FOR MORE WRX VS. RALLIART:
Stuff the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX into a corner, and you know it deserves a rematch with the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.
It's no less refined than the 2008 WRX, but it goes in without paralyzing understeer and doesn't keel over as soon as you load the outside tires. Provoke it and you'll get some attitude. When you're back on the throttle hard at the exit, there's no rush to grab 3rd gear. Rescued from last year's rev-starved funk, the 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine wants to see its 6,500-rpm redline again.
Most important, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX isn't trying so hard to distance you from the drive. It rewards your efforts in the cockpit — one of the things that made the previous-generation WRX so likable.
Probably this is also why the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is so involving to drive. Introduced last summer, this Lancer Ralliart is the long-awaited head-on challenge to the WRX dynasty and it kicked the 2008 WRX while it was down. Even compared to the 2009 WRX, Mitsubishi's Ralliart is a flashier package. It has mechanical limited-slip differentials both front and rear, a very neat automated dual-clutch gearbox, Recaro seats and the schnoz of a tiger shark. Evo Jr. has a nice stiff chassis, too.
If the homely gray Subaru has any shot at winning here, it will have to do more with less.
Can Nissan Beat BMW? 370Z vs. 135i
SEE THE FULL COMPARISON:
What comes after Z?, we wondered when Nissan let the stage go black in 1996
and officially bid farewell to the Z-car at an event at the Petersen
Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Sales of the twin-turbo 300ZX had been declining as fast as
applications for library cards, so Nissan simply stopped selling the car in
the U.S. It made us wonder where the Z fit in Nissan's future.
The answer came in 2002, when the Nissan 350Z appeared, a serious sports
car that seemed to measure itself against the Corvette in both speed and
style. It brought people back to Nissan, but lots of the young enthusiasts
didn't know what an icon the Z had been for the company since its inception
With the 2009 Nissan 370Z, all that changes. As a Z should be, the 370Z is
a statement of purpose, not just another car on the showroom floor. With
this second-generation version of the revitalized Z, the car has moved on
from affordable performance to something that brings new descriptions into
play — not only like quick, fast, strong and powerful, but also gorgeous,
luxurious, nimble, graceful, delicate and smooth.
This is a car so good that it makes you wonder what kind of car it is: a
sports car, a sport coupe or a muscle-bound pony car? And that's where the
2008 BMW 135i comes in, a pocket-size BMW M3 with an affordable price tag
Impreza WRX STi for Cops? Subaru Impreza Specialty Cars @ 2009 CAS
MORE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW @ INSIDELINE.COM:
Subaru has built a custom 2009 Impreza WRX STI for factory rally team
driver Travis Pastrana in celebration of his third Rally America National
Championship. You can see the car at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, with
Pastrana himself expected to make an appearance February 14 and 15 to sign
Pastrana's new ride uses a combination of custom-made parts and accessories
from both Subaru Performance Tuning and Subaru Tecnica International. To
improve handling, Subaru has added an SPT front strut tower brace and SPT
lower chassis brace. The stock 305-horsepower STI engine
receives a performance Boost from a
tuned ECU and custom downpipe. An STI short-throw shifter is connected to
the six-speed gearbox.
This special 2009 Subaru WRX STI also receives a custom carbon-fiber hood
and rear spoiler along with a chin spoiler, mesh grille and Exhaust finishers sold as STI accessories.
Biggie-size BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S 275/35ZR18 tires are
wrapped around 18-inch Work Evolution XD-9 wheels finished in custom satin
black. PIAA high-intensity discharge headlights, mud flaps and decals
complete the rally look.
The interior upholstery is done in blue Alcantara trimmed in yellow piping.
Custom yellow stitching also adds accents to the steering wheel, shifter
boot and brake lever boot. Carbon fiber-patterned trim adorns the dash,
doors and console. The STI's very basic stock sound system has been
replaced with Kicker speakers, amplifiers and a 10-inch subwoofer. Subaru
has also tucked an Xbox 360 underneath the passenger seat and connected it
to the Eclipse head unit.
Street Fight: WRX v Lancer Ralliart v Mazdaspeed 3
CHECK OUT THE SPORT COMPACT COMPARISON:
Thanks to three turbochargers, 724 horsepower and five
limited-slip differentials, comparing the 2008 Mazdaspeed 3, 2008 Subaru
Impreza WRX and 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart should be more entertaining
than a cage match between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and New Kids on the
Block. Imagine the fun! Donny and Danny hangin' tough from the walls of the
cage while Joey, Jordan and Jonathan get tossed into the crowd.
The way we see it, our Rampage vs. New Kids bout is no different from
pitting the Mazdaspeed 3 — the current champ of the sport compact world
— against the Lancer Ralliart and Subaru WRX. On the track, an epic
ass-kicking is bound to ensue.
But comparison tests aren't always won on the track. Since these cars all
share a focus on real-world driving for enthusiasts, we weighted
performance as 25 percent of this test's scoring total, leaving the
remaining points to price (20 percent), feature content (20 percent), fuel
economy (15 percent), our subjective evaluation (15 percent) and personal
and recommended picks (5 percent).
So performance is important, but in the end, the most well-rounded car
Fast & Furious 4: Subaru WRX STi
MORE FAST & FURIOUS @ INSIDELINE.COM:
What's a Fast and Furious movie without some obvious product placement? And
in Fast & Furious, the most obvious product placement is Subaru's WRX STI.
The Subie got its role in F&F when the picture car coordinator went looking
for a new, high-performance, rally-type car for FBI agent Brian O'Connor
(super-dreamy Paul Walker) to drive near the film's climax. Basically it
was a choice between the Mitsubishi Evo X and the WRX STI, and Subaru was
the first one to say it would supply cars. So Subaru it was.
Subaru gave a total of seven brand-new WRX STI models to the production in
exchange for prominent placement in the film. But just because they were
zero-mile cars doesn't mean that they were treated with any respect by the
picture car department. After all, what matters in movie-making is getting
the movie made, not making sure any Subaru survives unscratched.
So all the Subies had their interiors stripped, all were fitted with
straightforward tuner-style modifications from Perrin, Cobb Tuning and
Veilside, and then they were sent out to work on the set. Of the seven, one
was cut up into an engine-less filming buck and five were destroyed during
filming. The remaining car is in a warehouse awaiting another shot at fame.
Subaru Impreza WRX STI vs. VW R32 vs. Mitsu Lancer Evo GSR - CAR and DRIVER
Rochambeau À Go-Go: When an economy car is transformed into a
four-wheel-drive hot rod, three very different things can happen.
Subaru STI vs. Mitsubishi Evo vs. VW R32 - Comparison Tests
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Edition v 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi -
Ice Bowl! - EVO Vs STI Snow Challenge
We put two hot rally rockets on ice to find out which one excels in extreme
snow conditions. Read the story here:
Lancer Ralliart | Evo X Rebuilt (PR)
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart 2009 rebuild with Evo X mods. Evo X body kit,
carbon fiber hood and trunk, Tein suspensions, Perrin Intercooler, Injen cold air intake,
Cobb access port computer, HKS blow off, HKS turbo timer and extras!!!
Song: Crave you - Adventure Club
Impreza GT (VF34) Vs Evo IX (escape e Halltech)
Subaru: VF34 + 1,5Kg (Alcool)
Evo: Escape 3" + Halltech + 1,5Kg (gasolina)
Saindo em segunda marcha e depois em terceira, acelerei até 250Km/h e tiro
o pé qdo o celular toca =/