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So, we know that a lot of you guys are wondering how the first shoot went. Well, it went absolutely well! Here are some shots from the shoot:

This is’s very own Spokes Model, Michelle doing her signature “Jump in the air” move.

Michelle with Yukio’s Subaru (Founder of!

This is the first group of Subarus that we shot. We all loved the Forester!

Michelle in front of our Buddy’s GC! In Matte Black!

Eddie’s Subaru from Garage Defend!

This was “group 2” of the Subaru Shoot.

Well, well, well… who’s this? Yep, that’s me and my Subaru! Michelle and I would like to thank all of the Subaru Enthusiasts that came out and helped out and our wonderful photographer, Carlos for taking these amazing photos! More photos will be up shortly! Don’t forget, we’ll be debuting our new poster at SubieFest BUT if you want to purchase the poster and have it personalized by Michelle, we can do that too!


It seems like we get pretty water downed versions of the STi while other parts of the world cool versions like the Cosworth STi. This Cosworth STi is pretty much a super car battler with a humble exterior. To me, it’s a combo made in heaven!

It’s subdued exterior will fool anyone as it actually has a good amount of performance to back its emblem. The power comes out to a boastful 395hp and a lofty 398ft/lbs and that’s all from ‘the factory’. The motor has been give a ‘do over’ with a full build including pistons, rods, upgraded turbo, exhaust, and a ECU reflash. For any performance junkie that is reading this, you already have in your head “Oh, there’s so much more power to get out of the motor!!!”. I’ve seen STi’s get close to 450whp with similar upgrades so these cars are basically begging for more power.

Given that the Cosworth STi also gets its handling from a set of Eibach Springs and Bilstein dampers, it’s a perfect storm.

The exterior is upgraded with mesh inserts on the front bumper, widen track by 12mm, rear spoiler and some nice 18 inch wheels. The kicker is the awesome AP Racing / Cosworth big brake system! These are limited to only 75 units and only sold in the UK. So, given the fact that most of our readers are from North America, it will be a truly rare sight to see these in person.

So what’s the tab on something like this? Well, with great power comes great… amount of income that you will need because it’s well over $70,000.00. As some of you may groan there are those who will love this Subaru so much that they will shell that out and to me, those are the die hards. We will all sit back and watch the Brits get all the fun so we hope that Cosworth may have some plans in the near future.

Source: Autolink

So I’m not sure how many of you know about this “Badge of Ownership” that Subaru has created but I think it’s a step in the right direction.

So you get to show off to all other Subaru owners on what you use your Subaru for. I haven’t seen one yet, but I just ordered mine. Here’s more information:

Subaru owners are known for living life to its fullest and love to share their interests with others. Now you have a unique way to let other Subaru owners know what you enjoy most with your own Badge of Ownership.

The Badge of Ownership is our gift to you for being part of the Subaru family. Each unique Badge of Ownership reflects the number of Subaru vehicles you have owned. Whether this is your first Subaru or one that’s joining a long line of Subaru vehicles in your family, we want to recognize your loyalty.

You can personalize your Badge of Ownership with one or more lifestyle icons that reflect your personal interests or hobbies. Each Badge of Ownership has an adhesive backing so it can be affixed easily to any metal surface.

I haven’t seen one yet but I hope to be the first one in my group of friends to have it. Want to order you Badge of Ownership? Check out:

I’m going to pump you guys full of videos today because there’s so much content out there. Especially on the 2011 STi and the WRX. Subaru finally made the right move by putting on the iconic flares back on the WRX models (yes, even the wagon gets it. The GD Impreza Wagon guys are jealous) and the WRX STi sedan is back in the bloodline again.

This video is brought to us by Subaru Global and it has that real cooperate feeling huh? It’s all good because it really shows that Subaru is very serious about making a street performance car. I think companies like Toyota, Honda, and Mazda has kind of fell away from the performance market seeking more of the ‘economical’ crowd. Fortunate for us, the new STi has been testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife course to get as much feedback as possible.

I was lucky enough to be at Round 5 of Redline Time Attack in Chicago to see a bunch of records fall. One record that was being sought after was the Street Class AWD category and the COBB Tuning STi was gunning for it. The COBB Tuning STi has been getting a lot of attention lately and there’s a reason why, it’s just plain fast.

Cameron Benner is the driver and he has skills. From what I recall from the event, the STi fell to an early demise as the car caught on fire but it seems like Cameron was able to save the motor before anything else happened. Check out their video:

Usually when Japan gets certain special edition models, the US Market sits and watches. Hopefully we’ll recieve some good news if some of these parts makes its way to our hands. The great minds at STi have made a tuned version of the Legacy GT 2.5 GT, the Legacy GT 2.5tS. Now, “TS” has a different meaning here, but it actually means “Tuned by STi” (pretty nifty, huh?)

I’ve already really fell in love with the Legacy GT and I think this is the step in the right direction to follow the previous model with upgraded parts. The tS will have upgrades such as exhaust, wider tires / wheels, tuned Bilstein suspension, and tower bars. Though you won’t see many of these Leggys at the track, I’m sure this will give those owners of the new Legacy GT, more of a reason to smile.

No real power has been realized with the Legacy 2.5GT tS but power is only useful when you can use it right.

Read more about this nice Legacy 2.5GT tS and check out the amazing photos at Autoblog.

Source: Autoblog

The highly anticipated 2011 updated Subaru STi will be out soon but the base model Impreza (sorry, not STi) with new colors to chose from unfortunantly, one of the colors had to take a bullet which was the Newport Blue but what came out from the ashes were the Marine Blue Pearl and Sky Blue Metallic.

Autoblog has priced out these models but we’re all waiting on the performance model pricing.

Check out the link from autoblog to read more about this! CLICK HERE!

Source: Autoblog

This has been around the net for some time now but I figured that this will be some good o’l content for many of you that don’t look around at blogs much. A slightly modified (with larger turbo, tires, and roll cage for safety) set a new record in the new 2011 STi Sedan that is getting a lot of buzz around town.

Probably one of the most anticipated STi’s to come out in some time now, the Sedan is going back to what a lot of Subaru enthusiasts love, the sedan look. It’s amazing to watch the video to see how the world famous rally Driver, Tommi Mäkinen is able to go through all the corners with ease. I’m sure it’s not his first time around that famous Nürburgring Nordschleife course. It clocked an amazing 7 minute Lap Time. Yes, that’s 7 minutes (Shy of 8 minutes) but if you’ve ever seen the course, you’ll see why but this time trumps many “super cars” out there which to us says a lot about the new 2011 Subaru STi Sedan.

Check out the video here:

More images and details can be found on Autoblog!

(Source: Autoblog)

Welcome To SubieLife

Posted: June 28, 2010 by Yukes in Authors, Introductions, Yukio "Yukes"
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Wow, after much thought and process of doing this, I finally pulled the trigger. It’s a bit daunting since I’ve done several blogs for friends and clients but never for myself. It’s really exciting to go through something that I have so much passion about but I can’t seem to figure out where I want to begin. Maybe a bit of history of me? Who am I?

So there I am. I’m Yukio (also dubbed by my friends as “Yukes”) and I’ve been driving my Subaru since 2006. Quite “Rookie” for many of the purists out there but I have seen and done more than most hardcore Subaru fans. I didn’t expect to get this deep with in the Subaru community but it just seemed like I feel into it. I’ve seen many people come and go but they’ve always shared the passion that I have for my Subie.

I created this blog for one primary reason, to make a one stop source for Subaru related news. See, I usually browse through 6-7 web blogs on a daily basis and oddly enough, a Subaru story does come up thus I wanted to make sure that every single tid bit of information is found is brought here for all of you to read. Make it easier plus we can share comments with each other about opinions that matter from Subaru owner. Simple right?

In addition, I will have features on some of the most unique Subarus out there with photos taken from the best photographers that I know of. We’ll have some of my friends drop in and give insight to what is going on with the Subaru community. As time progresses I hope to have special features that will inspire any Subaru owner out there.

Without having a long winded blog entry about this… blog… I’ll leave you all in search of Subaru related stories. The new entries maybe a few days to a few weeks old but it’s good to have an archive of all the stories that are found especially with updated models of the STi Impreza coming out. I hope to have a few more improvements down the line and with that, I would like to thank you all for your support and feel free to drop me a line anytime!

– Yukio