Good news for fans of the BRZ and GT 86 – Subaru has been cooking up something special in its Subaru Tecnica Interntational (STi)…
Subaru are now offering the characterful STI with an upgraded engine and a satellite navigation system as standard, with no increase in its on-the-road price of £32,995. So what’s the catch? Well, as with all good offers this one’s only available until June 31 2011.
Amidst all the glitzy sports car and hybrid-vehicle premieres at the LA Auto Show this week, you’d be forgiven for overlooking Subaru’s latest ‘concept’ model which broke cover yesterday. Subaru have experienced more than their fair share of difficulties trying to evolve their most popular model, and from our experience of Subaru’s recent concept vehicles we know there’s a strong likelihood of this Impreza Design Concept becoming the fully-fledged production model.
As a lad growing up, I remember the pleasure that could be derived from the latest rally video game: whether it was the joy of executing the perfect hairpin on a dusty gravel track (one out of every 500 attempts you understand!), or the hair-raising excitement of blitzing through quaint French villages at unsociable speeds, it drew me in like a monkey to a car roof. Hell, even the frustration of stuffing the car into every single tree bordering a slippery snow course had a certain satisfaction to it.
Some welcome upgrades to Subaru’s Impreza but we still await the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400.
Ford’s Focus RS goes out in style, with a stripped out 350 bhp limited-edition special.
Cosworth and Subaru forge a one-off collaboration to redefine the hot-hatchback.
Hot Hatch heaven and thrills from Das Green Hell 24HR Rennen, plus Ford Focus RS tracktest, B-road blast in Renault’s R26-R, First drive of VW’s Scirocco TSi and Subaru’s Impreza 330S STi, Nurburgring 24hr exclusive with Tim Schrick’s amazing Aston and the rest of the mentalists. Also ROAD 2 for all things two-wheeled.
In this latest issue we get very sideways in the woods with a historic Porsche 911 rally car. We test Subaru’s WRX S and STI Imprezas back to back, we get all dirty with 4x4s from Isuzu and Nissan and we take to the scottish highlands in Seat’s brilliant Altea.
Got back from France last night after 24hrs with the new RS. We took an R26 R and an STi along to add some context, and I have to say the results were pretty surprising.
Following our supertest feature ‘Fierce Creatures’, we can now bring you our two-part video of the quickest and most characterful hot hatchbacks on sale today.
Hot hatches have always been the mainstay of affordable high-performance driving. Chris Harris tests six of the quickest and most characterful examples on road and track.