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  • 2019 Subaru WRX STI S209 first drive

    In the shadow of an active volcano, a pop-up city rises up and shouts in unison. The noise bounces off the tarmac and visibly shakes the delicious vapors that rise from nearby food trucks. The young women in long ponytails and short blue satin shorts who cheerlead from a low stage have to be freezing in the barely-50-degree morning air. Parrotheads? Aphishionados? Ritual sacrifice? Nope. This gathering’s more studiously adorable and more fanatic than any of those. The parking lot’s a sea of blue and white Subarus, a smattering of Levorgs and Crosstrek Hybrid tSs, even an SVX. All...

  • Subaru WRX STI S209 Engineering Explained
    Here's how Subaru made its most powerful engine ever

    After years of Subaru treating the world to special, more-powerful WRX STI models, the Japanese automaker finally delivered one to the U.S. The Subaru WRX STI S209 debuted in January at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the company's most potent production engine so...

  • 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209, 2019 Detroit auto show
    Limited-edition 341-hp Subaru WRX STI S209 storms Detroit

    Like the dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park," the Subaru WRX STI has seemingly been frozen in amber. When it was released in the U.S. in 2004, it produced 300 turbocharged horsepower. Today that figure is 310 horses. That's not a lot of growth in 15 years, but the STI is still a fantastic performer with...

  • Subaru WRX STI S209 teased ahead of 2019 Detroit auto show
    Hotter Subaru WRX STI S209 teased ahead of Detroit auto show

    A hotter version of the Subaru WRX STI is coming to America, and Subaru has confirmed the car as the S209. We've already known about the car for sometime since Subaru's confirmation follows the discovery of a trademark application for the name made by the automaker last month. The world debut will...

  • Buck Lasek's 2016 Subaru WRX STI on Jay Leno's Garage
    A 2016 Subaru WRX STI modified right visits Jay Leno's Garage

    Pro skateboarder and rally driver Bucky Lasek made yet another appearance on "Jay Leno's Garage," and this time he brought one of his daily drivers along. It's a 2016 Subaru WRX STI with a healthy amount of modifications, which Lasek is more than happy to detail. For those unfamiliar with Lasek, he...

  • 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA
    Subaru trademark application hints at hotter WRX STI for US

    Could Subaru fans in the United States finally be in for a hotter WRX STI akin to Japan-only special editions? A new trademark filing suggests so. AutoGuide first discovered a Subaru trademark application on Monday for "S209." On the surface, it appears someone has stuck their spoon into a pot of...

  • 2006 Subaru WRX from "Baby Drive" for sale

    Three separate auctions should command the attention of movie buffs and car enthusiasts alike. Live Auctioneers will handle the auctions for three movie cars: the 2006 Subaru WRX from "Baby Driver," 1972 Chevrolet F-Bomb Camaro from "Fast & Furious," and the off-road 1967 Camaro from "Furious 7." Ansel Elgort starred in last year's "Baby Driver," as the wheelman responsible for clean getaways. The opening scene's star car, a red 2006 Impreza WRX, is only expected to fetch between $20,000 and $25,000. Likely due to the fact it has 156,477 miles on the odometer and plenty of scratches and...

  • Subaru WRX STI TC 380 teaser
    Subaru could be cooking up a 380-horsepower WRX STI—for Japan

    Subaru has a more powerful WRX STI in the works for its home market and it's called TC 380. The brand officially teased a sole image of a "TC 380" badge on Monday. While it's not confirmed, the 380 figure could point to a 380-horsepower WRX STI. It wouldn't be the first time Subaru gave the...

  • Subaru's record-setting run in Romania
    8:10 to Romania: Watch Mark Higgins blitz hairpins on legendary highway during practice run

    Good news for car fans but bad news for productivity: We finally have video evidence of Mark Higgins running like hell up a Romanian mountain last week. This 8-minute clip is a practice run up the hairpin section of the Transfagasaran highway in Romania on July 10 as seen from the nose of the...

  • 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray
    2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Series.Gray revealed

    Even though there's been a new Impreza in showrooms since 2017, Subaru is yet to renew its WRX and WRX STI models which are based on the previous-generation Impreza. It doesn't mean Subaru is completely ignoring the cars. Both cars have received updates for 2019, with the WRX STI benefiting from an...

  • 2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI
    Small bump in power for 2019 Subaru WRX STI

    Subaru on Thursday announced a round of updates for the 2019 WRX and WRX STI, and for the latter there's extra power to be had. But before you get too excited we'll point out that there's only five extra horses, bringing total output of the 2019 WRX STI to 310 horsepower. The new total matches the...

  • Subaru Viziv Performance concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Next Subaru WRX will still offer manual transmission

    Subaru previously hinted it may kill off the manual transmission in the name of safety, but Subaru North America CEO Tom Doll has alleviated enthusiasts' fears; the next-generation Subaru WRX will still offer a manual transmission. He made the comments during an interview with Drive, published this...

  • 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

    Subaru says that its EyeSight automatic emergency braking suite of safety gear might spell the end of manual transmissions for its car lineup. Speaking with Auto Express at the Geneva auto show last week, Subaru U.K. Managing Director Chris Graham said, "My gut tells me it will be EyeSight with Lineartronic (Subaru's term for its continunously variable transmissions) ongoing and long term. They want to steal the mantle of the safest car in the world. I think if they do that, then they say ‘here’s a manual without EyeSight’ they’ll just ruin that."’ In the U.S...

  • 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA
    2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA first drive review: a lighter, tighter WRX STI

    Subaru’s STI division has a recipe for more fun. Add liberal amounts of better handling, a dash more power, then bring the heat. In the case of the $50,000 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, the recipe is fully baked. After spending a day with this special edition model—limited to only 500...

  • Subaru Viziv Performance STI concept
    Subaru Viziv Performance STI concept debuts, could hint at next-gen WRX STI

    Subaru on Friday took the covers off a concept that may just preview the next-generation WRX STI. The concept, dubbed the Viziv Performance STI, is an evolution of the Viziv Performance concept unveiled last fall at the 2017 Tokyo auto show. The Viziv Performance STI debuted at the 2018 Tokyo Auto...

  • Ansel Elgort, aka Baby Driver, drifts his Subaru WRX in the snow
    Ansel Elgort, aka Baby Driver, drifts his Subaru WRX in the snow

    The film "Baby Driver" was one of the surprise hits of 2017. If you enjoy doing silly things in cars, then the odds are good that you also enjoyed this movie and the vehicular exploits of the titular character Baby. The actor who portrayed Baby is Ansel Elgort. He owns one of the red Subaru WRX...

  • Subaru Viziv Performance concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Flat-lined? New Subaru WRX may ditch boxer engine

    The next-generation Subaru WRX may skip one of its signature details when it's released in 2020, a report from Autocar suggested Monday. While all-wheel drive and horizontally opposed pistons are to Subaru what bad chili and worse pasta are to Cincinnati cuisine, it appears that tightening...

  • 2018 Subaru BRZ tS
    Subaru reveals pricing for BRZ tS and WRX STI Type RA, only 1,000 cars planned

    Subaru has a pair of exciting performance machines available for 2018 but you had better be quick as each is limited to just 500 units. The cars are the 2018 BRZ tS and WRX STI Type RA, and they come with a number of enhancements developed by Subaru’s STI performance arm. The BRZ tS is priced...

  • Subaru Viziv Performance concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    Stricter emissions regulations, particularly in Europe, could lead to the end of the WRX STI as we know it. That’s according to David Dello Stritto, Subaru’s sales and marketing head in Europe. Speaking with Dutch website AutoRAI, Stritto said the WRX STI’s current format of a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 cannot continue due to emissions and that Subaru is gauging market conditions to determine the best route to take for the successor model. “Subaru is looking carefully at market developments and makes its future plan with this information in mind,” he said...

  • Subaru Impreza WRX rally car
    The Subaru WRX changed the US automotive landscape

    Before the Subaru WRX landed in the United States, there wasn't much of a market for affordable and practical performance cars. Think about it for two seconds. Before the WRX, name something similar. Sure, performance coupes were big, but not sedans with proper sports car credentials. It's safe to...

  • Subaru Viziv Performance concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Subaru hints at next-gen WRX with Viziv Performance concept

    Subaru in recent years has been hinting at spinning off the WRX into a standalone car, as opposed to it being a high-performance variant of the Impreza as is the case at present. Well, if the new WRX looks anything like the Viziv Performance concept unveiled on Wednesday at the 2017 Tokyo Motor...

  • Subaru WRX STI S208
    Subaru WRX STI S208 shaves weight and adds power for Japanese enthusiasts

    We thought Subaru was finished with the WRX STI lineup following the reveal of the 2018 WRX STI Type RA, but the Japanese automaker is back with yet another high-performance sedan. This one's called the WRX STI S208, and it does two important things: adds horsepower and sheds weight. If the S208...

  • Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Nurburgring record run
    Subaru provides video of its WRX STI Type RA NBR’s sub-7:00 ‘Ring run

    In July, a highly modified Subaru WRX STI, driven by Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway, managed to lap the Nürburgring in a time of 6:57.5. That’s the fastest that any car with four doors has lapped the notorious German racetrack, a true testament of the engineering skills of Subaru and its...

  • Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Nurburgring record run
    Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR claims Nürburgring sedan record with 6:57.5 lap

    Weather did not spite Subaru today. After torrential downpours derailed its first effort at a Nürburgring lap record, Subaru returned to the Green Hell with its WRX STI Type RA NBR and rung up a 6:57.5, a record-breaking run around Germany's most notorious race track. Subaru completed the run...

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