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While we were polishing our photography skills at the 2012 Fort-Lauderdale Auto Show, we had our first contact with the new 2013 Subaru BRZ . The Subaru/Toyota love child exceeded our expectations in all aspects. At first glimpse it looks very low to the ground, which is a good thing considering both manufacturer wanted this vehicle to have the lowest center of gravity in this market segment, even lower than the Porsche Cayman. All exterior design elements such as headlights, tail lights, wings and bumper look very high quality and all body panel fit nice and tight. After waiting our turn behind a long line of enthusiasts, we jumped inside and again bulls eye. The seating position is sporty and low to the ground as we hoped. Knobs and other controls are made out of high quality material and you would not think the car will cost in the mid to high $20k.

The overall feel is very close to the mazda miata, a little tight but exactly what we needed to go to the track on the cheap.

Keep in mind the Subaru BRZ is the high end model and the Toyota GT86 or Scion FR-S will be a little cheaper.

We overheard that the production will be limited, sales pitch or not, and the delivery will take approximately 10 weeks, if you act fast. The convertible versionS should reach our shore in the fall of 2012.

Check out the video and the picture gallery but if you remotely want to buy one, you better hurry to place your order because it was definitely the star of the show. So many people wanted to sit in it, the Subaru people had to lock it up after only 2 hours of public display!

Despite carrying different badges, the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ have gone hand in hand. Now it appears that Toyota and Subaru are at it again, offering a stripped down version of their respective sports coupes as a way to give customers free reign on how they want to design their cars.

Toyota has come out with that kind of option with the Toyota 86 RC and now, Subaru is doing the same with the BRZ RA.

If you think that the BRZ RA looks like an unfinished product, that’s not the case - at least not entirely. This specific variant of the Subaru sports coupe doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the standard model. There are no fog lights in the front. The door handles are unpainted, as are the mirror caps, and the 16" steel wheels. On the inside, certain amenities that are usually found in the standard model have also been removed, particularly the AC unit, the audio system, the aluminum-looking trim, the pedals, the mats, the plastic covers on the wheel, handbrake, and gear levers, and even the plastic covers on the engine bay.

What it still has though is the 2.0-liter boxer engine mated to the six-speed transmission that, together, produce 200 horsepower.

In the same philosophy behind the GT 86 RC, Subaru is giving its prospective customers a stab at creating their own race-spec BRZ, providing a bare-as-bones model that’s completely ripe for customization. The fact that you have a sports car with no AC unit does give us some kind of hint, doesn’t it?

All of the left out amenities have cut down the weight of the BRZ RS from 20 kg/44 lbs to 60 kg/132 lbs, depending on the trim level of the car. These deletions also cut down on the price of the car in Japan to just 2,058,000 Yen, which is about $26,900 based on current exchange rates, about $5,000 less than what you’d have to pay for a fully stocked version.

We all knew the secret was out of the bag as far as Subaru’s impending participation in the Japanese Super GT series . Now, the Japanese automaker has officially revealed their entry to the racing series: the Subaru BRZ GT300 Race Car.

The BRZ GT300 Race Car is being built to compete in the Super GT series, replacing the existing Subaru Legacy STI that’s currently plying its craft in race tracks all over Japan.

In terms of its design, the BRZ GT300 looks a lot different than the production BRZ , as well it should. The former was engineered specifically for racing reasons and as such, it’s had some in-house tuning done on it courtesy of STI. Among the modifications done on the BRZ GT300 include a larger carbon fiber splitter, a larger front air intake, new air scoops on the bonnet, a fixed rear spoiler, a new diffuser, Perspex windows, and a new set of 18" black alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohoma Advan tires. As you can expect, the interior of the BRZ GT300 was completely stripped down to its bare essentials to ensure that the car loses as much weight as it can. In place of everything that was taken down, Subaru added a full roll cage and a Recaro racing seat.

Under the hood of the race car, Subaru outfitted the BRZ GT300 with an STI-developed 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that has been tuned to produce 300 horsepower, right in line with the requirements for the GT300 class of the Super GT Series where the racer will be competing in.

UPDATE 01/13/12: The Subaru contingent at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon was in full force, including the BRZ GT300 Race Car. Check out the auto show photos of the racer in all its glory, courtesy of Subaru.

UPDATE 10/18/12: A fresh batch of photos of the Subaru BRZ GT300 have been released, a lot of which captures the Japanese race car in its natural habitat: in the race tracks. Check it out by clicking on the gallery below!

It’s not unusual for the unveiling of a new sports car to come with rumors of a drop top version as well and as soon as the Subaru BRZ broke cover, that’s exactly what we got. Right now it’s just a rumor, with no real confirmation coming any time soon, but the future BRZ Convertible is shaping up to be one hot little number.

If the BRZ Convertible does happen, it will keep every aspect from the coupe model, including the exterior and interior design features and engine lineup. The lone difference will be on the roof, with fabric or folding metal options readily available for the convertible model. We figure Subaru will opt for whichever option is the cheapest to keep the price at a comfortable level.

Power for the BRZ will still come from the 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed boxer engine used in the Coupe with an output of 200 HP and 151 lb-ft torque. However, because a convertible model is generally heavier than a coupe, expect to see slower performance numbers.

It is believed that the BRZ Convertible will arrive for the 2014 model year and will cost about $5K more than the Coupe.

The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show allowed Subaru to unveil the Impreza Design Concept , a preview version of the next generation Impreza. Details for the vehicle have been sparse since then, but we decided to dream up what the WRX STI version would look like anyway.

The concept’s design is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." Starting with this theme, the WRX STI version adds requisite fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and, that massive wing on the back.

The standard Impreza is expected to be revealed in early 2011. It will continue offering the same 2.5 liter Boxer engine, but rumors are also circulating that a hybrid version will also be available, a first for Subaru. The WRX STI model will follow a few months later with sales beginning in early 2012.

UPDATE 07/14/2011: New details about the future generation Subaru Impreza WRX suggest that, starting 2014, the Impreza and the WRX will go their separate ways. What this means is that the car will simply be called the Subaru WRX and will be a totally different vehicle. According to a MotorTrend source: "Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened."

UPDATE 11/18/2011: During their presence at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru has offered new details on the next WRX STI model. The car will continue to be turbocharged and will use a forced-induction version of the carmaker’s new 2.0-liter "FB" boxer four engine with an output of about 300 HP. (CarAndDriver)

UPDATE 12/08/2011: The Subaru WRX has been rumored to deliver up to 300 HP, but new details are suggesting that the standard model will actually use a turbocharged version of the BRZ 2.0-liter boxer engine with an output of about 270 HP. That’s 30 HP we’ll probably never see again.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Subaru WRX STI model.

Subaru BRZ

Toyota’s announcement for a supercharged version of the recently launched GT 86 sports car was apparently just the beginning of the Toyota/Subaru match of HP wits. Now, Subaru has confirmed that the company is preparing a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter flat-four engine used in the BRZ , in addition to the previously rumored STI version. The new turbocharged variant will be based on the FA20 engine and will be built at the company’s Oizumi engine plant, where the BRZ and all Toyota/Scion variants are being produced. It will be used in many of the future Subaru models, most likely including a hotter version of the BRZ, as well as the future WRX.

As of right now, there are no other details regarding turbo size or the engine’s final output, but previous rumors have suggested that Subaru was working on a 300 HP BRZ model. This may be the final output for its turbocharged version, unless we’re going to get some extra ponies in addition to that.

Source: MotorTrend

If anyone can tear their eyes away from the new BRZ sports car for just a second, they could see that Subaru has also presented the fourth generation Impreza at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. The new Impreza will be offered in two versions: the five-door known as the Impreza Sport and the four-door known as the Impreza G4. In Japan, the new car will go on sale on December 20, 2011.

This fourth generation all-new Impreza was developed under the concept of "Redefining Value, Redefining Class." This means that next to a new look, the Impreza will also offer superior reliability, handling, and safety features of the Subaru Symmetrical "All-Wheel Drive"system with the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine.

The new Impreza will be offered with a choice of 1.6 and 2.0 liter engines combined with a standard a paddle shifting 6-speed manual and new Auto Start Stop system. All of these new items have only one purpose: improving performance and reducing fuel consumption.

Hit the jump to read more about the fourth generation Impreza.

Joining the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206 as new models in Subaru’s line-up is a new option for the WRX STI A-Line called the Type S.

Though it draws a lot of similarities to its A-Line predecessor - including the use of a 2.5-liter turbo engine with 300 horsepower - the new A-Line Type S will still carry some new trims. Among the new features added to the four-door and five-door versions of the car are a new rear spoiler, a pair of Recaro bucket seats, and a new set of specially designed 18" wheels.

Considering that the WRX STI A-Line Type S is treated as the more conservative model of the whole line, the car will retail for 3.28 million Yen, which is around $42,240 based on current exchange rates.

We all know that Subaru has already made it known that they’re going to separate the WRX and STI lines with the Impreza from here on out. So if you’re one that appreciates posterity, the Impreza WRX STI A-Line Type S could very well be one of the last specially packaged models to carry both names on its badge.

Subaru is already offering lots of details on their next generationWRX STI sports car, but until 2013 when will actually see it, we can enjoy a few more goodies left in the company’s pocket. One of these goodies has been unveiled today: the ultimate S206 version of theImpreza WRX STI . The car will be revealed next week in Tokyo and is already in sale in Japan.

Subaru will also be offering a special NBR Challenge Package edition of the S206 that commemorates Subaru’s class win at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. There will be only 300 S206 units built, 100 of which are the NBR editions. The latest ones have been already sold out.

The new S206 has been described as Subaru’s crown of the STI tune cars. It offers advanced driving performance and exclusively-made items in both interior and exterior designs.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206.

We’ve waited for this show since the summertime so you need to excuse us for getting all geeked up about its premier episode tonight on Speed. Featuring some of the best rally drivers and drifters this side of the galaxy, the Battle Cross Gymkhana Series will see these racers burn rubber on some of the most extreme locations you can find. As you can imagine, the first episode will be held in a steel mill, which is always a good location if you want dust to fly and mayhem to ensue.

The two drivers that will be featured in tonight’s episode will be 2011 Rally America Champion David Higgins and teammate Dave Mirra in their respective Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars. As far as mechanics go, the whole competition is centered around two challenges with the first one going to whoever posts the fastest lap while the second one will be awarded to who could do it with more style.

The show will be hosted by rally driver Andrew Comrie-Picard and former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler and the judges will be rally driver Stephan Verdier and drift maestro Samuel Hubinette.

The show kicks off tonight, November 17, 2011, at 10pm EST, so be sure to be in front of your TVs when the flags are waved and the sand-flying chaos ensues. Or if you’re anything like us, set your DVR and get the opportunity to fly by commercials.

Source: Battle Cross

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