Detroit Auto Show: Subaru

As my final post from the North American International Auto Show, I thought I'd take a bit more time and do some additional research on each model. Starting off strong with this, the specially-built race car for the legendary Isle of Mann TT race.

Built almost entirely by legendary builder Prodrive, the car weighs in at less than 2600 lbs, thanks to a nearly stripped interior, use of fibreglass panels and superlight Forged Aluminium wheels.

With 600 all-wheel-horsepower on tap and nearly the same in torque, as well as a redline of 9100 rpm, the car shows great potential for setting records. Driver Mark Higgins hopes to do just that. The rear wing also seems to have a DRS system, increasing aerodynamics to bring the lap times down that much more.

This WRX Rally car, #75,driven by David Higgins in the Rally America series, was present this year.

The VIZIV-7 concept is Subaru's first 7-passenger vehicle since the Tribeca. According to Car and Driver's write-up, it's narly 15 inches longer than the Outback, with a nearly 9 inch longer wheelbase.

The grille and lights, while keeping with Subaru's current design style, seems to use LED's more heavily than other models.

I will say, the rear tail-lamps are pretty cool. I'd rather not take the odd trapezoidal lamps in the bumper though.

The Current "Newly redesigned for 2018 but totally the same as the 2017 in every way" WRX uses the new FJ20 2.0L Boxer engine shared by all of the other non-STi 4-cylinder Subarus as well as the GT86.

The STi still keeps the Proven, yet aging EJ257 engine and 6-speed Manual transmission. Still one of my favorite models in the range.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more posts.



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