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Suicidal Subaru Driver Almost Causes Multiple Accidents

Turning left onto a main road without making sure the coast is clear is among the most dangerous maneuvers anyone can make in traffic.

For some unexplained reason, this Subaru owner seemed completely oblivious to the dangers that lay ahead and proceeded to make one of the worst left turns we’ve ever seen.

While that Jeep may have anticipated the Subaru driver’s intentions and got on the brakes in time, the dark saloon coming in hot from the other direction needed to fight for every inch of room possible under braking in order to not smash into the back of that Legacy.

This could have easily resulted in a multiple car pileup as soon as the Subaru driver completed the left turn. Also, that pickup that just stopped short of hitting the car in front may not have done so in time had the Legacy been hit.

The worst part is, some people who tend to execute these types of horrendously risky maneuvers in traffic, do so because they’re ignorant of their surroundings, and not because they’re in a hurry – which would at least mean they’re aware of the risks.


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Top 10 Coolest Automotive Logos

Every car company has its own logo and, like the vehicles they build, some are better than others.Just take a gander at Toyota’s top-heavy oval emblem. Despite its simplicity, this symbol isn’t terribly inspiring, nor is the winged-arrow insignia plastered on Skodas. Talk about weird! Like these examples, the GMC logo is nothing more than a trio of consonants. How boring! It’s never going to win any graphic design awards.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of vehicular brands with elegant and classy logos with interesting backstories. Here’s a list of our 10 favorite.

10. Mitsubishi

We start with a troubled Japanese automaker. In North America at least, Mitsubishi has been struggling for decades, hobbled by questionable quality and a limited range of substandard products. Currently, it doesn’t even offer a midsize sedan, which would compete in a huge segment of the market. Still, in spite of its poor showroom performance, the company does have an appealing logo, one that’s graphically simple and very clean. Mitsu means three in Japanese, while hishi means water chestnut and denotes a diamond shape, so the logo is the literal translation of the Mitsubishi name, which means “three diamonds.”

9. Aston Martin

Another one of the coolest automotive logos out there belongs to Aston Martin. Sure, this British brand builds some killer products, but its emblem is genuinely nifty, comprised of stylized wings, stretched wide with the text of its name nestled neatly in the center. Curiously, the automaker has carried this motif through to the rear end of some models, where the tail lights mimic the logo’s feather.

8. Citroën

Not only does Citroën deserve an award for sporting an umlauted letter in its name, but it’s also worthy of praise for having an appealing logo. Yes, this French automaker’s double-chevron moniker is not only graphically pleasing but also rooted in history. The emblem is a stylized version of a herringbone gear, a design that cancels out the axial thrust found in normal helically cut gears. Supposedly, company founder André Citroën spotted this clever innovation while in Poland. Apparently, he liked it enough to use it as the logo for the company that bears his name.

7. Subaru

Subaru is best known for its rally-racing heritage and unique devotion to all-wheel drive, but in addition to all of this, it also has a pretty neat logo. Do you know what the firm’s twinkling emblem represents? Well, if you’re an amateur astronomer, you might have a clue, if not, you’ll still probably enjoy this tidbit of info. The company’s logo actually represents the Pleiades star cluster, which is found in the Taurus constellation. Why this particular group of stars? Subaru is the Japanese word for a group of stars found in the constellation.

6. Volkswagen

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the history of Volkswagen is rather dark, and we’re not referring to all the soot from its recent diesel-emissions scandal. The people’s car brand directly traces its roots back to Nazi Germany. In the mid-1930s, Hitler wanted an affordable car that could mobilize the Reich’s population. Ultimately, the company’s Beetle would do this, even if it didn’t hit its stride until well after the Second World War ended. Anyhow, despite its troubled past, Volkswagen has one of the coolest, most graphically pleasing emblems of any automaker. It’s comprised of a capital “V” perched atop a large “W,” with everything circumscribed neatly by a circle. It’s clean, elegant and still cool all these years later.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Subaru’s Of All Time

5. Mazda

Next up, another Japanese automaker. Rendered in shiny chrome, Mazda’s logo is both simple and intriguing. Clearly, it’s a stylized “M,” but this motif also bears more than a passing resemblance to a blooming tulip. Additionally, those with a keen eye and vivid imagination might notice a soaring bird with its wings spread wide. What do you see in this automotive Rorschach test?

4. Porsche

Porsche is one of the most coveted brands in the car world. Whether it’s the iconic 911 or Macan crossover, their Panamera sedan or lithe Cayman coupe, this firm’s sporty products are lusted after by enthusiasts around the globe. Given the high esteem it’sheld in, the company deserves a suitably regal logo, which is exactly what it has. Curiously, the Porsche emblem is a hybrid of sorts, with city of Stuttgart’s coat of arms plunked in the center of a field borrowed from the heraldic symbol for the Kingdom of Württemberg. Makes sense, right? We didn’t think so. In any event, just enjoy the cool logo and inspiring vehicles.

3. Alfa Romeo

Another automaker with a seriously beautiful emblem is Alfa Romeo. Just like Porsche’s, it’s comprised of various heraldic symbols. The prominent red cross represents the city of Milan, this prestigious automaker’s birthplace. As for the crowned serpent, it stands for the House of Visconti, a noble Italian family. How neat is that? Owning an Alfa Romeo is kind of like being friends with royalty… sort of.

2. Audi

One of the most elegant automotive logos of all time belongs to Audi, though due to the brand’s tumultuous history, it’s one of the most difficult to explain. In short, this firm’s emblem is comprised of four interlocking rings, one for each brand that formed the now-defunct company Auto Union, which is the direct predecessor to the Audi marque we know today. The companies represented in this beautifully rendered logo include Horch, Wanderer, DKW and Audi. It’s a difficult story to explain, but the result is one of our favorite logos.

SEE ALSO: Subaru’s 15 Fastest Cars of All Time

1. BMW

Finally, we come to BMW. Unquestionably, this fabled German luxury car maker has one of the nicest insignias in the automotive world. Its circular emblem represents several things. First, the blue-and-white motif is a stand in for the Bavarian flag. Remember, the firm is headquartered in Munich, the capital of this German federal state. Only a decade after its creation did it also gain an association with the aircraft propeller from an aircraft engine magazine with the roundel overlaid in front of a stylized aircraft propeller, one blurred by rotating at a high rate of speed. This is a nod to the high-flying engines they began building in the 1920s. For its graphic simplicity, overall elegance and rich history, you can’t beat the BMW roundel.


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Poll: Subaru BRZ Premium or Ford Mustang Fastback V6?

The Subaru BRZ and Ford Mustang are both stylish and sporty coupes but is one of these models a better choice for enthusiasts than the other? You decide!

Both of these cars feature sporty rear-wheel-drive architectures, offer manual transmissions and are available with just two doors, similarities that make them logical rivals, though there are plenty of differences between them.

Starting with the BRZ, it features a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that’s good for up to 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of twist (when equipped with a six-speed stick, that is), and that’s it. Only one propulsion unit is offered in this car.

Fortunately, thanks to the engine’s horizontally opposed configuration this Subaru has a very low center of gravity and overall weight, tipping the scales at less than 2,800 pounds, making it minuscule by 21stcentury standards. Really, the BRZ is more precision instrument than jackhammer, especially when equipped with the new Performance Package, which adds Brembo brakes and Sachs shock absorbers.

Focusing on the Ford, it’s quite different from the Subaru. For starters, it offers a multitude of engines, from an EcoBoost four-cylinder to a duet of high-strung V8s to a base V6. And that latter option is what we’re focusing on here, the most cost-effective offering (read: cheapest).

Aside from being a larger car, the Mustang is also heavier, tipping the scales at around 3,526 pounds with a V6 and manual transmission, some 741 more than the BRZ. But partially offsetting this mass disadvantage is more power. This car is endowed with 300 horses and 280 lb-ft of twist from a 3.7-liter engine. A manual or automatic transmission are offered, both with six forward speeds.

As for pricing, out the door this Ford starts at a few bucks less than $25,600. On the other hand, Subaru’s offering kicks off at around $26,200, including destination fees.

Which of these cars do YOU prefer? Compare them directly right here and please, make sure to vote in our poll!


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Why Every Car Enthusiast Needs To Drive A Subaru Impreza

It doesn’t look like much, but the Subaru Impreza has one of the strongest fanbases and reputations in the internet car world. Drive one hard and you’ll understand why.

(Full Disclosure: I’ve never owned a Subaru Impreza, but I’ve driven a few. Bill Petrow of Broken Motorsports let me drive his runaround for a week. Team O’Neil Rally Schoollet me cut loose in a slightly modified Hawkeye sedan and a Prodrive-built WRC-spec rally car. I didn’t pay a dime, other than for gas in Bill’s car. Thanks, Bill. Come to think of it, I’ve also driven a new Subaru STI for a day across Wales on a press trip set up by Subaru a year back. I got to run a rear-wheel-drive-converted Impreza rally car on a muddy stage at the Higgins Rally School on that same trip. Subaru covered all my costs for those two.)
I get the feeling that Imprezas are often driven for the wrong reasons. When I was growing up in Northern California, I only saw these little sedans getting driven around by crunchy granola types who I think were mostly afraid of putting on snow chains when they drove up to the Sierras. They had lots of bumper stickers. They were basically Corollas that got worse gas mileage. Also they can be quite homely. And their interiors are garbage.

And over the past, ugh, what is this now, five years I’ve been writing about cars on the internet, I’ve mostly seen Imprezas in the performance community getting driven like little muscle cars. The big draw for a lot of Subaru fans is the power you get from Subaru’s turbo motors and the speed off the line of its AWD system. Go to any ski resort and you’ll hear the BRAAAAAAAP of a blacked-out STI clone with most of an exhaust. Go to any rich kid suburb in the Southwest and you’ll hear it, too. Tuned Subarus with boosted boxer motors are fast, and that’s enough for most leadfoot drivers.

My boss used to have a WRX sedan. I think he, like thousands of other mad-at-the-world dudes, just wanted the speed. It’s not hard or expensive to get a Subaru that’s loud and fast, a step up in price and prestige from cheap Hondas on the affordable enthusiast car scale. For a lot of people, Subarus are for bros and lady-bros. You know, these people.

Up until a few years ago I had never driven a Subaru Impreza of any generation, so I only vaguely desired something like an early two-door 2.5RS, mostly because I thought it looked cool. But now I’ve driven everything from a Prodrive-built rally car to a non-turbo ‘Blobeye’ sedan and there’s something deeper about these cars that every enthusiast should know first hand.

This is going to sound weird, but it’s the normalcy of the Impreza that makes it so good to drive. I did a couple hundred miles in that Blobeye I mentioned, road tripping out to Pennsylvania to co-drive in a rally a few years back. The car didn’t have much of anything but lots of room and AWD. It drove and functioned, like I said before, like a Corolla with worse gas mileage.

I had that road trip in mind two weekends ago when I was fully and completely sideways in an almost identical Impreza, a Hawkeye used as a trainer car by Team O’Neil Rally School up in New Hampshire. At its roots, it was still the same plain car too look at and to drive around like any other car.
Huck it into a corner in snow, though, and the car becomes one of the best driver’s cars around.

If you’ve never gone sideways in an all-wheel drive car, you won’t really understand the sensations of it. The feeling and the responses aren’t like anything else you might drive. Turn in to the corner with a big lift off the gas, even a brush of the brakes with your left foot, and the nose of the car dives down and into the turn. Get back on the gas and the car will pull you out of your slide and in to the next bend.

You can do the same trick with a front-wheel drive car, but you always have the feeling there that the car is operating in two halves. You can feel the undriven rear slide out and you can feel the driven front pull you free. An all-wheel drive Impreza doesn’t have that sensation. It feels like the entire car, wrapping around you in a single motion, evenly slips in and out of a corner as one.

There’s no big drama about it. Subarus have viscous differentials, sort of juggling the power around the corners of the car, and it all sort of meshes and globularizes into unified motion. It’s not abrupt. It’s not sharp. It’s creamy peanut butter plastering over all the little holes on a piece of bread. Your little mistakes at the wheel and the little undulations of the road all get processed by the Subaru’s AWD. All it leaves you with is sideways speed.

The sensations were largely the same even when I drove a full-on rally spec car, one owned by O’Neil and built by some Prodrive meachnics out in the midwest. Prodrive, if you’re not familiar with Subaru lore, was the British race shop that built Subaru’s winning World Rally Championship cars. Prodrive gave the world the 555 Imprezas, sideways over crests and on into the collective unconscious.

The dog box transmission whined and the engine thundered when Tim O’Neil, riding shotgun with me, flicked on the anti-lag button. Flames shot out the exhaust. We took off like nothing else. The handling was so neutral, so plain. Like any other Impreza, it made getting sideways in the snow as easy as possible. The big difference was that the torque of the thing hungered for more speed. First. Second. Third. Already too fast on the little slalom/skidpad course O’Neil had laid out. The car wanted to be doing a hundred miles an hour through the woods. Everything on the car was designed to make that happen as quickly and as simply as possible.

Don’t get me wrong. These cars do not fix all drivers. One icy corner did leave me tapping a snow bank, taking some paint off the back bumper of this (eek) reasonably historic car. Subarus make driving like this easy. They do not make it idiot-proof.

I’ve driven all kinds of other performance cars. I’ve been sideways in front-drivers and rear-drivers. I’ve driven more analog, old-school all-wheel drive cars like an ‘80s Audi 4000 Quattro. I’ve driven more digital, new-school all-wheel drive cars like the current Ford Focus RS. Drift cars. Race cars. Off-roaders and ex-military vehicles. Getting an all-wheel drive drift going in an Impreza stands out as one of the most accessible and interesting experiences you can have in a car.

Look past the vapes and flat brim hats of Subaru bro-ism. Leave the hippie associations of Foresters and Outbacks aside. If you’ve never gone sideways with all four wheels lit up, find a way to get yourself behind the wheel of an Impreza.
It won’t seem like much at first, but that’s the whole charm.

From : Jalopnik