As the owner of a Mk1 Impreza Turbo, I was sad to open my new issue of EVO last week and read the car of the year article.
The new Impreza STI 330S finished square bottom of the pile, beaten by tiddlers such as the new Renault Twingo 133 and Fiat Abarth...Only ten short years ago, this car was the darling of the motor press, so what's gone wrong?
Well, Subaru don't seem to have moved on. The new car is much heavier (250 KG) than my old Mk1, the car is still damn thirsty and it seems no-one actually wants a hatchback rice rocket.
Interestingly, the new EVO real world champ is a hot hatch, the Renault Megane R26R. Technology now means the FWD cars can pack 230 BHP in a lighter nimbler package than the RWD brigade, so where now for Subaru?
Personally I think they need to take a step back like Nissan did when she shelved the old Skyline. I would like to see a lighter car with a two litre direct injection engine, something like a flat 4 equivalent of the VAG TFSI. No more than 230-250 BHP. Ditch all the kit and go back to basics.
Driving my car in pouring rain this week down back-roads shows that 4WD still works in the UK, so Subaru needs to return to what it did best, an understated light, simple road rocket at a keen price. Anyone else got any thoughts?