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Introducing the 2012 Subaru Impreza

At the NY Auto show, Subaru introduced the next generation of Impreza. Coming from such a storied and much followed history this fourth generation model has a lot to live up to. To start out the 2.0 liter 148hp Boxer engine will boast a 30% improvement in fuel economy (27mpg city 36mpg highway) over last year’s model all the while of course using Subaru’s standard Symmetrical AWD system.

All 2012 models will come standard with stability control and 4-wheel Anti-Lock Brakes all the while living up to Subaru’s history of renowned safety features. The new body design makes greater use of high- tensile steel and body stiffening for added safety in case of impact.

The premium model will include 16” alloy wheels and will come with various electronic and audio upgrades such as Bluetooth, iPod control capability, USB and 3.5mm aux input jack all part of the package. There will also be an optional All-Weather Package available that adds heated seats, side view mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Subaru is also releasing a Sport Premium package 5 door model that combines 17” wheels and the All Weather Package with fog lights, roof rails and different seat fabric and rocker panel spoilers than the other Impreza models. The 2012 Impreza will be available at your local Subaru dealership this fall.

As I was typing up this article I was frantically looking for a listing in the press release of a WRX and or STI package to be available. The 2012 Impreza, even though it may boast some improvements on paper over its 2011 counterpart,  is not a real looker. The styling is pedestrian and the overall “blah” look of the exterior leaves much to be desired. Let’s hope Subaru does both history and Impreza fans justice and provides us with a more aggressive, hard lined model we are all looking for.

Nurburgring – Trust me, its a lap like no other.

A big thanks to Peter Chaney for posting this via Face Book.  As I commented there, I have studdied many a lap of The Ring and am a huge fan of watching a skilled wheel man drive the paint off a car.  This lap…sits in my top 3 Nurburgring laps of all time.  I hope you enjoy geeking out on it as much as I did.

Jaguar and Landrover at the New York International Auto Show

We showed you video of the Jaguar XK-R debut from the Geneva Motor Show…but be honest.  You know you want to see it again.  We bring you into the live Jaguar/Land Rover press conference for another taste.

You can thank me later.

Mazda unveils its SKYACTIVE Technologies at New York International Auto Show

As we continue to ramp up technologies that fit in with our ever-growing green generation, Mazda shows us what fuel saving technologies it has in store to keep it competative.

Watch live video from Mazda & MAZDASPEED TV on Justin.tv

GT-R & Skyline Spring Thaw Is HERE!

Its finally here.  No not spring, the Spring Thaw.  We have been planning for months now to bring you something truly special.  Every year we all look forward to pulling off the car covers and taking the cars out for that first event of the season.  The Spring Thaw is that chance for GT-R and Skyline owners to get the cars out and gear up for the summer.

9AM – 10AM: Breakfast will be provided by Frederick Nissan as everyone arrives.  Service manager Gary Lewis and their GT-R Tech will be present to answer service questions about the GT-R.  We will also provide Maps of the park area and the route that will be driven.

10AM – 12PM:  Drivers will depart Frederick Nissan in groups to keep congestion on the roads down so that all can enjoy the ride to Manor Area Pavilion at Cunningham Falls State Park.

12PM – 7:30PM: Catered lunch and BBQ and good times for all.  Stay as long as you like.   We have the pavilion until sundown.  Stay and eat or drive a few of the routes on the park map which I highly suggest.  A lot f these roads are maintained by state and federal crews and are very nice to drive.

There will be professional photography taking place throughout the day for Modified Magazine as well as a few video cameras and interviews with shop owners and other invited industry professionals.  So take your time to find out who’s who at the BBQ, you might be surprised at who you meet.

As it stands, the R32/33/34 and R35 will all be represented at the Spring Thaw.  So bring the Rides and don’t forget your appetites!

All GT-Rs and Skylines are free.  If your attending in anything else please prepare a $5 donation.