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Subaru BRZ Concept – STI to Debut
Subaru of America, Inc. announced today that it will show an all-new concept version of its upcoming BRZ sports car at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Dubbed the Subaru BRZ Concept – STI, the concept car represents the next step in lightweight performance sports cars combined with the race-bred tuning of Subaru Technica International (STI).
We’ve seen camo’d spy photos, but this is the first time the BRZ has appeared in bare sheetmetal. The Concept – STI strongly hints at the styling of the production BRZ and features unique STI performance.
A hexagonal front grille, hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps are instantly recognizable as Subaru, while the body is set-off with aero-tuned lower front spoiler and unique rear fascia, a rear wing for added down-force, and a carbon-fiber roof to lower its center of gravity. The rear design features bold rear fender flares and large rear-diffuser giving way to polished stainless-steel quad-tailpipes. Vented rear bumper corners contribute to improved aerodynamics performance.
The concept car is powered by the new Subaru 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder “FA” Boxer engine designed exclusively for the RWD BRZ sports car. The overall structure has been designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. The inherent qualities of the Subaru Boxer engine were mated to a direct injection fuel system, which further improves combustion efficiency, running smoothness up to high rpm and high environmental standards.
The lightened Concept – STI features an STI-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and unique 18-inch wheels and tires. The Subaru-engineered and built chassis boasts a rigid frame housing a two-plus-two interior and front engine/rear-wheel drive layout. The engine mounted low and rearward in the engine compartment allows for near-perfect balance and one of lowest CoG’s of any car on the market.
The first RWD Subaru, the production Subaru BRZ will begin production in spring 2012 as the only mass-produced front-engine, Boxer engine rear-wheel drive sports car in the world.
Stay tuned for more information on the Subaru BRZ Concept – STI, or visit your local Subaru dealer.
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