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Subaru puts on daring display of its WRX STI

Subaru went to great lengths to garner attention with its latest daring stunt involving a modified WRX STI and the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bobsled track.

If you can piece it together – we're talking a bobsled run with a car on the world's oldest track.

Piloting the WRX STI was British rally champion Mark Higgins, who has been a stunt man for Daniel Craig in several James Bond films.

Subaru is known for its full-time symmetrical all-wheel-drive, but for this stunt, the WRX STI had to be fitted with a stiffer suspension and studded tires.

The video is something to behold with plenty of scary moments along the way. At one point, it looks like the car is about to flip, but Higgins keeps it together. It's an impressive feat for both Higgins and the WRX STI, but this is something you leave to the professionals, or at least the crazy ones.

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Subaru announces more powerful 2017 BRZ

Subaru of America Inc. today announced a comprehensive update to the 2017 BRZ including improved handling, increased performance, more aggressive styling and new convenience features. These enhancements continue the company’s original mission of offering enthusiasts a pure sports car with an unmatched driving experience.

The BRZ, known for its ultra-low center of gravity and precision handling, offers several updates to increase its performance on the track and open roads.  For improved responsiveness, stability and comfort, BRZ receives updated coil springs and dampers as well as a larger rear stabilizer bar.  Additional reinforcements to the chassis were added to the strut tower braces, transmission cross-member plate and the rear wheel housings to increase BRZ’s rigidity.  The stability control system thresholds are raised to further improve handing.  The results are dramatic enough for Subaru to change the name of “Sport” mode to “Track”. 

The BRZ 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER engine receives several internal updates for friction reduction including new valves, camshaft and cylinder heads. Accompanied with a new aluminum intake manifold and redesigned exhaust manifold for increased air flow, the engine output in models with the 6-speed manual transmission is increased to 205-hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Also, a lower final drive ratio from 4.1 to 4.3:1, paired with the standard Torsen® limited-slip differential, improves acceleration on models with manual transmission.

Now standard on all models is Incline Start Assist. This system holds the vehicle momentarily in position while the driver accelerates to prevent roll back on an incline.

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