Okay, we all pretty much figured that the BRZ and FR-S would likely have a strong presence in SEMA this year, as it was only one of the most talked about cars all year. To boot, with Toyota and Subaru dragging their collective feet about releasing higher-performance models, aftermarket companies have been working double-time to develop performance parts to hop up its 200-horsepower 4-banger engine.
Our colleagues over at Rides magazine managed to compile a gallery chock-full of just about every BRZ and FR-S at SEMA. We’re not too sure if this is a complete list of the examples at SEMA, but the total count in the gallery is 50 different examples – all but one or two are of the FR-S. We’re not too sure exactly how many cars showed up for SEMA this year, but we can say with some confidence that the FR-S takes the trophy for most heavily represented at the show.
Check out our gallery to see all of the examples that Rides provided us.
With the 2012 SEMA Show kicking off, we’ve seen a number of vehicles dressed to impress, including Subaru and its WRX and WRX STI Special Edition featuring an "Orange and Black" custom paint scheme. It will be limited to only 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans and will go on sale in spring of 2013.
The WRX’s Tangerine Orange exterior paint is combined with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badges, and black exterior mirrors. On demand, customera can also get black exterior graphics. The same paint scheme continues on the interior where the black trim is combined with orange stitching on the seats, doors, shift boot, and custom trimmed floor mats.
Both models are powered by a Subaru Boxer engine, with the WRX delivering a total of 265 HP and the WRX STI pumping out 305 HP. Both models are also offered with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
UPDATE 02/05/2013: Subaru announced today prices for the 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions set to be put on sale in spring of 2013. The standard WRX Special Edition will be priced at $28,795 – an additional $500 compared to the WRX Premium; while the WRX STI Special Edition is priced at $34,795 - an increase of $500 compared to the WRX STI.
Subaru’s in-house performance tuning division is preparing a fantastic looking WRX STI sedan that’s parked at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.
Aesthetically speaking, Subaru Performance Tuning’s imprint is all over the car as evidenced by all the aerodynamic additions given to the sedan. The front lip spoiler, the carbon fiber B-pillar trim, the carbon fiber trunk trim, and the carbon fiber side sill plates are all products of SPT. The WRX STI also carries new strut tower and lower chassis braces that come in handy in maximizing the potential of the car’s newly-installed Cusco Zero-2E coilover suspension kit.
Other exterior additions to the car include a moon roof air deflector, exhaust finishers, a billet oil cap (V.2), a billet battery hold down (V.2), and a set of 19" Volks Racing G12 wheels wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Sport tires with Brembo’s "Gran Turismo" four-wheel brake kit.
Inside, SPT gave the WRX STI a unique electronic set-up, highlighted by a Footwell illumination kit, an auto-dimming mirror with a trans-reflective display, and a media hub digital music integration system with a 10" KICKER subwoofer.
Looking at the car, it’s easy to see why Subaru Performance Tuning had such an easy time setting up an aftermarket program for it. The WRX STI is one of those cars that’s already easy on the eyes and any such modifications done is like adding that cherry on top of the proverbial sundae.
Anytime you have an audio system get the green light from an automaker to customize one of their cars, you know that the focus will be on enhancing the car’s audio set-up.
That’s exactly what Kicker Audio did with the Subaru WRX STI 5-Door. To be fair, the car still comes with some exterior details, including blue and black body graphics that cover major parts of the car’s white exterior finish, Eibach lowering springs, and a new set of 18" Konig Black Lightning wheels wrapped on General Tires Exclaim.
The interior of the car is where the extensive audio set-up was done. Kicker Audio added a custom audio system that features a Clarion CX400 double-DIN receiver, six component speaker systems, two 6.5" woofers, and eight solo-baric L& 12-inch subwoofers powered by 10 kicker amplifiers. In addition to all of that, Kicker Audio also found some time to enable the iPod, Bluetooth, Sirius, and XM-ready, providing the kind of extensive audio modifications that very few cars can boast of.
The Subaru Impreza 5-Door Accessory Vehicle is in the same boat as its 4-Door counterpart. They’re not as much in the way of flash, as they are in previewing to customers what awaits with their new Accessory packages.
Compared to the rest of the cars that you’re going to catch at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, this one will probably not make your most memorable list, but that’s also not what it went there to do. This car, together with its four-door sibling, will be purely for marketing purposes.
The Impreza Sport 5-Door Accessory Vehicle has been dressed in a special Brushed Titanium 3M Scotchpring textured wrap to go with a new mesh grille, an aero splash guard, a front underspoiler, new crossbars, side strakes, a sport spoiler, side window reflectors, and a Yakima fork mounted bike carrier and bike wheel holder.
Inside, the extensive accessory modifications feature an auto dimming mirror with compass and Homelink, a new cargo tray, all-weather floor mats, side sill plates, a center console sliding armrest, a 110-volt power outlet, a remote engine starter, seat back protectors, a leather shift knob, and a new speak system from KICKER Audio with a 10" powered subwoofer.
It can be argued that Subaru’s line-up of SEMA-bound vehicles offer a look at the rich motor racing history of the Japanese automaker. That is until you look at the accessory packages for the four-door and five-door variants of the Impreza.
The former is arguably the least eye-popping of the whole line-up, but it does give us an idea of what we can expect as far as what an Impreza Accessory Vehicle is going to look like. In dressing up the car’s exterior, Subaru used a Satin White theme on a number of aerodynamic body parts, including the body side molding kit, the splash guards, and the trunk spoiler. The moon-roof air deflector and the rear bumper pain protection film round out the exterior modifications given to the Impreza 4-Door Accessory Vehicle.
Inside, the modifications were pretty subtle compared to the other models, in particular, the 4-Door’s 5-Door brother. The only notable improvements done on the former’s interior include a new cargo tray, side sill plates, and carpeted floor mats, all of which were sourced from Subaru Performance Tuning. Upgraded speakers courtesy of KICKER Audio and an auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink are the final two touches given to the car.
It lacks flair and all of the technological gadgetry usually associated with cars for the SEMA Auto Show, but on the other hand, it does have both style and class, two qualities that are more important to real-world patrons.
All this talk about new Subaru models is getting us here at Top Speed pretty excited, so much in fact that we just had to show the all wheel drive Japanese automaker’s setup from this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Being the world’s largest aftermarket car show Subaru pulled out all the stops and brought in everything from an SPT display car showing off all of the automaker’s aftermarket offerings to the ultra ridiculous snowmobile on steroids, Ken Block’s latest creation, the STI TRAX complete with carbon fiber sled in tow.
Now those two tuner cars were impressive enough on their own, but when you consider that Subaru also had the infamous white and black Gymkhana car from all those internet videos and the golden boy Travis Pastrana’s number 199 rally car, Subaru showed off every conceivable application that there is for the STI. So no matter whether you are a do it yourselfer, if you have a wild imagination and want to make lots of smoke or if you want to use the Subaru Impreza WRX STI for what we all grew up watching it do; it is nice to see the automaker providing us with four extremely different applications of this very versatile high performance vehicle.
Check out the gallery below to see all our snapshots from SEMA.
Remember the Formula One wheel that we found in the Enkei booth at the 2009 SEMA Show, well there was one other item on display that was almost as impressive as a 14 inch wide lightweight wheel that is good for turning in at 200 MPH, one of the most aggressive looking Subaru Impreza WRX STi hatchbacks that we have ever seen. Apparently the car was fully built by Design Craft Fabrication for a former motocross race who wanted to trade in his two stroke bike for an all wheel drive turbocharged flat four cylinder STi. With his initial intentions to rally the new Subaru, the exorbitant costs of campaigning a rally car turned his ambitions towards Time Attack on track ambitions.
Design Craft took every opportunity to develop new parts for the customer vehicle, like a V mount radiator and intercooler set up, a set of custom pistons from J.E. to handle the boost generated by a Garrett GT3582R turbocharger and one of the wildest body kits we have ever seen. However there is one piece of the Time Attack STi puzzle that should seem familiar to you, that is if Subaru hadn’t pulled out of World Rally Championship competition. That is because this STi is wearing a legitimate Prodrive WRC wing on the back, and as far as we know it is the only one in America.
The Subaru WRX STI by SPT is a demonstration of what a WRX STI owner can build at home using just the SPT catalog as a source for bolt-on parts. The WRX STI by SPT offers more power along with even sharper handling response, making it the ideal machine for high style street performance or track driving.
It is powered by a 2.5 liter DOHC, 16 valve, turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine with Dual Active Valve Control System. The engine delivers a total of 315 hp @ 6,000 RPM (up from the stock 305) and a peak torque of 290 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM.
The concept also features 19 x 8.5-in. Prodrive GT2 wheels finished in Glitter Gold, STI performance springs, an SPT strut tower brace and an SPT lower chassis brace. On the interior there is an SPT boost gauge, a media hub digital music integration system and an auto-dimming mirror.
Press release after the jump.
Subaru unveiled at SEMA Show the Legacy 2.5GT VIP ("bippu") Concept. Based on a 2010 2010 Legacy 2.5GT, the concept features a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled engine teamed exclusively to a new 6-speed manual transmission and the Continuous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
The turbo Boxer engine is equipped with custom full engine bay cover, SPT billet oil cap v2.0 and SPT billet battery hold-down v2.0. The concept also gets an air suspension system from Universal Air, 20" MC3 Enterprises Trinidad wheels, hood, bumper faces, sport grille, front and rear under spoilers, HID headlights and fog lights.
The concept’s exterior is painted in Shinjuku Black Plum and adds a chrome trunk garnish and door handles, along with puddle lights.
Press release after the jump.
Subaru revealed today at the SEMA Show the Legacy GTk (k standing from kart) concept - the perfect car for a family day at the track. The Legacy GTk is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine produces 300 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, up from the stock model’s 265 hp and 258 lb.-ft.
The Legacy GTk features a black on red paintwork with front air dam with fog lights, custom window tint and rear diffuser. JAC Products was roped in to work on the roof cargo management hardware while the liftgate spoiler, the midgate spoiler and the blackout-style HID headlights came from a Japanese domestic market (JDM) Legacy.
On the interior there is a Harman/Kardon sound system, STI aluminium pedals and a 7-inch touch screen.
Press release after the jump.
Everyone knows that driving on snow can be challenging even for driver with lots of experience. But today at SEMA Subaru came with the perfect solution: the WRX STI TRAX - the fastest vehicle specially designed for snow driving.
The WRX TRAX is powered by a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged and intercooled STI engine tuned with a MOTEC M800 ECU that delivers a total of 400 hp and 400 lbs-ft of torque.
The TRAX Concept also features: RECARO SPA ProRacer competition sport seats, carbon fiber door panels, and an onboard fire suppression system, a Yakima FatCat 4 Snowboard Rack, a Yakima Landing Pad rack base, and DC Shoes XFB-C Snowboards.
Press release after the jump.
Subaru decided to see what happens when they create a modified WRX when they let their fingers do the walking. The Impreza WRX SPT was created using parts from the Subaru Genuine Accessory and SPT catalogs. It features standard factory Aero Body Kit, a front lip spoiler by STI and Subaru genuine Accessory fog light protectors, 19x8-in. wheels by OZ Racing.
Under the hood there is 2.5-liter intercooled turbo Boxer engine that thanks to a SPT cat-back exhaust now delivers 275 hp (that’s 10 more than the standard WRX, but 30 less than the WRX STI).
More specs and mods in the press release after the jump.
Subaru will present at the SEMA Show the Forester XTI, a concept based on the Forester 2.5XT, while adding elements from the Impreza WRX STI.
The Forester XTI starts with the same drivetrain as the Impreza WRX STI, and then a stainless steel cat-back exhaust system from the Subaru Performance Tuning raises the output to 315 hp (up from 305) and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
The XTI Concept is fitted with 18 x 8-in. S204 forged alloy wheels, adjustable coil-over suspension, Brembo brakes, 4-piston front calipers, 2-piston rear calipers, Super Sport ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
Although there are a lot of extra add-ons to this car, we may be looking at something that is ready for production. After all, the Forester XT already uses the engine from the standard WRX, and the Forester and Impreza share so many major components (like the platform) that most WRX STI parts could easily fit in the Forester.
Press release after the jump.
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Subaru of America, Inc. is showcasing two new versions of its All-Wheel Drive 2007 Forester compact SUV at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The 2007 Forester Sports models combine new, more powerful styling with exclusive interior features and enhanced standard equipment. The Forester Sports 2.5 XT adds to that the 224-horsepower intercooled turbocharged Boxer engine from the 2.5 XT Limited model.
Subaru will present at SEMA Motor Show a sport version of the Forester, probably called the Cross Sport. The Sport version will have a lowered suspension, JDM Forester Cross Sports front end, and hopefully the sharp-looking body color/aluminum roof rails as well.
It will feature a VDC on automatic versions, and Anthracite black cloth seats. Colors are black, Urban Gray and WR Blue (WRX/STI blue). The new model will keep the good stuff from the 2006 model: turbo, 17" wheels—and a lower price (...)
Subaru will be one of the makers that will not miss the this year’s SEMA Show. They will be presented in Las Vegas with two customized 2010 model and a van from the ’69.
First will be the 2010 Subaru WRX STI by SPT, a concept car powered by a 2.5 liter DOHC, 16 valve, turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine that delivers 315 hp @ 6,000 (standard was 305 hp).
The second one will be the Subaru Legacy 2.5GT VIP. It delivers a total of 265 hp, and the turbocharged/intercooled engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Legacy VIP comes with a lowered ride, 20" MC3 Enterprises Trinidad wheels and JDM hood, bumper faces, sport grille, front and rear under spoilers, HID headlights and fog lights.
And the last one is a restored 1969 Subaru SPT Parts Delivery Van. It uses a 356 cc, 2-cylinder, 2-stroke, air-cooled engine that delivers 25 hp and 25.3 lb.-ft. of torque.
Press release after the jump.