Monthly Archives: November 2013

The five best ski cars of 2013

The five best ski cars of 2013 – Road & Track


You should read the article. I have no idea who compiled the list, but the listing is rather odd. There’s only one car that might actually be capable of tackling snow-covered roads without having snow tires fitted (the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8). I’m rather surprised that a Subaru didn’t make that list (in fact, no AWD car did, besides that $$$ Benz).


What’s funny is the comments on R&T’s Facebook page. Most people are saying that AWD cars are the only cars capable of driving in the snow. That’s not true. I drove a 1987 Dodge Colt for 3 years while living in Colorado, on all-seasons. That car was FWD. I had no problems driving in mountains or in bad blizzards while traveling to Wyoming from Colorado Springs. I’m not talking about a light dusting of snow, either. I’m talking about 1+ feet of snow, and in some cases, it accumulating faster than the plows can catch up (and some places wouldn’t be plowed until the snowfall was over). Now, a FWD car with snows still won’t drive like an AWD car, but it is far more capable than most people think. Also, I tend to see far more AWD/4WD vehicles in ditches in the winter than FWD cars…just sayin’.


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Subaru defends WRX’s simplified styling, claims handling was better investment

Subaru defends WRX’s simplified styling, claims handling was better investment – CarAdvice


Subaru claims that improving the handling on its all-new WRX sedan took priority over styling, with the new model’s watered-down design a clear deviation on the sleek concept version glimpsed earlier this year.


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All-new Subaru WRX benchmarks Porsche 911’s agile handling

All-new Subaru WRX benchmarks Porsche 911?s agile handling – CarAdvice


Subaru engineers singled out the latest Porsche 911 as its performance benchmark in its bid to substantially lift the handling prowess of the all-new, fourth-generation Subaru WRX.


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The history of the Subaru Impreza WRX

The history of the Subaru Impreza WRX – Road & Track


The response to Subaru’s WRX concept is immense and immediate: damn, that’s a good-looking ride. Wait, are we sure it’s a Subaru? Yes? Well, the model they actually build probably won’t look anything like it.

As far as the Subaru faithful are concerned, the new WRX could look like a rutabaga with a hood-scoop, just as long as the driving experience remains faithful to its turbocharged heritage. Here’s a brief history of what makes the WRX so great.


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Mod comments:

I like this article (published by R&T in April 2013, as it attempts to track the history of the WRX (and even has an STI listed – the 22B).


SCOOP: New Subaru WRX STI – Motoring AU


Subaru has confirmed its all-new WRX will make its world debut at the Los Angeles motor show next week (November 20), and now can reveal the higher-performance STI version will break cover at the Detroit show in January.


As well:

The WRX will be powered by a revised version of the current model’s EJ25 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, pumping out 195kW of power and 330Nm of torque – around the same as the outgoing model (195kW/343Nm).

The STI, on the other hand, will employ the same engine but with tweaks to bring its outputs to 224kW and 393Nm, making it marginally more powerful than the current STI (221kW) and putting its torque peak between the existing model’s two different outputs, depending on transmission (350Nm auto, 407Nm manual).


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Mod comments:

I’d thought that I’d read in previous articles that the WRX and STI would be getting a 2.0L flat-4 engine.  The article states that both will have a 2.5L (which would be retarded, since the US has been having ringland issues with the 2.5L).  I’m not a fan of the current 2.5L engine.  Subaru has had a history of issues in tuning 2.5Ls in the US (to meet emissions standards), so the cars have a really bad tune from the factory.  As well, the 2.5L is not rev-happy (and banging off the rev-limiter is one of the things one shouldn’t be doing with the bad tune problems, possible fuel rail problems, and the suspect metallurgy of the pistons.  I’d be open to getting a 2015+ STI if it had an engine that wasn’t prone to blowing up!

First Image of 2015 Subaru WRX Revealed

Perhaps we shouldn’t feel so let down by the first image of the 2015 Subaru WRX; we had to know the futuristic, three-dimensional LED headlights and myriad other cool show-car trinkets of the WRX concept wouldn’t make it to production. Yet we dared to believe differently, and thus do feel let down.

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First Image of 2015 Subaru WRX Revealed, Looks Pretty Much Like a Hot Impreza [2013 L.A. Auto Show]

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Mod comments:

Here’s are pictures from the R&T article…they updated it with the below pictures, from FB group CluBRZ, and then the pictures disappeared.  The source was probably asked by Subaru to remove it – that’s speculation, though!  Someone at IWSTI stated that the below pictures are confirmed to have been leaked.  Wading into the rumor mill, I actually believe the rumor that the pictures were leaked…that doesn’t mean that the pictures were meant to be for public consumption (remembering that they were pulled from the CluBRZ site).  Apparently, there is Impreza badging on the below pictures, which means that Subaru hasn’t developed a new platform for the WRX and STI, which wouldn’t be as they’d promised the public.  Again, the Impreza badging doesn’t mean they’re lying…it could be that the below pictures are mule-state pictures, which could be why they didn’t want them released.

And this is why I hate rumors…it can easily become a twisted mess to determine what’s true and what’s not.

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