Subaru BRZ STI Concept is Tuned-up Without the Turbo (or AWD): 2011 LA Auto Show

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

A characteristically un- Subaru Subaru, the BRZ STI concept is our first look at the upcoming production sports car, which was co-developed with Toyota.

Painted in typical WR Blue Pearl (the Subie fanboys wouldn’t have it any other way), as a concept, and an STI concept, it’s a wilder looking version of what we’ll expect from the street car that will bow at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

With a boxer engine that’s low down and front-mid-mounted, the car’s center of gravity is already excellent. This concept improves on that, however, with a carbon fiber roof. Until now all the Toyota FT-86 concepts have sported 17-inch wheels, although this car gets 18s, plus a massive rear spoiler and aggressive front splitter.

Subaru will hold a press conference later today to “officially” announce the car. Stay tuned to see if they release any new details then.

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Subifanatic Subifanatic on Jan 20, 2012

    AWD + Turbo Charged Boxer = STI. they cannot make a RWD STI it is against the subaru way

  • Jamie Graham Jamie Graham on Mar 03, 2012

    So I gotta say Super excited! It reminds me a little of the Honda s-2000 which was so much fun to drive! The only issue I have is ALL SUBARU's ARE AWD!!!!!!! SO what happened here?!?!?!? I have to agree with what the majority of these comments are saying... They MUST MAKE AWD AVAILABLE!!!! otherwise it's not a true subaru!! I own a 2011 impreza sport and one thing subaru really does right is makes a really frickin fun AWD car! I mean this impreza only has 170hp I up'd it a bit with some K&N intake components but it's still under 200hp and still fun as heck! So please please please bring out the BRZ in AWD!!! Subaru's need to continue to conquer snow!

    • Mircea Mircea on Aug 12, 2012

      I will buy the car tomorrow if It had AWD, with all the deepsnow and -20's Celsius daysthat lasts for weeks at a time durring the winter months in Edmontin, AB