Breaking news from Subaru USA. It looks like they are taking a whole new approach in how they develop their cars by building them according to media hype and rumors. They have announced they will take all the rumored features of the BRZ and build them into a real car. The result: an AWD turbo convertible diesel hybrid! Oh, it will also be a two seater…
If you think this is a joke you can see the actual press release from Subaru below and click the source link to see it on Subaru’s media site. No foolin’!
Cherry Hill, N.J., - Bowing to continued media and internet speculation, Subaru of America has confirmed that it will launch an AWD Twin-Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ for sale in 2015. The new model essentially takes all of the media and internet rumors surrounding the highly successful BRZ sports car and delivers them in one fell swoop.
A spokesman for the company said: “Having just launched the current model to widespread critical acclaim, we are tired of fighting off the constant speculation about what’s “next” and so we are just giving in and delivering all the speculation in one vehicle.”
The new model, which is expected to have a starting price, will however NOT come with a much anticipated rear back-up camera. The spokesman confirmed that after shoehorning two convertible switches (up and down) onto the fascia there just wasn’t room for any more instruments. The AWD Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ will come in a single color, noseeum black and will be hand produced at Subaru’s Brigadoon facility.
The suspension wizards at KW Automotive have used their magical staff to bless the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ with a brand new “Clubsport” coilover system. The cool thing about “clubsport” setups is that they are made especially for those who daily their car during the week and hit the track on the weekends.
The Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ Clubsport coilovers allow for a 20mm-50mm drop (or .7 in to 1.9 in) in the front and the rear as well as having adjustability for rebound and compression dampening. KW claims that no matter how you adjust your ride height you will still have enough suspension travel to handle maximum loads and dynamic loads while driving. In other words you won’t have to worry about bottoming out with these bad boys.
The MSRP on these coilovers is set at $3759.99 which is defnitely pricy but you pay for quality! Hit up KWAutomotive.com or your local race shop if you want to order a set.
When the Toyta FT-86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ made its debut, many speculated that while it was designed as a pure driver’s car there would probably be a convertible version coming down the pipe. At first this was just talk; then at the Long Beach Grand Prix we spotted a custom Scion FR-S roadster which added more fuel to the convertible fire. Today the fire has turned into an inferno as Toyota revealed a sketch (pictured above) the FT-86 “OPEN” concept which will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show this year. As you can see, the OPEN concept appears to be a stock FT-86 with the full-on convertible treatment.
Toyota says that the OPEN concept is being produced as a way to gauge possible interest in a convertible FT-86, which would translate to a Scion FR-S drop top in America. What do you think? Would you be interested in an open top FR-S?
Jay Leno is arguably one of the biggest car guys on the planet. He has a collection that rivals those of billionaires, he knows the history of not only automobiles but man-made machines in general, and he usually at the top of just about every OEM’s list when they are thinking of who they should let get first crack at their sports cars.
Although, despite all of his experiences and knowledge, when it comes to cars the one thing that Jay is relatively a newbie at is drifting. To help remedy that Jay paid a visit to the “Drift King” himself Keiichi Tsuchiya during a visit to Japan for a lesson in a Toyota GT-86 (Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ).
Can the Drift King turn Jay into a drifting pro in just one lesson? SPOILER: He doesn’t, but it is still fun to watch him try anyway so scroll down and check it out.
With SEMA just a few weeks away the guys at Crawford Performance have just revealed what might possibly the first ever turbo kit for the Subaru BRZ. Although so far all we really know is that it exists. I cannot seem to find the new kit anywhere on their website. However, they did release a video of the kit making a pass on their dyno! The kit definitely adds a great sound to Subaru’s RWD coupe, but we have to wait for a while to get the official performance numbers from the kit. I imagine that as it gets closer to SEMA or possibly at SEMA Crawford will reveal the performance numbers, availability, and MSRP. In the meantime you can watch the dyno pass for yourself below. I recommend turning up the speakers!
The KW Suspension gurus always work pretty fast but this time their work borderlines on unbelievable. Neither the Scion FR-S nor the Subaru BRZ are close to being out yet but KW has already created their pattented Varient 3 coilover system for the shared platform. I am convinced that they have a time machine and in reality they brought these back from the future! Anyhow, like Variant 3′s for other platforms the FR-S/BRZ version is completely adjustible and offers a .8 to a 2 inch drop in the front or the back. If you are one of the “First 86″ or on the list for the Subaru BRZ you may want to be pre-emptive yourself and order a set of these coilovers. The MSRP on these bad boys is about $2,500 but that may vary depending on the shop you order them.
KW Suspensions announce their Variant 3 stainless steel constructed coilover for the 2012 Scion FR-S & Subaru BR-Z.
The KW Suspensions coilover for the 2012 Scion FR-S & Subaru BR-Z enables the owner to lower their vehicle 20-50mm on the front axles and 20-50mm on the rear axles and retains enough travel to handle maximum load and dynamic loads during driving. Adjustable (and independent reacting) rebound and compression damping allows a truly individual performance driving setup for those technically demanding drivers. Compression dampening adjustment conducted in the low-speed range, while KW engineers set-up the high-speed pre-set, so decisive for driving comfort.
Taken into consideration with each KW coilover design are important characteristics such as quality and performance. We specifically design and engineer each vehicle application for the proper range of motion, min/max weight loads and min/max lowering. KW maintains all these requirements while retaining its performance handling characteristics. The stainless steel construction internally and externally provides long-term durability and corrosion resistance from the elements. All KW Variant 3 coilovers come with a limited lifetime warranty.
All KW coilovers pass stringent German TUV safety and quality testing standards. Each kit sold TUV approved.
About a month after Scion announced the price of the FR-S ($24,930 before destination charge) Subaru has offically announced the MSRP for the BRZ. A 2013 Subaru BRZ in “Primium” trim with a manual transmission will set you back $25,495 before a $750 destination charge and any addtitional options you may throw on from the dealer. If you prefer an automatic expect that base price to jump up to $26,595. If you want “limited” trims of either a manual or automatic then you might pay as high as $28,595. I am not exactly sure why the BRZ has a slightly higher price point than the Scion FR-S but I am thinking it may have something to do with the available leather trim option and touch screen navigation which is not offered on the FR-S.
What do you think? Is Subaru asking too much for the BRZ or is this price just right? If you happen to be cool with the price then you will be happy to know that starting today dealers will be taking pre-orders. Hopefully we will not see a lot of price hiking. Currently Subaru does have the “no haggle” program that Scion does so I predict we may see some stories soon of unscropulous Subaru dealers asking for thousands over MSRP. I hope that I am wrong!
CHERRY HILL, N.J., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing for its much-heralded 2013 BRZ, starting at $25,495 for the Premium model with a six-speed manual transmission. The six-speed automatic version starts at $26,595.Premium models come standard with touch-screen GPS Navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity and HID headlamps. Above the well-appointed Premium model, Limited models add Alcantara seat inserts with leather bolsters, heated seats and mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control system, fog lights, Keyless Access & Start and body-color decklid spoiler. Limited models come equipped with leather seats and start at $27,495 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and $28,595 for automatic versions.
The Subaru BRZ arrives in Subaru dealerships this spring after receiving strong media praise for its handling and fun-to-drive persona. The 2.0 liter naturally aspirated BRZ delivers pinpoint handling precision and an unmatched driving experience for sports car enthusiasts of all skill levels.
Subaru developed the BRZ with three fundamentals of sports car design: low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity and precision steering. Utilizing Subaru’s naturally aspirated 200 horsepower horizontally opposed (Boxer) engine design, BRZ is a sports car that does not sacrifice everyday comfort and practicality.
A few weeks ago the Subaru BRZ was still technically a concept. Now it is a full fledged production car with an MSRP ($25,000) and now it already has a race car variant! Yes, it looks like Subaru is taking the BRZ to the “Super GT’ Japan-based race series to compete in the GT300 class (this class is limited to 300hp). Simply scroll down below to see the new BRZ GT300 in action in a top gear-ish type intro that may remind you of a video game but, not.