Innovative traffic light feature by Audi

Audi’s new car-to-x communication system integrates itself into local traffic networks to help drivers predict how fast or how slow they should go to avoid red lights. The system can also “talk” to other cars to warn them of upcoming dangers on the road.

This would be a fascinating feature to have on any vehicle (especially the fully equipped 2015 WRX STI) but wouldn’t it encourage speeding  thus very costly speeding tickets?


@Subaru_Canada How-To Guides for Multimedia System

Subaru has posted some videos of how to setup the multimedia system that comes included with the 2015 WRX or WRX STI Sport Tech trim. If you’ve never used this system before, it’s definitely worth the time instead of reading the owner’s manual.

Note: Don’t forget that each car comes with XM Radio and a free 3 month trial of their XM Select Plan (a value of $15.99/month). You should receive information regarding your trial a few days after you’ve driven off the dealer lot. For those that are interested in extending or renewing their free trial to a paid subscription, I highly suggest contacting SiriusXM to negotiate pricing by calling 1-877-438-9677, as they are unable to discuss pricing/promotions via email.

Their listener Care Centers hours of operation are as follows:
Monday-Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM ET
Sunday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET


Subaru How-To Guide for System Intro & Set-up of the Multimedia System

Subaru How-To Guide for Bluetooth® Hands-free Operation of the Multimedia System

Subaru How-To Guide for the Audio & Entertainment features of the Multimedia System

Subaru How-To Guide for the GPS Navigation of the Multimedia System

2015 Subaru WRX STI – A Porsche 911 fighter? @jalopnik


You throw the 2015 Subaru WRX STI into a corner. In days of yore, the front end wouldn’t bite and you’d start to wash wide. Subaru had developed the recipe for understeer. But this new STI… It bites. It turns in. This is a Porsche 911 fighter for a third of the price. Oh, and one of the best new cars you can buy today.

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2015 Subaru WRX STI: The Best Ever?


I love the big wing that sits atop the WRX STI’s trunk. In fact, without it, both the outgoing model and the all-new generation look kind of bland.

Make no mistake, though: While the rear wing is back (on select trim levels, at least), it’s not the car’s best attribute ― far from it, actually. As cool and attractive as it may be, it’s just one of the many nods to the past on the 2015 Subaru WRX STI; the new features and upgrades are what makes it better than ever.

I must admit that I profoundly disliked the old WRX STI, going as far as to rank it among my biggest disappointments of 2013. The pressure was on Subaru to convince me that its iconic sports car would not only return on the right track, but also make headway.

The looks

Aesthetically, the new 2015 Subaru WRX STI has nothing in common with its predecessor other than that picnic table-sized wing. As for the entry-level Impreza, they are now worlds apart.

The nose stretches further forward, the grille is more refined, and the whole package appears less boxy. The new design is a bit generic, sure, but also quite modern and definitely more proper. If you’re looking for something a little less flashy, the WRX STI is available with a smaller rear wing or even no wing at all (which makes it almost identical to the base WRX, but it’s up to you).

The interior has also been revamped. Styling is not Subaru’s forte, and its approach remains conservative, but at least material selection and the driving position have significantly improved. The gauges look sharper, red stitching provides contrast, and the entire cabin is generally well thought out and more than satisfying. Let’s all give Subaru a fittingly conservative round of applause!

Despite the larger interior dimensions, rear-seat room continues to be a bit of an issue, leaving passengers wanting for more. Up front, however, life is good.

The drive

You don’t buy a Subaru WRX STI for its looks or materials; it’s all about performance. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the new 2015 model is the best I’ve ever driven. Granted, I did not spend time on the road, but my experience on the Buttonwillow race track was enough to turn me into a fan.

The 2.5L horizontally opposed 4-cylinder BOXER engine hasn’t changed, and still packs 305 well-trained horses. However, the much more rigid chassis and improved throttle response contribute to a better sorted car.

More specifically, the chassis and suspension of the 2015 Subaru WRX STI are 14% and 21% stiffer, respectively, while the steering boasts the quickest ratio (13.0:1) of any Subaru so far. The result is amazingly sharp and precise handling, along with a remarkable balance and a supreme ability to control the machine in any and all conditions.

Don’t believe me? Just ask former rally champion Tommi Mäkinen, who stepped into the driver’s seat after my not-so-hot laps to show journalists the real potential of the new WRX STI. Stable and neutral, the car devoured corners with ease as Mäkinen kept just one hand on the steering wheel even beyond 160 km/h. Needless to say I hung onto the handle with both hands…

Once again, the WRX STI comes with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system and Driver Controlled Centre Differential (DCCD). The latter allows the driver to adjust the centre differential locking through three different modes (Comfort, Sport, and Sport Sharp) and customize the torque sent to the front and rear wheels.

When it comes to accelerating and braking, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI proves more refined, more subtle, and yet more capable than ever.

Three trim levels are available. The base one is surprisingly affordable at $37,999, the Sport Package starts at $40,495, and the Sport-tech Package retails for $44,995 (the last two mostly stand out with aero bits and other accessories).

In any trim, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI is a winner, for sure. It went from one of my biggest disappointments of 2013 to likely one of my top hits of 2014.

2014 Celebration of Speed @ Motorsport Park

I thought this might be of interest to some people.  Take the Monday off and go crazy!



The Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation

The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame


Monday, April 21st, 2014
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame is holding their fifth “Celebration of Speed” on Monday, April 21st with a track day and a ride-along program for enthusiasts at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This event is open to the general public.

Both race cars and street cars are welcome. The cost is $325.00 per car (two drivers may share the car). Classroom and in-car instruction is available. Helmets are mandatory.

Enthusiasts and the general public are very welcome to join us and are encouraged to go along for a ‘ride’ in some very exciting automobiles with some very well known racers. Ride-along tickets will be available at the track for a nominal donation of $25 per ride or $60 for 3 outings.

All proceeds from this event go to the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation – Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, a charitable organization working for all Canadians to preserve Canada’s Motorsport history and heritage.

2014 Track Day Registration Form


Canadian Automotive Collection & Museum/Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame



Event Organizer Alan Sanders

Telephone 416-889-6008

FAX 905-898-1790

Visit to Nextmod

I drove to Nextmod shortly after I picked up the STI to pick up a pair of clear license plate covers.  Peter, the owner, snapped 2 shots of the car and featured it on his Instagram.

If you need anything at all, contact Peter and he’ll help you out! There isn’t much he can’t source for you…

290 Yorktech Drive Unit 27
Markham, Ontario L6G0A7

Tel: 416-800-9139

Weekdays 12PM-8PM
Saturday 12PM-5PM
Sunday – Closed