Suped-up Subarus at the SEMA Show

Subaru's booth wasn't the biggest at the show, but it makes a killer first impression.

Ken Block's TRAX STI and sleigh
Subaru's booth wasn't the biggest at the show, but it made a killer first impression. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Subaru's booth at the 2009 SEMA Show is located directly in front of the entrance to the show's Central Hall. And, wow, does it make a good first impression.

The first thing that you see upon passing through the doors is the towering 400-horsepower TRAX STI and its equally imposing sleigh trailer--built by none other than Subaru enthusiast numero uno, Ken Block. After finding our way around (or under) this massive one-off snowmobile, the rest of Subaru's offerings seemed a bit mild, yet were still impressive in their own ways.

For example, a VIP-styled Legacy sedan featured big wheels, big luxury, and an air suspension system to provide a super-low stance. Over on the other side of the booth, a road race Impreza sat poised to take on the Grand-Am Koni Challenge racing series. And any Subie-fan worth his salt would immediately recognize Mr. Block's other ride, the Gymkhana 2 STI from the previously featured videos of the same name .

Check out our photo tour of the Subaru booth for more photos and details; and as a bonus, check out the embedded video of Block's TRAX STI destroying some fresh snow with full reverse-lock action. You can thank me later.

 

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