This is my current ride. A 2008 WRX. It's taken us through a Colorado blizzard, off-road through a west Texas ranch, and scared the absolute pee out of my coworkers drifting down a cloverleaf.
Parked nose to nose with another WRX that appears to have been at the ski resort since first snow.
Rally's story begins with a hailstorm and the resulting damage to my Mustang convertible that made the insurance company take it away from me. I wasn't too sad, it was just a V-6.
I had decided on a Mazda 6 for my replacement. I went and drive Sonatas and Fusions and even looked at a few cars that were well beyond my reach. But I'd decided on the -6. My wife, as we were driving said, "Look a Subaru dealer. Why don't we go look?" Sure, why not.
We went in and I fell in love with the WRX. Four doors for the family, all-wheel drive for safety and a big turbo for fun. But the '09 was pretty harsh. A lot of Subu freaks didn't like the '08s because they were too soft. More 'mid-life crisis' than 'boy-racer'. But that's what I wanted, I wanted a little softer and little more comfortable. We would be taking some serious road trips.
It just happened that the dealer had a pair of '08 WRX demo cars they were looking to sell. They knocked a bunch off the price and would give me free maintenance for 60k miles. I had my choice a bright blue wagon or a red sedan. I went with the sedan, almost purely because it came with a beautiful Momo shift knob.
We had a good time, Rally and I. Power sliding through corners at lunch. Road trips from central Texas to Colorado. That was ten years ago. Now, I'm much closer to 50 than I'd care to admit, my knees aren't what they used to be (karate has taken a toll), my ears are shot and I have to crank the music way up to hear it and forget road conversations. The seats are a little squished and not as comfortable as they used to be.
And then there's the mileage, which is really pretty good all things considered. That racing 5th gear though means that at the 85 speed limit on the tolls, the turbo is wound up pretty good and mileage plummets. We'll not mention the racing starts...
Then there's the fact that I work from home now. I might go a few miles a week and maybe, on the weekends, go do some errands. Plus, I have a better job and want something a little sporty, but more luxury.
Thus, tomorrow (hopefully, but maybe Monday) I will take delivery of the very first 2020 Volvo S60 T8 plug-in hybrid in central Texas (possibly, in all of Texas).
Not mine and not the T8, but the right color.
The T8 is the plugin hybrid, which can travel up to about 25 miles on its battery using an 85 horsepower electric motor driving the rear wheels. The 2.0 liter turbo and supercharged engine drives the front wheels with 315 horsepower. Combined, 400 horses. I may be a little off here, the specs changed slightly between when I ordered it and the final production model.
I drove the T6 with just the gas engine and it was about the same power feel as the 250 horse Subaru. Except a lot quieter.
I'll do some reviews when I get it. I'm thinking I'm going to call it "Red Five", since it will be the 5th red car I've owned... 1) '88 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z (god I miss those T-tops) 2) '88 Ford Probe 3) '67 Mustang 286 4) 08 Subaru WRX 5) Volvo S60 T8.
Keep an eye out for more articles about the Volvo soon (I hope).