New Subaru BRZ Concept - STI Coming to L.A. Auto Show


Don't let the horrible name fool you — there is no Impreza STI coming to the L.A. Auto Show along with a concept of a new sports coupe. There's just a new version of Subaru's BRZ rear-wheel-drive concept with touches from the team behind the famed Impreza WRX STI.

Still, the fact that we'll see the concept in a more finished form is promising, especially considering how long the car has taken to come to fruition.


The BRZ isn't odd only because it won't carry all-wheel drive. Its 200-horsepower four-cylinder boxer engine won't be turbocharged, either, like the rest of Subaru's high-performance models.

We'll have more info and photos of the BRZ later this month during the media preview of the L.A. Auto Show.


Chris K

This seems like a mistake for Subaru. Are they saying AWD is not suitable for sports cars? Having owned and raced a Subaru I would disagree.

This car would be very interesting were it a small, lightweight AWD sports car. being RWD it has to compete against a lot of other models, all the way from Hyundai to BMW.

One thing is for sure, they won't sell a lot of these in the colder climes, where Subaru has its most loyal followers (myself included... on my third Subie).

Ste (The Original S.G.)

I agree Chris. If they are gonna sell it along with the Toyota version both as N/A and RWD, I bet toyota would dominate it in sales. Subaru should be the sportier of the two and they definitely need to make a turbo and Subie's AWD optional, if not standard. Maybe some 4-Wheel-Steering also?

Matt C.

I agree about needing the AWD, but it still is a good looking car and would not mind giving it a test drive. If Subaru wants to try out some RWD, let's see what they can do.

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