RE: Subaru WRX STI Final Edition: POTW

RE: Subaru WRX STI Final Edition: POTW

Friday 16th February

Subaru WRX STI Final Edition: POTW

Because nothing says Subaru like an STI in snowy Scotland, does it?



Alright, so we’re not quite done with saying goodbye to the Subaru WRX STI just yet. It’s been a long-term relationship, after all, so it’s probably going to be a while before we’re fully over it.

We’ve done our farewell feature for the Subaru, but unsurprisingly a few others are jumping on the valedictory bandwagon. One of those being Autocar, who this week have taken the very same Subaru to Scotland; the Peak District made for good photos, but Scotland makes for even better ones...

It was bleak, cold and miserable in Selkirk, exactly the kind of conditions a Subaru thrives in - the durability and toughness that proved invaluable on the rally stage also benefitting regular customers, who could turn to their Imprezas in any weather.

Fortunately for us (and for your desktop background) a Subaru in the snow is always going to look great, evoking memories of Prodrive-liveried Imprezas sliding through the slush in Sweden, Monte Carlo and the like. So here’s your new wallpaper to remember the glory days, with a solemn promise that the rose-tinted glasses will come off soon. Maybe. 

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22daz

Original Poster:

26 posts

58 months

Friday 16th February
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After being a dedicated owner and loving all Subaru did with rallying. I ask myself how they could have got is so badly wrong time and time again with each model thereafter. It's as if they worked out their niche then went out of their way to alienate that.

Distinctive flat four engine note.. lets make an equal length manifold.
2.0 engine in common with rallying.. lets change that.
Hardcore models.. lets make it appeal to the masses.

Sadly, they do little for me these days which I find really disappointing.
I maintain that a flat four in the forests is one of the best sounds in motorsport ever.

Plug Life

848 posts

24 months

Friday 16th February
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SU08 ARU

Ryvita

442 posts

143 months

Friday 16th February
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Is it going backwards? Why is there snow being "kicked up" in front of the front tyres?

Someone's been a little too enthusiastic with the Photoshop, methinks.

Gecko1978

2,030 posts

90 months

Friday 16th February
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22daz said:
After being a dedicated owner and loving all Subaru did with rallying. I ask myself how they could have got is so badly wrong time and time again with each model thereafter. It's as if they worked out their niche then went out of their way to alienate that.

Distinctive flat four engine note.. lets make an equal length manifold.
2.0 engine in common with rallying.. lets change that.
Hardcore models.. lets make it appeal to the masses.

Sadly, they do little for me these days which I find really disappointing.
I maintain that a flat four in the forests is one of the best sounds in motorsport ever.
exactly how i feel they just lost the plot

Matt Bird

1,004 posts

138 months

PH Reportery Lad

Friday 16th February
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Ryvita said:
Is it going backwards? Why is there snow being "kicked up" in front of the front tyres?

Someone's been a little too enthusiastic with the Photoshop, methinks.
Was definitely going forwards! I was driving the tracking car and the weather was appalling so I can only assume the snow was swirling particularly aggressively at that point... I'd also like to think that dear old Luc is good enough to be above Photoshop shenanigans!


Matt
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Maldini35

1,755 posts

121 months

Friday 16th February
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Agree with previous posts regarding the later cars. I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced 2.0 Impreza (bug or blob eye) but can’t find anything with a complete service history that hasn’t been boosted over 300bhp or failed previous MOT’s for structural corrosion (which was magically fixed in 24 hours before passing an MOT at a different station).
Shame as I really fancy one.

Ryvita

442 posts

143 months

Friday 16th February
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Matt Bird said:
Was definitely going forwards! I was driving the tracking car and the weather was appalling so I can only assume the snow was swirling particularly aggressively at that point... I'd also like to think that dear old Luc is good enough to be above Photoshop shenanigans!


Matt
If the tracking car was your Forester, can we have a picture of the two together please? smile EDIT: Or wait, is it Dan that's got the FSTi? Sorry, I'm forgetting.

Edited by Ryvita on Friday 16th February 10:06

M1C

1,065 posts

44 months

Friday 16th February
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Matt Bird said:
Ryvita said:
Is it going backwards? Why is there snow being "kicked up" in front of the front tyres?

Someone's been a little too enthusiastic with the Photoshop, methinks.
Was definitely going forwards! I was driving the tracking car and the weather was appalling so I can only assume the snow was swirling particularly aggressively at that point... I'd also like to think that dear old Luc is good enough to be above Photoshop shenanigans!


Matt
It's a great photo.

I can see whats happened. You see the white line behind the car that the traffic has 'missed' - then look in front of the car...it's in a different place.

So Matt has pulled to the right slightly for the photo and both sets of wheels are now running in the snow tracks, hence the snow splashing at the front.

No photoshop, no conspiracies!

speedking31

2,363 posts

69 months

Friday 16th February
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Durability jester 3 rebuilds in 7 years here.

FiddleSticks

13 posts

64 months

Friday 16th February
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22daz said:
After being a dedicated owner and loving all Subaru did with rallying. I ask myself how they could have got is so badly wrong time and time again with each model thereafter. It's as if they worked out their niche then went out of their way to alienate that.

Distinctive flat four engine note.. lets make an equal length manifold.
2.0 engine in common with rallying.. lets change that.
Hardcore models.. lets make it appeal to the masses.

Sadly, they do little for me these days which I find really disappointing.
I maintain that a flat four in the forests is one of the best sounds in motorsport ever.
STI still has unequal length manifold.

1.6 engine is now the standard in rallying, wouldn't want that.

STI definitely doesn't appeal to the masses (in UK at least) hardly anyone buys them as they are too.. hardcore!

So I submit that everything that used to appeal is still there smile

krismccloy

149 posts

82 months

Friday 16th February
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What an awesome photo regardless of the theories above,

Never owned a Subaru, but have always deeply admired the Version 6 Type R and liked the bugeye shape.

Hatchback and chocolate 2500cc ruined the party IMO.

JualMassFlyweel

2,583 posts

88 months

Friday 16th February
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Great pic

22daz

Original Poster:

26 posts

58 months

Friday 16th February
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FiddleSticks said:
22daz said:
After being a dedicated owner and loving all Subaru did with rallying. I ask myself how they could have got is so badly wrong time and time again with each model thereafter. It's as if they worked out their niche then went out of their way to alienate that.

Distinctive flat four engine note.. lets make an equal length manifold.
2.0 engine in common with rallying.. lets change that.
Hardcore models.. lets make it appeal to the masses.

Sadly, they do little for me these days which I find really disappointing.
I maintain that a flat four in the forests is one of the best sounds in motorsport ever.
STI still has unequal length manifold.

1.6 engine is now the standard in rallying, wouldn't want that.

STI definitely doesn't appeal to the masses (in UK at least) hardly anyone buys them as they are too.. hardcore!

So I submit that everything that used to appeal is still there smile
The buying public disagree.

Both appeal and sales are not there and I can't remember the last time I saw one on the road.
They are no longer desirable performance cars which is exactly the ethos of what it's supposed to be.

20 years ago I'd walk up a rally stage and every few cars there was a standard or hard core version of an Impreza parked up.
To say no one buys them because they are too hardcore, has to be inaccurate from the numbers they sold in the past.

We have hardcore hot hatches with more performance these days and they find buyers. So there is a market.
Its just that Subaru no longer understand it.






BlueStreak

13 posts

111 months

Friday 16th February
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Too hardcore, or not hardcore enough? Interestingly when quick Subarus were at their peak in the late 90s/early 00s they were fairly soft (UK supplied cars which was the majority) in comparison to the Evo. And not much power with just over 200bhp. Now they are a lot firmer. Anyway I don’t care what the public think, I love my 2017 STI!

Hoofy

67,454 posts

215 months

Friday 16th February
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I would download it if it was going round a corner with opposite Loch.

D7PNY

255 posts

96 months

Friday 16th February
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Classic example of lack of investment and development leaving a business behind in my eyes.

Subarus of old were streets ahead of performance wise anything of similar price point from other manufacturers. However, other manufacturers have quickly caught up and overtaken them with cars that are faster AND more economical!

They are still using old tech and that is the problem and add in to it the fact that old tech is not even reliable then it really is dissapointing.

In laws had an sti hatch with full service history, and its engine let go just out of warranty. subaru not interested yet the private company that rebuilt their engine pretty much said he makes his living from fixing these engines!

Such a shame as otherwise I would have one as my family wagon in a heartbeat.

StottyGTR

6,700 posts

96 months

Friday 16th February
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Maldini35 said:
Agree with previous posts regarding the later cars. I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced 2.0 Impreza (bug or blob eye) but can’t find anything with a complete service history that hasn’t been boosted over 300bhp or failed previous MOT’s for structural corrosion (which was magically fixed in 24 hours before passing an MOT at a different station).
Shame as I really fancy one.
My friend has a Blob WRX STI 2.0 twin scroll Widetrack for sale at the moment. Imported a few months ago and incredibly pristine throughout. Brand new Pilot Sport 4s all round and the only modification is a remap to around 330hp. If you're interested I'll post a link, 12k asking.

rastapasta

367 posts

71 months

Friday 16th February
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22daz said:
FiddleSticks said:
22daz said:
After being a dedicated owner and loving all Subaru did with rallying. I ask myself how they could have got is so badly wrong time and time again with each model thereafter. It's as if they worked out their niche then went out of their way to alienate that.

Distinctive flat four engine note.. lets make an equal length manifold.
2.0 engine in common with rallying.. lets change that.
Hardcore models.. lets make it appeal to the masses.

Sadly, they do little for me these days which I find really disappointing.
I maintain that a flat four in the forests is one of the best sounds in motorsport ever.
STI still has unequal length manifold.

1.6 engine is now the standard in rallying, wouldn't want that.

STI definitely doesn't appeal to the masses (in UK at least) hardly anyone buys them as they are too.. hardcore!

So I submit that everything that used to appeal is still there smile
The buying public disagree.

Both appeal and sales are not there and I can't remember the last time I saw one on the road.
They are no longer desirable performance cars which is exactly the ethos of what it's supposed to be.

20 years ago I'd walk up a rally stage and every few cars there was a standard or hard core version of an Impreza parked up.
To say no one buys them because they are too hardcore, has to be inaccurate from the numbers they sold in the past.

We have hardcore hot hatches with more performance these days and they find buyers. So there is a market.
Its just that Subaru no longer understand it.


Subaru dont want a part of the market as they don't go rallying anymore which is the forebearer of this car as the regulations changed and it was costing them too much money by the end to be competitive vis-a-vis global sales at the time of the downturn. Subaru sells these cars in the US, Australia, Japan and to a lesser extent, Switzerland. The numbers sold in the UK relative to the investment needed to make the car akin to a Golf R or Focus RS for example is not worth it from their point of view as the other countries mentioned buy these cars in much greater numbers as they are. Subaru are relatively speaking, a tiny organisation, owned partially by Toyota and if the rumours are to be believed, this stake will only get bigger. So they have to pick their markets.

I wouldnt worry, if you really want one, they will be grey imported in a few years.

PK0001

270 posts

110 months

Friday 16th February
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Still loving my 2017 STi

No other car I have driven grips, goes, corners or stops like this car. I have owned it for 10 months and I feel I have only scratched the surface of its abilities.

So much more charachter than the anodyne clinically dull hot hatches on offer. I should know as I have owned most of them.

Great pic.


andymac

94 posts

216 months

Friday 16th February
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PK0001 said:
Still loving my 2017 STi

No other car I have driven grips, goes, corners or stops like this car. I have owned it for 10 months and I feel I have only scratched the surface of its abilities.

So much more charachter than the anodyne clinically dull hot hatches on offer. I should know as I have owned most of them.

Great pic.
Could not put it any better x2