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Subaru BRZ STI concept debuts in L.A. [video added]

Previews a high-performance variant?

Subaru has unveiled the BRZ STI concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Low and aggressively styled, the coupe has "hawk eye" headlights, a carbon fiber roof and a massive rear wing. There's also a front spoiler, a rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

On the handling front, the car is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels. According to Subaru, the BRZ will be a "pure handling delight" thanks to an extremely low center of gravity.

Performance specifications were not released, but power comes from a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter Boxer engine with direct injection technology.

Source: Subaru

"SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT - STI -" to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

Tokyo, November 16, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled the world premiere of "SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT - STI -" at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. (Press days on November 16 and 17. Open to public from November 18 to 27 in US).

The "SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT - STI -" is a concept car based on the "SUBARU BRZ", an all-new rear-wheel drive (RWD) compact sports car developed from an ongoing joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation. By making full use of the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer, Subaru's core technology, this concept car further pursued a "Pure Handling Delight" driving experience that can be realized by the Boxer engine's low center of gravity. Combined with motifs of Subaru's iconic performance brand "STI", the concept car embodies an ultimate handling performance and symbolizes the possibilities the SUBARU BRZ holds for the future.

<Styling>
• By installing the Boxer engine as low as possible, the low hood and sleek roofline together compose a sophisticated form. This is also blended with STI performance touches for a Subaru sporting profile.
• A hexagonal lower front grille, hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps make the front face instantly recognizable as Subaru.
• STI-made lower front spoiler and rear wing magnify down-force and aerodynamics performance. They allow stable straight driving and excellent handling at high speeds.
• The rear design with bold rear fender flares, large rear-diffuser, and twin dual tailpipes intensifies the STI performance feel.
• A carbon-fiber roof, already installed in a WRX STI model and highly acclaimed, has been employed by
the concept car. With it, extra weight reduction and an even lower center of gravity were achieved, contributing considerably to the ultimate handling performance this concept model aims to offer.

The lively exterior color "WR Blue Pearl II" is a new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme that  emphasizes the racing image.


<Engine>
• The Boxer engine has inherent qualities of light weight, compactness, low center of gravity, and high rigidity - all pointing toward its great potential as a sports car engine. Taking full advantage of these features, a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder direct fuel-injection gasoline engine has been developed exclusively for BRZ.
• The engine has been designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. Combined with Toyota's D-4S direct injection technology (fuel injection system), high output and high environmental standards were both attained, both expected of a new generation sports car.
<Chassis and Body>
• Compared with other Subaru models, the engine in SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT - STI - sits an impressive 120 mm lower and is positioned 240 mm closer to the center of the chassis. As a result, this car has achieved one of the lowest possible center of gravity in cars on the market today.
• By incorporating lightweight parts such as a carbon-fiber roof, the overall weight has been reduced. Subaru has also succeeded in attaining a body structure that is both lightweight and highly rigid in a striking balance. The concept car is the embodiment of pure driving enjoyment only obtainable with a "Boxer sports car".
• Its unique handling performance has been remarkably refined by adopting STI's lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires and STI tuned suspension with excellent lateral stiffness.
• Brembo brakes enhance braking performance.
<Major Specifications>
Overall Length × Width × Height (mm): 4,230 × 1,800 × 1,280
Wheelbase (mm): 2,570
Engine Type: 2.0-liter direct fuel injection naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder
Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine
Tires: 215/45R18 (Front), 225/45R18 (Rear)

 

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Comments (10)

 Alainckw Alainckw
Wow, I love this design more than FT-86, really beauty!!!
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November 16, 2011 8:49 pm
 GRAVE GRAVE
I prefer it turbo charged rather than beeing NA to gain more torque. Toyota and Subaru's 4 cylinder engine makes low torque. The FT-86 makes 200 hp and around 205 nm which is not enough even it weighs 1200 kg only. It needs at least 250 nm. I will wait for the performance upgrade kit from TRD for the FT-86 then it will be a greater car. The good thing is that the Subaru will come with more power but lets.see what it can do.
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November 16, 2011 3:33 pm
 PawL PawL
This could do very well with an Opel badge as well. A lot of details of the car look like Opel styling.
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November 16, 2011 2:34 pm
 LokiMaky LokiMaky
great
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November 16, 2011 2:26 pm
 Melong666 Melong666
I am thinking about getting one.. I do like TRD a bit better but cant go wrong with a turbo
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November 16, 2011 12:24 pm
 Douglas6250 Douglas6250
This is good news after the long wait. I have a feeling that it would be good, just like the Lexus LF-A which we car fanatics waited for 9 years !
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November 16, 2011 12:18 pm