Subaru BRZ Concept-STI to Debut at LA Auto Show

By Jason Davis | November 01, 2011
This is really, finally it. The front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports-car collaboration that everyone has been waiting for is really, finally going to be unveiled. Almost. The Subaru BRZ will actually be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in late November. Before that, though, Subaru will be lifting the cloak from this--the very close to production-ready BRZ Concept-STI. STI, which stands for Subaru Tecnica International, is Subaru's in-house performance tuning division. They're the ones responsible for Subaru's turbocharged Impreza WRX STI—the ones with the wild trunk wings and gold wheels—but more importantly, they run Subaru's World Rally Team. So, when enthusiasts hear of this STI, they immediately think of turbos, wings, and 300 horsepower. Subaru is mum on many of the specifications, but we do know that this STI retains the FT-86/FR-S/BRZ's standard 2.0-liter flat-4 engine developed by Subaru. That engine's chief characteristic is its extremely low-in-the-platform design, which enables an exceptionally low center of gravity. This, in turn, should allow the BRZ, and a potential BRZ-STI, should it go into production, to be one of the best-handling cars on the market. Little else separates this STI from the standard BRZ, but fanboys will notice the wing, the traditional "WR Pearl II" paintjob, and the 18-inch alloy wheels. What can't be seen are the Brembo brakes and tuned suspension. Our sister publication, Motor Trend, this morning reports that the platform has room for growth, an open-air top, and obviously--more power. We'll have more photos and more information from the LA Auto Show later this month. Source: Subaru