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this is sort of cool...better than the toyota version that leaked out this week

.... although i bet the production version will end up being watered down

Subaru BRZ Concept - STI to Debut at Los Angeles International Auto Show

-- First look at Subaru BRZ styling

-- STI-tuned chassis and carbon-fiber roof deliver the ultimate in handling and CoG

-- First RWD Subaru sports car

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. announced today that it will show an all-new concept version of its upcoming BRZ sports car at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Dubbed the Subaru BRZ Concept- STI, the concept car represents the next step in lightweight performance sports cars combined with the race-bred tuning of Subaru Technica International (STI).

The first BRZ concept car to be shown with bodywork, the Concept - STI strongly hints at the styling of the production BRZ and features unique STI performance features.

Styling

Sleek, low and tightly coiled bodywork blends with STI performance touches for a sporting profile. A hexagonal front grille, hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps are instantly recognizable as Subaru. The exterior colour "WR Blue Pearl II" is a new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme that has adorned both racing production STI's.

The body is set-off with aero-tuned lower front spoiler and unique rear fascia, a rear wing for added down-force and a carbon-fiber roof to lower its already record setting center of gravity specification. The rear design features bold rear fender flares and large rear-diffuser giving way to polished stainless-steel quad-tailpipes. Vented rear bumper corners contribute to improved aerodynamics performance.

Engine

The concept car employs the totally new Subaru "FA" Boxer engine exclusively designed for the RWD BRZ sports car. In order to achieve properties best-suited for the BRZ sports car, the overall structure of this 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine has been designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. The inherent qualities of the Subaru Boxer engine were mated to a direct injection fuel system, which further improves combustion efficiency, running smoothness up to high rpm and high environmental standards.

Chassis

The lightened Concept - STI features an STI-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and unique 18-inch wheels and tires. The Subaru-engineered and built chassis boasts a rigid frame housing a two-plus-two interior and front engine/rear-wheel drive layout. With the engine mounted low and rearward in the engine compartment to allow for near-perfect balance and one of lowest CoG's of any car on the market.

The BRZ Concept - STI is designed to combine lightweight, a low polar moment and razor-sharp reflexes for the ultimate handling machine. The low engine placement also allows for a very low and blade-like hood design. Short front and rear overhangs reduce the yaw moment of inertia.

Compared with other Subaru models, which already feature a low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution, the engine in the Subaru BRZ - STI - sits even lower, 4.7 inches lower in fact and is positioned 9.4 inches closer to the centre of the chassis.

The first RWD Subaru, the production Subaru BRZ will begin production in spring 2012 as the only mass-produced front-engine, Boxer engine rear-wheel drive sports car in the world.

SUBARU BRZ Concept - STI Specifications
Body size (Overall: Length x Width x Height): 166.7 X 70.9 X 50.4 inches
Wheelbase: 101.2 inch
Engine: Subaru Boxer "FA" engine - 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine
Tire size: 215/45R18 (Front), 225/45R18 (Rear)[/size][/font][/color]


 

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At least they fixed the Altezza lights
 

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Give me this in an AWD turbo platform and I'd be all over it... Until then, I'm fine with my STi.
 

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I'll wait to hear about its performance non turbo before I say anything but I'm guessing they are waiting to add a turbo for later or they may leave the turbo for wrx variant only? Remember there will be a new awd wrx Sti with a new name iirc.
 

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I don't even think the car needs AWD. It just needs a turbo. Give it an sti setup with RWD. A car that light would be perfect with that power.
 

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both ((Toyota, Scion and Subaru) will sell like hot cakes like the 350z was, there will be plenty of tuner turbo kits for it.
 

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here is toyotas TRD version

 

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So, Nissan doesn't bring back the Silvia, and this what they get. There is a market, and somebody will fill the void.

Should we start packaging together an out-of-the-box turbo kit for ebay now, and get a head start?
 

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I wonder why Toyobaru is so enamoured with natural aspiration for this particular vehicle, especially given the recent industry trend towards forced induction. Are they that intent on photocopying the AE86 powertrain?
 

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I wonder why Toyobaru is so enamoured with natural aspiration for this particular vehicle, especially given the recent industry trend towards forced induction. Are they that intent on photocopying the AE86 powertrain?
This is exactly why this is rear wheel drive and naturally aspirated. This is suppose to be the new AE86, which was a small hatch/coupe with rear wheel drive and super nimble. I think it is a great idea and will definately sell well, depending on the price. Alot of car manufacturers will lose alot of sales to this car if it is priced and marketed properly
 

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Isn't that what the RX-8 was supposed to be? All we kept hearing about was how underpowered it is, and the 8 has more hp and torque. You think this will outsell a 270hp Genesis coupe 2.0T? Doubtful.
 
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