Today one of our biggest concerns is maximizing what we have to get the most out of our day and our dollar. For many of us, time is very limited and between our jobs, taking care of the kids, finishing off household chores and checking off endless family obligations, there just isn’t that much spare time left.
Subaru USA is looking to smash the lap record on four wheels around the Isle of Man TT course – and it’s enlisted rally legends Prodrive and Subaru Technica International to help it do just that. The brands will combine their extensive motorsports knowledge to produce a purpose-built WRX STI, designed specifically for getting around the high-speed circuit in a short a time as possible.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is seeking a merger partner in a bid to secure its long-term future in a move that could save $10 billion a year, according to its chairman. John Elkann, a member of the Agnelli family that founded Fiat, admitted a merger with one of the industry’s ‘big guys’ was an important objective of FCA as it seeks to shore up its long-term future in a highly disrupted automotive landscape.
Beneath its Toyota engine cover breathes a 1.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at a modest 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Mating the engine to the front wheels is either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with a flexible locking torque converter. Scion tells us that the automatic can lock its torque converter in any gear to give the powertrain a more direct and responsive feel. My Sapphire blue example featured the manual gearbox.