Posts Tagged ‘limited edition’

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue Special Edition Trim Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Monday, June 2nd, 2014

A couple weeks ago, we previewed a new Subaru BRZ FA-20 body kit from Cosworth. Now, Subaru has just unveiled an in-house special edition model which will go on sale with the 2015 model year. It’s called the Subaru BRZ Series.Blue, and it’s the closest yet that we’ve come to a BRZ STI.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue

It’s almost unfair when you think about it. Throughout the BRZ’s life we’ve been told time and time again that an STI version of the Japanese automaker’s prized sports car simply isn’t in the cards, despite desperate pleas from enthusiasts.

And yet, here we have this new special edition Series.Blue BRZ that features a plethora of modifications from Subaru Technica International, but not in the one area that counts – the engine. We certainly don’t like complaining about any STI models – and this particular model is very well done – but c’mon! Just give us a more powerful engine!

Still, there’s no denying that the Series.Blue is breathtaking, both inside and out.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue front spoiler

So, powertrain aside, what will distinguish the Subaru BRZ Series.Blue from the normal 2015 model?

There are quite a few exterior modifications, so let’s start there. As you can see, the Series.Blue BRZ features STI-branded front, side and side-rear spoilers, along with new custom underbody panels. Together, these mods help the limited edition BRZ achieve a measurably higher downforce and reduced drag coefficient. As far as non-functional upgrades, you’ll find that the special edition BRZ also gets new red brake calibers and black STI 17-inch wheels.

STI has also made several improvements to the BRZ’s interior, pictured below:

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue interior

That black and blue theme you see on the steering wheel continues throughout the Series.Blue’s interior, complete with black and blue leather and Alcantara seating with blue stitching. In fact, that deep blue motif extends to the shift lever, the parking brake handle, the center console, the door trim and the seat backs, where you’ll also find a sleek silver-embroidered BRZ logo. To help complete the look, STI has installed a backlit red engine start/stop button and a carbon fiber finish across the dash.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue interior 2

As you can see, even though it’s a little disappointing that STI still hasn’t touched the powertrain, the Subaru BRZ Series.Blue still has quite a lot going for it. When the car goes on sale in 2015, it’s sure to sell out in a flash. Subaru is only going to sell 1000 Series.Blue models – 500 in the WR Blue Pearl (pictured above) and 500 in Crystal White Pearl – so you’d best get your trigger finger ready if you want one of these for yourself.

Scion xB Release Series Revealed Ahead of New York

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

In case you forgot, the 2014 New York Motor Show opens at the end of next week, so most automakers are hustling to get in some final teasers ahead of the event. Today’s reveal is a little bit more than a teaser though… It’s a full-fledged preview of the new Scion xB Release Series 10.0, pictured below:

Scion xB Release Series 10.0

Obviously, Scion’s 5-door hatchback isn’t a car that we talk about a lot… In fact, it’s probably fair to say that Scion doesn’t talk about it a lot either. It’s a Japanese car that’s been in its second generation for the past eight years, and what we’ll see in New York is Scion’s attempt at refreshing the model with a new, limited edition trim. To add some exclusive appeal, Scion is only manufacturing 1,500 of the Release Series xB.

As you can see, the new Scion xB RS has some very nice aesthetics going for it. The paint job is called Electric Quartz, named as such for the pearl white paint with electric green highlights and piano black accents. There’s even a little light beneath the rear bumper that projects an electric green Scion logo on the ground behind the xB, like some sort of mini bat signal.

Scion xB RS Rear Projection

All of the exterior themes listed above continue into the interior of the Scion xB RS, except that they’ve been reversed. Instead of a predominately white interior, the seating, upholstery and center console are piano black, with subtle green accent stitching on the seats. And yes, even the projection lighting has been carried over into the interior; a green “xB RS 10.0” is projected onto the driver’s side carpet and the specific vehicle number (out of 1,500) projected onto the passenger’s side floor. The Scion name is also luminously etched into door sills, and even the cup holders are illuminated with that nice neon green. It serves to create an all-around classy-but-modern interior.

In addition to all of the design themes, the limited edition Scion xB will also get a host of new technologies, outlined below:

  • Backup camera
  • Conductive charging mat to wireless charge cell phones
  • 2014 Display Audio System w/ 6.1 inch touchscreen
  • Hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth
  • Built-in AUX/USB port with iPod connectivity

These aren’t exactly cutting-edge technologies, but they’re better than nothing. Since the Scion xB RS has an MSRP of just over $20,000, we think that the above will suffice. It might not be quite as epic as Scion’s VP, Doug Murtha, makes it out to be in the press release, but we’re sure that the Toyota sub-brand won’t have too much trouble getting rid of the 1,500 xB RS 10.0 models.

To be perfectly honest, we probably won’t cover the Scion xB RS 10.0 when it makes its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show since there’s not much else to say. But, feel free to follow along on Scion’s website if you’re interested in learning more.