The all-new 2015 Outback has been spotted roaming European streets while dressed in bulky camouflage garb. Though the car is fully disguised, its easy to tell Subaru has slicked up its best-selling model for the last half of the decade.
Starting with the updated front fascia that includes xenon headlights, lower fog lights, and the traditional-to-Outback high approach angle, the design seems to be more styled than before. The hood has some nice character lines riding just over the front fenders and rising into the A-pillars, which rise at a more sloped, aerodynamic angle.
Just below the A-pillars, the side mirrors are repositioned on the door. The body cladding along the rocker panel returns, as does the cladding along the lower front valance. The matte-black painted wheels should look nice one coated in a proper finish. Out back, the rear bumper still includes a step and large red reflectors. Up above, the rear glass enjoys a more forward rake, much like the front windshield. The roof rails return as well, assuring us the Outback won’t lose that utilitarian, do-anything, carry-all we’ve come to love.
Though it’s hard to see from the photos, the photographer notes the dash has an all-new design with two large gauge pods, a sportier-looking steering wheel with silver paddle shifters, and new HVAC vents.
We expect the Outback to get an updated version of its current 2.5-liter flat-four to serve as the standard mill. Rumors swirl around Subaru dropping the upmarket 3.6-liter flat-six for the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four from the Forester in premium-trimmed Outbacks, though nothing is confirmed. Of course, Subaru’s standard AWD will return, making this wagon a capable winter weather hauler and light-duty off-roader.
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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.
With just two months before its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, the production version of the Subaru BRZ concept has been caught testing once again, this time revealing slightly more details than before. The car is still heavily camouflaged, but you can easily notice a design language similar to the one used on the BRZ’s cousin, the Toyota FT-86.
The Subaru BRZ will be offered with a new generation 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine and combined with a manual or automatic transmission. It is believed that for the STI version, the output will go up to about 300 HP. People have been discussing whether the BRZ will be an all-wheel-drive or a RDW model, but Subaru has officially confirmed that the engine will send its power to the rear wheels.
The Subaru BRZ will go on sale starting next year with a base price of under $25,000, while the STI may hit $35,000.
Subaru’s interpretation of the Toyota/Subaru collaboration is getting polished up for its Frankfurt Auto Show debut in just a few days, but these new spy shots are giving us a glimpse as to what we can expect. Don’t expect a production model, though, Subaru is dishing out a concept before unveiling the production form later this year.
The Subaru BRZ Concept - BRZ stands for "boxer engine," "rear-wheel drive," and "zenith" - will obviously share its technology with the Toyota FT-86, but according to the two companies, each of these models will feature an independent design.
The BRZ will be powered by a newly developed 2.0 liter four-cylinder boxer engine with direct injection that will be connected to either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. There have been no details released as to the engine’s output, but rumors suggest it will go up to about 300 HP for the STI version.
The production BRZ/FT-86 will follow in December at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. Its first deliveries are planned for early/mid 2012 - depending on the market. Prices will start from about $25K.
As we all sit back and eagerly await the grand debut of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, creative minds are at their desk bringing the future car’s design to light in their own renditions. As other renderings have proven to be a tad too aggressive compared to the milder changes found in the Impreza Design Concept, we’ve come up with this prediction of the future Impreza WRX STI.
The 2012 Impreza will feature a hexagonal grille with spread wings in the center and hawk eye-style headlights. The rear will get sharp-edged rear lights and a new taillamp. The STI version will also get fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and a massive wing on the back.
The concept debuted with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine mated to a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), but don’t expect to see the same for the production model. The WRX STI is expected to carry a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP on tap. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
We expect the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX to debut in late 2011, with sales beginning in early 2012
The Toyota Subaru partnership will certainly give us a wonderful product in the end, but for now we have some spy shots of the Subaru version thanks to PistonSpy.
There are some rumors swirling around that the new Subaru will be powered by a 2.5-liter motor, a variation of the motor used in the Impreza WRX STI. There have also been rumors that a 2.0-liter motor might be used, but those have died down as of late. We suspect that the motor will put out 280 horsepower, far more than the 200 horsepower Toyota version, but both will offer a six-speed manual transmission.
In terms of styling, the Subaru version will take more design cues from the hatchback version, mostly on the front end. Despite the fact that these two cars have been made under a partnership, both will be unique due to their own bumpers, front grille, and wheels.
Not many people fully understand the reasoning behind Toyota and Subaru developing different versions of the new FT-86 sports car, but it’s a fact that we all have to live with. But just because they have the same starting point doesn’t mean the two cars are not going in two directions. As of now, we’ve heard tons of things about Toyota’s version - including the fact that it will berebadged as a Scion - but today we bring new information on Subaru’s (better) version with an image of the sports car testing in the U.S. And it’s not your usual prototype; parts of the body offer an important clue as to the future car’s powerplant of choice.
The prototype caught testing features a hood bump that indicates the sports car will feature an intercooler. What does this mean? Well, it means that, yes, we are looking at an STI version, or at least at a sports car that will be powered by theImpreza STI’s turbocharged 2.5 liter engine. However, while the engine delivers 300hp in the Impreza, the FT-86 sports car will get a version that will be downtuned.
The sports car will be based on a modified Subaru Legacy platform and will be offered with RWD system, a first for Subaru since it is known for its all-wheel-drive line-up.
Toyota got a lot of the spotlight when they first started talking about their version of the FT-86 because, well, they were the first ones of the Toyota/Subaru partnership to offer any details. Now, however, Subaru seems to be slipping in there to reveal a - some might call- better version of the FT-86. This version was just caught testing in Death Valley and, although little is known about the Subaru FT-86, we are liking the aggressive design the two door coupe is sporting.
The Subaru FT-86 will utilize a horizontal 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor customized with some modifications and turbocharging to produce around 250 horsepower. It will sit on a revised Legacy platform and will utilize the Impreza’s rear suspension. What may be a little surprising to Subaru fans is that this vehicle will not be coming in AWD as popular Subaru cars do. This model will be a rear wheel drive car, with no conversion offered.
In terms of design, the Subaru FT-86 will further differentiate itself from its Toyota brethren by changing up the grilles, bumpers, and wheels. A big hood scoop is visible in these spy shots possibly making room for a top-mount intercooler. Some gold rims may also add to the flare of the Subaru.
Expect the Subaru FT-86 to officially show its pretty little face sometime in November 2011.
As we’re sure you know by know, Toyota and Subaru are working on a new sports car that each will get a chance to work into their own unique version. The Toyota version has been talked about frequently and will be called the FT-86. As for Subaru’s version, little has been revealed. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t get awesome renderings of the new sportscar.
The car will likely sit on a revised Legacy platform with the Impreza’s rear suspension. Under the hood will be Subaru’s horizontal 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor with around 250 horsepower. That is a decent sized power increase over the Toyota version, due to modifications and turbocharging.
The design of the car is far more aggressive than its Toyota brother. The car will have gold rims and a big hood scoop. Besides that though, there shouldn’t a whole lot of change in the bodywork. The only real difference will be the grilles, bumpers, and wheels.
The car will likely be out around 2013 for a price of $25,000. Due to cost reasons, the car won’t feature Subaru’s all-wheel drive system.
Everyone has played enough with the idea of the Toyota FT-86. We have all seen renderings of the future sportscar and have even been privy to a few rumors circulating, but were eventually squashed by Dr. Shigeyuki Hori, Project General Manager for the Sports Vehicle Management division and Kazuo Okino, Group manager for the same division. They state that the Toyota FT-86 will be ready by November 2011, and not the 2013 date that was rumored, and that it will be very close to the Toyota/Subaru concept version that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show this year. Well, the fans have had it and now we are moving on to Subaru’s version of the FT-86 sports car which has managed to stay under the radar until now.
The two versions of the FT-86 will use similar technology since the concept was a collaboration between the two companies, but Subaru’s version, compared to the Toyota version, will be sportier and will develop much higher performance. The Subaru model will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat four engine that will develop around 200 HP, however the STI version will use a turbocharged powerplant with around 260 HP. Both versions will use a six-speed manual gearbox. The two versions will be distinguished by bumpers, front grilles, and wheels.
The new sports car is already testing at the Nürburgring race track, so expect the official debut to occur sometime soon. When it does go on sale, prices will range from $30k to $40k.
The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI saloon was officially unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, but our spy photographer has captured the big-winged saloon testing at the Nürburgring.
At first impression, it seems the car is nothing more than the European version of the high-performance saloon. Upon closer inspection, however, there are some differences clearly suggesting that the STI seen here may very well be a prototype for a Spec C model. This is especially convincing since most white Japanese cars are usually special editions.
These differences include the matte black alloys, gold color brembo brake calipers, and the front lip spoiler, all of which were not shown on the show car, but are standout features on the JDM Impreza STI Spec C hatchback.
If it does turn out to be a Spec-C expect a power hike over the standard 305hp to around 350hp. There should also be a weight reduction from the use of a smaller battery, aluminum body panels, and a revised firmer suspension including a more track focused limited slip differential.
Now that the fuel efficient Japanese automaker Toyota has officially announced that the FT-86 Concept will bring the highly anticipated AE-86 successor to life, we are eager to see what the other half of the Toyobaru alliance has planned for the new sport compact. We know that Subaru must have some iteration of the new two door sports coupe awaiting in the in the wings and the rumors are saying that their in house tuner Subaru Technica International is working on something special for 2011.
While the Toyota is powered by a gas sipping 2.0 Liter flat four that makes 150 HP, the STI version will be powered by Subaru’s 2.5 Liter EJ25 turbocharged boxer engine that will be tuned to around 250 HP. It is also expected that the new car’s design will be heavily inspired by the current Impreza WRX STI with wider front and rear fenders to house wider rubber and an increased track along with an STI tuned suspension as well as a unique front bumper and a bespoke rear wing.
As a short reminder, the Flash Red FT-86 Concept is inspired by the Toyota Corolla based AE-86 sports coupe from the 1980s. The car’s rear wheel drive layout, lightweight construction and economy car status made it the vehicle of choice for both grip and drift drivers alike and is one of the few cars today that is worth more currently than it did when it rolled out of the showroom.
Our chat with Subaru left us sensing that the Japanese automaker is moving their lineup in a much more luxurious direction than it has in current years, now there is nothing wrong with this approach to selling cars, in fact it is a pretty smart one, but what about the boy racer in all of us that lusted after owning the same blue and gold car that Colin McRae raced to multi WRC championships. One of our concerns with the automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries withdrawing from the World Rally Championship is that their cars could lose that competitive performance edge, but the entry level Impreza has been replaced by the more spacious Legacy as Subaru’s GT300 competitor in the Super GT championship and a much more mundane version is currently being campaigned in the Koni Challenge Series here in the U.S. which makes sense because even the old WRC car was a Legacy. So with all this attention being paid to the larger vehicles in their lineup what is going to happen to the STi?
When I told the Subaru representative that my favorite of all time is the mighty 22B STi, he knew exactly what myself, and most WRX enthusiasts, were looking for in the next version of the best bargain sports car on the market. The 22B was built back in 1998 to celebrate the automaker’s 40th anniversary and by that point, multiple World Rally Championships. This special edition Impreza started out as a lightweight WRX RA coupe shell and then had a set of much wider rear arches to match the boxed front fenders that housed special gold BBS wheels, which widened the Subaru’s track and made it look just as bad as the WRC car.
Update 04.01.2010: Official release the new 2010 WRX Sti is introduced at the 2010 New York Auto Show.
Update 04.27.2010: We just receive the first picture of the 2011 Sedan WRX STi caught in the wild, Thanks to Robbie Tigan for the tip!
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Subaru will unveil the next generation Legacy in June 2009 to mark the model’s 20th anniversary. The latest rendering comes from a Japanese Magazine.
The 2010 Legacy will feature a larger grille, sharper up-slanting headlights, flared fenders and stronger edges all round.
Under the hood Subaru will place the newly developed 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines, that will develop 200 and 300 hp.
If you want a Legacy, but you are not very happy with the current generation, you might wait for a little while and get the next version of the Legacy. And to make an idea, the Japanese magazine CarTop recently revealed a couple screenshots of what the new sedan might look like.
But don’t expect something totally new: the front headlights are slightly different (Mazda?) while the rear remains very similar for what appears to be a good old face lift helping the Legacy through a couple more years in Subaru’s line up.
Yesterday we were reporting that the Subaru Impreza Coupe will make its official debut in 2010. And today we bring you the first proof of this future Toyota-Subaru RWD Coupe: the first ever spy shots.
This spy shots were made outside a test center in the UK and even if the mule use a lot of Subaru Legacy parts, there are some parts that prove we are watching something else: a pair of Recaro bucket seats that hint at a strongly sporting nature, as well as a strangely visible Toyota emblem in the rear seat area.
The model still has no name, but what we can tell you for sure is that the coupe will use a 2.0 liter boxer engine with about 220 hp. All the power will be send to the rear wheels using a six-speed gearbox.
Set to be launched in late 2010 or early 2011, the future RWD coupe will have a price starting under $20.000.
The Japanese CarTop magazine caught the future Impreza WRX STI Spec C testing at Nurburgring. The car is set to be unveiled by the end of the year.
Like in the past, the Spec C will feature a slight weight reduction, minor engine tweaks, quicker steering ratio and stiffer suspension settings. The power will be pushed up to 300 hp.
Stay tuned for more details.
Subaru confirmed the official unveiling of the Exiga 7-Seater crossover on June 17th. Just a few days before the debut the car was caught testing in California. The car will go on sale in early 2009.
Subaru Exiga features a large bonnet scoop – lifted straight from the Impreza STi – plus a rear spoiler and split twin tailpipes.
It will be powered by newly developed 2.0 and 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, while the 3.0-litre unit in the current Subaru stable will be dropped.
The recently launched boxer diesel will be used as a blueprint for maximising the performance and efficiency of the petrol units. The result will be an output of 200bhp from the naturally aspirated 2.0 engine and more than 300bhp from the turbo 2.5-litre.
Subaru are currently working at the successor for the Impreza WRX. Spy photographers caught several test vehicles. It appears that the new vehicle will be a hatchback and the overall design is inspired by that of the B5-THP concept car. By making the Impreza a hatchback, Subaru will throw the WRX STI against cars like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Opel Astra OPC or Ford Focus ST. Do the European and American hot-hatches stand a chance?