First Look: Subaru BRZ STI Concept

Subaru has released a rendering of what it is calling the BRZ Concept - STI, which serves as a teaser ahead of the car's reveal at the Los Angeles auto show later this month. The photo previews a higher-performance version of the upcoming Subaru BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports coupe.

Details on the BRZ STI are limited at this time, but Subaru says the car will use a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine, and 18-inch wheels wrapped. At 166.7 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, and just 50.4 inches tall, the concept car is approximately the same size as a Porsche Cayman or Audi TT. The BRZ STI's wheelbase measures 101.2 inches.

Like the Impreza WRX STI, the BRZ STI is a higher-performance version of the regular BRZ. It is lighter and has stiffer suspension than the normal BRZ, with a carbon-fiber roof panel, Brembo brakes, and a more aerodynamic body kit. As seen in the renderings, the concept wears a big rear wing, quad exhaust tips, a new front fascia with larger air intakes, and silver multi-spoke wheels reminiscent of those on the Impreza WRX STI.

Subaru has previously promised that a production version of the BRZ will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in late November. We believe this STI versionwill make its production debut far later. So far there is no word from Subaru as to when the BRZ STI will be shown in production form.

We have already seen prototypes of the BRZ testing at various tracks around the world. Subaru executives also have asserted that the BRZ's low-slung engine will give the car the lowest center of gravity of any production car on sale.

We'll bring you more information on the concept car -- hopefully including power figures -- once it makes its debut at the L.A. show later this month.

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