Maybe progress isn’t so bad after all

Mar 7, 2008 update to the Subaru WRX project car

In just a short period of time—a week, to be exact—we have put more than 750 miles on our WRX. Since the car is still in the break-in period we have kept the revs below 4000 rpm.

Some initial impressions:

  • Despite the refinement and cries of selling out from some of the die-hards, it still feels, acts and tastes like a Subaru.
  • The new shifter position and feel are better than before—just wonderful.
  • Framed windows are nice.
  • Not quite as aggressive as last year’s model.
  • Sorry to see the aluminum calipers go, but brakes feel good.
  • Speaking of brakes, they initially shuddered like a you-know-what. Properly bedding them in seems to have cured everything.
  • Excellent visibility for important things in life, like making left-hand turns into traffic.
  • Seats are comfortable on long hauls.
  • Thanks, Subaru, for keeping the tach centered.
  • Steering wheel audio controls are nice.
  • Even though max horsepower didn’t really change, the extra power down low is nice and very much noticed. The car doesn’t fall on its face at low engines speeds like past models did.

No one has posted any comments yet. Perhaps you'd like to be the first?

You'll need to log in or register to comment.

BUY THE BACK ISSUES!

The Latest

Tell us About Yourself

10 hours ago in News

We want to get to know you better. Tell us about your cars, clubs, favorite tires, etc. in our reader's ...

Go Big or Go Home—Get a Decade of Grassroots

1 day ago in News

Don't really go home, we like hanging out with you guys. But our July deal is a 10-year subscription for ...

The Beast Within

1 day ago in Articles

Andrew Nelson casts his drag-monster spell on a princely MGB.

Sneak Peak of our Next Issue

5 days ago in News

The next issue of Grassroots is off to the printers. Find a sneak peak here.

The 818 Gets Wrapped

6 days ago in Project Cars

We started to realize our 818 was looking a little bland so we added some spice.

Podcast Episode 30: Motorsport Marketing Event Director Rick Goolsby

6 days ago in Articles

We do more than just publish magazines. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at some of our events and what it takes ...

Get Paid to Race

6 days ago in News

Learn how to approach and maintain sponsorship using the media.

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More