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A complete History of Subaru and the Impreza

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..:: The Subaru Impreza Story

1. The Subaru Impreza Story, as told by me
2. The History of the Subaru Impreza
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5. My 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica

..:: My 2001 UK Subaru Impreza WRX - Red Mica

NOTE: This page is SSSOOOOoooo... out of date! Had the car just over a year now, and it looks quite different to the pictures on this page.. Also had a few changes under the skin! Soon I'll report on what all has been done to the car.. Not much left to do now.. It's been one hell of a project at a fraction of the cost it would normally be if I had a garage do all the work! Stay tuned! For a sneek peak check out the Lochindorb gallery! (actually event that's more or less out of date now too.. Someone please give me a kick up the ar*e!)


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UK Spec Standard 2001 Subaru Impreza WRX Finished in Red Mica 40,000 miles!

Sourced from Sunnyhill Motors in Turrif, Nov 2006.

Black privacy glass fitted which looks sweet against the Red Mica body! Really can't miss it when you see it on the road!

No plans for any modifications at the moment but I'm sure it wont be too long.... :o)
(23/03/07) Nope hasn't taken long at all.. Few cosmetic tweaks here and there since I bought the car, Mud flaps, front grills, fog lamp covers, grill inserts and some vinyl graphics. But the proper modding has started. Front & Rear aluminium top strut braces fitted wont have much affect at the moment unless used in conjunction with other suspension upgrades..

Soon to have the prodrive 3rd decat pipe fitted along with a Prodrive WRSport backbox (ooh burble) can't wait!

Other semi-planned mods are to the suspension. A set of Prodrive/Eibach springs would be nice, stiffer drop links, possibly new Anti-Roll bars. After that getting the suspension geometry reconfigured is a must. May got for the rally Group N settings as opposed to Prodrive configurations which tends to give uneven tyre wear. Only other change would be ECUTek remap for the ECU once the decat and backbox are fitted which would hopefully give bhp a kick up to around 265bhp from 215bhp, and a drop in 0-60 from 5.9sec to 4.8sec (as if it isn't fast enough). The possibilities for modifying truly are endless with these cars. But my pockets aren't that deep *sigh*

Finally got the 3rd cat delete pipe installed today thanks to Wallace Performance in aberdeen for removing the origonal cat pipe which was held in place by very dodgy workmanship!


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BMW 335d Touring xDrive first drive review
BMW 335d Touring xDrive first drive review New top-spec 3-series Touring brings four-wheel drive practicality to an already excellent mix, and the result is sublime ?We?ve got a BMW 335d Touring xDrive coming in,? they said at the office. ?Probably be the best car in the world, won?t it? Write a few words, won?t you?? No pressure, then. The BMW 335d Touring xDrive is a range-topper for the BMW 3-series Touring range, which has hitherto maxed-out in diesel form with the 254bhp 330d. BMW?s compact executive estate doesn?t get an M variant like the saloon or coupť, so here?s a 335d instead, which brings four-wheel drive as standard, estate bodywork, and a 309bhp twin-turbocharged straight-six diesel and 50mpg. It?s a touch over £40k, and does 0-62mph in a touch under five seconds. Crikey. It does look like it has quite a lot going for it, doesn?t it?

Best car deals: VW Jetta, Peugeot 308 SW, Audi TT, Citroen C1
Best car deals: VW Jetta, Peugeot 308 SW, Audi TT, Citroen C1 The best new car deals and new car leasing deals for this week, including offers on the VW Jetta, Peugeot 308 SW, Audi TT, CitroŽn C1 and Renault Megane

If you?re in the market for a new car, or after the best new-car leasing deal, you can save thousands of pounds with a little research. Here are the picks of what our deals experts have found this week.

Best new car deals

With order books for the revised Volkswagen Jetta due to open soon, it's no surprise that low offers on the current car are looking very appealing. We found a deal from Car Cost, getting you a 1.4-litre TSI SE model for £16,296, representing a satisfying saving of £4,379 over the list price.

The Peugeot 308 SW is a worthy contender in the family estate class, as well as winning the European Car of the Year honours for 2014. We found a deal from New Car Discount for the e-THP 130 model for £18,187, saving you a total of £5,040.

Best new car leasing deals

Being a great drivers car as well as something of a style icon, the Audi TT continues to appeal, plus prices are good at the moment in preperation for order books opening for the all-new car next month. We spotted a deal from Square1 Leasing, getting you the 1.8-litre TFSI Sport model for £325 per month over a four year contract. There's also an initial payment of £594 and an annual mileage limit of 10,000.

We found the new CitroŽn C1 to be a well-equipped and surprisingly fast urban hatchback when we tested it last month. We spotted a deal from Central UK Vehicle Leasing, which provided a cost of £65.99 per month over a two year contract for a 1.0-litre VTi Touch model. There?s an initial payment of £1,199.99 and a mileage limit of 8000.

Deal of the week

The Renault Megane Limited was launched just last month, and comes loaded with equipment including rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, new upholstery inside and extra badging. We found a 1.5-litre dCi model equipped with Renault's EDC transmission going for £14,719 on Orangewheels, a saving of over £6000 on the list price.

Can you find a better deal? Let us know in the comments section below

James Cowen

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Next BMW 1-series to go front-wheel drive in 2015
Next BMW 1-series to go front-wheel drive in 2015 BMW's next-gen compact SUV will be unveiled next June, and will be offered in both front and four-wheel drive forms with as much as 300bhp available in some versions

The second-generation BMW X1 is now less than 14 months away from showrooms - and will spawn an even more sporting X2 model, Autocar can reveal.

The new entry-level BMW SUV, due to be unveiled in June next year prior to the start of UK sales, forms part of an extended range of future models based on the company?s versatile UKL1 platform, as used by the latest Mini hatchback and new 2-series Active Tourer.

As part of efforts to streamline operations and introduce greater economies of scale across its two top-selling brands, the new X1 and its upcoming X2 sibling are being developed in a joint engineering programme alongside the second-generation Mini Countryman and Clubman, with which they share their platform, drivelines, electrical systems and chassis.  

The adoption of BMW?s latest platform brings about a significant change in the X1?s mechanical layout in a move insiders suggest will instil greater profitability in the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA rival, allowing scope for the addition of the X2, which is set to attract a premium of around £2000 on its mechanically identical sibling when it goes on sale in the UK in 2016.

BMW has done away with the longitudinal engine mounting and choice of either rear drive or four-wheel drive of today?s model. It is replaced by a space-saving transverse engine layout that will see BMW offer the new X1 and X2 in either front-drive or four-wheel-drive guises.  

By switching to a transverse engine, BMW?s designers and packaging experts have provided the second-generation X1 with what one insider describes as a whole new appearance.

?We?ve shortened up the bonnet, moved the windscreen forward and given the roofline additional slope towards the rear,? the insider told Autocar. ?The new model looks less like a small estate than today?s models. It is far more dynamic and sleeker in profile.?

In line with the change in mechanical layout, BMW?s price-leading SUV will also feature more compact dimensions, moving it further away from the more expensive X3 in size.

But while the X1 will retain a five-door body, standard five-seat interior and conventional tailgate in the interests of everyday practicality, BMW is planning to provide the X2 with a more sporting three-door layout and four-seat interior that will see it pitched as high-riding coupť with a liftback-style tailgate.

For markets such as China, Russia and the US, BMW plans to offer an extended cabin option for the new X1, with a longer rear overhang increasing the capacity of the boot to enable the packaging of a third row of seats and accommodation for up to seven occupants. This mirrors the move set to be undertaken in the 2-series Active Tourer.    

Among the engines planned to power the new X1 and X2 is a range of turbocharged three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel units ? as used by the 2-series Active Tourer, alongside which the new SUV pairing will be produced at BMW?s Leipzig factory in Germany.

The petrol engines will range from a base 1.5-litre, three-cylinder unit with 136bhp in a planned front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive18i to a 2.0-litre four-pot packing 231bhp in a four-wheel-drive X1 xDrive25i. The diesels are set to span from a 114bhp 1.5-litre triple in the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive16d to a 168bhp 2.0-litre in a four-wheel-drive X1 xDrive20d. A 148bhp 2.0 diesel in the sDrive18d is likely to be the best-seller.

Alongside standard models, BMW is also working on a performance variant of the new X1 as a rival to the likes of the Audi Q3 RS and Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG.

Details remain scarce, though automotive industry component supplier sources close to BMW?s M division confirm the company is engineering a high-output variant of its parent company?s new B48 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. In standard guise, it kicks out a maximum of 231bhp, as fitted to the 225i Active Tourer. However, detailed revisions to the induction system, together with other power-enhancing tweaks, are said take peak output to ?well over 300bhp?.

It is still unclear whether this new engine will be offered in the X1 or remain the preserve of the more sporting X2. But in combination with standard four-wheel drive, it promises to provide the future BMW SUV with heady levels of performance. Nothing is official, but a 0-62mph time of under 5.0sec and a limited 155mph top speed are well on the cards for the hottest of Munich?s new pairing.  

Also under development, but not likely to form part of the initial launch line-up, is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid version of the new X1. It is claimed to use a similar powertrain set-up to that of BMW?s original Active Tourer concept car, revealed at the 2012 Paris motor show.

It used a turbocharged 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine to power the front wheels and an electric motor to drive the rear wheels, with a combined system output of 190bhp, combined cycle fuel consumption of more than 130mpg and an electric range of almost 19 miles.

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Video: Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 tested
We drive the 430bhp, special edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 to see if it's worth the £90k price tag

For £89,995, Aston Martin will sell you a very special version of the V8 Vantage, dubbed the N430. It's got a 430bhp 4.7-litre V8 engine, a manual gearbox and bespoke paint and trim finishes. But is this just another high-powered Aston, or is it something more special? Steve Sutcliffe decides.

Read the full first drive review here

Britain to allow driverless cars on public roads from 2015
Britain to allow driverless cars on public roads from 2015 New measures announced by business secretary Vince Cable pave the way for autonomous vehicles to be used in trials in cities and towns

The UK car industry will take a lead role in the development of the autonomous car within six months, when three government-funded pilot schemes start across the country that will result in 'driverless' prototypes running in large-scale tests in and around our cities.

Government Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced £10m of funding to be split between three bids, which will be identified via a bidding process administrated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Technology Strategy Board.

The bids are expected to come from new consortia formed by local governments, car-makers, technology suppliers and associated businesses, and must be submitted by October. 

The winning bids will be selected next year, enabling autonomous cars to take to the roads from January 2015. The pilot schemes will last between 18- and 36 months, and encourage research and development of both driver-supervised and totally driverless vehicles.

At the same time, a reform process of the UK's traffic laws will be undertaken to allow for legal autonomous driving ? something that will span right down to a redrafting of The Highway Code. This follows an amendment of Article 8 of The United Nations' Vienna Convention agreed in April, which paves the way for autonomous driving in 72 countries around the world, the UK included.

By the terms of that amendment, which must be enacted into UK law, cars will be allowed to run autonomously on public roads as long as a driver is always able to "override or take control of the car".

Speaking at vehicle test and research facility, MIRA, where he tested a driverless car with the Science Minister Greg Clark, Cable said: "The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the UK as a pioneer in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects.

"Today?s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society.

"Through the government?s industrial strategy we are backing the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high skilled jobs."

Today's development follows a pledge made by the UK government last year that it intended to "turn the UK into a world leader for the development of driverless cars".

These UK schemes will beat Volvo's recently announced 'DriveMe' large-scale test of autonomous cars onto the road by up to two years.

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