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 |  Jul 03 2014, 10:07 AM

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If you live in a “salt belt” state and drive a Subaru, there’s a good chance your vehicle is going to be recalled.

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 |  Jun 18 2014, 1:02 PM

The Classic Tale of the Saabaru

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Vehicle Overview

In 2005 Saab wanted a compact vehicle to sell in North America against products like the Audi A3 and Volvo V50. At the time GM owned Saab completely and had an influential ownership share in Subaru. To fill the gap in Saab’s lineup, the company began to sell a version of the Subaru Impreza wagon with Saab family styling front and back as well as a more premium interior. Other than that, the vehicle was mechanically similar to the Subaru and features the Impreza’s basic body shell.

Like the Impreza, the Saab 9-2x was offered with the regular 2.5-liter horizontally opposed engine as well as the WRX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four. In 2006, a few 2.5-liter turbocharged vehicles were produced and to this day are the rarest of the model line.

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 |  Jun 07 2014, 10:45 AM

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If you’re disappointed that the 2015 Subaru WRX didn’t look like the wild concept unveiled in New York, be patient.

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Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX?

Street Legal Rally Car

 |  May 21 2014, 12:45 PM

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Vehicle Overview

For 2002, Subaru sent its rally-inspired WRX to North America. Based on the Impreza, the WRX brought in a new era of compact performance cars thanks to its all-wheel drive capability and a turbocharged horizontally opposed engine.

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 |  Apr 29 2014, 10:33 AM

A Deeper Dive into Subaru’s Super Sedan


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The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is the real deal. Ignore the detractors who have yet to drive the new car; it’s not at all a mildly updated carryover.

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 |  Apr 22 2014, 8:02 AM

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Subaru WRX hatchback fans might be in for some bad news if they’re fans of the new model.

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 |  Apr 14 2014, 11:45 AM

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Subaru heard that enthusiasts think the WRX STI is too mild, so it’s heading to New York with something wilder.

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 |  Jan 14 2014, 1:22 PM

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Subaru has just taken the wraps off of the 2015 WRX STI and it is more than just a WRX with a giant wing.

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 |  Jan 14 2014, 9:55 AM

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Subaru has just taken the wraps off of the 2015 WRX STI and it doesn’t disappoint.

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 |  Jan 03 2014, 4:19 PM

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Subaru has announced that the 2015 WRX STI will make its public debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

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 |  Dec 15 2013, 1:02 PM

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Subaru has released a new video showcasing its new WRX in its natural environment: playing in the dirt.

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 |  Dec 11 2013, 2:02 PM

Freezing in the Woods has never been so Fun


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“You are going to stand in the middle of a forest, in the dead of winter, for hours on end, to catch a glimpse of 30 cars driving by?”

Yup. This is winter rally racing and to those not involved in the automotive culture, spectating at such events sounds downright insane.

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 |  Nov 24 2013, 1:44 PM

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This week, AutoGuide revealed its Utility Vehicle of the Year, while a pair of auto shows kept plenty of automotive enthusiasts glued to our YouTube channel. From the LA Auto Show, the unveiling of the Subaru WRX drew excitement while viewers also wanted to catch the first glimpse at the 2015 Nissan GT-R and GT-R Nismo.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 2:59 PM

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When it comes to August sales GM has plenty to smile about, but it’s not the only automaker with blockbuster news. Judging by its showroom performance Subaru should be grinning from ear lobe to ear lobe.

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 |  Aug 07 2013, 2:11 PM

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Subaru has announced pricing for the 2014 WRX and WRX STI models, with the WRX four-door starting at $26,790 including a $795 destination and delivery fee.

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 |  Jul 09 2013, 6:54 AM

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Subaru has announced a limited edition Impreza WRX model for the Japanese market, called the STI tS Type RA.

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 |  Apr 16 2013, 1:38 PM

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Testing is underway after earlier spy photos of the new Subaru WRX emerged this morning showing the car driving to the Nurburgring.

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 |  Mar 28 2013, 11:57 AM

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Subaru just unveiled the WRX concept, previewing what to expect with the next in its line of rally-inspired all-wheel drive sport sedan.

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 |  Aug 25 2012, 9:01 AM

America has been notorious for missing out on awesome, high-performance cars from Japan, and now we’ll get to miss out on a 335-hp Subaru WRX STI.

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 |  May 03 2012, 9:32 AM

The next generation Subaru WRX may bring about a new, ground-breaking electric turbo when it finally sees production at the end of 2013.

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 |  Apr 04 2012, 9:02 AM

Back when Ken Block still worked with Subaru, he built an outrageous WRX STi for the 2009 SEMA Show with a TRAX system. Clearly it inspired some enthusiasts to do the same, albeit three years later.

The 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX you’re feasting your eyes on isn’t the same body style that Block used, but the effect is all the same. American Track Truck, Inc. equipped the WRX with a Dominator Track System so it could perform on the snow, slush, ice, mud, swamp, marsh… you get the point. While Subaru has been synonymous with rally racing over the years, this might just be a tad over the top. Continue Reading…

 |  Oct 26 2011, 4:30 PM

Since the inception of the Subaru WRX and STI models, they have thus far been linked to the ho-hum Impreza compact sedan/hatch. While that saved Subaru a lot of money in developing a new platform in the past, and they have done a phenomenal job transforming a boring family car into a supercar hunting sportscar, for some the Impreza link is this car’s only downfall.

Subaru too wants its WRX and STI models to now be taken more seriously and hence from 2013 are going to unveil new versions which will be based on a unique platform.

We first reported on this news back in July, when this was just in a speculation stage. But now it seems the WRX and STI will form their own models, separating them from the Impreza.

So while there is a brand new Impreza being launched for the 2012 model year, the old (or shall we say current) WRX and STI will soldier on for one more year.

As for the 2013 WRX and STI models, lots is still being speculated about what powertrain this car will have. One rumor circulating the web is that it’ll be powered by a 1.6-liter, boxer four-cylinder motor with a massive turbo-charger, and it will be capable of producing 270-hp. Could the next STi sport around 350-hp? Only time will tell.

GALLERY: 2011 Subaru WRX STI

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[Source: Car and Driver]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Subaru WRX STI Review

 |  Jul 14 2011, 6:31 PM

Subaru may decide to have a separate WRX line different from the Impreza family in a move to create a more dedicated performance range for the automaker. The new Impreza goes on sale this fall and is expected to be a significantly higher volume model than any of its predecessors. Subaru may chose to separate the WRX and Impreza for the first time in nearly 20 years.

With plans to launch a new sporty car in 2014, there is speculation that the new performance model will actually be the next generation WRX. “Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened,” according to a Subaru insider.

Motor Trend has also speculated that the new WRX may use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, with a massive turbo, producing as much as 270-hp. The new model would be sized more like a subcompact and would feature extra-wide tires. Subaru is also said to be considering returning to the World Rally Championship from which the Impreza WRX got its name. Subaru pulled out of the series in 2008 because of the economic downturn .

[Source: MotorTrend]

 |  Jun 28 2011, 8:49 AM

After having just set the Isle of Man TT record, Subaru can now add another to its list after driver David Higgins smashed the official hillclimb record at New England’s highest mountain, Mt. Washington over the weekend.

The record for the 7.6-mile Mt. Washington “Climb To The Clouds” Hill Climb was last set in 1998, with a time of 6:41.99 in the legendary Audi Quattro. This year, Higgins shattered the record in a Subaru Impreza WRX STI with a time of 6:11.47—handily beating out Travis Pastrana’s unofficial 6:20.47 record from last year, as well.

As per the 6,288-ft. mountain’s reputation, weather provided additional difficulties. ”It was a very big challenge because the road was still wet in spots and would turn very slick suddenly,” said Higgins. “With the clouds the visibility was so low I could hardly see past the hood of my car.”

The Subaru Rally Team moves on to Maine for the New England Rally, through the weekend of July 15th and 16th, where Higgins will defend his honor as Rally America’s points leader.

GALLERY: David Higgins Mt. Washington Record Run

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