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Subaru reveals the BRZ STi Concept

Not quite the finished article, but the closest we've seen...

No doubt spurred on by the extra attention the Toyota FT-86 has been getting lately, Subaru has decided to release some images of their BRZ sister car.

Admittedly this isn't the production version, this is their STi Concept, but it gives a very clear indication that contrary to earlier rumours Subaru have not given the car unique styling. In fact what we can see from the images is that the BRZ uses all the same body panels, lights and even grille treatment. The STi Concept adds a large rear wing, front splitter and side skirts all in carbon, which point to how a potential performance version may look. 

The BRZ is set to be launched with the same engine as the FT-86, which is a 2.0 litre horizontally opposed four cylinder boxer engine producing around 200 bhp. Rumours still persist however that the BRZ will have closer to 250 bhp to differentiate the models and justify a higher price point.

The use of a boxer engine means that the powerplant is mounted much lower in the car which gives a lower centre of gravity. This gives the car, according to Subaru a "Pure Handling Delight" driving experience. Combined with the RWD drivetrain, these two small coupes should be the sports car hit of 2012.

Prices have yet to be revealed, but the Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ are set to cost between £20,000 - £25,000, with the Toyota at the lower end and the Subaru at the higher.

We look forward to seeing the final production images for both, and we'll publish them as soon as they land in our email inbox.

Images courtesy of Subaru

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more