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Subaru and Ravspec Invade NYIAS 2014

NYIAS 2014

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Jacob Javits Center to check out the New York International Auto Show 2014. Since it was opening day, I knew it would get crowded really fast and would be difficult to take photos with people swarming around every vehicle. My only focus was to see the new 2015 Subaru STi in person. I decided to bring my Canon Rebel 4Ti with a 17-40mm ultra wide angle L series lens to get some practice in.

I also read on Facebook that Ravspec was showcasing the new 2015 Subaru STi with some modifications at the NYIAS 2014.  That got me curious on what was done. We’ll come back to that later.

Since most people have seen the overall exterior photos of the car, I’m going to concentrate on the close-ups and interior.

First off, is the infamous spoiler that everyone loves and hates.

NYIAS 2014
2015 Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition

The spoiler has the same design as the previous model. Nothing new but still aggressive looking to turn a few heads. If you notice the trunk shape, it resembles the Legacy model that the spoiler is attached to.

What’s new in the rear is a diffuser that is simple and subtle looking but yet effective.

Diffuser
Diffuser

The shape and contour of the diffuser mixes well with the exhaust trim. The only thing I didn’t like was how cheap the plastic material felt.

The wheels are definitely a nice upgrade from the previous model. I love the iconic gold and blue theme that everyone is infatuated with. The multi spoke wheel has the combination style of the GV based Enkeis and limited edition BBS wheels.

2015 Launch Edition Gold Wheels

I wouldn’t mind having these as a winter set in cherry blossom red to match my color theme.

2015 Launch Edition Gold Wheels
2015 Launch Edition Gold Wheels

Now the interior is another story. Subaru did somewhat listen to the community by adding a D shaped steering wheel and upgraded the center console.

Flat bottom steering wheel
Flat bottom steering wheel

Subaru decided to remove the STi emblem from the airbag panel to this silver cheap plastic piece. Not sure what they were thinking here. The leather with the cherry blossom red trim was very comfortable to hold on to and had good grip placement.

The center head console isn’t really much to look at either. Subaru did add a carbon fiber trim. I couldn’t tell if it was true CF or a wrap with clear coat spray. I do like the new A/C knobs that are rigid on the sides and have a red ring around them.

Center Console
Center Console

One major mod that a lot of GV/ GR owners did on their cars were to add a push start system that costs roughly $300.00 for parts and probably another $300 for labor. This new model has it as seen above!

The shifter console has been upgraded as well which originated on the BRZ when it was first released.

Shifter Console
Shifter Console

The engine bay looks pretty much the same as the previous model. It is the same engine after all…

Engine Bay
Engine Bay

Lastly, I’m going to briefly discuss a well sought out topic that a lot of Subaru enthusiasts have already voiced.

The “Evo” looking front.

Front Hood and Grille
Front Hood and Grille

I am on the same view point as everyone else but I’m sure the performance vendors will find a way to dress it up and make it aesthetically pleasing as they always have. Swapping out the grille for an aggressive piece will change the look and even adding a front lip will do wonders. I will be honest here. It’s starting to grow on me…

 

As mentioned earlier in the post, Ravspec also had a booth set up with a few of their cars including the 2015 Subaru STi to showcase what can be done with a few performance parts.

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If you never heard of Ravspec, they specialize in JDM wheel fitment, suspension, and performance upgrades. They are located in Deer Park, NY.

www.ravspec.com

With the work done on their  Subaru STi and BRZ, I am confident the popularity will shift quite rapidly. I’m a believer!

Stay tuned for the next post as I will be discussing some of the modifications done with the cars to give everyone a closer insight alongside other vehicles at the NYIAS 2014.

Questions and comments are greatly appreciated.

 

-Harry

www.blackbearsti.com

Subaru and Ravspec Invade the NYIAS 2014 - BlackbearSTi | BlackBearSTi

Subaru Sedan vs Hatch Results and New Domain

Subaru Owners United

It’s been a very busy week on my end with work and establishing a new domain. It’s been fun setting it up but requires some time to put together. I’ll come back to this later.

First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who participated on the Subaru poll and share the results.

As suspected, Sedan owners came in at 58% and Hatch owners came in at 42%. I tried to monitor the poll for the past week and realized sedan owners topped the ratings from start to finish. Is it safe to say that Subaru owners prefer the World Rally Car inspired look with the big spoiler compared to the hatch functionality? I would like to hear more.

Subaru-WRX-STI-Nurburgring

On another note, with great news, I am the new owner of http://www.blackbearsti.com. I am currently working with staff members on transferring the followers and stats from WordPress.com to Godaddy. It may take a few days to get the site up and running properly. However, you can still visit the site as most items have been transferred. Feel free to re-subscribe and let me know how I’m doing. If there is any Subaru topic you like to discuss or review, I will do my best to make it happen.

Thank you again for your support.

– Harry