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Subaru Updates 2015 XV Crosstrek with New Infotainment and Safety Techs

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Subaru said it release the 2015MY versions of its XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid crossovers with equipment and tech upgrades in the US this December.

Future Cars: Could Subaru Grow a Pair and Develop a 911-Rivalling Supercar?

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In the world of questions that should never be asked, some things are better left unexplored. For example why do the Kardashians exist? Is it ok to deep-fry footwear and how many Hamsters do you need to fill a Kia’s fuel tank? Things we don’t care about aside; there is one question I’ve always pondered - should Subaru make an all-out Supercar?

Forget the BRZ Coupe, rally-bred WRX STI and long lost SVX; I’m talking about a competitor that can square up against the likes of Nissan’s GT-R and Porsche’s 911 Turbo S.

With that in mind and Toyota’s development of the FT-1 Supercar Concept, I've decided to delve deeper into the possibility of an hero car loosely based on Toyota’s upcoming, modern-day Supra replacement.

Firstly, let's start with the design; the donor FT-1 has stunning organic and curvaceous surfacing. Where the Subaru differs, is in its own design language. As with my rendered example, the styling is more geometric, angular and upright. For a strong point of difference, the rear takes on a shooting-break aesthetic with an upwards-wrapping C-pillar that incorporates inlet scoops within the rear quarter windows.

The front carries Subaru’s universally used trapezoidal front grille, flanked by horizontal intakes and a race car-inspired front splitter. Large side inlets intersect aggressively against the doors, with crease-work that runs along the sills then shoots upwards to create a visual link with the A-pillars.

Within the cabin should be an environment devoid of any current Subaru design traits; instead utilising more expressive styling, quality materials and exotic finishes cosseting a 2+2 layout.

Underneath the angular aesthetic cloak, would lay front engined, all-wheel drive fundamentals - albeit with a hybrid boxer twist. Electric motors sending power to front and rear axles, coupled to a turbocharged 3.6-liter flat six, could yield supercar performance with a distinctive soundtrack.

While the traditionalist within me would wish for a manual transmission, the logical approach for such a maniacal vehicle would utilise a quick-shifting 8 or 9-speed dual-clutch unit. Sorry rubber band lovers - no CVT’s allowed in this segment.

Subaru’s offering would need to carve up corners like a laser-guided weapon; rivals such as Porsche’s 911 Turbo S and McLaren MP4-12C, are considered some of the best handling exotics out there. Add other great alternatives to the mix like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT, Jaguar F-Type R and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06; then suddenly one realises the daunting task Subaru would face.

Unfortunately, it’s at this point where reality sets back in; does Subaru have the capital, R&D and willingness from a potential partner like Toyota to make it happen? Odds are… well probably not. Although never say never and who knows - Fuji Heavy Industries may just one day surprise us.

Feasibility issues aside, would you like to see Subaru develop a 911-basher?

Share your views in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Faintly Revised 2015 Subaru Impreza Priced from $18,195*

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A couple of weeks after announcing a mild facelift for the 2015 Impreza sedan and hatchback, Subaru shared full pricing on the US models.

STi-Swapped 1998 Subaru Forester Gets Regular Car Reviewed

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The first-gen Subaru Forester to hit the US market arrived in the US in 1998, one year after its Japanese market debut and some three years after it was previewed by a Tokyo motor show concept.

Pro Shares Tricks on How to Clean Cloth Seats

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Despite the proliferation of real and synthetic leather on higher-spec and premium cars, most base and mid-level mainstream models continue to be offered with cloth seats.

Subaru Gives 2015 Impreza a Modest Facelift

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Apparently, Subaru has refreshed the 2015 Impreza series with some cosmetic tweaks on the outside and a series of interior upgrades.

Latest 2015 Subaru Outback Ad Proves Subaru Still Knows its Buyers

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Subaru may be in the midst of a huge sales surge that's bringing lots of new buyers into their fold, but they'd like to remind everyone they haven't abandoned all of their stereotypes.

Strangely Similar Sedans: Subaru Legacy vs Chrysler 200S

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When you look at the old Chrysler 200, you get a distinct urge to search for and find who signed off on its design, and then take sweet revenge for the retina scorching ugliness that they allowed.

Subaru Gives BRZ a Striped Special Edition with STI Goods for Australia

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Offering additional extras on a car at a reduced price is a tried and tested way to get buyers into showrooms – just don't expect any performance upgrades from Subaru's special BRZ.

Subaru's New Forester STI tS Concept Heats Up Our Imagination

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Just like it did with the previous generation Forester, Subaru has unveiled an STI tS concept in Japan to test the waters for a sportier (at least in terms of looks) Forester.

How Toyota and Subaru Arrived at the GT86 / BRZ Project

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Thanks to the collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, the affordable rear-wheel drive coupe is a reality once again, much to the delight of gearheads everywhere.

Subaru UK Brings Back Base BRZ SE Priced from £22,495

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After dropping prices for the BRZ SE Lux models by £2,500 this past April, Subaru UK is now offering an even more affordable version with the re-introduction of the entry-level SE.

Jaguar F-Type vs. New Subaru WRX STI - Which One Will Win?

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All-wheel drive can provide only so much of a head start in a drag race against a two-wheel drive car. These type of models usually shoot off the line (if launched properly; a tricky endeavor) but unless they have as much power as a Nissan GT-R, in order to maintain the momentum, they begin to lose out.

Japan's Subaru WRX STI Gets 304HP from a 2.0-Liter Turbo Engine

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As with the more potent Subaru WRX S4, Japan also gets a different WRX STI model, which surprises because it has a 304hp 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine under the hood.

Subaru Launches 296HP WRX S4 in Japan

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While in the United States, the Subaru WRX is rated at 268 horsepower, in Japan, the automaker has launched it directly with an upgraded version which comes with 296 horsepower.

Subaru Reportedly Following Up Tribeca Three-Row SUV with New Model

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While not a bad vehicle by any means, the Subaru Tribeca (pictured) just didn’t tickle buyers fancy in the US, while the lack of a diesel made virtually all European buyers look elsewhere.

Subaru Driver Goes on a Hit and Run Spree in Seattle

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What are the chances of two light-green Subaru Outbacks of the same generation involved in hit and run collisions in the same city and on the same day? If you said none, you're right.

Ingolstadt Would be Proud: New Subaru WRX Edition Named S4

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Unless Subaru has used it in the past, someone might want to tell the Japanese brand that the S4 badge has been taken by Audi.

New Audi S3 Sedan Versus Subaru WRX STI

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Here we are in the year 2014 looking at two surprisingly similar cars from two very different manufactures: the Audi S3 sedan and the new Subaru WRX STI, which despite being quite different in concept and execution end up being pretty well matched for a head to head.

Subaru Facing Lawsuit for Not Fixing Oil-Burning Issue of some Engines

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Subaru of America is reportedly going to face a class-action lawsuit for not notifying owners that their 2.0- and 2.5-liter boxer (gasoline) engines will “prematurely burn off and/or consume abnormal and excessive amounts of engine oil."