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Subaru Goes Back to the Future with WRX

Special-edition STI clad in WR Blue and gold rims coming in April.

by on Jan.14, 2014

WRX loyalists got a real treat for 2014 as the STI has a limited-edition version in WR Blue with gold wheels: just like the original. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Subaru played possum with the introduction of the new WRX STI at the North American International Auto Show. Amid the requisite fanfare of flashing lights, blaring music replete with a thumping base line, the silver STI emerged from the smoke and onto the turntable for all to see.

Subaru of America President Tom Doll strode out to talk about the newest iteration of the STI, including the 305 horsepower, standard all-wheel drive and its long racing legacy. However, the longer he spoke, the more it became clear this would be a two-car extravaganza.

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Loyal WRX owners are almost always partial to the WR Blue version of the maker’s iconic pocket rocket. Today they got a special treat as today as a second STI clad in WR Blue and gold wheels and a six-speed manual transmission hit the stage: just like the original 10 years ago. The maker said it will produce just 1,000 of the special edition models in 2014. (more…)

Subaru’s 2015 WRX Lives up to Pocket Rocket Reputation

Rally car-inspired beast gets more horses, better handling.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Subaru's 2015 WRX gets a spate of improvements that helps its "most bang for the buck" persona.

Subaru took the wraps off its perennial favorite, the WRX, today at the L.A. Auto Show revealing a vehicle that features a variety of improvements resulting in a car that retains its “most bang for the buck” persona.

The new rally rocket is powered by a new 268-horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo Boxer engine, the 2015 WRX debuts the model’s first six-speed manual transmission and a new, optional performance automatic transmission, the Sport Lineartronic CVT with two manual modes: six-speed and eight-speed. Both versions use paddle shifters to get through the gears.

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The eight-speed is tied to Subaru’s Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), which allows the driver to select one of three performance modes: intelligent, sport and sport sharp. (more…)

It’s Official This Time: Subaru Reveals the Production BRZ

Is racing in the new sports car’s future?

by on Nov.30, 2011

Subaru's new sports car, the BRZ, gets its long-awaited introduction.

It may not have been the longest gestation in automotive history but it was beginning to feel like it, both Subaru and Toyota staging seemingly endless advance looks at the new sports car they’ve been jointly developing.

Now, the long wait has finally come to an end, the two Japanese makers staging separate news conferences at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show to reveal what their efforts have wrought.

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Despite some earlier indications, there’s relatively little difference between the Subaru BRZ and its step-sibling the Toyota 86 (which will be called the GT-86 in Europe and Scion FR-S in the States).  Stretch and you’ll spot some modest tweaks that offer slight distinctions between the two models.  But there isn’t much else to differentiate them – if that matters – beyond the Subaru’s bumpers and a side air intake that replaces an “86” badge on the Toyota.


First Look: Subaru BRZ Concept

Subaru provides peak at its part of the Toyobaru project.

by on Nov.01, 2011

Subaru will lift the covers on the new BRZ - STI sports car concept at the LA Auto Show.

Little Subaru is finally lifting the covers on its part of what has become known as the “Toyobaru” project – a sports car it has been developing with automotive giant Toyota.

The Subaru BRZ Concept – STI will make its debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show, with a production version expected to appear soon afterwards.  Toyota, meanwhile, is getting ready to roll out its version of the little sports car, which will go on sale in the U.S. through the maker’s Scion division.

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The long-anticipated Subaru BRZ is a subcompact, rear-wheel-drive 2-seater aimed at competing in the affordable sports car segment currently dominated by the Mazda Miata.  Due to be the only model in the Subaru line-up that won’t feature all-wheel-drive, it will make use of the smaller partner’slow-mounted horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.


Subaru Names New Sports Car the BRZ

Will feature distinct differences from Toyota FRS-86, maker promises.

by on Aug.23, 2011

More to come in Frankfurt, but we know the long-awaited Subaru-Toyota sports car will be dubbed the BRZ on the Subaru side.

Subaru will bring a new “technology concept” to the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show that should provide some pretty clear answers as to what to expect once it finally brings to market the long-awaited sports car it has been developing with Japanese giant Toyota.

One of the things we’ve already learned is that the new car will go by the name Subaru BRZ, that abbreviation short of Boxer Rear-drive Zenith.  As that, in turn, reveals, the sports car will be powered by the classic Subaru horizontally-opposed boxer engine but – in a sharp break from long-time policy – the BRZ will become the only model in the maker’s line-up not to feature all-wheel-drive.

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Subaru gave an earlier tease at last winter’s Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a transparent – and yet-unnamed – version of the sports car that did provide a visual guide to its mechanical underpinnings.  Subaru claims that the vast majority of the cars underlying technology was developed in its R&D labs, though Toyota officials have, more recently, tried to take claim for some of the key mechanicals.


Is Kia Readying a Miata-fighter?

Korean officials hint they want their own MX-5.

by on Mar.29, 2011

Kia is looking to enter the small roadster segment with its own take on the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Mazda may soon be facing some serious competition in the affordable roadster market.

After having the segment virtually all to itself as European roadsters have migrated steadily up-market, Mazda’s little MX-5 Miata may soon face challenges from Subaru, Toyota and now, it seems, even the Korean carmaker Kia.

“I’d like to have a Kia MX-5,” Paul Philpott, president of the maker’s European operations, acknowledges.

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How soon?  Not immediately, as “2011 and 2012 are about establishing the brand,” which is undergo huge growth in both Europe and the U.S.  “But for 2013 and 2014, we’re thinking about halo models that stretch the company forward.”

While observers might initially dismiss that as little more than wishful thinking, Kia’s global design director Peter Schreyer also weighed in during an interview with the British publication, Auto Express, asserting, The brand deserves a sporty car, like a roadster.”


Subaru “Clears” the Air About New Boxer Sports Car

Maker delivers some surprises with model under development with Toyota.

by on Mar.01, 2011

I can see clearly Subaru brings a transparent version of its new sports car to Geneva.

There’s been plenty of smog in the air when it comes to the new Subaru sports car the Japanese maker is developing with its Japanese affiliate, Toyota, so the smaller carmaker wisely brought a transparent prototype to the Geneva Motor Show, this week, to help clear things up.

A variety of Subaru insiders provided some insight into what we can expect when the as yet-unnamed sports car goes into production in the spring of 2012.  The biggest news is that it will, indeed, be offered in the U.S., something that had been long undecided.

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Equally significant, has learned, Subaru’s Boxer Sports Car – as it is currently referred to – will come only in rear-wheel-drive configuration.  It will, in fact, be the only model in the Subaru of America line-up that won’t be sold exclusively with all-wheel-drive.


Toyota, Subaru to Reveal Jointly-Developed Sports Car in Geneva

A "reborn passion" for sports cars.

by on Jan.26, 2011

Toyota hints at what's to come in Geneva.

Struggling to overcome not only its safety-related problems but a reputation for building boring appliances, Toyota hopes to demonstrate a “reborn passion” with the roll-out of its FT-86 sports car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

For those who think of the automaker in terms of models like the Sienna minivan and Camary sedan the unveiling could deliver some surprises – especially considering that the FT-86 is the product of a significant new joint venture with smaller Japanese maker Subaru.

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That company will also view for the attention of a harried press corps, on media preview day, with its own version of the new rear-drive model, which it recently referred to as the tongue-tiring, “Subaru Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.”  (Insiders promise the production version will adopt a name that can fit on a badge.