Subaru today announced two new high-performance editions of their WRX and BRZ models, the WRX STI RA and the BRZ tS. Both come from the company’s tuning subsidiary, Subaru Tecnica International (STI), and the WRX STI RA gets a few extra ponies from the normal WRX STI to make more than 300 horsepower. Additionally, Subaru improved the BRZ tS with chassis stiffening, adjustable aerodynamics, and bigger Brembo brakes.
Our readers probably know that we don’t normally cover much from Subaru, but they have shown up from time to time here on Roadkill. Subaru engendered support from first a small minority when they came to North America. They were weird cars at the time that flat-four engines, all-wheel-drive, and odd models like the BRAT. However, the brand held on here in the United States and performance models generated countless Subarus enthusiasts.
We know from our special episode with Mighty Car Mods that many of our fans own and love Subarus. We’d love to hear more about those WRXs, BRATs, Impreza Wagons, and whatever you drive. In the meantime, here are three Subarus we’ve featured here on Roadkill.
Mighty Car Mods SubarUte
We’re proud to call Marty and Moog from Mighty Car Mods our friends. The YouTube tuners get into almost as much hijinx as we do here on Roadkill using whatever cars they can find in Australia. They came stateside last fall to shoot a joint episode with us where each show’s hosts would build a car for the other hosts.
Freiburger and Finnegan lent MCM a ‘69 Impala Custom with the Crusher Camaro’s supercharged Big Block Chevy. Marty and Moog, on the other hand, crafted an Aussie-grade ute from a Subaru Impreza Wagon. This thing was a riot and far more refined than any of the junk we’re used to.
2015 Subaru Legacy
Subaru lent us a brand-new Legacy for Episode 32 of Roadkill. Naturally, we pitted three of our own Roadkill-mobiles against a totally stock press car with certainty that we were going to dominate the Legacy. Well, maybe not certainty. It turns out that a modern four-door Subaru could handle the Raunchero, the General Mayhem, and the original turbo-V6 Rotsun. With the air conditioning on.
We probably made a point about how far automotive engineering has come, but we also decided that old cars are more fun to flog. Much more fun.
The 1969 Subaru 360 “Firebug”
We put this one up on the site a couple years ago and the bike-powered 360 remains one of the craziest projects we’ve ever seen. Its builder, Brian Kolar, famously built the Geo MetSHO and also went to get pastries with us once. He’s a bit of a mad scientist and this “Rolex watch made out of garbage” is surely his current masterpiece.
Kolar originally intended to build the car for the 24 Hours of Lemons, but a rule change to the minimum wheelbase outlawed it as he began the project. Instead, he turned it into a banzai street car with a 150-horsepower Honda CBR954RR engine.
A Geo Metro transaxle works as a five-speed differential for the CBR’s six-speed sequential gearbox. With two shifters—including an A-6 Intruder throttle quadrant to operate the sequential box—that leaves 30 gears, theoretically. Read more about the Firebug here.
So what about you? Do you have a favorite Subaru, either your own or one that you just like?