• Nov 14, 2006


When I was in high school, my Dad had a mid-80s Subaru GL 3-door hatch with 4WD. The thing looked like a little silver dune buggy and I loved it, but sadly, he got rid of it before I wound up getting my license. The wee GL was a bit too small for his taste, you see, so he upgraded to a brand-new, fire-engine-red '88 GL wagon (non-turbo, automatic with the push-button 4WD on the shifter). I used to eagerly await the snowy weather so that the Subie and I could frolic around the corners in my neighborhood. It was no high-speed machine, but it was a hell of a lot of fun and the thing seemed to adore snow, slush and other such winter slop.

Nowadays, the bar has been raised substantially, with turbocharged Imprezas dishing out power roughly equal to that of a Mustang GT from the time of Dad's wagon. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the Subarus' apparent love of the white stuff, as is demonstrated in the video above. Snow, frozen lakes, studded rubber, and Imprezas running amok -- you Subie-driving readers must sit at the window waiting for gray skies the way kids wait for Santa on Christmas Eve. Enjoy.

Thanks to Matt for the link!

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Me and my buddies do pretty much the exact same thing everytime it snows here in Wisconsin in a combination of saturn sl2, jeep zj, ford contour, and saab 9-3. We may do it slower, but we have just as much fun doing it.

      I'd always worry about the center diff using a handbrake with awd. Does anyone know if that has any negative effects? All that extra traction would sure be nice. But I'm sure none of those moves required a fraction of the power on hand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      great video. can't wait until lakes will freeze..
      • 8 Years Ago
      I used to drive my hot-rodded '02 WRX through the snow filled, empty parking lot at the Silverdome just like that while my daughter was inside the mini-dome for soccer training.
      That was great fun.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The guy in that silver car on the ice is crazy! Just watching those high-speed spins made me queasy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i have an audi a4 quattro and ive been begging for snow since last february.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is the deal with videos like this always getting panned here? It looks like clean fun to me. The public roads you speak of Alex K (currently post #23) don't even have lines on them or are unplowed parking lots. At least from what I could tell in the video. Maybe you saw something I didn't.

      To put to rest some of the claims that the same stuff can be done with two-wheel drive I can speak from experience. I have done the lake spins quite a bit on 4-wheelers that have on-the-fly 2WD/AWD modes and the continuously moving power spins are only possible when all 4 wheels are spinning (under power). The center of the spin is at the center of the vehicle. Have the machine at a dead stop in AWD and turn the bars all the way to one side lock. Then just jam the throttle and hang on. It will spin perfectly like a pinwheel. Do this with a little forward momentum on a frozen lake and you can ride it shore to shore with slight steering adjustments to carry forward momentum. It makes the craziest set of tire tracks you'll ever see. 2WD will only spin around the axis set by the front wheels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      trust us, the audi fans are doing nothing but looking at their windows for the first cm of snow =oÞ

      I'm interested in #9's question anyone have an answer?
      • 8 Years Ago
      remind me never to buy a used subaru
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those guys aren't touching the ebrake at all...I can do that in my FWD car my ass. You can do what... a 180 degree turn? 5 spins is 1800 degrees...10 times what you can do with an ebrake.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, that video was pretty lame.

      #8, 13 - Check this one out:
      http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-6379966053826889673

      Dunno why I chose to upload to Google over Youtube..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pretty dumb video. You'd think AWD would be the shit in the snow, maybe expecting high speed twisties, power slide and controled handling.

      Nope. A jackass doing donuts in a wrx. wow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      had a 9-2x...

      They're fun, and unstoppable with the right tires, but somebody who doesn't know what they're doing can get themselves into trouble REAL quick.
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