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Old 06-21-2022, 10:28 PM   #1
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Nuts. We haven't heard it, and we guarantee it sounds nuts. And it'll go all right, too, given that it features a custom carbon fiber body over a tubular spaceframe. Not that an '83 GL would have been heavy to begin with. The amount of aero on the thing speaks to the performance potential. It features several active aero elements: the rear wing, aero flaps on the fender flares, and even roof rails that are actually there to direct air to the roof-mounted NACA duct feeding air to a rear-mounted radiator. It is, of course, all-wheel-drive.The interior is equally wild, with an accurately-shaped dashboard rendered out of carbon fiber (tinted an appropriate vintage blue), with an actual '83 GL radio stuffed inside. The digital gauge cluster was reskinned to resemble the original LED dashboard style found in some Subarus of the period.

The Family Huckster will also star in an upcoming Gymkhana film. Stay tuned for more on that, later this year.

The original article from January 2022 continues below.

Travis Pastrana isn't much more sane than the original Head Hoonigan In Charge, Ken Block, when it comes to vehicle ideas and builds. To fully demonstrate just how wild Pastrana is willing to go with the Hoonigans and Subaru, the team came up with this amazing looking 1983 Subaru GL wagon, the predecessor of the 2022 Subaru WRX. You better believe it's not just a decal job on a boxy 1980s classic.

The Hell is a GL
When the Hoonigans originally teased the front of their new Subaru build, many were expecting it to be a Brat pickup—which has a similar-looking front fascia, and an amazing jumpseat-equipped bed. As it turns out, the conspirators chose a slightly more obscure boxy Subie for the build. If you don't know what a GL is, you probably don't live in the U.S. or don't know the ancestral history of the Subaru WRX. The GL is best known as the Leone everywhere else except Australia, where it's known as the "L" series.

Yep, before the GM/GC/GF Impreza and outside the SVX, there was another AWD wagon that Subaru enthusiasts fell in love with. Originally, the 1971 Subaru Leone—Italian for "lion"—was a front-wheel-drive tcoupe and was Subaru's largest and only non-kei car in the 1970s. It later became available as a wagon equipped with all-wheel-drive.

The Legend Of The Leone
The second generation Leone—where it gained the name "GL" here in the U.S. and "L" in Australia—became boxier and was joined by the rambunctious Subaru Brat in 1978. You could now get all versions of the Leone/GL with AWD, including the "Swingback" three-door that replaced the coupe. Another interesting feature of some U.S.-sold GLs of this era was its third "cyclops" headlight hidden behind a swingaway Subaru emblem that was used when the high beams were activated or when the driver pushed a switch to turn it on.

Finally, the second generation Leone was the car that introduced Subaru to the World Rally Championship and began with Subaru Rally Team Japan (SRTJ) in 1980 with Noriyuki Koseki, founder of Subaru Tecnica International, behind the wheel. Prodrive would come onboard as a separate team until about 1989, where it folded into the SRTJ effort and became the dominant Subaru World Rally Team that we now know, starting with the 1990 Legacy RS.

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We don't know much about the actual build other than that this GL wagon is a "fully built, fully carbon fiber, fully rowdy party car" that is "inspired" by the 1983 GL wagon. We're not exactly sure what that means other than the potential that this isn't the original, second generation chassis. It sounds like it's a Subaru version of the Hoonicorn, wherein a 1965 Ford Mustang body was placed onto a custom-built chassis. And this might go a step further, with a GL-inspired custom body on a boutique chassis. What aspects of it are actually still '83 GL? We're still waiting on Hoonigan to get back to us on the full details.















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Turbo 5 door performance variant from Subaru? Oh sorry, I thought it was 2014. Sorry Doc and Marty!
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Maybe this will get the youths to like wagons?
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Maybe this will get SOA to like wagons?

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I wonder how much longer it will be around as it's clear that whoever has the real powers isn't around any more.

This wagon is badass though!
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Don't need to convince SOA... need to convince enough Americans to open their pocketbooks to wagons
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I'd almost consider that M3 wagon...but it would push $100k if offered here.

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I'd almost consider that M3 wagon...but it would push $100k if offered here.

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This M3 wagon - Auto only, AWD only (X-drive that you can turn off the front axle so at least there is that), Competition trim only; yeah it's going to be expensive. The M3 competition sedan starts ~73k or something like that, so I'd imagine a 7k-10k wagon tax being applied.

Honestly, if the 340i came in a wagon (with 6mt & RWD) I'd pick that up & have a diff installed.

I wonder how an IS500 wagon would look....
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Well, we can't since they're not offered here at all.

Bring a limited run of WRX'd out Levorgs (Minus the cladding and cvt please), and they'd sell like hotcakes, no doubt in my mind. Subaru could charge a big premium for them and make a ton more profit per car than they do on sedans.
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A US bound Levorg would steal line time and materials from a Toyota. Think before you post.
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Bring a limited run of WRX'd out Levorgs (Minus the cladding and cvt please), and they'd sell like hotcakes, no doubt in my mind. Subaru could charge a big premium for them and make a ton more profit per car than they do on sedans.
Almost total agreement. I want a SPT; so, keep it an option just like the sedan.

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