While the production version of the Subaru BRZ is supposed to bow at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the company decided to tease the public with another version of the concept the BRZ Concept STI. Subaru of America, Inc. announced that the new concept version will be unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in a couple of weeks.
The BRZ is a joint development project between Toyota Motor Co. and Subaru. Toyota is responsible for the styling and Subaru is in charge of the powertrain development. Unlike previous concept cars, which didn't showcase the design in full opting for a clear plastic mock up, the STI will be shown with the bodywork. Designed by the Subaru Tecnica International division, the STI sits 4.7'' lower than any other Subaru. It comes with a unique rear fascia and an aero-tuned lower front spoiler. To add down-force, the STI is equipped with a rear wing. Other highlights of the concept are hawk eye headlights, fin-shaped fog lamps, and a hexagonal front grille. Just as usual with the STI's, the car will be offered with blue paint job, the only thing is that in this case it'll be a new version of the Subaru's classic blue, named WR Blue Pearl II.
The concept is powered with a new Subaru Boxer FA engine (2.0-L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder horizontally-opposed) specifically designed for the BRZ sports car. The engine is placed low and rearward in order to allow for a blade-like hood design. The concept features an STI-tuned suspension, front engine/ RWD layout, 18'' wheels and Brembo brakes. Together with the carbon roof, the chassis is claimed to deliver what Subaru calls the ultimate handling.