Subaru at SEMA

Fans of boxer engines and all-wheel drive should look no further. Subaru's booth at the 2009 SEMA Show is home to a few wild WRXs, a pair of tricked out Legacies, and a few surprises as well.

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Tread adapters

As if Subaru's legendary all-wheel drive system didn't offer enough grip, these track adapters greatly increase the amount of available traction.

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DC Shoes TRAX STI

This one-off TRAX STI was built by DC Shoes driver Ken Block and has a Mattracks rubber track conversion. Under the hood breathes a 400-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged and intercooled boxer-4 engine.

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400-horse open sleigh

The TRAX STI pulls a custom built sleigh with four heated Recaro seats, a snowboard rack, and steel skis. The sleigh also features an marine audio system by Alpine and Kicker.

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Tall boy

The TRAX STI sits pretty high off of the ground. In addition to the significant height offered by the track conversion, the STI's suspension has been dropped by 3-inches to accommodate the conversion.

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Subaru road racing team STI

On the milder side of things, this STI was built to compete in the 2010 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge. It features an overhauled engine and suspension, but it retains the stock STI transmission and brakes.

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Gymkhana 2 STI

Longtime readers of the Car Tech Blog know that we're fans of Ken Block's sick Gymkhana videos. Here we have the actual Gymkhana 2 STI. We touched it when no one was looking.

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Complete custom

Essentially, every part of Block's STI has been modified by Crawford Performance, including the engine that has been bored out to 2.7-liters. A quartet of painted Volk TE37 19-inch wheels, my personal favorite, finish this custom package.

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VIP-style Legacy

Photos don't really do justice to this customized Legacy's paint job. At least, ours don't.

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Interior

This Legacy is customized in the Japanese VIP style and has neat features such as curtains, high quality leather trim, and a subtle body kit lowered over big wheels.

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Air suspension

The VIP Legacy owes its low stance to an air suspension system, which can be raised for driving and lowered for styling.

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Wireless keyboard

A wireless keyboard interfaces with a car PC hidden somewhere in the interior.

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Showtime!

Out back, the Legacy's subwoofers, amplifiers, and compressors for the air suspension are all on display.

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SPT Impreza STI

One of the mildest vehicles in the Subaru booth, the SPT Impreza STI features the complete line of Subaru's SPT accessories.

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SPT accessories

Out back, the SPT Impreza is also a rolling showcase of SPT accessories, displaying pedal covers, shift knobs, and suspension components in a glass case in its hatchback.

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Subaru/Coyote go-kart

Nope, we don't get it either.

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1969 Subaru 360 van

This old-school Subaru 360 van was tucked in the back of Subaru's booth. It's remarkable how small vans once were.

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Fast parts, slow delivery

This particular van belongs to Subaru of Las Vegas' SPT department and is used (occasionally, we hope) for deliveries.

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Legacy wagon

Subaru has always had a great selection of wagons in its lineup. This Legacy wagon has been modified for a more aggressive appearance and improved performance.

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