High Octane is about how, as Subaru follows Nissan and Toyota in designating their next new design as a ‘concept’ rather than an on-going production model, it reflects more or less exactly the path that Nissans and Toyotas had taken. Legacy is dying, the company has chosen to capitalise on it with these classics of sports car engineering. For me it’s a like watching a car museum show off some collectables from its collection.
The style is gloriously straightforward, no funking of crazy fiddling or some complex features or anything of that sort. It’s just a decent car with all the exciting bits under the bonnet.
I’m lucky enough to own a car that resembles a high-octane version of a stick shift Subaru: the Fox Sport. One of the first cars on sale for me when I first moved to France, it was a curveball to a minority situation by all accounts. But I think it had a big part to play in making me a bit of a petrolhead and probably had as much to do with it as anything I’d ever really owned.
I’m one of a small group of young mainspokes who consider themselves to be the pioneers of the sport of challenging each other to speed, daring corners and other vehicles to make fools of ourselves behind the wheel. A few cool photographs of the old Jaguar and Maserati bosses in the Basque Country can serve as the stuff of legend for those short enough to know how to see what was happening behind the wheel of these automobiles.
The main class of passenger cars that both groups pioneered were in fact 911’s, two of the bestselling sports cars in history. We’ve moved on somewhat since then – in some of our courses here at the school, the Pirelli Tyres people have taken the stance that they will develop whatever technical innovations Pirelli come up with, which should no doubt result in me being stopped for high-speed fun on the road.
On the off chance that we need some high octane bits for the test track, a think of the old Porsche 928 as the code to the spirit of these Subaru vehicles. It was similarly a real estate sale where the only end product was practicality but created a community of people who loved driving fast, in exotic cars.
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