Based on a long forgotten model.
After announcing a new partnership with Hoonigan, Subaru of American built an insane WRX STI drift car for racing driver Travis Pastrana to use in the popular Gymkhana video series. The STI went on to star in the first Gymkhana video without Ken Block, where it executed a stellar 150 mph jump. Hoonigan and Subaru have once again teamed up to build a drift car, and this time they based it on a far less recognizable model.
Rather than use something new like a 2022 Subaru Impreza Hatchback, the Hoonigan crew based this new car on a 1983 Subaru GL Wagon. Subaru of America posted initial images of the build to its Facebook page with the following caption: "It's Travis Pastrana's new Gymkhana car, based on a 1983 Subaru GL wagon! Who's ready to see it push the limit?"
The GL Wagon is a pretty inside baseball choice of vehicle that only the most diehard Subaru fans will likely remember. Some countries received this car as the Subaru Leone (Spanish for Lion), but in certain markets like North America, the car was referred to by its trim designation (DL, GL, GLF, GLF5, GL-10, and RX).
Today, many people simply refer to the Leone as the Subaru GL or the Subaru L Series, a predecessor to the modern-day Impreza. The GL came in several body styles, including a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, three-door hatchback, five-door station wagon, and pickup truck Brat model.
When it was new in 1983, the GL included a sluggish 1.6-liter flat-four engine producing just 53 horsepower. A larger 1.8-liter engine upped to a whopping 71 hp, or you could opt for the turbocharged model with a stratospheric 95 hp.
We're being facetious if you couldn't tell. Subaru hasn't shared what engine the Hoonigan build uses, but we assume it could use a custom Boxer engine like the one found in the STI. For reference, that car produced 862 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, roughly nine times more power than the original GL.