2014 370Z NISMO, we hardly knew ye. Just last year, we were touting your revised underbody spoilers, wheels and rear wing, and now as we ring in the 2015 model year, Nissan has quietly ushered in a new 370Z NISMO with revised underbody spoilers, wheels, and a rear wing. My, how things change. Still, whether you’re discussing MY13, 14 or 15, the car beneath the body kit remains the same burly, 350-horsepower 2-seater with a stick and rear-wheel drive. The stuff S:S:L dreams are made of, no? Read on to find out…
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Few cars these days, even the fun ones, wear their hearts on their sleeves quite as triumphantly as the Subaru WRX. To wit – the ride on our World Rally Blue Pearl example is starched to such an extent that few beverage sips will go without spillage. Why? All the better to flatten out body roll, thereby imparting such immediate turn-in (aided by a new, quicker electric steering rack) that a few extra jostles are a small price to pay for handling precision, Subaru figures.
In a marketplace with competitors numbered mostly at 1, Subaru continues to market and sell a raw, (once) rally-bred, four-wheel-drive sedan and hatchback on our shores. Lucky us – though Mitsubishi’s on again, off again relationship with the Lancer Evolution seems to be “on” at the moment, along with its presence on our shores, it hasn’t been that long since these cars first became available to those in the US, and it might not be that long until they leave those shores, either. For the foreseeable future, the same battle wages on – a brand new WRX and STI based on the latest Impreza chassis are just around the corner and as previously mentioned, despite threats to the contrary, a quick trip to Mitsubishi’s US homepage reveals that a 2014 model year Lancer Evolution can still be yours from $35,790.
Mitsubishi and Subaru each sold turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sport sedans back in the early 1990s, but while the Galant VR-4 and Legacy GT offered great performance for their time, neither were in the same league as the smaller Lancer Evolution and WRX STI that were just beginning to take the rally world by storm. The newcomers were raw, uncompromising, stripped out economy sedans that had been fitted with highly pressurized 4-cylinder turbo engines, sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems and suspension components, and aerodynamic add-ons bred not for sleek looks but rather effective stabilization at speed. And to the dismay of car enthusiasts, they weren’t offered for sale in this country. At least, not until 2003 – the year the Evolution VIII went on sale, with the WRX STI following in 2004.
Lead photo courtesy of Scion. Other photos by the author.
I’m writing this only six weeks after driving the FR-S, but it feels like it’s already years too late. Thanks to the wonders of Web 2.0, the FR-S was old before it even debuted. Like the Nissan GT-R and the new Chevy Camaro before it, Toyota and Subaru’s joint project came in riding a wave of hype that would shame a lot of west-coast beakers, fueled by daily speculation and rumor seeping out from the innumerable followers of thousands of automotive forums and outlets.
If you read TTAC (and chances are if you’re a fan of this site, you do), you’re probably aware that Jack Baruth and his merry band of tag-alongs recently published a multi-part track comparison pitting the Scion FR-S against a Mazda X-5 PRHT and a Genesis 2.0T. You can read the crucial details here if you like (if you don’t, be warned that I’m going to spoil the results after the jump), but what you should really take away from this isn’t their analysis, but the absolutely ridiculous reaction from the online community.
Rounding out the Toyobaru trio of GT86 variants is the new Scion FR-S. Like the Subaru BRZ shown yesterday, the Scion has subtle differences to set it apart from the GT86 and BRZ. The headlamps appear to be toned down a bit and the front fascia is a little cleaner than the others. Also gone is the gaudy fender vents that are found on the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ versions. Scion has said that the first number in the price of the car will start with a 2. We’re going to guess somewhere in the $24,000 range but we will find out for sure soon.
We’ve got the full press release and photo gallery after the jump. We’ve thrown the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 galleries in there as well so you can compare all three. Let us know which one is your favorite!