- Subaru's new sports car inches closer to production.
- The BRZ Concept STI is the final concept version before Subaru unveils the production BRZ late this month at the Tokyo auto show.
- The rear-wheel-drive, boxer-engined sport coupe goes on sale next spring in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES — Subaru formally unveiled the BRZ Concept STI, a near-production-ready version of its new rear-wheel-drive, boxer-engined sport coupe, here at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The final production BRZ will be introduced late this month at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show and goes on sale next spring in the U.S.
The BRZ is a companion to the rear-wheel-drive Toyota FT-86, which will be sold in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S.
Among the BRZ Concept STI's features are a hexagonal lower front grille, "hawk eye" headlamps, fin-shaped foglamps, front spoiler, rear wing, flared fenders, rear diffuser, twin exhaust pipes and carbon-fiber roof. The car is finished in WR Blue Pearl II, a new variation of Subaru's signature performance color.
The concept rides on 18-inch STI wheels and performance tires (215/45R18 front, 225/45R18 rear), and features Brembo brakes and an STI-tuned suspension.
The BRZ Concept STI is the latest in a series of concepts leading up to the Tokyo show premiere of the production model. The car was unveiled in concept form earlier this year at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. A so-called "technology concept" was shown in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The final BRZ concept for Los Angeles features a normally aspirated version of Subaru's FA-series 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine.
Subaru said the BRZ Concept STI measures 166.7 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 50.4 inches tall, with a wheelbase of 101.2 inches.
Edmunds.com says: Eye-catching, to say the least.