Video: A Subaru GF8 Wagon with 500 HP? Why Not?

Though Subarus are no stranger to the hillclimb scene, it’s rare to see competitive Imprezas in wagon-form. Additionally, this odd mixture of GF8-series body parts seems to have omitted the rear doors, yet retained the heavy glass window and hatch. It’s stylish, that’s for sure, but it’s not just a fashion statement—it’s got over 500 horsepower under the hood.

Photo credit: Christian Guex

Photo credit: Christian Guex

Christian Guex is no stranger to these narrow mountain roads; his style is calm and clean. No understeer or oversteer, but just a series of tidy lines without any hysterics. The motor usually stays on-song—though there is a notable amount of lag—and with a clever mix of attitude adjustment, four wheel-drive traction, and a responsive right foot Guex always rockets out of each corner.

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As shown by the above footage, the Subie will snap away in some of the hairpin corners, but it’s still able to generate a lot of forward motion simultaneously—even when the rears break away. In the faster corners, he can roll on the throttle as he adds steering lock, and the car remains completely planted. However, the short wheelbase means that a long lift of the throttle lightens the rear enough to allow it to pivot at speed—seen at 2:35 in the onboard footage—so Guex still needs to stay vigilant of both axles. It might use four wheels to transfer the power to the pavement, but it retains a nervousness that makes the Subaru look like a complete joy to drive.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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