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An 80-year-old man decided to go on the wildest ride of his life in his Subaru WRX. The elderly gentleman’s joyride was so crazy that he lost his license for six months (an incredibly long time when you’re 80). This daring fellow did almost double the speed limit in his Japanese sports car.

Grandpa feels the need for speed in Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX.
The Subaru Impreza WRX | Antony Dickson/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

Speeding is illegal and not recommended. It can result in tickets and potentially fatal accidents. One Australian senior threw caution to the wind and decided to live life on the wild side. Now he’s living life without a license.

According to Motor1, the 80-year old Australian man was driving his Subaru WRX 113 miles per hour before being stopped by police. The speed limit was just 62 miles per hour. The elderly fellow received a ticket for the equivalent of about $1,300 in Australia. To make matters worse, he also lost his license for six months as a penalty for his reckless stunt. Was it worth it?

The stunt was illegal, dangerous, and will deprive the man of six months of enjoying his sports car. It’s one event the man and the police won’t forget anytime soon. Usually, older folks leave dangerous speeding to young whippersnappers.

The Subaru WRX is a compact sports sedan that is known for high horsepower and an exhilarating ride. Maybe the gentleman got caught up in the vehicle’s acceleration and illegally decided to push its limits. Maybe he felt that this ride could be his last. Whatever the reason, we hope this speed demon takes things down a notch when he gets his license back.

Is the Subaru WRX fast?

2018 Subaru WRX is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 10, 2017.
2018 Subaru WRX is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The Subaru WRX debuted in the early 1990s. The WRX was released in both wagon and sedan body styles in 1992. The Japanese 2.0-liter boxer engine made a whopping 240 horsepower. By 1996 the WRX nameplate had established itself as a fast and affordable sports car.

America’s first Subaru WRX model made 227 horsepower. The WRX STI came to America in 2004. By that time the Subaru had won two World Rally Championships, and the automaker’s models were in high demand. The WRX spent a few years in turmoil as the company struggled with design and attempted to make the fast car more mainstream.

In 2009 Subaru finally got it right and realized that the WRX was made to be fast, mainstream or not. The 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX made a massive 265 horsepower. It was fast since its debut and has maintained a reputation of being a fast and affordable sports car for almost 30 years.

Is the Subaru WRX a good car?

A blue Subaru WRX.
The Subaru WRX | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

The Subaru WRX is a fast, compact sports car made for driving enthusiasts. That being said, it’s not for everyone. It isn’t nearly as comfortable or luxurious compared to some competitors. The current models have an exterior that seems dated compared to the design language used in new sports cars today.

The Subaru WRX does one thing incredibly well and is decent at everything else. The only reason a consumer would or should choose a WRX over a competitor is speed. You won’t get a nice, comfy cabin. The fuel efficiency is much better in other vehicles. What you will get is a car that is born to be wild.


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