2017 Hillclimb Challenge: Subaru WRX STI

Subaru WRX STI prepared for action in the paddock at Doune.

I have heard people say that if a car is correctly set up for one piece of road, it will work well on any other. What follows is partly a demonstration that this is not true. The 2017 motorsport season has been more frustrating and less rewarding than I had expected. Five manufacturers (no, you’re going to have to guess) either agreed, or offered without being asked, to supply cars and then backed out of the deal. Even more annoyingly, I was denied entry to an event because the organising…

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Subaru BRZ SE Lux

Frontal action shot of blue Subaru BRZ.

As you probably knew even before you clicked on the link to this page, there is the Subaru BRZ and there is the Toyota GT86 and there was until recently, in the US and Canada, the Scion FR-S, and barring a few details they are the same thing. But a few details can make a big difference. I have driven two GT86s – one standard, one slightly modified – and failed to fall in love with either of them. I wanted to, because a light, compact two-seater with a solid…

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Subaru Levorg

Frontal action shot of blue Subaru Levorg with headlights on.

It’s fair to say that the Levorg has not achieved “major player” status since it arrived on the UK market in 2015. A Subaru spokesman who did not have the figures immediately to hand when I spoke to him reckoned that a little over 200 were sold in the whole of last year – that’s less than one a day, or about three per dealer, or as many Ford Fiestas as are registered in this country every fifteen hours. Clearly, Subaru’s UK importer would be very pleased if the numbers…

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Subaru Forester 2.0D Lineartronic Special Edition

Subaru Forester Special Edition coming downhill on an off-road course.

Normally it would be possible to launch straight into a Subaru Forester review without much prior explanation, but the Special Edition is a special case. There are actually two of them (one petrol and, as tested here, one diesel) but they are similar in that both are based on Premium models with the same extra equipment. Pretty much all of this is designed to make the Forester either appear of actually be more rugged than it already does. The Hunter Green metallic paint and brown leather upholstery are in the…

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