Subaru WRX News

  • The flying Subaru WRX STI.

    There’s no denying that the Subaru WRX STI is a truly fast car, as anyone who’s ever lapped a racetrack at speed in one can attest. As one Santa Fe, Texas man learned last weekend, sometimes an STI really flies. Royce Morales was stretching the legs of his STI on a public road (bad idea), when the 20-year-old Texan lost control somewhere near 90 miles per hour. His Subaru then went off-roading, before catching serious air from a railroad track berm. As Autoblog and KHOU report, the car then flew some 100 feet through the air before punching through the roof of a local business...

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    Subaru Repeats Its 'Subaru Challenge Award' For 2012

    The FIA’s Production Car World Rally Championship (PWRC) can often be a stepping stone to bigger and better things in the world of motorsports. Run under FIA Group N rules, the series pits production cars with few allowed modifications against one another, emphasizing the capabilities of both...

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    Next-Gen Subaru WRX To Get 270 HP Turbo BRZ Engine?

    Rumors of a turbocharged version of the BRZ's engine--and the BRZ itself--have swirled for a while now, as has its application elsewhere. But now, the talk is firming up with possible power figures, and they're nudging up against 270 hp. That's not exactly unheard from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, as...

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    2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206: Forbidden Fruit

    There’s no denying that the Subaru Impreza WRX STI sedan we get in the United States is fast, since it offers up 305 horsepower and the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive in a package that weighs less than 3,400 pounds. It isn’t as fast as the made-for-Japan-only Subaru Impreza WRX...

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    Next-Gen Subaru WRX And STI Lighter And More Powerful: Report

    We already know Subaru’s next-generation WRX and WRX STI models due in 2013 will be getting a unique platform, hence they’ll also be dropping the “Impreza” part of their titles, but now we have word that the cars will also be lighter and more powerful than the ones they...

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    2013 Subaru WRX, Fiat 500 Electric, New Jersey F1: Today's Car News

    This weekend saw the danger of motorsports rear its head once again, with the death of MotoGP racer Marco Simoncelliat Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit, and we mourn the loss with the rest of the racing world. Business keeps on ticking, however, and the 2013 Fiat 500 'Elettra' electric car...

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    Subaru has major plans for the next iteration of its cult classic WRX and its more extreme WRX STI variant, and this time the cars won’t be derived from any econo compact car platform according to the latest reports. Earlier this year we reported that the next-gen WRX and WRX STI would be dropping the Impreza title from their names to further differentiate them from the regular family-oriented vehicle. Now Automotive News (subscription required) is reporting that the new performance models, due in 2013, will also sport unique platforms. According to information revealed by senior vice...

  • David Higgins drives a Subaru WRX to new Mt. Washington record
    Subaru's David Higgins Makes Record Mt. Washington Run: Video

    Earlier this summer, Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins set a new record time for the ascent up Mt. Washington's hillclimb. Today, we have the official video. The latest record run just serves to build Subaru's recent dominance of the Mt. Washington hillclimb: last year Travis Pastrana re-set...

  • Subaru WRX driver prepares for Zombie escape
    Subaru WRX Touts Zombie-Escaping Prowess: Video

    The Subaru WRX hatchback is probably one of the best vehicles we can think of if you're running from hordes of the undead--but it's a curious choice for a marketing campaign given its lame-duck status thanks to the intro of the new Impreza. The choice of the WRX as the go-anywhere, escaping-Zombies...

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    Next-Gen WRX To Drop Impreza Name: Report

    We saw the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza make its world debut last April at the 2011 New York Auto Show but the model we’re most interested in, the Impreza WRX, was nowhere to be seen. That’s because Subaru has major plans for the next iteration of its cult classic WRX and this time...

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    Which Hot Hatch Is King? #YouTellUs

    From the torque-steer laden Mazdaspeed3 to the all-wheel drive Subaru WRX, enthusiasts have a plethora of choices when it comes to buying a hot hatchback. But with so many choices, which hot hatchback is king? Earlier today, Volkswagen confirmed the turbocharged Golf R will be coming to the U.S. in...

  • Subaru WRX STI qualifying for 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hours
    Subaru WRX STI Attacks Nurburgring 24 Hour Qualifying: Video

    Hot laps of the Nurburgring never get old, especially when they're done in modified all-wheel-drive turbocharged production cars like the Subaru WRX STI. This video meets all of the above, and adds in the drama of being shot during qualifying for the Nurburgring 24 Hour, which took place this past...

  • David Higgins drives a Subaru WRX to new Mt. Washington record

    Last year Travis Pastrana was still with Subaru, and he managed to take 20 seconds off the Mt. Washington hillclimb record at the wheel of a Subaru WRX rally car. This year, Pastrana's replacement, David Higgins, officially lowered the bar by 30 seconds. The photos above show a slice of one corner on the sideways, gravel-spitting run up the mountainous course. Higgins' total time to climb the mountain: 6:11.54. That's only a tick under 9 seconds faster than Pastrana's 6:20.47--so how is it 30 seconds faster than the record? Pastrana's run last year wasn't official--or at least Subaru isn't...

  • Mark Higgins flies over a crest during his record run at the Isle of Man TT
    Subaru Releases Official Video Of Isle Of Man TT Record

    Mark Higgins' record run around the tight, treacherous Isle of Man TT circuit in a production Subaru WRX set off quite a bit of buzz, but this official video captures the lap's danger and excitement. There's no shortage of either, as Higgins alternately flies and drives the WRX around the hilly...

  • Factory Five-Grassroots Motorsports Design Winners
    Factory Five-Grassroots Motorsports Design Winners Announced

    The uniquely improved replica Cobras and Daytona coupes from Factory Five are among the best in the business, but the company is working on a new, original design for a sports car, and to help with the brainstorming process, it opened up the exterior design to a competition co-sponsored by...

  • Subaru WRX STI sets new Isle of Man TT lap record
    Subaru WRX STI sets new Isle of Man TT road car lap record

    Today's road courses bear little resemblance to the historical circuits the pioneers of motorsport ran on. Even most of the "street circuits" that are still run have been massaged and made safer over the years. But there are a few circuits that still offer the difficulty and danger those original...

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    WRC Champ Gronholm Takes Victory At First Global RallyCross Event: Video

    The first event in the new Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) was held this weekend at Irwindale Speedway in California. After all was said and done, former World Rally Championship (WRC) winning driver Marcus Gronholm took the victory in the top AWD class. It was no easy victory for Gronholm, as...

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    Are You Watching NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway? Why Not?

    OK, if you're here at CollegeCarGuide, it's probably because you like cars and trucks to some extent. And in a lot of cases, you like seeing them do impressive things, like Ken Block's Gymkhana drifiting webseries. But what about the racing, where your car-loving parents used to fall in love with...

  • 2011 Subaru WRX STI custom convertible

    A Subaru owner has seen fit to dispense with the roof of his bewinged 2011 WRX STI sedan and replace it with a custom convertible top. We ask only this: WHY?! We, along with just about everyone but the owner/creator and Manchester Subaru, the dealership offering the car for sale, just don't get it. The STI is a fantastic performance sedan. Cutting its roof off and weakening the structure so skillfully constructed and stiffened defeats the purpose. Worse, it's priced at $89,999. That means it's not even the fastest four-seat convertible you could get for the same money (BMW's 335is Convertible...

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    2011 Subaru Impreza WRX: Another Take

    I’m kind of ornery when it comes to affordable performance sedans. Above all, I’m looking for a car that’s fun, with the right mix of decent horsepower, but more, exceptionally good reflexes without a punishing ride. People buy sports sedans as daily drivers, so they have to be...

  • 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C
    2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C Breaks Cover

    Last year we saw the first iteration of the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI Spec C, a lighter and more hardcore version of the then-new Impreza WRX STI that was built in a limited run of just 900 cars. The car essentially featured enhanced engine and chassis performance as well as the aforementioned...

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    Video: Subaru Canada Films 2011 WRX STI-Powered Animation

    The 2011 Subaru WRX STI brings back the wing, and the four-door sedan body style, but Subaru isn't getting lazy about its marketing--at least not in Canada. Proof: the gigantic trackside filmstrip animation captured from a rolling 2011 STI in the video below. Instead of putting the frames on paper...

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    Driven: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan

    On the surface, the 2011 Subaru WRX doesn't sound all that exciting. Sure, it's got a turbo 2.5-liter Boxer four, but only 265 horsepower? The Honda Accord makes more than that. Yeah, it has all-wheel drive, but so does the Lincoln MKS. It wears the widebody treatment of the WRX STI, but it's about...

  • Travis Pastrana sets record time on Mt. Washington Auto Road climb
    Pastrana Breaks Mt. Washington Climb Record By 20 Seconds

    One of the nicest and craziest guys in motorsports just laid down a record-setting run on his first attempt up the Mt. Washington Climb in Vermont. Pastrana got to the top of the 6,288-foot mountain in just 6:20.47, almost 22 seconds quicker than the previous record, set in 1998 by Frank Sprongl...

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