Posted Monday, January 3, 2022 at 10:47pm
Though Subaru is looking toward an electric future, the 2022 WRX is a clear indication of the brand’s commitment to its enthusiast customer base.
Touted as a more refined reiteration of the iconic rally car, the fifth-generation WRX is the first version of the sporty compact sedan built on Subaru’s Global Platform, which improves vehicle dynamics and reduces noise, vibration and harshness — significantly enhancing the overall rigidity of the WRX and its ride and handling on the road.
The car gets a new sport-tuned suspension, electric power-assisted steering, an electronic controlled power-assisted brake system and multi-mode vehicle dynamics control with track mode.
Posted Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5:36pm
About 136,000 years ago, the island of Aldabra in the Indian Ocean flooded, wiping out the Aldabra rail, the species of flightless bird that lived there. Eventually, dry land reemerged, and the Aldabra’s winged progenitor, the white-throated rail, flew back. And then, over another 20,000 years or so, those birds gradually lost their wings—there are no predators on the island—and the Aldabra rail evolved, independently, all over again. If you’re patient, we’ll explain what this has to do with cars.
When a species evolves twice from the same ancestor, the process is called iterative evolution, and it’s happening right now, in our lifetimes. The species SUVus ponderous—characterized by towering ride height and superfluous off-road ability—evolved from station wagons, was driven nearly to extinction by crossovers, and is now showing evidence of a comeback. By way of proof, we present the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, which traces its lineage to Subaru’s tidy little station wagons from the 1970s but is a couple genetic mutations away from turning into a Toyota 4Runner. If 9.2 inches of ground clearance isn’t evidence for iterative evolution, we don’t know what is.
Posted Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10:35pm
The casualty list of affordable performance cars is pretty much every car we search for on Bring a trailer: Probe, Prelude, Celica, Cobalt SS, SRT4, Impulse, Talon, Daytona, Laser, 240SX, XT6. A victim of a culture obsessed with sitting high and cornering slowly, going fast on a budget is harder than ever. Decades ago, nearly every brand sold an affordable sporty car; now we’re down to just a few choices.… Read More →
Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 8:40pm
The first-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86/Scion FR-S were fun cars that emphasized the subjective driving experience over cold performance numbers. Hey, if you can slide around in a rear-wheel-drive coupe with a manual transmission, who cares if you’re doing it at 10 mph, right? It’s theater of the mind, people. But now that we’ve tested the new 2022 Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86, we’ve affirmed that you can have… Read More →
Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:23pm
The Subaru Solterra is the brand’s first fully electric vehicle and a joint venture between Toyota, who sells this same EV has the BZ4X. (Super glad Subaru went with an actual word, even if it’s made up.) The Solterra made its official debut in Japan last week, but Subaru pulled the wraps off the North American version on Wednesday, confirming many of the EV’s US specs. Mechanically speaking, not much… Read More →
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