Subaru announced today that it will bring the BRZ Concept STI at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. As its name says it, the first BRZ concept strongly hints at the styling of the production BRZ and features unique STI performance features. The exterior features the WR Blue Pearl II color, a new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme that has adorned both racing production STI's.
Regarding the design, the car is a little but different than the Toyota FT-86 and shows bold rear fender flares, a big rear trunk spoiler and a new rear air diffuser with integrated exhaust system.
Under the hood, the Subaru BRZ will carry a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine, but no details regarding the output were released.
The BRZ Concept STI features an STI-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and unique 18-inch wheels and tires.
The Subaru-engineered and built chassis boasts a rigid frame housing a two-plus-two interior and front engine/rear-wheel drive layout. Moreover Subaru also confirms the RWD Subaru BRZ production in spring 2012.
The BRZ Concept – STI is a clear illustration of what customers can expect from the Subaru. It includes a variety of features like the Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels, and a STI-tuned suspension. The chassis that is a trademark of Subaru has a front engine and rear-wheel layout.
It also has a rigid frame that houses the interior in a two plus two configuration. Since the engine has been mounted low and put towards the back of the engine compartment, it gives an almost perfect balance. Aside from being lightweight, the BRZ Concept – STI offers razor-sharp reflexes and low polar moment for perfect handling.
The low placement of the engine also has a purpose. It allows for a low and blade-like design for the hood. With a short front and overhangs in the rear, it reduced the yaw’s moment of inertia. Though Subaru models have always had a low center of gravity and ideal weight distribution, the Subaru BRZ – STI is lower by 4.7 inches and is closer to the center by 9.4 inches.
Subaru BRZ rear-wheel drive sports car was originally a Subaru-Toyota Motor Corporation collaborative project designed to have outstanding steering responsiveness that ensures exciting drivability for everyone. The BRZ is powered by a Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine set at a lower position compared to other Subaru cars, making its centre of gravity the lowest among all production cars. As a result, the BRZ has amazing handling, thanks also to its lightweight chassis. The car really does exemplify Subaru’s focus on elevating driving pleasure through providing "Pure Handling Delight."
The Subaru BRZ was developed with an underlying philosophy of "Pure Handling Delight." The Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine is fundamentally compact and lightweight with a low centre of gravity. These qualities are fully capitalised by its very low placement at the central area of the chassis. Consequently, the BRZ has one of the lowest centres of gravity in any car. It is truly a car that inspires excitement as well as confidence for anyone.
The Subaru BRZ’s low-set Boxer engine sits upon a sub-frame engineered as part of an "ultra-low centre of gravity package". This design also lowers the driving position in a similar way as other sports cars. From ground to roof, the Subaru BRZ measures 1,300mm, but its width is 1775mm, giving it the proportions of a sleek coupe. However, it accommodates 4 people and has considerable boot capacity. This means that the BRZ is also a very practical choice for long trips, more so than other sports cars.