sport, drop in a turbo 2.0-liter, lift it up, mount a bull bar up front, and put a spare wheel on the hatch. Once your task is complete, let the gravel be your guide…

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Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

Big aero, big rubber, track-ready and looking mean

We love it when we get our hands on a fresh batch of renderings. Sometimes, it’s lifelike speculation on some hotly anticipated next-gen model, while other times, it’s an imaginative mash-up of the unexpected. This particular set of renderings (nine of ‘em total) falls firmly into the latter category, mixing everyday rides like the Toyota Prius and classic Ford Mustang with the styling cues inspired by Formula 1. The images come courtesy of our friends over at Budget Direct, and long story short, we think they look awesome.

Of course, this opens up possibilities to a whole range of F1-themed rides. Never before has a Smart car looked so good, or a Jeep looked so quick, or a Prius looked so desirable. Of course, there are a few sports cars tossed in for good measure, like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX, all of which make the transition into the world of high-performance a little more easily. Read on for a breakdown on each, and don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments below, plus your suggestions for other street models that need the F1-treatment.

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2017 Subaru Impreza

2017 Subaru Impreza

New platform and direct injection for Subaru’s sporty compact

Previewed by a concept car introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the next-generation Subaru Impreza has been unveiled in production form at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The brand’s new four-door compact rides on the Subaru Global Platform, a new architecture that will underpin all of the company’s upcoming models. Much like the previous generation, the new Impreza offers a five-door hatchback version, which was also unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The fifth-gen model has been redesigned inside and out, receiving a revised boxer engine with slightly more horsepower and enhanced fuel economy. More significant improvements were made in the safety department thanks to a stiffer body, plus updated or added driver-assist features. Keep reading to find out more.

Updated 10/19/2016: Subaru announced prices for the 2017 Impreza sedan which arrive at dealerships later this year. 5-speed manual models will be available in early 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Subaru Impreza.

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Colin McRae's 1997 Subaru WRC Imprezza For Sale

Colin McRae’s 1997 Subaru WRC Imprezza For Sale

The partnership between car and driver is something that sticks in our mind for life, and a prime example of such a partnership is Colin McRae and the Subaru World Rally Team. McRae may be gone, leaving this existence far too early, but his spirit will forever live on in WRC. But, there’s another way his spirit lives on, and you could own a piece of McRae’s amazing WRC history with the Subaru Impreza that you see here.

This car is a 1997 Subaru WRC Impreza that was driven by none other than Calin McRae during the 1997 FIA World Rally Championship. It’s currently in stock in Mohr Klassik’s showroom in Boblingen, Germany with a price tag of €280,000. That translates to about $313,000 at exchange rates as of September 2016. This car saw four World Cup race heats in 1998, then from 1999 to 2008, the car saw use in several World and European Championship rallies under private ownership. Its last run was in the Rally Legend in San Marino in 2008, after which it was fully restored to the condition you see here.

After undergoing a full restoration, the car has been in the hands of various collectors ever since, seeing very little time on the road, primarily for short testing. According to Mohr Klassik and the images, the car is in perfect condition and ready for use. For the record, this beauty is powered by a 2.0-liter that delivers some 300 horsepower and nearly as many pound-feet in torque. It weighs right around 2,500 pounds.

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2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited – Driven

2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited – Driven

Our last look at the fourth-generation Impreza Sport

The Impreza has been around since the early 1990s and has made a name for itself in both everyday driving and motorsports. The compact sedan and its hatchback sibling offer room for five, decent cargo room, and most iconically, AWD with power from Subaru’s horizontally opposed Boxer four-cylinder. That recipe has held true through the deceases as improvements in design, safety, and efficiency helped attract customers.

The fourth generation Impreza debuted in the U.S. for the 2012 model year and brought a new 2.0-liter flat-four. Sadly, Subaru’s quest for higher EPA ratings was fully recognized in the new car. Power and torque were down over the outgoing 2.5-liter while fuel economy rose. Likewise, the old four-speed automatic was ditched in favor of a fun-sucking CVT.

Now as the 2017 model year approaches, the Impreza sedan and Impreza Sport hatchback are slotted for replacement. Yep, the fifth generation car has arrived and is ready to relegate the fourth-gen to the pre-owned section. But before that officially happens, we decided to take a final look at the fourth generation car, the 2016 model year, before it headed off in the sunset.

Our tester, an Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited, came with a slew of options and features which pushed the price towards the upper $20,000 region. Still, the Impreza came with high-end features like automatic climate control, SirusXM radio, leather seats, and optional equipment like the seven-inch infotainment screen and Subaru’s EyeSight Driver-Assist System. Though the driving characteristics stray towards the dull side, the Impreza Sport Limited can undoubtedly be a well-equipped car.

So let’s take a close look at the last iteration of the fourth generation Impreza Sport

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2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

The new Impreza Hatchback looks to bring even stronger competition to the compact hatchback market

We got a look at the future of the Subaru Impreza 5-Door (or hatchback) when the 2015 Impreza 5-Door Concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. With it, we saw a pretty radical design all the way around, with sleek-looking headlights, an overly aggressive front fascia, and some dominate body lines on the side. Now, one year after, Subaru decided to bring both the Impreza Sedan and the Hatchback version at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Like the sedan, the 5-Door version is largely based on the design we saw when the Concept debuted in Tokyo.

When we first saw the concept, we weren’t sure how much of the design would actually make it to the production model, but luckily, at least some of it did. The new production model isn’t nearly as aggressive, but in Sport trim, as depicted in the images we have here, the car does have a bit of a bite to it. As always, the Impreza hatchback comes with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system. But, more importantly, it also rides on the same global architecture as the sedan.

Along with the new global architecture, the Impreza Hatchback – like the sedan – also features an updated boxer engine that offers up more power than before, as well as some other new features to get excited about. Normally, Subaru releases wild looking concepts and follows up with boring production models, but when it comes to the new Impreza, Subaru didn’t disappoint as much as we expected. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new 2017 Impreza Hatchback and see just how it compares to the outgoing model.

Updated 10-19-2016: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2017 Impreza five-door hatch. There is a small price increase ranging between $100 and $1,000 depending on trim level. Check out the Prices section below for all the juicy details.

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Subaru Unveils Next-Generation Global Architecture

Subaru Unveils Next-Generation Global Architecture

Next-gen platform will underpin all Subaru models except BRZ

Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, has taken a bold step towards the future of its auto brand by revealing the Subaru Global platform, the automaker’s new architecture that will underpin the entirety of Subaru’s model lineup beginning with the 2017 Impreza. The only vehicle that will not use this new platform will be the next-generation Subaru BRZ.

Other than the BRZ, which shares little with other Subarus, the new platform is expected to become the foundation of the automaker’s next-generation models. It’s got a host of notable features that sets up the future of Subaru models quite nicely. For instance, the platform will be fully compatible with a range of different powertrain types, including traditional gas, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and even hydrogen fuel cell.

It’s also promising improved levels of safety that Subaru expects will be one of the key characteristics for all of the models that will use this platform. Rigidity is expected to improve by as much as 100 percent compared to what current Subaru models have. This improvement lines up future models with a more balanced platform that should improve the overall ride and comfort. There are also hints to adapting future technology, which sets the automaker up nicely for future tech items like the EyeSight electronic driver aids.

The 2017 Subaru Impreza will get first dibs on the new Subaru Global platform. The model is scheduled to be launched later this year. That should give everyone an early look on what the new architecture is all about and just as important, what it can do for Subaru’s vehicle program for the next decade.

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2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

2015 Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept

The Subaru Impreza has been around since 1992 when it was released as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Since then, it has seen three generations, with its latest generation debuting in 2011. It’s only been four years, but Subaru has been working on a replacement, which has led us to the debut of two new Impreza concepts.

The Subaru Impreza Five-Door concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, but we have had to wait to see what Subaru has put together for the Impreza Sedan Concept. Now that the Los Angeles Auto Show is underway, that wait is finally over, and we’ve finally gotten to see the sexy sedan that is the Subaru Sedan Concept.

After seeing the Five-Door Concept, we speculated that the sedan would share a lot of the same design queues as the Impreza Five-Door Concept. Our speculations were dead on, as the cars do share the same front end, but the sedan still has a look all its own. That gentle slope to the rear end and the bright red finish really makes the sedan stand out a lot more that the five-door variant ever did. So, now that the sheet has been pulled off the new sedan, let’s take a deeper look at this exciting new concept.

Updated 11/23/2015: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept

2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept

Launched for the 2012 model year, the fourth-generation Subaru Impreza still has what it takes to give its competitors a run for their money, but a successor is right around the corner. Though Subaru has yet to reveal when the fifth-gen compact will arrive, word has it the big unveiling is planned for 2016, with sales to commence for the 2017 model year. However, with the Impreza 5-Door Concept now on display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show,, we’ll have a close look at the redesigned model sooner than expected.

Subaru had very little to say about the Impreza 5-Door Concept and how much of it will make it on the next-generation model, but it did mention that the study hints at "the design direction not only of the new Impreza but of Subaru’s future models as a whole." Don’t get too excited though, Subaru has a long history of showing awesome concepts only to follow up with mundane production models. Unless someone at Fuji Heavy Industries decides it’s time for a new strategy, the next Impreza will probably leave us a bit disappointed.

The 5-Door Concept is one of ten vehicles Subaru showcases in Tokyo. Other exhibits include the Viziv Future Concept, WRX S4 SportVita, Forester X-Break, and BRZ GT300.

Updated 10/28/2015: Subaru dropped the official details on the new Impreza 5-Door Concept car which previews the next-generation Impreza. According to Subaru, the next Impreza will be the first vehicle to adopt FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision "Prominence 2020" announced back in 2014.

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2015 - 2016 Subaru Impreza

2015 - 2016 Subaru Impreza

Launched in 1992, the Impreza quickly became one of Subaru’s most iconic vehicles, mostly due to its successful early campaigns in the World Rally Championship. Kept in production for eight years until 2000, the first-generation Impreza was sold with a bevy of flat-four engines displacing from 1.5 to 2.5 liters and in three body styles, four-door coupe, sedan, and five-door hatchback. The second-gen model, also known as the "bugeye era" Impreza was built between 2000 and 2007, and it was the first to lack a coupe version. The third-generation model followed in 2007, with a refresh to occur for the 2012 model year. For the fourth-gen model, Subaru discontinued the 2.5-liter engine, leaving the Impreza with only a 2.0-liter four-banger mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT. For the 2015 model year, Subaru prepared a refreshed front fascia, updated convenience features and minor drivetrain tweaks for improved fuel economy.

Unlike its predecessor, the revised Impreza moves closer to the larger Legacy in terms of styling. Updates also add technology improvements across the lineup, which each trim gaining new standard equipment. Read on for the full details.

Updated 09/11/2015: Subaru announced prices for the 2016 Impreza, which will arrive at Subaru retailers in late fall. The model was heavily revised for the 2015 model year, so this year it will remain unchanged. Prices will start from $18,295 - an increase of just $100 over last year.

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Subaru Recalls 32K Imprezas To Fix Airbag Problems

Subaru Recalls 32K Imprezas To Fix Airbag Problems

Subaru of America is recalling 32,400 2012 Subaru Impreza sedan and wagon models over concerns regarding faulty airbag deployment. The recall encompasses 2012 model year vehicles that were manufactured between April 21, 2011, and February 15, 2012. The recall does not include WRX or STI models, and is not connected with the Takata airbag recall affecting earlier Imprezas.

The issue is believed to stem from a malfunction in the occupancy detector’s capacitance sensor, which helps to identify when there is a passenger sitting in the seat. Basically, a variety of unanticipated conditions could prompt the detection system to deactivate when an adult is seated, preventing the airbag from deploying in a crash. These conditions include a passenger touching an electrically grounded part of the car (like the metal seat adjuster), using an electronic device (like a phone) plugged into the accessory power outlet, or sitting with damp clothes. It’s also reported that a cell phone left on the seat or a splash of water on the seat could trigger the failure. 

If the system is deactivated, the driver will receive an airbag warning light, while the passenger airbag indicator registers as being off.

Most occupancy detectors detect weight rather than electrical capacitance, and Subaru says the sensor, newly introduced for the 2012 model year, was not properly calibrated to filter out the above-stated conditions.

The recall was issued following a preliminary evaluation from the NHTSA in April, which was launched after 26 complaints from owners. Subaru says it has paid 25,000 warranty claims related to the issue since May.

Owners of all affected Impreza models should receive a mailed notification of the recall within the next 60 days, and can fix the issue by bringing their car to any Subaru dealership for the free installation of a modified sensor.

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Subaru Launches "Dream Weekend" For The 2016 Impreza

Subaru Launches "Dream Weekend" For The 2016 Impreza

If there are two things for which Subaru is best known, it’s probably hippies and dogs. And a new ad campaign for the 2016 Subaru Impreza combines both elements for a stereotypical commercial with a fun-loving dog story being told with Willie Nelson playing in the background. It isn’t clear when or where “Dream Weekend” will be shown, but for right now, you can see the 60-second spot on Subaru’s YouTube channel.

Subaru chose Willie Nelson’s “I’ve Loved You All Over The World” as the music for this commercial, which shows an owner treating his almost-15-year-old dog to a bucket-list weekend. The commercial also helps kick off a dog-friendly social media initiative called #MakeADogsDay, where Subaru is hoping that fans will upload pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing their poochies being pampered.

As for the car in this car commercial, Subaru has yet to release any official details for the 2016 Impreza, but it doesn’t appear that many, if any, changes are in store for the compact hatchback and sedan, just a year after a mid-cycle refresh.

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2016 Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid

2016 Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid

In the “what took so long?” news category, Subaru recently announced that it would start selling a new hybrid Impreza model in Japan next month. With a lineup full of compact and midsize vehicles (most of which have all-wheel drive), Subaru is looking for ways to increase the fuel economy across its lineup, and this hybrid model makes perfect sense.

Currently, the only gasoline-electric hybrid customers can get from Subaru is the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, but starting July 10, the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid brings Subaru’s hybrid tech to the standard version of the entry-level hatchback. Since the XV Crosstrek is essentially just a lifted version of the Impreza hatchback with a little extra body cladding, creating this new model was probably more of a challenge for Subaru’s marketing team than its engineers.

Even as conventional cars push the limits of efficiency, hybrids should continue to play a bigger role in the automotive industry as automakers look to maximize the overall efficiency of their fleets. In Subaru’s case, the Impreza Sport Hybrid marks just the second hybrid in its lineup, but a more advanced plug-in hybrid is planned by 2018.

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2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i - Driven

2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i - Driven

Introduced for 2012, the current fourth-generation Subaru Impreza holds its own against the small-car competition, yet it somehow lacked that special feel to it – its Subaru-ness that fans often talk about. Well for 2015, the Impreza bows with a mid-cycle refresh that includes a slight nose job and some interior material upgrades, but not much else.

To see if the changes make a difference, I spent a week behind the wheel of an Impreza 2.0i dressed in Limited trim. My sedan came coated in Crystal White paint with attractive 17-inch alloy wheels accenting the bright look. One major option package was selected, which included the EyeSight Driver-Assist System, navigation, keyless access and push-button start, and the power moonroof.

The trim and options combined to make a semi-luxurious sedan with and interesting combination of equipment. I say interesting because while the car could autonomously maintain a safe following distance, it left me to adjust the leather seats by hand. Such miss-matched combinations were almost common in the car, yet other pairings seemed to work well together.

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2015 Subaru STI Rally Car Has Fun On The Snow: Video

2015 Subaru STI Rally Car Has Fun On The Snow: Video

It’s 2015, which means it’s a brand new season for rally racing across the globe! While that may include the high-dollar hijinks of Sébastien Ogier and the World Rally Championship, you and I can get our own taste of sideways-through-a-forest-with-the-throttle-pinned action with Rally America.

Formally known as the SCCA ProRally Championship, Rally America is the premiere series for anyone in the U.S. looking to make a name in what many consider to be the most exciting sport in the world.

One such individual is the current Rally America champion, David Higgins, seen here showing his skills in the frothy white powder. Hailing from the Isle of Man, this British racing artist dominated the 2014 season, taking first place in every event save one, consequently earning a four-peat championship title.

Other notable drivers include Ken Block and Travis Pastrana. Featuring 13 races on both coasts, plus cars from Mitsubishi, Ford, Volkswagen, Scion, and Subaru, Rally America is every bit as exciting as the WRC. Check the event schedule here to see when you might catch a Rally America car flying through your neck of the woods this year.

First on the docket is the Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan, January 30th-31st, where David Higgins will once again return to defend his title in the open class. Expect plenty of slippery conditions and incredible displays of car control.

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10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

There is an overlying stigma that trying to buy a fun and sporty car will cost you an arm and a leg. We decided to set the record straight, and with a shoe-string budget of only $20,000 we have been able to come up with 10 brand-new cars that will make any enthusiast happy without breaking the bank. To make the list, each car must demonstrate a certain level of character, fun, and practicality. Cars were chosen based on weight, handling ability, and power. Also, every car chosen offers a manual transmission on the engine/trim level that we have chosen. So fun, practical and available with three-pedals. There isn’t much more that you really need when looking for a fun and cheap car.

Before you start frying about the great cars that are available for just a little bit more like the Mazda Miata and Ford Fiesta ST, or the amazing cars you can get used, we wanted to focus on the really cheap side of things. If you are already stretching your budget to get a $19-$20k car, buying something at $23k is just not an option. Also, if you are already stretching your budget to hit that $20k mark, the last thing you can afford is the cost of repairs and maintenance that comes with every used car. A full warranty is a very important thing for this market.

With all of that out of the way, let’s jump into this. As always, feel free to tell me how awesome and right all my choices are. If you think I left something off this list, let me know that too. Now hit that jump and enjoy.

See our top ten enthusiast cars for less than $20,000 after the break.

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Subaru Working on a New Platform and New Engines

Subaru Working on a New Platform and New Engines

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.

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2003 Subaru Impreza STi by Revolution Motorstore is Up For Sale

2003 Subaru Impreza STi by Revolution Motorstore is Up For Sale

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

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2013 Subaru WRX RS40

2013 Subaru WRX RS40

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.

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2013 Subaru WRX STI tS Type RA

2013 Subaru WRX STI tS Type RA

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.

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Video: GRID 2 Releases Super Modified DLC Pack

Video: GRID 2 Releases Super Modified DLC Pack

It’s been just a little over a month since GRID 2 hit shelves and the racing game has turned out to be a rather enjoyable diversion from our everyday lives.

It still doesn’t hold up to Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports, but it’s the newest racing game out these days and as such, deserves our full attention. But if there’s one thing about the game that disappoints us, it’s the relative lack of some spicy aftermarket racecars; a problem that Codemasters addressed with the release of a new DLC, called the Super Modified Pack.

As the name evidently suggests, the Super Modified Pack will feature four beastly racecars, including an 890-horsepower R32 Skyline GT-R, a 5ZIGEN Honda Civic Super Modified, and fully customized takes on the Subaru Impresa WRX STI and Mazda RX-7.

That’s four belligerently powerful custom-tuned Japanese racecars that could be yours for $5.99 on Playstation 3 or 480 Microsoft Points (around $6) on the Xbox 360.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to watch the other DLC pack that are offered on GRID 2

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2003 Subaru Impreza STi by Revolution Motorstore

2003 Subaru Impreza STi by Revolution Motorstore

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.”

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Video: Project STi Impreza Becomes the Fastest of its Kind at the 'Ring

Video: Project STi Impreza Becomes the Fastest of its Kind at the ’Ring

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.

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2013 Subaru WRX Concept

2013 Subaru WRX Concept

Subaru decided to surprise us at the 2013 New York Auto Show with two world debuts: first was theXV Crosstrek hybrid and the second one is an all-new performance concept car called WRX and built as a preview version for the upcoming WRX high-performance sedan.

The new WRX Concept car is bringing a new design language with a larger and bolder grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern and a large powerbulge that that indicates this beast has something special lurking beneath.

The concept also offers new hawk-eye headlights and a carbon-fiber roof that helps reduce the car’s weight even more and in the same time lower the car’s total weight. The overall height of the WRX concept is slightly lower, dropping the center of gravity even closer to the pavement.

The concept’s rear features a dramatically curved trunk lid, a wide rear bumper and large quad tailpipes for the car’s sports exhaust system.

This WRX concept doesn’t only boast a new and more aggressive body. It also includes an all-new turbocharged engine that Subaru has not released any information on. The current Subaru Impreza WRX currently offers up a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that delivers 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, but we expect to see something nearing the 300-horsepower range.

The concept unveiled in New York is painted in a cool "WR Blue Pearl III" exterior paint combined with fluorescent Yellow insertions on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers. The concept sits on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels wrapped in 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/05/2013: Subaru has unveiled a new video featuring Osamu Namba - General Manager of Design Dept, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. talking about the new WRX Concept.

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Video: Tyler Witte - From Passion to Reality

Video: Tyler Witte - From Passion to Reality

Who is Tyler Witte? Just like you, we have never heard of the guy before watching this video. In short, he is a 25-year-old driver from Cincinnati, Ohio. “Okay, why is he featured on Top Speed” may be your next question. It’s because he is our kind of guy: he has an incredible passion for cars and most importantly, he developed the car of his dreams from the ground up.

His car is not the best car we’ve seen, as it’s just a Subaru Impreza that he "bought from a friend," but the fact that he invested tons of his own money into transforming that car into an amazing rally racer makes him a man cut from the TopSpeed cloth. Yeah, there are better cars out there that teams with millions of dollars have built, but to see a man without a silver spoon in his mouth pull this off is inspiring.

Everything he did on the car, he did by himself; from bending, cutting, notching and welding the roll cage to assembling the transmission’s guts.

You can see the results of his hard work by watching the above video that includes some fun obstacles and stunts at a private rally facility. We wish Mr. Witte the best of luck!

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Subaru Rally Team USA's 2013 WRX STI Rally Car is Ready to Roll

Subaru Rally Team USA’s 2013 WRX STI Rally Car is Ready to Roll

Subaru Rally Team USA has been more than a fixture in the Rally America champion series; they’ve flat out dominated it in recent years. So it’s not surprising that the team is returning for the 2013 season with enormous expectations of repeating their 2012 title-winning season.

This season, the duo of David Higgins and Craig Drew are set to unleash on Rally America anew and they’ve prepared the perfect steed, the 2013 Subaru WRX STI Rally Car, to help them do the job.

It certainly goes without saying that the championship will run through this team and if there are any challengers out there, they better expect nothing short of a competitive throw down against a team that has made a habit of scooping up Rally America titles in recent years.

And with the 2013 WRX STI Rally Car in the fold, the path to the championship will be much more difficult for the rest of the teams. We’ve been fans of Rally America since its inception in 2005 - yeah, back in the days when Travis Pastrana was behind Subaru’s four-straight championships from 2006 through 2009 - and trust us, it’s hard to bet against a team that has walked away with the title in seven of the eight years the series has been alive.

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2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Edition

2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Edition

With the 2012 SEMA Show kicking off, we’ve seen a number of vehicles dressed to impress, including Subaru and its WRX and WRX STI Special Edition featuring an "Orange and Black" custom paint scheme. It will be limited to only 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans and will go on sale in spring of 2013.

The WRX’s Tangerine Orange exterior paint is combined with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badges, and black exterior mirrors. On demand, customera can also get black exterior graphics. The same paint scheme continues on the interior where the black trim is combined with orange stitching on the seats, doors, shift boot, and custom trimmed floor mats.

Both models are powered by a Subaru Boxer engine, with the WRX delivering a total of 265 HP and the WRX STI pumping out 305 HP. Both models are also offered with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

UPDATE 02/05/2013: Subaru announced today prices for the 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions set to be put on sale in spring of 2013. The standard WRX Special Edition will be priced at $28,795 – an additional $500 compared to the WRX Premium; while the WRX STI Special Edition is priced at $34,795 - an increase of $500 compared to the WRX STI.

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Report: The Subaru BRZ STI’s Future Isn’t So Bleak After All

We all know and mostly love the WRX STI that Subaru pumps out each year. The latest model produces a stout 305 horsepower and 290 pound feet of torque through Subaru’s famed AWD system, all for a relative bargain of $34,000. Unfortunately, the STI nameplate has never extended beyond the WRX lineup.

That may become a thing of the past, as Subaru debuted its Forester TS, which is tuned by STI to pump out 259 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter 4-banger, to its newest market – Russia. What in the world does an STI-tuned Forester in Russia have to do with more STI models in other countries? Well, according to a report by Autocar, this is simply a test market.

This test will gauge the demand of an STI-tuned car, besides the WRX, in a market other than Japan. A Subaru insider was quoted as saying “It’s clear that STI’s abilities and experience could work on other cars in other markets,” and “Confining them to WRX projects doesn’t make sense when the demand is there.” This would lead us to believe that if the Russian Forester TS succeeds, then Subaru would be start expanding its STI lineup in other markets, like the U.S.

All we can hope for it that the Forester TS takes hold in Russia and Subaru decides to expand the STI lineup in the U.S. to the Subaru BRZ. We know that’s beating a dead horse, but this insider info really shows that this is becoming more of a possibility. This also points to the possibility of a turbocharged Forester STI coming to the U.S., which could give Subaru some much needed help fending off the turbocharged 2013 Ford Escape.

Who knows, we may just run into a performance crossover SUV war soon.

Hmm, that’s kind of scary... We guess little Billy and Sara would always make it to soccer practice on time.

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2012 Subaru WRX STI 340R

2012 Subaru WRX STI 340R

Subaru’s mighty Impreza WRX STI has wowed people from all over the world, thanks to the surprising amount of power it packs under its hood. Fans of the car in the UK will undoubtedly be pleased to know that a special edition model of the WRX STI will be coming to their shores in the form of the Subaru WRX STI 340R.

The sole focus of this unique piece is to give the sports car more power than the standard model. That should be a plus considering that the base trim of the all-wheel-drive rubber burner already packs a punch in the form of 305 horsepower and 290 lb/ft of torque.

With the WRX STI 340R though, Subaru performed a menu of modifications, including an ECU remap and the addition of new intake and exhaust systems. The result is a car that packs an output of 340 PS - hence the name, 340R - that then translates to 335 horsepower. On top of that, the car’s torque number was also improved to 361 lb/ft, which means even more hoontastic exploits for its drivers.

All that being said, the WRX STI 340R won’t come cheap because it’s set to be sold in the UK for £28,594, which is around $45,000 based on current exchange rates. Quite a princely sum, isn’t it?

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Photo of the Week: Colin McRae and His Subaru WRX at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Photo of the Week: Colin McRae and His Subaru WRX at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

This picture may be a little old — from the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed rally — but it still captures the essence of rally racing. Not only are rallys hard to photograph because of the limited angles you have, but the high speeds and bouncing that the cars do make it nearly impossible.

Well, Kolin Tregaskes caught Colin McRae’s Subaru WRX heading up the Goodwood Forest Rally at the Festival of Speed. Yup, Goodwood has more than just an awesomely technical road course.

You get to see this blue rocket propelling between the trees, likely at speeds most of us would not hot on the interstate, let alone off road. In his trail is nothing but a light cloud of dust.

Even with Tregaskes’ steady hand and likely high-end digital camera, the violent bouncing of McRae’s car still comes through as a light blur. This makes you wonder exactly how these rally drivers can even see the path they are piloting.

Nice grab by Kolin Tregaskes. Make sure to catch his entire Flickr portfolio here to see other great shots.

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2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Club Spec Edition

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Club Spec Edition

Our friends in Australia are probably stoked about getting dibs on a car that’s exclusive to them; pity for us because the said vehicle happens to be one we’re more than interested in getting our hands on.

Subaru Australia has announced that they will be releasing a special edition Impreza WRX Club Spec. It’s going to be limited to only 300 models, which means that only a select few will get their grubs on one. The Impreza WRX Club Spec carries a few distinct styling cues that will be limited to its kind, particularly the choice of a Tangerine Orange or Midnight Black exterior finish. In addition, the high-powered sedan also gets a Subaru Tecnica International spoiler, black door mirrors, Club-Spec badge, a leather interior trim with either orange or red stitching depending on the color of the vehicle you choose on the seats, back rests, and steering wheels. Rounding out the features for the WRX Club Spec are a new set of 17" alloy wheels.

Even better, Subaru is also giving prospective customers an opportunity to add optional upgrades, particularly an STI body kit that’s comprised of a front lip spoiler, a short shift gear lever kit and a flexible strut tower brace bar.

Performance modifications weren’t made on the sedan, but that shouldn’t turn off customers any bit because the WRX already produces 305 horsepower, thanks to its turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

If you happen to be Down Under and you’re interested in this special edition Impreza WRX, prepare to shell out AUD $41,490, which is around the same figure when converted to USD.

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Audi? BMW? Nope, just a strange 1993 Subaru Impreza WRX found on eBay

Audi? BMW? Nope, just a strange 1993 Subaru Impreza WRX found on eBay

We firmly believe that the vast majority of cars only look good from certain angles, rather than every angle. In a similar vein, we believe that many cars look far better from the front than they do the rear and vice versa. Two of those cars just happen to be many previous generation Audi A4’s as well as the recently retired BMW 520.

Whether you prefer the front of either to the rear, it doesn’t really matter, but what does matter is the question of joining the two best angles of each together to create a superior looking car.

Well, we recently stumbled upon an interesting sale on eBay UK where a used 1993 Subaru Impreza WRX is being sold with an Impreza interior and custom wheels but most importantly, it’s borrowed the rear-end from the BMW 520 and the front fascia from the Audi A4.

The result?

Interestingly enough, the end result is nowhere near as horrible as one may assume. The owner has managed to combine the two ends in such a way that this interesting Impreza actually looks quite impressive.

With 110,124 miles on the clock, the car has received four bids thus far with the highest bid currently being £4,000.00 (at the time of writing). Also included in the package is a “performance exhaust” and “Predator brakes” and the unnamed owner has promised that it’s been “maintained to [a] high standard.”

With just over five days left of the sale, any prospecting buyers better get a hurry-on as this truly is a unique one-off piece of machinery.

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Video: Awesomeness in Advertising by Hoonigan.com

Video: Awesomeness in Advertising by Hoonigan.com

Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was a spritely high school graduate heading into my first semester at college as a business administration – I know, my prospective career took a detour. In between Frat parties, sports, and chasing those of the opposite sex, I found myself in classes, some of which were about marketing correctly. The key to marketing is to get your viewers’ attention, flash your product, then leave the viewers with a lasting impression to remember you by.

Well, Hoonigan.com absolutely mastered the art of “gaining your viewers’ attention” with its latest attempt to peddle its online wares. Not only does this video contain some hooning awesomeness, but it is bursting at the seams with it. Pretty much every single awesome car video we have seen in the last five (or so) years has a several-second spot in this ad. Hell, there is even some Power Wheels hoonage at the 45-second mark and some bicycle hoonage going on at the 58-second mark.

All we can do is tip our collective hats to the folks that put together this video and the countless number of hours that must have been put in watching various videos. Just finding the videos alone must have taken hundreds of hours, but then editing them, dubbing Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” over it, and splicing it all together, Phew.

Some highlights are the Subaru WRX vs. Snowboarder downhill race at to 50-second mark, the Honda Civic passenger running for his life at the 38-second mark, and the worlds greatest drift pass at 1:23. If there is a single short car clip to watch so far this year, this is it!

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Subaru's David Higgins and Craig Drew Take us Along on a Rally Race

Subaru’s David Higgins and Craig Drew Take us Along on a Rally Race

We all have our own tolerance level for speed and danger, and rally racing is about the limit for most automotive buffs. We see these guys whipping around turns and sliding in loose gravel at speeds best reserved for smooth tarmac and we think “yea, not for me.” All we ever really get to see though is the outside of the car and rarely do we ever get a look at what really goes on inside the car during a live rally.

Subaru rally driver, David Higgins, and his co-driver, Craig Drew, decided it was time to let us in on what it is really like behind the wheel of a 300+ horsepower machine in loose dirt. First and foremost, Craig Drew sounds like he was once an auctioneer, as he quickly blurts out the upcoming turns, and its recommended speed. How exactly he manages to keep an eye on his track notes while flying around turns and bouncing up and down is beyond us.

Secondly, Subaru mounted a forward-pointing camera, so we can see the track live as Drew and Higgins tackle it. Even seeing the video of their running in the Rally America Susquehannock Trail Rally in Wellsboro, PA was enough to make us a little uneasy, so we could only imagine what kind of training both drivers went through to manage to slither down this track that is barely wide enough for a four-wheeler, let alone a rally car, at speeds obviously in excess of 100 mph.

Truly scary stuff. Take a look at the video and see if you could actually handle the craziness that these guys do.

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Next generation Subaru WRX will be inspired by Advanced Tourer Concept

Next generation Subaru WRX will be inspired by Advanced Tourer Concept

When Subaru unveiled the Advanced Tourer Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, not many people paid much attention to it. After all, it was sitting next to the brand new Subaru BRZ, which pretty much stole the show in the Subaru booth. Now, in a twisted turn of events, MotorTrend is reporting that the Advanced Tourer was a preview version of the next generation Subaru WRX set to be unveiled sometime in 2013.

According to the magazine, a Subaru insider revealed that the next WRX will get the headlights, air dam, grille, and front brake ducts from the Tourer Concept. The overall side profile will also resemble the Tourer, but the front design will be even more aggressive and so will the rear wheel arches and fenders.

The future WRX will be built on a modified version of the current Impreza platform and as previously reported, will drop the Impreza from its nomenclature. While the engine to be placed under the hood is still a subject for speculation, Motor Trend suggests that Subaru is currently testing a new FA series of 1.6- and 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged boxer fours and a hybrid version of the 1.6-liter turbo. One of these three versions will definitely find its way under the hood of the next WRX, maybe even the 2.0 version.

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Next Subaru WRX could get electric turbo

Next Subaru WRX could get electric turbo

About the future Subaru WRX we have heard all kinds of rumors, including the fact that it will drop the "Impreza" from its name and it will be simply called WRX. After that we heard that Subaru will place under the hood of the new car the same turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine found in the BRZ. And now the speculation continues: new rumors suggest that the car will in fact feature an electrically-operated turbo engine.

According to Drive.com.au, Subaru is working to trap heat energy from exhaust gases, generating electricity to power the turbo. This new system will create power more efficiently with less turbo lag. But no matter what engine we will see under the hood, the next WRX will keep the same continuously variable transmission used in the standard Impreza.

The same source is also reporting that the next WRX "will be completely distinctive from the current Impreza, it will look considerably different." The model will also be featuring very significant technical changes and innovations.

Expect to see the new Subaru WRX launched sometime next year. A STI version will also follow.

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Video: WRX STi Goes Playing in the Snow and Ice

Video: WRX STi Goes Playing in the Snow and Ice

Back when the Impreza WRX made its debut, we began salivating, as it marked the comeback of the turbocharged car. Then once the STi came around bearing its 300-horsepower, 2.5-liter H-4 engine, we were officially in love. That love has somewhat dissipated, as the turbocharged market has become a little flooded lately. The STi still has its own little spot in our hearts though.

One of the many things that made the STi so unique was its combination of extreme power from a four-cylinder engine with Subaru’s legendary AWD system. This made, and still makes, the WRX STi one of the most fun cars in the world to tinker around in the snow and ice.

The above video comes straight from Russia showing a rather good driver maneuvering his STi through the icy and snowy streets with a lead car filming him. Not only is the action pretty darn good, but the editing isn’t half-bad either.

Regardless of how cool this video is, we do have to ask you to please not go buy an STi and start sliding around your city’s streets during the next snowstorm. Yeah, it looks cool and you might get yourself a spot on the internet, but its rather dopey, to say the least.

Now that we have given you our parent-like lecture for the day, sit back and enjoy a WRX STi frolicking in it favorite habitat, snow and ice. If you keep a close eye at the 1:19 mark, you can see their fun is almost over, as plow tractors are coming through to clean up the slippery stuff.

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Ken Block's Subaru WRX STI TRAX Comes To Life On eBay Motors

Ken Block’s Subaru WRX STI TRAX Comes To Life On eBay Motors

Now we’re sure everyone remembers the insane Subaru WRX STi TRAX which was previewed back in 2009 for the SEMA Auto Show and for Ken Block to fool around in. However, Subaru may have forgotten to put up a disclaimer stating “Don’t try this at home,” because that’s exactly what an insane owner in Chassel, MI, decided to do when they created their very own version of the TRAX.

The car recently popped up on eBay Motors and it’s definitely one of the most interesting cars to come out of the auction site for years. It’s currently unclear if there is much serious interest in the car and while we respect the brave owner for doing these radical modifications, we can’t help thinking that whoever buys it is wasting their money.

It’ll be outlawed in most if not all U.S. states, which means it could only be driven on private property. As a result, it seems to be a waste of a perfectly healthy 2002 Subaru WRX STI as it’ll likely never feel the cool air rushing through its intercooler and will probably be kept in storage all year round.

Nevertheless, this piece of machinery would be unquestionably fun to drive, and if the modifications have been performed correctly, it could very well be the most fun you can have in a Subaru on snow covered roads. However, in saying that, the WRX STI is still pretty capable on snow when left stock due to its 2.0 liter engine, 5 speed transmission, and all-wheel drive system, but like we said, props to the madman behind this creation.

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Forza Motorsport 4 Launch Bonus Pack includes Koenigsegg Agera

Forza Motorsport 4 Launch Bonus Pack includes Koenigsegg Agera

The new 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo made its debut in Forza Motorsport 4 about two weeks ago. Now, Turn 10 Studis available that will add another 10 vehicles to your list of cars to drive, including the Koenigsegg Agera supercar and the electric Tesla Roadster Sport.

The new Launch Bonus Pack includes a collection of ten cars previously available only to those Forza 4 players who had either pre-ordered from specific retail outlets, or picked up the game during its first run via the "Ship Bonus Car Pack." The new Launch Bonus Pack is available for Xbox Live and can be yours for 560 Microsoft Points.

The list of 10 cars included in the new Launch Bonus Pack include: 1997 Lexus SC300, 1965 Mustang GT Coupe, 2011 Ruf RGT-8, 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport, 2011 Koenigsegg Agera, 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta, 2011 Subaru WRX STI, 2011 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, 2011BMW 1-Series M Coupe, and 2011 Honda CR-Z EX.

Hit the jump for a presentation video of all the cars.

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2013 Subaru WRX STI

2013 Subaru WRX STI

The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show allowed Subaru to unveil the Impreza Design Concept, a preview version of the next generation Impreza. Details for the vehicle have been sparse since then, but we decided to dream up what the WRX STI version would look like anyway.

The concept’s design is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." Starting with this theme, the WRX STI version adds requisite fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and, that massive wing on the back.

The standard Impreza is expected to be revealed in early 2011. It will continue offering the same 2.5 liter Boxer engine, but rumors are also circulating that a hybrid version will also be available, a first for Subaru. The WRX STI model will follow a few months later with sales beginning in early 2012.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: New details about the future generation Subaru Impreza WRX suggest that, starting 2014, the Impreza and the WRX will go their separate ways. What this means is that the car will simply be called the Subaru WRX and will be a totally different vehicle. According to a MotorTrend source: "Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened."

UPDATE 11/18/2011: During their presence at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has offered new details on the next WRX STI model. The car will continue to be turbocharged and will use a forced-induction version of the carmaker’s new 2.0-liter "FB" boxer four engine with an output of about 300 HP. (CarAndDriver)

UPDATE 12/08/2011: The Subaru WRX has been rumored to deliver up to 300 HP, but new details are suggesting that the standard model will actually use a turbocharged version of the BRZ 2.0-liter boxer engine with an output of about 270 HP. That’s 30 HP we’ll probably never see again.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Subaru WRX STI model.

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2012 Subaru Impreza Sport and G4

2012 Subaru Impreza Sport and G4

If anyone can tear their eyes away from the new BRZ sports car for just a second, they could see that Subaru has also presented the fourth generation Impreza at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. The new Impreza will be offered in two versions: the five-door known as the Impreza Sport and the four-door known as the Impreza G4. In Japan, the new car will go on sale on December 20, 2011.

This fourth generation all-new Impreza was developed under the concept of "Redefining Value, Redefining Class." This means that next to a new look, the Impreza will also offer superior reliability, handling, and safety features of the Subaru Symmetrical "All-Wheel Drive"system with the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine.

The new Impreza will be offered with a choice of 1.6 and 2.0 liter engines combined with a standard a paddle shifting 6-speed manual and new Auto Start Stop system. All of these new items have only one purpose: improving performance and reducing fuel consumption.

Hit the jump to read more about the fourth generation Impreza.

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S

Joining the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206 as new models in Subaru’s line-up is a new option for the WRX STI A-Line called the Type S.

Though it draws a lot of similarities to its A-Line predecessor - including the use of a 2.5-liter turbo engine with 300 horsepower - the new A-Line Type S will still carry some new trims. Among the new features added to the four-door and five-door versions of the car are a new rear spoiler, a pair of Recaro bucket seats, and a new set of specially designed 18" wheels.

Considering that the WRX STI A-Line Type S is treated as the more conservative model of the whole line, the car will retail for 3.28 million Yen, which is around $42,240 based on current exchange rates.

We all know that Subaru has already made it known that they’re going to separate the WRX and STI lines with the Impreza from here on out. So if you’re one that appreciates posterity, the Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S could very well be one of the last specially packaged models to carry both names on its badge.

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2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206

Subaru is already offering lots of details on their next generationWRX STI sports car, but until 2013 when will actually see it, we can enjoy a few more goodies left in the company’s pocket. One of these goodies has been unveiled today: the ultimate S206 version of theImpreza WRX STI. The car will be revealed next week in Tokyo and is already in sale in Japan.

Subaru will also be offering a special NBR Challenge Package edition of the S206 that commemorates Subaru’s class win at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. There will be only 300 S206 units built, 100 of which are the NBR editions. The latest ones have been already sold out.

The new S206 has been described as Subaru’s crown of the STI tune cars. It offers advanced driving performance and exclusively-made items in both interior and exterior designs.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206.

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Video: Battle Cross Gymkhana begins tonight on Speed

Video: Battle Cross Gymkhana begins tonight on Speed

We’ve waited for this show since the summertime so you need to excuse us for getting all geeked up about its premier episode tonight on Speed. Featuring some of the best rally drivers and drifters this side of the galaxy, the Battle Cross Gymkhana Series will see these racers burn rubber on some of the most extreme locations you can find. As you can imagine, the first episode will be held in a steel mill, which is always a good location if you want dust to fly and mayhem to ensue.

The two drivers that will be featured in tonight’s episode will be 2011 Rally America Champion David Higgins and teammate Dave Mirra in their respective Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars. As far as mechanics go, the whole competition is centered around two challenges with the first one going to whoever posts the fastest lap while the second one will be awarded to who could do it with more style.

The show will be hosted by rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler and the judges will be rally driver Stephan Verdier and drift maestro Samuel Hubinette.

The show kicks off tonight, November 17, 2011, at 10pm EST, so be sure to be in front of your TVs when the flags are waved and the sand-flying chaos ensues. Or if you’re anything like us, set your DVR and get the opportunity to fly by commercials.

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2011 Subaru WRX STI 4-door by Subaru Performance Tuning

2011 Subaru WRX STI 4-door by Subaru Performance Tuning

Subaru’s in-house performance tuning division is preparing a fantastic looking WRX STI sedan that’s parked at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

Aesthetically speaking, Subaru Performance Tuning’s imprint is all over the car as evidenced by all the aerodynamic additions given to the sedan. The front lip spoiler, the carbon fiber B-pillar trim, the carbon fiber trunk trim, and the carbon fiber side sill plates are all products of SPT. The WRX STI also carries new strut tower and lower chassis braces that come in handy in maximizing the potential of the car’s newly-installed Cusco Zero-2E coilover suspension kit.

Other exterior additions to the car include a moon roof air deflector, exhaust finishers, a billet oil cap (V.2), a billet battery hold down (V.2), and a set of 19" Volks Racing G12 wheels wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Sport tires with Brembo’s "Gran Turismo" four-wheel brake kit.

Inside, SPT gave the WRX STI a unique electronic set-up, highlighted by a Footwell illumination kit, an auto-dimming mirror with a trans-reflective display, and a media hub digital music integration system with a 10" KICKER subwoofer.

Looking at the car, it’s easy to see why Subaru Performance Tuning had such an easy time setting up an aftermarket program for it. The WRX STI is one of those cars that’s already easy on the eyes and any such modifications done is like adding that cherry on top of the proverbial sundae.

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2012 Subaru WRX STI 5-door by KICKER Audio

2012 Subaru WRX STI 5-door by KICKER Audio

Anytime you have an audio system get the green light from an automaker to customize one of their cars, you know that the focus will be on enhancing the car’s audio set-up.

That’s exactly what Kicker Audio did with the Subaru WRX STI 5-Door. To be fair, the car still comes with some exterior details, including blue and black body graphics that cover major parts of the car’s white exterior finish, Eibach lowering springs, and a new set of 18" Konig Black Lightning wheels wrapped on General Tires Exclaim.

The interior of the car is where the extensive audio set-up was done. Kicker Audio added a custom audio system that features a Clarion CX400 double-DIN receiver, six component speaker systems, two 6.5" woofers, and eight solo-baric L& 12-inch subwoofers powered by 10 kicker amplifiers. In addition to all of that, Kicker Audio also found some time to enable the iPod, Bluetooth, Sirius, and XM-ready, providing the kind of extensive audio modifications that very few cars can boast of.

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2012 Subaru Impreza Sport 5-Door Accessory Vehicle

2012 Subaru Impreza Sport 5-Door Accessory Vehicle

The Subaru Impreza 5-Door Accessory Vehicle is in the same boat as its 4-Door counterpart. They’re not as much in the way of flash, as they are in previewing to customers what awaits with their new Accessory packages.

Compared to the rest of the cars that you’re going to catch at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, this one will probably not make your most memorable list, but that’s also not what it went there to do. This car, together with its four-door sibling, will be purely for marketing purposes.

The Impreza Sport 5-Door Accessory Vehicle has been dressed in a special Brushed Titanium 3M Scotchpring textured wrap to go with a new mesh grille, an aero splash guard, a front underspoiler, new crossbars, side strakes, a sport spoiler, side window reflectors, and a Yakima fork mounted bike carrier and bike wheel holder.

Inside, the extensive accessory modifications feature an auto dimming mirror with compass and Homelink, a new cargo tray, all-weather floor mats, side sill plates, a center console sliding armrest, a 110-volt power outlet, a remote engine starter, seat back protectors, a leather shift knob, and a new speak system from KICKER Audio with a 10" powered subwoofer.

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