The 2015 Mustang Ecoboost was one of the more exciting cars to come out of Detroit last year, for sure. The new Mustang body and interior, with its new independent rear suspension, deserved a new, more advanced engine than the adequate but unloved V6. Enter the 2.3L Ecoboost (that means turbo) four-cylinder engine, identical in displacement to the last and only other turbocharged Mustang, the SVO of the mid-1980’s.
I have personally never been a fan of the “new edge” Mustang, better known as the Ford Mustang built between 1999 and 2004. It’s angled lines were polarizing, the interior felt cheap even when brand new, and I suspected the styling wouldn’t age well. Well, I may have been correct on the latter, but it’s been at least a decade since I’ve driven a new edge Mustang, so we felt it important to take another look at it before passing too much judgement.
New Zealand is a country full of people who make things. They used to make things because of New Zealand’s remote location, as that was the only option. Now, they make things as a point of both pride and practicality.
Every March an incredible automotive event graces the east coast United States: The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Located at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, “The Amelia” has just completed it’s 20th anniversary show and has become one of the go to gatherings for automotive enthusiasts. This week long event offers several auctions to attend, amateur car shows to enter, unveilings of new cars by contemporary manufacturers, seminars and dinners with automotive greats, and a Concours with such a wide variety of show cars that there is sure to be something you’ve never seen.
This year’s show honored the great Sir Stirling Moss and his extensive race history by showcasing many of the vehicles he has raced throughout his career. Homage was also paid to a trio of Mercedes Benz W196 racecars, a quartet of WRC Lancias, and the BMW 328.
Other events throughout the week included the U.S. unveiling of the new Lamborghini Aventador SV, the Galpin-Fisker Raptor, Fisker Thunderbolt, the Buick Avenir, and the BMW Z4 GTLM “Sebring 75” edition.
The Subaru RS-TI conversion is one of our all time favorite tuner car configurations. For those of you in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Japan, here’s a primer: Subaru sold you the first generation Impreza WRX in the 90’s and early 2000’s with a 2.0L turbocharged engine. Here in the US, we didn’t get a turbocharged Impreza until 2001. We only got the 2.5 RS model with it’s naturally – aspirated 165-HP engine. Since Subaru builds their cars like legos and uses essentially the same drivetrain configuration all the way through the current model year, you can pretty much plop in any drivetrain you like to the early cars, creating what is known as the “RS-Ti.”
While we certainly are of the opinion that a true JDM-spec STI (or 22B!) is the best possible option, here in America, we have to build our own. This one, owned by Chris Huynh, is a real gem in WRC Blue and Gold.