Not really, but it does look a whole lot better.
Subaru's connection with the world of rally racing is undeniable: ever since Colin McRae took home the World Rally Championship Constructors' title from 1995 to 1997, the Japanese manufacturer's name has been cemented in rally folklore. While the brand still produces rally-inspired cars such as the formidable WRX STI, others such as the Crosstrek lack the will to hit the dirt. That was the case until performance parts company Crawford announced some new parts for this little crossover.
Not to be mistaken with the radical Baja 500 Subaru Crosstrek Desert Racer, the run of the mill Crosstrek is a humble crossover SUV that is targeted towards young families who don't mind a bit of an adventure, but forget performance driving; the Crosstrek is most happy cruising along at the speed limit.
Crawford Performance, a performance shop that's been running since 1995, saw a gap in the market and has eagerly filled it with a product that will get Crosstrek owners itching at the collar: the Crawford CDR Series 2-inch Lift Kit.
The kit, which retails for $549.95 offers a full two-inch lift from the front to the back. The Crosstrek in standard guise offers a solid 8.7 inches of ground clearance, so the Crawford Performance kit should see that number grow to a respectable 10.7 inches. That's more than enough to clear even the most brutal curbstone or speed bump.
So what does the kit include? Well, you get a set of rugged corrosion-resistant aluminum spacers, and sway bar extensions to maintain the factory positioning. According to Crawford Performance, the kit is inspired by the crazy Baja racer of the same name and allows the Crosstrek to go places you couldn't go before.
This kit finally gives the Crosstrek an attitude adjustment worthy of Subaru's rich racing heritage, even though the Crosstrek name itself doesn't necessarily resonate with that history. The recently announced power increase should help as well. We think it looks awesome and should make the Crosstrek an off-road contender. All we wish for is that they make a kit for the Subaru BRZ.