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Posted Monday, February 21, 2022 at 8:32pm

We’re supposed to be an Intelligent Species.

We’re supposed to be an Intelligent Species.

The question every year at Snodrift is, “What will the road surface be like?” The surface may range from melting snow with mixed gravel and mud to a solid sheet of ice. This year was of the “solid sheet of ice” variety. I have been competing in this event off and on since 2002. There have been numerous years where the roads have been icy, but the year that sticks out in my mind is… Read More →

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 8:55pm

SnoDrift Rally and Studs on Ice.

SnoDrift Rally and Studs on Ice.

We are in the winter rally season and have two rallies coming up. Here in the United States, it’s Snodrift based in Atlanta…Michigan. For the WRC, it’s Rally Sweden. Both are classic winter events, but there’s one difference between the two. In the US, we must use off-the-shelf snow tires. The WRC event will use a true rally snow/ice tire with studs. The difference between the two tires is immense. Lately, we generally have been… Read More →

Posted Monday, January 3, 2022 at 10:47pm

Subaru to enthusiasts: We haven’t forgotten you

Subaru to enthusiasts: We haven’t forgotten you

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… Read More →

Posted Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5:36pm

Tested: 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Wants to Be a Real SUV

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… Read More →

Posted Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10:35pm

Comparison Test: 2022 Hyundai Veloster N vs. Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota GR86 vs. VW GTI

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. We’ve gathered four of the… Read More →

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 8:40pm

2022 Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 Post Serious Performance Numbers

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 it both ways—lightweight, naturally aspirated,… Read More →

Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:23pm

2023 Subaru Solterra arrives in US with standard AWD and 220-mile estimated range

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 is different between the Solterra… Read More →

Posted Monday, November 8, 2021 at 9:54pm

2023 Subaru XV spied testing

The 2023 Subaru XV has been spied testing for the first time, ahead of its global unveiling rumoured for late 2022 or early 2023. Caught on camera on US roads by YouTube user KindelAuto, the next-generation XV’s styling is an evolutionary step forward from its predecessor, mixing the current model’s high-riding hatchback shape with smoother lines and design cues from Subaru’s latest models. Up front, slim new LED headlights link with the hexagonal grille through… Read More →

Posted Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 9:47pm

How Subaru and Prodrive Built Rallying Royalty

This week, we turn the time machine’s dial to 1996, for the preseason ahead of the World Rally Championship’s 1997 season. That means a trip to jolly old England, where the crew at Prodrive were hard at work screwing together Subaru’s effort for the following season. That car ended up being remarkable, the manufacturer’s championship winner for 1997, and one of the most beloved rally cars of all time. You’ll recognize it instantly as the… Read More →

Posted Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 9:45pm

SUBARU’S MAKEOVER FROM FARM MULE TO WRC WINNER

That noise was the trademark off-beat Subaru boxer burble. If late nineties to early noughties’ World Rally Cars had a soundtrack, it would have to be the classic, hard-edged note made by Richards’ Prodrive team in Banbury. Subaru’s WRC story was, of course, established in the pre-World Rally Car days of Group A. It was the Legacy which helped pave the way for the legend that was the Impreza. That was the model which delivered… Read More →