July 29th, 2010 by Car and SUV
Contrary to recent rumours, Toyota’s eagerly anticipated FT-86 is still scheduled for a 2011 launch. Toyota recently held at press event in Japan in order to get some things straight about its Toyota G’s performance vehicles. Naturally, there were many questions about the FT-86 (or FR-S). Although it was reported a few months ago that the sports coupe would be delayed until 2013 for design and powerplant reasons, now it’s back on schedule with a release date of November 2011.
Clarity on the lineup was offered as well, there will be three spec levels with at least two engine options, and the mid-range model is expected to cost around 2.5 million yen ($39,550 NZ). The top dog model will be a turbocharged variant which will add appeal to drifters and tuners. Apparently, there will be no hybrid drivetrains — that tech is being reserved for a different sporty product.
Check back as we bring you more info on the development of the FT-86.
July 22nd, 2010 by Car and SUV
New Subaru WRX ad featuring pro driver Dave Mirra and a blonde passenger who brought her own airbagsï»¿
July 14th, 2010 by Car and SUV
Quick review of the new 2011 Subaru WRX STI
July 6th, 2010 by Car and SUV
Subaru’s 2011 Impreza WRX STI will be available with a five speed automatic gearbox when it arrives in NZ this September.
It is the first time Subaru’s performance flagship model has been available in New Zealand with an automatic, which will have steering column mounted paddle shifts. Until now the STI has only had a manual change transmission, which will continue in six speed form.
“The introduction of an automatic transmission will generate wider appeal for those in search of high performance and profound stability without compromising everyday driving comfort,” said Graeme Woodlands, the Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand. “These people spend a lot of time in city traffic during the week and appreciate the auto’s ease of operation.”
And for 2011 the STI will see the return of a sedan model with a large rear wing. For the last three years it has only been available as a hatchback.
In other changes the STI will come with a new stiffer wide track suspension and front bumper which integrates into the front wheel arches. The latest STI will sit on new design alloy wheels.
In the cabin Bluetooth hands free calling and Bluetooth audio streaming will be standard and there will be USB and auxiliary connection for iPod and MP3 players.
There will also be changes to the Impreza WRX for 2011, although it will still only be available with a manual gearbox.
It will have a wider body more akin to the STI to set it apart from the standard Impreza models. Like the STI it will come with Bluetooth capability and USB and auxiliary ports.
Performance of both cars 2.5 litre turbocharged engines will be similar to the current WRX and STI models. Full technical details, specification and pricing will be announced at the time of the launch.
June 24th, 2010 by Car and SUV
iPad in Car – Scosche Dash Kit for iPad in a Subaru WRX Sti
June 21st, 2010 by Car and SUV
Both the Cosworth and Subaru brands have some serious cred when it comes to racing history. This year saw the return of Cosworth for Formula 1, and 2012 might be the year Subaru returns to WRC, thanks to a new partnership between the two companies. How is this possible? With a change in the FIA regulations for WRC and WTCC that could see a jointly designed 1.6-litre turbocharged Boxer engine.
It’s an exciting project spawned from the WRC’s plans for next season based on the Super2000 class. The new engine fits in nicely with the Japanese domestic market’s progression toward smaller, greener engines, potentially making a solid case for Subaru to re-enter the sport where it once successfully competed. Due to WTCC and WRC homologation rules, the engine would have to be built in at least some production vehicles. Which is good news for badge fans with cash to burn.
What isn’t clear yet is if the smaller powerplant would slot into a WRX or even an STI for racing and production purposes, or if a smaller car is required like an all-wheel-drive version of the Subaru-branded FT-86. If this new engine does find a home it’s most likely to be in the Impreza platform. Perhaps even the recently-reborn WRX STI sedan.
Power output of such an engine could easily be over 250-horsepower or even more if desired, with the race version pumping out a crazy amount of power. It’s a smart collaboration with Cosworth’s proven engine design abilities and Subaru’s history of developing turbocharged Boxers, together almost anything is possible.
It’s promising news for those who want to see Subarus tearing up the gravel in the WRC once again.
June 18th, 2010 by Car and SUV
Returning us to high school days, you might recall the first day back at school after the long summer holidays. There was usually some kid who during the break experienced a sudden spurt of maturity and returned much bigger and more grown up than ever before. It’s a similar scenario for the third generation Subaru Forester that now only scantly resembles the boxy first model that’s become a bit of a cult favourite here in NZ. Proof that as Subaru strives to be a more mainstream global brand its products are being designed with a broader, more sensible appeal. The new 2010 Forester is also available with a diesel engine option and although Subaru is a late bloomer into diesel power it’s an impressive motor on paper. Car and SUV spent a week with the oil-burning Forester 2.0D ‘Euro Spec’ to measure its growth and mark its report card.
Let’s duck straight under the Forester’s scooped bonnet where the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine provides all-wheel motivation. With this new unit Subaru has continued its commitment to a horizontally opposed boxer configuration albeit in diesel form. Power output is rated at 108kW with a muscular 350Nm of torque available from just 1800rpm. It can lay claim to being the world’s first diesel boxer engine and gives the Forester an intriguing character. Off the mark it’s no rocket ship, but once the revs rise on the turbocharged engine there is generous mid-range torque on offer. Unlike some turbo diesels the Forester needs to be pushed and held higher in the rev range to extract its best performance. If you don’t, it can get bogged down, especially if it falls below turbo-range at around 1500rpm. This requires working the gears which makes for a more involving drive.
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May 27th, 2010 by Car and SUV
Subaru’s “Fastest WRX STI ever” unveiled at New York Motorshow