SUBARU IS GOING GREEN

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Meet the fastest Subaru WRX STI on the planet: 0-60 in 2 seconds

Subaru’s 2015 WRX STI Global Rallycross car will launch from 0-60 in a lightning quick 2 seconds. What part is STI playing in the new cars development?

Because Subaru Tecnica International (STI) has “stepped up” their technical support of SRT USA, the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI dubbed the VT15x is capable of 0-60 in just two seconds. That’s lightning quick and will help Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen launch their new 2015 STI Global Rallycross car off the line quicker than ever at the 12 GRC race events in 2015.

STI’s motorsports involvement

STI, the performance division for Subaru, has stepped up their technical support of rallycross development with Vermont SportsCar who builds the cars for SRT USA. STI is currently involved with motorsports in Japan with the Subaru BRZ GT300 in the SUPER GT series and they also run the 2015 Subaru WRX STI at the Nurburgring 24-hr race. Now they are bringing their technical knowledge to Subaru’s U.S. GRC race program.

With the new 2015 WRX STI GRC car being unveiled at the New York International Auto Show this week, SRT USA is hoping STI’s involvement will make a big difference in their third season of Global Rallycross. “STI is increasing their support of our U.S. based efforts in rallycross. Their expertise and development resources will take our program to an even more competitive level,” stated Rob Weir, Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager.


2015 STI GRC specs

SRT USA revealed the new car in Bucky Lasek’s new livery at NYIAS and the new STI GRC is powered by a 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine producing 580 horsepower, it’s coupled to a 6-speed SADEV sequential gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels through Subaru’s all-wheel drive system. Other features include a rallycross-spec widebody, and METHOD Race Wheels. STI likely had a lot to do with the new 2015 WRX STI’s engine and chassis development that enables the 2015 STI to launch from 0-60 in just 2 seconds.

STI is also expanding presence in the U.S. in their STI-brand aftermarket parts as well as introduction of complete STI-tuned cars like the BRZ tS and Forester tS Japan models that haven’t been offered in the U.S. before now. The first area performance fans will see STI’s stepped up presence is with the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI GRC car when it takes to the track in May.

Five Steps to Making More Power in Your Subaru WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX is a performance bargain: A quarter-mile time of 13.5 seconds at 101 mph is as quick as any WRX STI we’ve tested, and the standard WRX model is about 10 grand cheaper. Being power hungry, we have investigated a number of claims that even more output—over the stock 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque—is available with a few simple modifications. As we found, your results may vary. Here’s howto got that extra power:

1.The Intake


Getting more air into the engine’s combustion chambers produces more power, right? Right. After a simple installation, the low-restriction conical air filter and straight intake tube have around 17-hp increase at the wheels and a new jolt of torque worth 21 pound-feet. The intake carries its own million-mile warranty and doesn’t void the factory warranty.

2.The Exhaust


WRX is gonna put out a pleasant burble at idle without being too loud. Power is normally unchanged, but torque increases by around 10 pound-feet. Like the intake, the stainless-steel exhaust is guaranteed for life and won’t void the Subaru warranty.

3.Let’s get serious


The engine reprogrammed. Remember, that voids your powertrain warranty. And to further free up the exhaust, we threw in a Cobb downpipe with a high-flow catalytic converter. The AccessPort connects to the OBD II plug and automatically saves the factory engine programming. It also has preset engine maps for various states of tune, but none that accounts for an aftermarket intake. Cobb says there are too many variables to have a single program, so we got a $460 custom engine tune. After that, wheel horsepower was up 57 to 266, torque increased a staggering 68 pound-feet to 293, and now the engine sounds meaner than Sasquatch’s wife.

2017 Subaru BRZ

The refreshed 2017 Subaru BRZ’s outward changes may not be immediately apparent to the casual viewer—they are, in fact, rather comprehensive—so it makes sense that Subaru chose to emblazon its latest special-edition BRZ with an eye-catching color scheme. In keeping with Subaru’s color-based naming strategy for past limited-production BRZ variants (Series.Hyperblue, or its less-blue predecessor, the Series.Blue), the yellow BRZ is named Series.Yellow.
The bright and sunny BRZ borrows more than its period-centric naming convention from the Series.Hyperblue—it is more or less a Series.Hyperblue with all of the blue-colored accents inside and out replaced with yellow ones. There’s the paint, of course, as well as yellow contrast stitching and bits of yellow cloth throughout the otherwise black cabin, and black-painted 17-inch wheels.

The refreshed 2017 Subaru BRZ’s outward changes may not be immediately apparent to the casual viewer—they are, in fact, rather comprehensive—so it makes sense that Subaru chose to emblazon its latest special-edition BRZ with an eye-catching color scheme. In keeping with Subaru’s color-based naming strategy for past limited-production BRZ variants (Series.Hyperblue, or its less-blue predecessor, the Series.Blue), the yellow BRZ is named Series.Yellow.

The bright and sunny BRZ borrows more than its period-centric naming convention from the Series.Hyperblue—it is more or less a Series.Hyperblue with all of the blue-colored accents inside and out replaced with yellow ones. There’s the paint, of course, as well as yellow contrast stitching and bits of yellow cloth throughout the otherwise black cabin, and black-painted 17-inch wheels.
Unlike the Series.Hyperblue, there are upgrades to the brakes—Brembo rotors and four-piston calipers up front—and the suspension, which gains Sachs dampers. (Those dampers, by the way, replace the updated units standard on every 2017 BRZ.) On the whole, the package is compelling, so long as you dig the color yellow. We’d say that the interior teeters on the edge of acceptability when it comes to the yellow-ized components in there, but again, if you like the color . . .
Subaru is hoping 500 customers like the color, as that’s the total number of Series.Yellow BRZs that will be built. Pricing is still to come, but expect it to fall close to the $30,000 mark.

Subaru BRZ: Refreshed styling and more power


Performance Pack BRZ looks like a factory track weapon
The Subaru BRZ has been left largely unchanged since the 2012 debut, but after four years in production, the sport coupe was due for some updates. Subaru redesigned the front fascia, with a more aggressive bumper cover and new headlight assemblies with integrated daytime running lamps, and turned the optional fog lights into LED units. Rearward, Subie slaps on a standard aluminum wing and went with LED lighting for its tail lamp assemblies.
Subaru also gives the BRZ a slight bump in power — 205 hp compared to the outgoing model’s 200. Twist gets an equal bump, rising from 151 lb-ft to 156. The power bump will only be available with the six-speed manual, which should be an incentive for people who would normally nab an automatic to master rowing gears. Folks opting for the stick will also get a shorter gear set in the rear Torsen limited-slip diff — 4.3:1 from 4.1:1. Subaru felt the improvements were substantial enough to change the sport button into a track button, though the button’s function remains the same: it turns off stability control.


Performance Pack BRZ looks like a factory track weapon
The Subaru BRZ has been left largely unchanged since the 2012 debut, but after four years in production, the sport coupe was due for some updates. Subaru redesigned the front fascia, with a more aggressive bumper cover and new headlight assemblies with integrated daytime running lamps, and turned the optional fog lights into LED units. Rearward, Subie slaps on a standard aluminum wing and went with LED lighting for its tail lamp assemblies.
Subaru also gives the BRZ a slight bump in power — 205 hp compared to the outgoing model’s 200. Twist gets an equal bump, rising from 151 lb-ft to 156. The power bump will only be available with the six-speed manual, which should be an incentive for people who would normally nab an automatic to master rowing gears. Folks opting for the stick will also get a shorter gear set in the rear Torsen limited-slip diff — 4.3:1 from 4.1:1. Subaru felt the improvements were substantial enough to change the sport button into a track button, though the button’s function remains the same: it turns off stability control.
2017 Subaru BRZ interior

The Subaru BRZ’s interior will also be refreshed for 2017 and now includes a multifunction steering wheel, a new instrument cluster with an LCD screen and new HVAC controls.

Subaru also updated the interior of its 2+2 sports coupe, adding a 4.2-inch LCD display right of the tachometer in the gauge cluster, a multifunction steering wheel and now standard paddle shifters for the folks that still spring for an automatic. The LCD display in the instrument cluster displays myriad details like g-forces, oil temperature, water temperature, accelerator pedal position and even includes a stop watch to record lap times.
Stick novices will also find the 2017 Subaru BRZ coupe’s incline start assist helpful. The system holds the vehicle for a few seconds before you start accelerating on a hill, which makes the risk of rolling back nearly nonexistent.
The BRZ is still split into two different trim packages, Premium and Limited, but a new performance package arrives for stick-shifted Limited models. The performance pack adds Brembo calipers, larger rotors and Sachs performance shocks — helping your BRZ become track ready from the showroom floor.
Pricing hasn’t been established, but we can’t imagine it straying too far from the current figures. The 2017 BRZ coupes will hit dealers in September, but if you want the performance package you’ll have to wait until winter.