Subaru Teases WRX STI And Legacy SEMA Concepts

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2010 Subaru WRX STI by SPT Concept

2010 Subaru WRX STI by SPT Concept

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Subaru today announced two tuner models along with one of the automaker’s classics, which are all set to debut at next week’s 2009 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas.

Working closely with its own in-house performance accessories line, Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), Subaru has built a custom 2010 Impreza WRX STI and Legacy aimed at enthusiasts at two different ends of the aftermarket spectrum.

The WRX STI by SPT demonstrates what a WRX STI owner can build at home using just the SPT catalog as a source for bolt-on parts. The concept vehicle offers more power along with even sharper handling response, aiming it squarely at performance enthusiasts looking for aftermarket upgrades.

The drivetrain in the WRX STI by SPT is essentially stock, which means a 2.5 liter turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine. An SPT exhaust system, however, boosts output to 315 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.

2010 Subaru Legacy Concept

2010 Subaru Legacy Concept

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The 2010 Legacy VIP concept, on the other hand, is a one-of-a-kind vehicle inspired by the VIP rides found on the streets of Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York. VIP is a style known for a clean, yet heavily reworked, luxury theme with an emphasis on impossibly low ride height and huge, aggressively styled wheels.

To ride low, the Legacy VIP gets air suspension system from Universal Air. Subaru has also sourced a number of body parts from the Japanese domestic market (JDM) Legacy, including the hood, bumper faces, sport grille, front and rear under spoilers, HID headlights and fog lights.

The third vehicle announced for Subaru's SEMA display is also one-of-a-kind: A special SPT delivery van that promises to deliver go-fast parts very slowly. That's because it only has 25 horsepower.

The 1969 micro van (emphasis on "micro") was one of the first models sold by Subaru of America. Its two-cylinder, two-stroke engine musters 25.3 pound-feet of torque.


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Comments (3)
  1. I wonder if Subaru used better pistons/rings to prevent all the ringland failures they have been having. . .my car included. Every time I drive my STI Im nervous about blowing another ring. My car is 2009 STI, engine went at 9600 miles. . .which is very lame. Hundreds have had the same issue, Subaru needs to address this. . .Besides that, the car is a blast to drive, and I do love it. Oh yea, the paint sucks too, very thin.

  2. Please go back to making small economical wagons. There is not a single car in your line-up that is utilitarian and will fit in my driveway. Why have you forgotten what endeared your cars to your loyal buyers.

  3. I don't know. When I look at the reflection at the top of the Left Rear fender bulge, it looks like the top of the bulge is cut-away to clear the tail lights. That might not be too attractive in real life. We'll have to see.

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