Like some kind of weird reverse hibernation, Subaru drivers wake up the moment a single snowflake falls from the sky. Winter time is the right time for the Six-Star badge to come out and shine because when the traction drops, the fun can begin. So hit play and watch as these Scooby’s get to play hero.
Join the Subaru STI’s 30th Anniversary Celebration By Buying a Red Teddy Bear and Five Packets of Japanese Curry
When Subaru founded Subaru Technica International (STI) 30 years ago, it probably didn’t think it would become synonymous with rally racing dominance, nor would it become a staple in the all-wheel-drive sedan segment. The STI nameplate has accomplished great things for Subaru. Turns out, it accomplished enough that Subaru’s throwing a 30th-anniversary party with five packets of Japanese curry and a red teddy bear holding a spoon. This is not a joke, ladies and gentlemen. The STI’s glorious three-decade milestone is being honored with a stuffed bear, Japanese curry, a special curry spoon, and a commemorative t-shirt that says, “CURRY IS POWER.”
Video Reviews for the 2019 Subaru Forester are Finally In and You Need to See Them
You may not be able to instantly tell by looking at it, but the 2019 Subaru Forester is an all-new vehicle riding on a new platform. Subaru has opted to keep it looking familiar so as not to upset the excellent image it’s created for it, but at the same time, its capabilities have been expanded in all directions.
The 2019 Crosstrek is Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, and it’s set to go on sale in 2019. Like all PHEVs, it has some all-electric range, and it can even cruise close to highway speeds on electricity alone. And, when its gasoline engine and electrification work in tandem, it can result in excellent fuel economy figures. Unlike many plug-in versions of regular models, the Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t really shout about what it is. There are some details that give it away, though and if one passes by in full EV mode, the lack of engine sound will also give it away. Inside it’s quite simple and minimalist, and far less extravagant to look a than any modern plug-in Toyota and Honda model. But, it does have a decent infotainment screen and the build quality does make up for its lack of design flair to a degree.
Update 12/3/2018: We’ve updated this review with new images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery below!
The Subaru WRX STI Diamond Edition Is The Most Powerful WRX Ever, But It’s Not Coming to a Garage Near You
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.
Watch This Subaru WRX With a Six-Speed, AWD, and Four-Cylinder Break Into The 7’s: Video
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.
Subaru Might Be Planning a Return to WRC With New Hot Hatch
Subaru is one of the most revered names in rallying history and, along with archrival Mitsubishi, has been absent from top-level WRC competition for a decade. Now, however, Japanese sources point to a possible resurgence of the Subaru WRC program.
Subaru built its reputation in rallying over a relatively short period of time. the Subaru World Rally Team was formed in 1989 and was active for less than two decades from that point on. But, in those two decades, Subaru put forth some of the most amazing machines ever seen on the WRC scene and promoted some of the sport’s most beloved drivers with names like Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg immediately springing to mind.
Sadly, Subaru isn’t part of the WRC anymore, although a no-limit rally car based on the Impreza has been seen competing to this day, however, it’s mainly racing in Asia and the Rally U.S.A. series, not in Europe. This is all about to change if rumors regarding a return of the Subaru World Rally Team in 2020 turn out to be legitimate.
10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018
Team O’Neil Rally School Explains Heel Toe and Clutchless Shifting: Video
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!
Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attack Special Drops the Hammer at The Transfăgărășan Pass
The Subaru WRX STI Type RA Time Attackcar has been shredding records left and right since it burst into the scene and lit the Nurburgring up on its way to becoming the fastest four-door sedan to ever lap the Green Hell. Now, the one-off creation is at it again with a new record in its cap after laying the smack down on Romania’s iconic and super dangerous Transfăgărășan Pass. Three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins and co-driver Darren Garrod piloted the WRX STI Type RA Time Attack to its latest record-setting feat, completing the Pass in 40 minutes and 58.8 seconds.
2020 Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback is due for a refreshment next year as the Japanese manufacturer prepares to roll the sixth generation as a 2020 model. Expect the same build quality and ruggedness from the next-generation off-road station wagon.
The new Forester will come next year along with the new seventh-generation Legacy to which it will still be linked. Both cars will sit on the new Subaru Global Platform which should ensure better handling thanks to a lower center of gravity, increased structural rigidity and versatility.
Subaru previewed the design direction of the new Outback with the Viziv Concept Tourer, but don’t hold your breaths for anything that sporty. Some design elements will be kept, albeit toned down a few notches, but, otherwise, this crossover between an SUV and a station wagon should retain its familiar proportions and lines.
Keep reading to find out how we reckon the new Outback will turn out to be
This Is What To Expect From The 2020 Subaru Outback
The Outback has been a historic product in Subaru’s portfolio. This vehicle is for those folks who want the comfort of a sedan and ruggedness of an SUV. Yes, you have subcompact crossovers for that, but the Outback is for people who don’t like crossovers also. Might sound like a niche category, but the Outback is actually Subaru’s Best-selling vehicle in the U.S. The Outback is known for its fuss-free long-term ownership; thus making it a perfect vehicle for families who want a car they can rely on. Come next year, Subaru will launch the fifth generation Outback. But will it be a competitive product and garner customer interest like the generations that came before it? Let’s find out what we can expect from the 2020 Subaru Outback.