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    Default Subaru STI: Fast and frugal


    http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dl...8/newsletter01

    Four-buck-gallon gas is doing more to alter car-buying habits than the California Air Resources Board. Sales of once-hot-selling sport/utilities and pickups sputter as demand for fuel-efficient four-cylinder models is exploding.

    Through May, for example, sales of the Honda Civic are up almost 17 percent, the Ford Focus gained more than 26 percent, and the Toyota Yaris rose 33 percent compared with the same time last year.

    But do cars fitted with small-displacement engines have to be boring?

    Hell, no!

    If fuel efficiency is your only consideration--and hey, at these gas prices, we can't blame you if it is--a range of gasoline and diesel models promises miles per gallon in the high 20s to mid-30s. And this list does not include hybrids.

    But if you're a car enthusiast who'd like a little oomph to go with your mpg, driving around a 106-hp Yaris may not cut it. If you're willing to forgo hypermileage in favor of high performance, here are your top options.

    2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
    2.5-liter, 305-hp, 290-lb-ft turbocharged H4; awd, six-speed manual
    EPA: 17/23 mpg city/highway, 19 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 4.9 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $35,640

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
    2.0-liter, 291-hp, 300-lb-ft turbocharged I4; awd, six-speed dual-clutch sequential manual
    EPA: 17/22 mpg city/highway, 19 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 5.2 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $38,965

    2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4
    2.4-liter, 285-hp, 265-lb-ft turbocharged I4; fwd, six-speed manual
    EPA: 21/26 mpg city/highway, 23 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 6.5 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $23,285

    2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3
    2.3-liter, 263-hp, 280-lb-ft turbocharged I4; fwd, six-speed manual
    EPA: 18/26 mpg city/highway, 21 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 5.7 sec (AW)
    Base price: $23,090

    2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS
    2.0-liter, 260 hp, 260-lb-ft; turbocharged I4; rwd or fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 22/30 mpg city/highway, 25 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 5.7 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $22,995

    2008 Lotus Exige S 240
    1.8-liter, 240-hp, 170-lb-ft supercharged I4; rwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 20/26 mpg city/highway, 22 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 4.0 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $64,890

    2008 Acura RDX
    2.3-liter, 240-hp, 260-lb-ft turbocharged I4; awd, five-speed automatic
    EPA: 19/23 mpg city/highway, 21 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 6.8 sec (AW)
    Base price: $34,455

    2008 Honda S2000
    2.2-liter, 237-hp, 160-lb-ft I4; rwd, six-speed manual
    EPA: 18/25 mpg city/highway, 21 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: N/A
    Base price: $34,970

    2008 Saab 9-3 2.0T
    2.0-liter, 210-hp, 221-lb-ft turbocharged I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 19/29 mpg city/highway, 23 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 7.4 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $29,190

    2009 Acura TSX
    2.4-liter, 201-hp, 172-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed automatic
    EPA: 21/30 mpg city/highway, 24 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: N/A
    Base price: $29,720

    If fuel mileage is your top consideration, pick from this list of fun fuel sippers (hybrids not included).

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel
    2.0-liter, 140-hp, 235-lb-ft turbodiesel I4; fwd, six-speed manual
    EPA: 30/41 mpg city/highway, 34 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 9.5 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $22,400 (est)

    2008 Toyota Yaris liftback
    1.5-liter, 106-hp, 103-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 29/36 mpg city/highway, 32 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 11.3 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $12,210

    2008 Mini Cooper/Clubman
    1.6-liter, 118-hp, 114-lb-ft I4; fwd, six-speed manual
    EPA: 28/37 mpg city/highway, 31 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 8.5 sec (mfr)/8.9 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $18,700/$20,600

    2008 Honda Fit
    1.5-liter, 109-hp, 105-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 28/34 mpg city/highway, 30 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 9.3 sec (AW)
    Base price: $14,620

    2009 Toyota Corolla
    1.8-liter, 132-hp, 128-lb-ft I4; fwd, four-speed automatic
    EPA: 27/35 mpg city/highway, 30 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 10.4 sec (mfr est)
    Base price: $16,710

    2008 Scion xD
    1.8-liter, 128-hp, 125-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 27/33 mpg city/highway, 29 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 9.1 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $15,170

    2008 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL
    1.8-liter, 122-hp, 127-lb-ft I4; fwd, CVT
    EPA: 27/33 mpg city/highway, 29 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: N/A
    Base price: $16,750

    2008 Honda Civic
    1.8-liter, 140-hp, 128-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 26/34 mpg city/highway, 29 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: N/A
    Base price: $15,480

    2008 Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio
    1.6-liter, 110-hp, 106-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 27/32 mpg city/highway, 29 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 11.8 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $11,425/$11,540

    2008 Chevrolet Cobalt XFE
    2.2-liter, 148-hp, 152-lb-ft I4; fwd, five-speed manual
    EPA: 25/36 mpg city/highway, 29 mpg combined
    0-60 mph: 8.5 sec (mfr)
    Base price: $15,070
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    I want one!! you can lease one for $300/month .. awesome..lol

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    Hahaha SRT needed a little more R&D time before they started competing with the new STi; rear suspension failed on two factory-backed cars at their first event.


    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1534995



    If the Rally America teams thought their trials and tribulations were safely left behind in Oregon, they received a rude awakening at this week’s Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally. “Waste management” was an appropriate name for the event, as the destruction tour that is the 2008 Rally America season continued at full throttle.

    Starting from the top of the seed list, Subaru Rally Team USA arrived with two new 2008 STI hatchbacks. The new rally machines showed up straight from the shop, apparently without much testing time to shake the bugs out. This may prove to be the team’s undoing for the year, because before the paint was even dry the rear suspensions on both cars failed in spectacular fashion.

    The early season juggernaut of Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino sputtered to a halt in Oregon with a DNF, and faltered again on stage 2 in Pennsylvania. According to rally control reports, the rear lower control arms failed and left the former points leaders stranded by the side of the road. This ended their national hopes for the weekend, but the veteran rallyists came back to contest the regional event the next day. Oregon Trail winner Travis Pastrana and co-driver Derek Ringer experienced similar troubles on stage 2, but made it back to service for repairs and were not time-barred.

    But any joy in the Subaru team pits was short-lived, as Pastrana/Ringer rolled their brand new rally car on stage 4 first thing the following morning, and the car caught fire. As if that wasn’t enough, Ringer was slightly injured while setting out the warning triangles. The red cross was displayed, ending the stage competition and any hopes of salvaging this weekend for SRTUSA. Ringer was reportedly treated and released.

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    0-60 in 4.9 Second! M3 from 10 years a go is still faster. This is why I love M3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3-ADDICT View Post
    0-60 in 4.9 Second! M3 from 10 years a go is still faster. This is why I love M3.
    M3 from ten years ago, did the 0-60 in 5.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKTMAN View Post
    M3 from ten years ago, did the 0-60 in 5.5
    Try 4.5 Seconds , the Convertible in 5.5 seconds due to all the added weight.

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    You did say 10 years ago.....1998...

    http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol...cle1075257.ece
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    Performance

    The M3's S54 naturally aspirated engine produces more than 100 horsepower (75 kW) per litre (340 hp/3.2 litre), a notable feat.

    EUR Models

    * 343 PS / 256 kW @ 7900 rpm
    * Torque: 365 Nm / 269 ft·lbf @ 4900 rpm
    * 0-60 mph - 4.5 seconds (6 Speed SMG) / 0-60 mph - 4.8 seconds (6 Speed Manual)
    * 1/4 Mile - [email protected] mph
    * Top Speed: 185 mph (298 km/h)
    * Skid Pad: 0.98g

    US Models

    * 333 hp / 262 ft·lbf
    * 0-60 mph - 4.5 seconds (6 Speed SMG) / 0-60 mph - 4.8 seconds (6 Speed Manual)
    * 1/4 Mile - [email protected] mph[10]
    * Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)[11]
    * Top Speed: 185 mph (delimited and indicated, real speed is 176mph)[12]
    * Skid Pad: 0.98g

    Cabriolet / Convertible model 1/4 Mile +/- ~.5 sec

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    ^^ Wrong car moron. There was no E46 M3 till 2001. It was the E36 M3 in 1998.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vodkarocket View Post
    ^^ Wrong car moron. There was no E46 M3 till 2001. It was the E36 M3 in 1998.

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