Now this is more like it: the Subaru BRZ Concept – STI.

Subaru has released digital images of the BRZ Concept – STI, a racier version of the Subaru BRZ sports coupe that will be unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in exactly four weeks’ time.

Subaru says the concept “strongly hints at the styling of the production BRZ”, and represents “the next step in lightweight performance cars combined with the race-bred tuning of Subaru Technica International (STI)”.

The images give us our first look at the basic design elements of the new Subaru BRZ, which will share much with its sister car, the Toyota FT-86.

The most obvious difference between the styling of the two vehicles is the grille. The BRZ’s prominent opening is typical of the ‘smiley face’ design and features a bold black plastic section in the upper half. The Toyota will get a more recessed mouth that curves inwards, similar in concept to the Lexus LFA.

At the rear, the BRZ Concept – STI abandons the clear-lens taillight treatment that is expected to be a feature of both the Subaru and Toyota production models, instead applying a more traditional red housing with LED tubes.

The BRZ Concept – STI scores a number of other unique design highlights, including a lower front spoiler, rear wing, carbon fibre roof, bolstered rear wheels arches, vented rear bumper corners and a massive rear diffuser with polished stainless steel quad tailpipes.

The exterior is finished with ‘WR Blue Pearl II’ – Subaru says it’s the “new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme” – and bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

STI has gone to work under the body too, fitting the BRZ Concept – STI with Brembo brakes and a unique suspension tune.

Subaru says the enhancements give the BRZ Concept – STI razor-sharp reflexes to make it the “ultimate handling machine”.

The concept will still get a naturally aspirated version of the all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder FA Boxer engine, although it is unknown if it will sport a more powerful tune than the production model.

Specifications of the Toyota FT-86 leaked yesterday revealed the production BRZ is likely to produce 147kW of power (at 7000rpm) and 205Nm of torque (at 6600rpm).

Unlike Toyota Australia, which has confirmed the FT-86 will go on sale locally around the middle of next year, Subaru Australia is yet to finalise its plans for BRZ. As we have reported earlier, the BRZ presents a philosophical dilemma for Subaru Australia, which has been exclusively all-wheel drive for 15 years, however we believe the brand is warming to the idea of the rear-driven 2+2 sports coupe.

The Subaru Concept – STI will be unveiled to the world at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16.




  • Juice08

    Would be the best looking subbie (but that’s not saying much). Hurry up already!

  • Hector

    what the hell is this? a good looking subaru? i’m also really feeling the new WR Blue.

  • Harry

    you would take this over the Toyota version any day of the week.

  • Showtime

    It looks fantastic, but I don’t think it deserves the STi badge – save that for the turbo models. Perhaps Subaru will release a turbo version of the BRZ within 2-3 years?

  • HJP

    It certainly looks better than Toyota’s version.

  • Crummydore

    Well, that does look good… looks like it ain’t going to matter a damn that its not AWD after all.

    All them cashed up kids (and 40 somethings) are going to pick this up in droves!

  • redacted

    lol, ‘concept’

  • Neil M

    Easy – make it it AWD and add a turbo and call it the WRX. SOLD!

  • Shak

    So the wait finally paid off! Although a bit more power and torque would be nice if they could manage it.

  • JEKYL & HYDE

    i’m just not in love with the guards where they meet the wheels.hope they tweak it for the production versions…

  • crouchy

    Wow those CGI’s were pretty much spot on!!!

  • Neal

    Please make a turbo version and I’ll be in line ready to buy it.

  • dreamtheater

    I hope this doesn’t replace the Impreza STI.

    I still need those rear doors otherwise the missus will go into a fit if I ever bring this baby home :P

  • jing713

    ~~~ PRIMO ! ~~~~

    Lol jokes,

    I hope the fact that Toyota is selling them as well will not ‘steal’ sales from Subaru

    • Bangel

      TOYOTA will do the boring cooking version , subaru will pump up the power and torque dont worry about that .

      This will give them a big boost .

      • Rick

        I think the Subaru version will be the better car just because they have been consistently producing high performance cars for years where as I don’t think anyone working at Toyota would even know how to spell performance let alone build something with performance ( unless they borrow some Lexus workers )

        • Tommy

          how ignorant, why dont you take a loo kat what engines lotus use? Any car salesman would always be a salesman, its not a means of judging a brand.

          • Rick

            Tommy not sure who that comments aimed at ?

  • Whoever it is

    God this car take ages to come out…..the good things about buying this car is….the replacement model will be due on 2044…

  • http://caradvice OSU811

    Niiiice, should look more aggresive than the toyota version imo:-)

  • Rick

    I’d pay more for this than the ft86 I think it looks a hell of a lot better , actually makes the Toyota look a bit girly and I really liked the Toyota but the subies got my vote

  • Wasubi

    Im feeling this design, although i did like the look of the stock BRZ. Not entirely sure on the rear spoiler though, maybe they could have gone with an auto raising spoiler like the Audi TT. Speaking of which, the front bar does scream Audi TT RS in a way!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1435885244 Yani Hendriawan

    looks much better then the toyota version

  • UMWHAT

    car is to curvy for that kind of spoiler

  • Snoop

    I agree UMWHAT. Do away with the rear wing, a lip over the boot lid at most.
    I do like the this more that the Toyota.
    If this is accurate to what Subaru will produce come production time, it will sell very well.
    Provided this version isn’t import only.

  • Lavs

    Rear wing is so bogan.

  • GIG

    Put the TURBO and AWD system in it PLS!!!!!! There’s no point for SUBARU to produce a car that exactly the same with TOYOTA…