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2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype

2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype

The near-production model will arrive in Japan in the second half of 2020

Subaru has pulled the covers off the all-new Levorg wagon, ushering in the second-generation version of what has become one of the most popular wagons in Japan. The Subaru Levorg Prototype isn’t the final production model. It is, as Subaru deftly calls it, a near-production “prototype” of the second-generation wagon that will arrive in the Japanese market in the second half of 2020. The Levorg isn’t going to the U.S. market, but some of the new and updated technologies that are being showcased by the prototype in Tokyo will find their way to America in some form or fashion. In the absence of the actual wagon heading Stateside, we’ll take our victories where we can get them.

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2020 Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition

2020 Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition

Subaru’s 2.0-liter engine, aka the EJ20, in Subaru terms, has been around since 1989 when it was introduced in the JDM-spec Subaru Legacy. Now, after 30 years, it’s time to lay a legendary engine to rest, so Subaru has decided to produce a special edition WRX STI known as the EJ20 Final Edition. It will be limited to just 555 models, but that doesn’t matter, because this beauty is available in Japan only at the price of 4,110 million Yen – about $38,000 at current exchange rates. Subaru will stop taking orders on December 23rd, but there’s a lot more to it than that, so let me fill you in on the finer details.

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Subaru Promises New Viziv Performance STI For 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon!

Subaru Promises New Viziv Performance STI For 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon!

Have wing, will travel

While we’re just a few short days away from the official sheet pull at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Subaru is teasing us with a few shots of its upcoming Viziv Performance STI, giving us a sneak peek at what the six-star brand might have planned for the upcoming WRX STI. Boy racers and vape enthusiasts, take note – this is your new icon.

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Subaru S208 WRX STI Limited Edition up for grabs!!

Subaru S208 WRX STI Limited Edition up for grabs!!

The Subaru WRX has been on the market for about 25 years now, and Subaru has made constant updates to the model over the years. This time, Subaru has launched the Subaru S208 WRX STI Limited Edition at the Tokyo Motor Show. Will it be enough to take on its chief rivals - the Honda Civic Type-R, VW Golf GTI, and Ford Focus RS? Let’s find out:

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Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

A hopeful preview of the new WRX… maybe

Subaru just revealed its latest ultra-sleek concept model at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Viziv Performance (Viziv is shorthand for “Vision for Innovation”), this Scooby is the latest in a series of concept cars to bear the Viziv name, rocking an aggressive exterior and tons of speedy visual cues. This is also the very first four-door sedan to come from the concept line, which can only mean one thing – this is what Subaru’s designers imagine for the next WRX. The emphasis is on driving fun and attention-grabbing details, both of which the Viziv Performance manages to accomplish, at least on paper. So then, what does it say about the brand’s favorite rally star? Read on for details.

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Subaru Dresses up its Three Favorite Models for an Outing in Tokyo

Subaru Dresses up its Three Favorite Models for an Outing in Tokyo

Technically, they’re not concepts in the traditional way concepts are created

Subaru’s ho-hum presence at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show - only the new Impreza made the trip to Germany - may have been a disappointment for fans of the brand, but not all is lost because the Japanese automaker will be out in full force at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. We already know that it plans to unveil a special edition version of the BRZ at the event. Now, it’s adding to its list of debuts by rolling out three “concept” versions of its three best-selling models: the Impreza, XV, and Outback.

Truth be told; none of the concepts are actual concepts, at least in the traditional way we know of concepts. Instead, they’re more like “special variants,” each coming with unique exterior and interior features that none of their standard counterparts feature. Subaru even says as much, describing them as previews of what it calls the “new Subaru story,” presumably a launching pad for what future versions of these models could look like. The company hasn’t made it clear if it plans to roll out these models in limited edition numbers like the BRZ STI Special Edition, but don’t be surprised if it does, especially if the public reacts to it as favorably as Subaru hopes.

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2018 Subaru WRX STI S208

2018 Subaru WRX STI S208

Special edition WRX STI follows in the footsteps of the S207

Subaru is going all-out at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It’s bringing three “concept” cars to show off design plans for the future. It’s bringing a special edition BRZ that’s been infused with STI know-how. It’s also bringing the WRX STI S208, a special edition version of the performance sedan that’s dripping in aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. It, too, is limited to just 450 units and will be only be sold in Japan, but that’s ok because we do have something of similar ilk in the form of the WRX STI Type RA.

Most of the improvements featured in the S208 revolve around the goal of making the sedan lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, the S207 that Subaru released in limited quantities (only 400 units) back in 2015. It does look like the automaker accomplished that goal because it’s touting the S208 as having an “improved engine output” compared to the S207, among other notable features. As far as a release date is concerned, there’s been no indication of that from Subaru, though we can at least expect to hear more details about the new performance sedan when it makes its debut in Tokyo next month.

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2018 Subaru BRZ STI Sport Edition

2018 Subaru BRZ STI Sport Edition

The sports car gets exclusive with improved handling credentials

The Subaru BRZ has been around for quite some time now, and it’s racked up about as many special edition models as any model that’s out on the market today. Don’t look now but it appears that Subaru isn’t done with this exercise because it’s rolling out a new SE model in time for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The model is called the BRZ STI Sport, and it benefits from getting exclusive upgrades on unheralded sections of the sports car. It does, after all, wear the STI badge and we know what that means, right?

Let’s get this straight from the get-go. The BRZ STI Sport Edition does not feature any engine upgrades. It still carries the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. It’s adequate power for a car like the BRZ, but not enough to really make a statement. This is where STI comes in because this special edition BRZ isn’t about power gains; it’s about the thrill of the ride and the handles that go with it. A car like the BRZ is prepared to give drivers the thrill of performance driving, regardless of the amount of power it has. That’s what the BRZ STI Sport is all about, and rest assured, that kind of selling point is a big reason why the special edition sports car is expected to be a hot-seller once it gets out in the market. Only a limited number of BRZ STI Sport Edition models are expected to be released, including just 100 units of a high-spec version that will come with an exclusive paint finish.

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2016 Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition

2016 Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition

Let me just get this out there immediately – I’m a bit of a WRX fanboy. That said, I’m sure anyone reading this right now has somewhat similar interests. If that’s the case, then greetings, six-star brothers and sisters, and prepare yourselves, because you’re about to feel the want in a big, big way. Before you is a pumped-up STI that offers more power, tighter handling, and exclusive styling touches inside and out. It’s a modern rendition of the same formula seen in previous-generation special editions, such as the S206 and R205, and once again, it’s only available in Japan.

As is, the WRX STI is hugely capable right out of the box, with a scooped hood housing a sizable dose of turbo power, plus tenacious grip from Subaru’s omnipresent AWD system. The S207 takes all those racy characteristics and simply adds more everywhere. The result is a claim to “the ultimate in road driving” and “the world’s most enjoyable vehicle.”

Sounds good, right? Keep reading to find out how good.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru WRX STI S207 Limited Edition.

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2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept

2015 Subaru Impreza 5-Door Concept

Launched for the 2012 model year, the fourth-generation Subaru Impreza still has what it takes to give its competitors a run for their money, but a successor is right around the corner. Though Subaru has yet to reveal when the fifth-gen compact will arrive, word has it the big unveiling is planned for 2016, with sales to commence for the 2017 model year. However, with the Impreza 5-Door Concept now on display at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show,, we’ll have a close look at the redesigned model sooner than expected.

Subaru had very little to say about the Impreza 5-Door Concept and how much of it will make it on the next-generation model, but it did mention that the study hints at "the design direction not only of the new Impreza but of Subaru’s future models as a whole." Don’t get too excited though, Subaru has a long history of showing awesome concepts only to follow up with mundane production models. Unless someone at Fuji Heavy Industries decides it’s time for a new strategy, the next Impreza will probably leave us a bit disappointed.

The 5-Door Concept is one of ten vehicles Subaru showcases in Tokyo. Other exhibits include the Viziv Future Concept, WRX S4 SportVita, Forester X-Break, and BRZ GT300.

Updated 10/28/2015: Subaru dropped the official details on the new Impreza 5-Door Concept car which previews the next-generation Impreza. According to Subaru, the next Impreza will be the first vehicle to adopt FHI’s Mid-Term Management Vision "Prominence 2020" announced back in 2014.

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2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept

2015 Subaru Viziv Future Concept

It might not be immediately obvious, but what you are looking at here is a preview of the next generation of the Subaru Legacy. The current generation of the Legacy is still pretty new, but that just means that Subaru has a lot of time to play around with wacky concepts in order to gauge the public response to various aspects of the design. This concept is called the Viziv Future Concept, and it will be officially debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept is semi-autonomous, has two fewer doors than the production version of the Legacy and features a wacky sci-fi interior, but there is some very clear evolution of current Subaru ideas in this car.

The name Viziv is said to be a shortening of “vision for innovation”, and is therefore pretty standard concept fare. Also pretty standard for a concept is the bikes that the concept is carrying, a car show trope that signals a car for active/young people to use for active and young things. Subaru can at least be commended for choosing bikes that match the car so well. And the truth is that the Legacy is good for those sorts of things and this future one probably would be too.

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2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Subaru Forester

First introduced in 2014, the fourth-generation Subaru Forester is still pretty new. But Subaru is already looking to the future with a facelifted version slated for the Tokyo Motor Show. It might seem as though the automaker is rushing things a bit, but initially, the facelifted crossover will only be available in Japan, and the updates probably won’t reach the U.S. any earlier than the 2017 model year. At that point, the timing will be a bit closer to the norm, but the truth is, the Forester doesn’t really need help in the U.S. market. The model has experienced a sales boom in the past few years, and it’s still on an upward trajectory.

The updates aren’t extensive, but it’s entirely possible there will be a few more thrown in by the time the new model reaches our shores. The mechanical updates are subtle enough that it’s possible customers won’t even notice. However, Subaru does claim improved fuel efficiency for the naturally aspirated models. The downside is that the update doesn’t include an option for something other than a CVT for turbocharged models.

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 Subaru upgrades the Forester JDM ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru upgrades the Forester JDM ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

The 2016 Subaru Forester is officially here, well sort of. This is a specialized JDM version that will only be sold in Japan. The crossover is being placed into the spotlight ahead of its public debut, which will take place at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The new model brings several updates for the exterior and interior compared to the previous model year.

Subaru upgraded some of the technical parts of the model and we hope to see similar changes to the U.S. version as well. The modifications are minimal, however, and constitute more of a facelift than an entirely new model.

The upgrades include better driving dynamics with refined powertrains, more standard safety equipment, and improved NVH levels for smoother driving.

Continue reading to learn more about the facelift Subaru Forester.

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