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Don’t Expect an All-New Subaru WRX Until 2020

Despite Subaru completely overhauling the Impreza for 2017, it appears the WRX will stick around on its current platform for another few years. That’s the word from Motoring in Australia, who spoke with an senior engineer from Subaru about a WRX replacement. For those that can’t wait, the good news is that a WRX refresh is coming for 2018, which should carry the car for another few years.

It should be no surprise that a full WRX redesign is a few years off. Although the fourth generation Impreza was released in 2011, the current WRX has only been on sale since the 2015 model year. Given an average five-year cycle, we can most likely expect a redesign for 2020. It’s not clear how extensive the refresh will be or if the STI will finally drop the ancient EJ-series 2.5-liter turbochargedflat four engine for the more modern FA-series 2.0-liter turbocharged flat four engine found in the regular WRX.

Rumors have been swirling for years of what else a full-redesign may encompass. The current model was rumored to have an electric turbocharger that obviously never appeared. There have been other rumors of a switch to a hybrid powertrain. While that may work when the WRX finally uses the updated Impreza platform, don’t expect to see hybrid power in the refreshed model. Subaru says the time it would take to engineer such a system would be too great to have it available for 2018. The new Impreza’s platform is designed to fit a hybrid system, so don’t rule out the possibility of a WRX hybrid.

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Featured, Modified & Tuning

One Fast Family – 2 WRX’s, 1 Goal…Speed

Recently we had the pleasure of meeting a really cool husband and wife, both owners of new Subaru WRX. Awesome people deserve awesome rides, and this couple came to the right place. Both were very knowledgeable and knew exactly what they were looking to do and what they were hoping to achieve. New WRX, low miles, stock, looking for a little more out of their vehicle, one name came to mind…COBB. We ended up going COBB Stage II on both vehicles. Here are some photos of both cars before we started the builds.

We installed the following on BOTH of these gorgeous rides…

COBB Big SF Intake w/ Airbox
COBB Resonated J-Pipe
COBB AcessPORT (Stage II ECU Flash)
TurboXS Cat-Back Titanium Tip Exhaust System
WedsSport SA-72R Wheels
Check out the differences between the stock exhaust that comes on these cars and the aftermarket TurboXS we installed. Not only are these exhaust systems sexy, they produce a really nice sound while cutting down on in-cabin drone.

Here’s a look at the COBB Big SF Intake System that we installed on both vehicles.

And just like that, all the performance upgrades were complete. Next step was getting rid of the sunken in stock wheels that come on the new WRX. We happened to have the perfect matching set of WedsSport SA-72R in stock, it was almost meant to be! One set black and gunmetal, the other black and blue to match their cars! Check out the wheels below…

The calipers on the Gunmetal WRX were also painted in Brembo Red to give the wheels some extra pop.

Overall we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of BOTH of these awesome rides. Both husband and wife both left with a MUCH faster, and better looking car. More than deserving of their new and improved rides, enjoy guys! I will say it again, these were awesome people and look forward to seeing them back at the shop! Check out some pictures of their cars after the upgrades were completed…

If you have any questions about anything you see here or anywhere else on the blog feel free to give us a call or stop by the shop! We can be reached at (561)395-5700 or you can just stop by, we are located at 980 N Dixie Highway in Boca Raton FL. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 A.M. until 6:30 P.M. and Saturday 12 P.M. until 4:30 P.M.

Source: Velocity Factor

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5 Colors Subaru Should Add to The 2017 WRX and STI

With the next generation of Subarus slowly making their way to production, we decided to put together a list of our favorite Subaru colors and fire up the ole’ Photoshop and see what they’d look like on the new batch of cars. Here are our top 5 colors we think Subaru should add to the mix.

#5 Acadia Green. This color on the 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS, aka The Unicorn, is among the rarest. It’s even on our list of the rarest Subarus ever.

#4 Plasma Green. As seen on the 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. This is one of my favorite colors Subaru has come up with in recent years. On the 2016 STI, it looks even better.

#3 Tangerine Orange. This color was seen recently on the Crosstrek and WRX, but was retired with the release of the latest models.

#2 Sonic Yellow. One of the biggest fan favorites among Subaru enthusiasts was last seen in 2003.

#1 Steel Blue Mica. This color was seen on the Subaru Impreza RB5 back in 1999. When the question “Which is the best color Subaru ever made?” is asked to Subaru enthusiasts, this one is usually near the top.

From : SubieNews

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Car Culture, Car Technology, Featured, Modified & Tuning

8 Reasons Why This Subaru is The Best Performance Car Just About Anyone Can Afford

For the 14 years that the Subaru WRX has been on sale in the US, it’s succeeded as an affordable, beginner, sporty, confidence inspiring, do-everything enthusiast car. It’s also used that time to grow up a little bit.

The WRX is no longer just a car for boy-racers and rally junkies. With a starting suggested retail price of $26,595, it’s an amazing performance car at a great value.

Here are a few reasons this car is such a steal:

It handles incredibly well.

Like many other all-wheel drive cars, WRXs have always been plagued with not-so great handling. But in the current generation WRX, you’re rarely reminded of that dim past.

Thanks to a very clutch torque vectoring system that Subaru has implemented in this new generation of WRX, the car corners, very, very well. Its stiffer chassis, reworked sport suspension, and well-designed Dunlop summer performance tires also play major roles in this.

It has top-notch safety features.

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Putting aside the WRX’s active safety and handling features that’ll keep you out of harm’s way, the cabin of the WRX is also an
incredibly safe place to be if you are in an accident.

After receiving top ratings in six different safety tests given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the WRX scored an IIHS Top Safety Pick award for 2015. Models equipped with Subaru’s accident avoidance EyeSight technology were awarded with the even higher, IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

It’s got tech!

All WRXs now come standard with Subaru’s Starlink entertainment system. Starlink uses an easy to navigate touchscreen system and is designed to pair with your iPhone or Android device to help play music through the car’s sound system without issue.

When spec’d with the EyeSight safety system, the WRX can alert the driver if he or she is drifting out of a lane. If the car senses an impending frontal collision, it can automatically apply the brakes. You don’t see the Mazda Miata or the Ford Focus RS with that kind of tech!

It has a great motor.

As it comes from the factory, the WRX uses a strong motor that allows for great performance and optimal fuel economy. 0-60 in about 5 seconds and an average fuel mileage rating of 25 MPGs was once unheard of in these cars. Now it’s the standard.

There’s tons of space.

With 37.1 inches of headroom in the backseat of the WRX, it’s a reasonably comfortable place to be. Even for taller people.

If you’re looking for more of a cargo hauler than a people mover, the rear seats also fold down to extend the cargo room in the event that the trunk’s primary 12 cubic feet of storage isn’t enough. Though for most tasks, it’s pretty much perfect.

It can be decked out with insane custom modifications. (If you’re into that sort of thing.)

Though the WRX might appear a little more family friendly and mature at first glance, if you’re into tuning or aftermarket modifications, there’s still a whole world of parts and a very welcoming enthusiast community to explore.

You’re basically driving a race car.

Since their early days in the World Rally Championship and continued through today with their involvement in Rally America, Subaru has been able to grow an impressive fan base of motorsport junkies.

For these rally fans, the top choice for a daily driver is almost always the WRX. Or if not the WRX, then its slightly more track-ready sibling the WRX STI. There’s nothing like going to a racing event in the middle of nowhere and seeing a car that resembles your own car being professionally driven in ways that are almost beyond comprehension.

It comes with friends.

Owning a WRX is like joining a secret club. When passing another WRX on the road, it’s customary to wave. From experience, I can tell you that you may get a slight tingling sensation inside each time this happens. Trust me, it’s normal. And it never gets old.

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