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2016 Honda Civic Type-R Detailed, Hot Variant Possible

Posted by Stephen On Friday, June 5th, 2015

2016 Honda Civic Type R on the track

The “most extreme and high-performing Type R ever built” is finally here. Or rather, it’s getting extremely close. The 2016 Honda Civic type R is set to make its worldwide debut in July 2015, less than one month away. Now that we are officially into June, Honda is really starting to heat up the hype.

For example, this weekend we finally got an official, production-ready rundown of the new hot Hatch’s stats. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine that can rev up to 7,000 rpm and outputs a hefty 306 hp at 6500 rpm.

2015 Honda Civic Type R

The car has excellent mid-range torque of 295 lb-ft from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm, but the car was really made to excel at all ends of the rotational spectrum. The VTEC and VTC valve timing technologies work in tandem to optimize low-end torque response without taking away from up-to-the-redline acceleration, and the car is offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

This mighty pound-for-pound powertrain was powerful enough to take a near-identical prototype of the civic type R around the Nürburgring in just 7 minutes and 50.63 seconds – a new lap record for commercial cars in this class. For those of you interested, the 2016 Civic Type R can blast from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and returns a surprisingly conservative 32.2 mpg.

2016 Honda Civic Type R interior

We’d already seen inside the cabin, but these pictures confirm that Honda has done a superb job with the hatchback’s interior. The cabin is exactly what we’d want from a track-ready hot hatch like the Type R. The red-and-black bucket seats and the sleek dashboard are our favorite parts.

Perhaps most exciting of all, though… There is now a fairly credible rumor going around that Honda is planning to launch an extra-hot version of the Civic Type R sometime in the next couple years. According to an interview between Motor Trend and the Type R’s project leader, Hisayuki Yagi, “At the start of development we set the target to be the fastest front-drive hatchback around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. And we are. If someone takes our record, we will take it back.”

In other words, there’s room to grow, and they are willing to modify the car to do it (provided there’s a record-related or marketing-related need for it, of course).

What would a hot Civic Type R look like?

2015 Honda Civic Type R

Turns out, it’s not so much what it would look like, but what it would feel like. According to MT’s interview, the engine could be tuned up by about 20 horsepower and the car could shed something in the realm of 120 lbs.

We’re happy to hear that Honda is throwing down the gauntlet with their new Civic Type R, and we hope someone takes them up on it. That way we can see the Honda Civic Type R’s true power! Bwahahaha!


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Our weekly auction finds are typically centered on cool, budget-friendly Japanese cars. Today, we have a special treat, which also serves as proof that these auction finds are good for more than just economical Japanese cars. Today we’re looking at a 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – the quintessential American sports car.

2012 Ford Mustang

The Shelby Mustang was originally manufactured as a high-performance variant of the regular Ford Mustang, built by Shelby Automotive in the late ‘60s. In 2007, Ford revived the Shelby nameplate as their own manufacturer-sourced performance car.

Under the hood of this 2012 model year you’ll find a massive 5.4L aluminum engine, which allows Ford to save a full 102 lbs over the cast-iron version of the same engine. With that massive displacement, this Mustang offers a gut-wrenching 550 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque under the hood. Despite the ginormous engine, this was only the second year of Shelby Mustangs to escape the ominous Gas Guzzler Tax with 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

2012 Ford Mustang rear

To help handle all that power, Ford vastly improved the handling capabilities of the 2011 and 2012 MY Shelby Mustangs. This car rides about 10mm lower to the ground than its predecessor. It also uses Ford’s then-new Electric Power Assist Steering system (EPAS) to deliver more precise steering and better all-around road feel; basically, to help make the driver and vehicle feel as one.

The exterior of this 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 probably doesn’t need too much explanation; like we said at the beginning of this article, the Mustang is a modern-day classic. It is the original pony car, with a short butt and a huge front end. Of particular note in this model are the forged aluminum wheels – 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inchers in the back. This model boasts a blue double racing stripe down the middle of the car, from the front all the way across the rear spoiler.

2012 Ford Mustang interior

Inside, the 2012 Ford Mustang seen here is in great condition with a B-grade interior. This has historically been the downfall of the Mustang… It’s a hoot to drive with insane starting and stopping power and excellent turning, and the car itself is unforgettable. But, the interior is somewhat rudimentary compared to other cars in the same class. That being said, you will have plenty of space and all the standard creature comforts you can expect of a car in this price range, including a color touchscreen infotainment system.

There are currently 9 different Ford Mustangs up for auction in Japan, ranging from a ’97 to a 2014 MY. For more information on this auction find, you can get a full translation of the specs below the auction sheet:

2012 Ford Mustang auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered February 2012, Shelby GT500 model, 6-speed manual, AC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbag, leather, black leather seats, airbag, original 18 inch alloy wheels, LHD, not known if gray or official import, 2007 model, AM HDD navigation system with digital TV, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, scratches and dents, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Pics and Next-Gen R36 News

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 8th, 2015

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 1

We already knew that Nissan’s been selling a limited edition of their 2016 Nissan GTR to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Today, we get a whole bunch of awesome on-road pictures of the 45th Anniversary Edition model. Automotive eye-candy, here we come!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 3

The limited run Anniversary Edition GT-R will be built on the Premium (base) trim of Nissan’s supercar.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 4

Only 45 units of the gold GT-R will be built – one for each year of the car’s existence. You can have one for yourself for a meager $102,770, which is just $1,000 more than the Premium model!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 6

As we’ve said before, there’s nothing different about the 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition other than the fact that it’s gold (technically it’s the same “Silica Brass” that was used on the 2001 Skyline R34 Type GT-R). It runs on the same 3.8L twin-turbo V6 that’s in the regular GT-R, which isn’t to say it’s an unimpressive engine… It outputs 542 horsies and 463 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition  interior

Inside, the golden theme continues with a special gold VIN plaque to serve as a constant reminder of the car’s limited production.

Next-Gen GT-R to Get LMP1 Engine

The other piece of GT-R-related news we have for you is about to the engine that may be used in the next-generation Nissan GT-R, which will be the R36. According to an interview between Ben Bowlby, who serves as the technical director for GT-R LM Nismo, and Top Gear, the 3.0L V6 engine currently being used in the GT-R LMP1 racer could be an early iteration of a road-going variant.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 2

“The 3.0L V6 is sort of god-child of the true, road-going GT-R,” Bowlby informed. “It’s a direct injection engine, and the combustion technology, and integration of turbo and intake system within the head design, is all very interesting and highly applicable to the road.”

He went on to explain that many high-performance racing engines are too short-lived to apply to commercial vehicles; they rev high and burn out too quickly. However, the engine in the current GT-R racer revs at the same 6,500 rpm that you’d expect on an off-track car.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition 5

Either way, we’ve still got a few more years until the R36 GT-R makes its debut. Most recent rumors place it at the end of 2018 as a 2019MY, but it’s too early to lock in a firm schedule.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan GT-R Premium

2012 Nissan GT-R

Need something to compare the Nissan GT-R Gold Edition to? Or maybe you just need a reminder that really cool cars like the Nissan GT-R can easily be found in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database…

2012 Nissan GT-R rear

Either way, this 2012 GT-R is one of about twenty GT-R / Skyline models currently up for auction in Japan. You can see that it’s in superb condition with barely a single scratch on its gunmetal-colored exterior.

2012 Nissan GT-R interior

It’s got an A-rated interior and an overall auction rating of 5, so this is definitely one worth bookmarking. If you want to know more, you can get a detailed specs translation below the auction sheet.

2012 Nissan GT-R auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered February 2012, DBA emissions code, Premium Edition, 4WD, AT, AAC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, original HDD navigation system, digital TV, original 20 inch alloy wheels, LED hyper day lights, Bose sound system, one owner, first time in auction, original indoor cover, original Brembo calipers, half-leather seats, GT-R jack, seat heater, rear view reversing camera, intelligent key, lock nut, wheels scratched, ceiling lining has minor grime, minor scratches and minor dents front windscreen stone scratches, scraped under front bumper, marks as per map”


Here’s the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Rally Car

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 8th, 2015

2015 Toyota RAV4 Rally Car

Toyota has an innovative new rally racer that they will bring to several rally competitions later this year. It’s a tuned up 2015 Toyota RAV4 LE, pictured here in full racing form.

The Japanese automaker unveiled their high-performance rally RAV4 this weekend at the Monster Energy Supercross Championship finale, which took place at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Obviously, it’s not every day that you see a commercial crossover competing in pro-level races like the Idaho Rally or the Mt. Hood Rally. Toyota plans to bring their RAV4 to several of the races in the 2015 Rally America season in the 2WD-Open Class.

Ryan Millin & RAV4

The modified 2015 Toyota RAV4 LE will be driven by Ryan Millen – a seasoned Toyota racer in his own right. He recently won the 2014 Baja 1000 driving a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro series, and he has high hopes for the RAV4. “I’ve driven just about everything Toyota has to offer,” he said. “And I’ve been very impressed with the RAV4 is tight, compact body and smooth handling. I’m looking forward to putting it through the paces this season.”

What kind of modifications has Toyota made to transform their commercial RAV4 into a rally-ready machine?

One thing they did NOT change is the engine… The RAV4 rally car runs on the same stock powertrain in the normal RAV4 LE, which is a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine. It outputs 176 hp and just 172 lb-ft of torque, and the engine is fitted to the LE’s stock transmission. So, how will the RAV4 hope to compete?

Ryan Millen & RAV4 profile

Millen’s crew stripped over 500 lbs off the small crossover to make it a much more agile vehicle. They added a roll cage and fitted the wheels with BFGoodrich all-terrain DOT 215/75R15 tires. They also upgraded the unpderpinnings with a front and rear TEIN suspension.

You may be asking why Toyota would care about getting their RAV4 crossover into the motorsports spotlight; we certainly were. Turns out, they’ve got something to prove. The press release makes it clear they’re tired of the RAV4 being known “only” for its immense practicality and superiority to its “more-cumbersome” SUV brethren. Now, they want everyone to know that the RAV4’s “lighter and leaner design” makes it the perfect car for anyone who regularly makes “desert, beach and other outdoor excursions.”

Okay, Toyota, we get it. The RAV4 is an off-road vehicle. Let’s see what it can do.


2016 Scion FR-S Gets Upgraded Interior & Tech.

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

After Scion added two new cars to their lineup for the first time in years at the 2015 New York Auto Show, we’ve been anxiously waiting to see what the youth-targeted marque would do with their most iconic vehicle for the 2016 model year. Today, Scion released official details for their 2016 Scion FR-S sports coupe.

2016 Scion FR-S

Let’s start with the exterior. No body modifications have been made to the FR-S for 2016, but Scion will offer the coupe in two new colors – Ablaze Red (pictured) or Oceanic Blue. Remember, the coupe has only been on the market since 2013; Toyota hasn’t yet seen fit to make any body modifications to either their 86 or FR-S offerings in any market. The powertrain will stay the same too – it’s a 2.0L four-cylinder with 200 hp.

2016 Scion FR-S interior

The interior is where things start getting really exciting. Scion wanted to improve the premium feel of the coupe’s cabin, so they made a number of interior upgrades. They’ve added new silver accents throughout the center console and dashboard, along with the steering wheel and door grips. Scion has also added in a higher quality audio system as the standard option, along with a crisp 7-inch touchscreen and voice recognition technology.

2016 Scion FR-S rear

Scion also says that they’ve added a rear-view backup camera to the coupe for “added safety, comfort and convenience.” Of course, we all know that this is 2015… Backup cameras are required now. Still, we appreciate the sentiment.

With all the new technology, it’s no surprise that the 2016 model year will get a slight price increase of $405. That means the six-speed manual now starts at $25,305. The six-speed sequential automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters starts at $26,405. And don’t forget the $770 destination fee.

2016 Scion FR-S profile

Honestly, even after the changes to the 2016MY coming in June, the Scion FR-S is headed for a rough year. First-quarter sales were down almost 30% from last year, and it’s hard to believe that a higher price tag is going to positively affect sales, even with a better interior.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota 86 G

2012 Toyota 86

Since the cars are still so new, you won’t find very many GT86 or BRZ coupes up for auction in Japan (the FR-S is a US-only name). But, we managed to dig up this beautiful blazing red 86 G in superb condition.

2012 Toyota 86 rear

Interestingly, the base trim Toyota 86 (as it’s called in Japan) is the RC package, which is a barebones vehicle meant for racing. It’s only once you move to the G trim (the car you see here) that you get all the interior components like air-conditioning, leather upholstery with red stitching, plus the LCD touchscreen display. You also get those slick 16-inch alloys you can see in the images above.

2012 Toyota 86 interior

As we said, this 2012 Toyota 86 auction find is in great shape with a B-grade interior and exterior, and an overall rating of 4.5. For more details, get a full translation of the specs below the auction sheet.

2012 Toyota 86 auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered October 2012, G model, 6-speed manual, AC, Kenwood SD navigation system with digital TV, rear view reversing camera, keyless entry, original 16 inch AWs, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, one owner, seats worn, front windscreen scratched, interior grime, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”


New Honda S2000 or CR-Z to Sit Between S660 & NSX

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 1st, 2015

Pikes Peak Honda CR-Z

Honda has been perhaps the most exciting Japanese automaker to follow in 2015. First it was the news of the S1000, a ‘hot’ version of the turbocharged S660 roadster kei car that’s currently available in Japan. Then it was the new Civic Type-R. Then it was the Acura NSX Concept which previewed a new hybrid supercar that’s likely to make its production debut at the beginning of next year.

Now, according to Motoring, we’ve learned that Honda plans to introduce not one, but possibly TWO more sports cars in the near future. The first will be a successor to the S2000 that got axed back in ’09. The second will be a performance-tuned CR-Z. Both cars could sit between the S660 / S1000 and the NSX as mid-level sports cars. They’ll be bigger and faster than the kei car roadster, but much more attainable than the six-figure supercar.

Let’s start with the S2000. According to the report, the new S2000 would feature a mid-engine hybrid layout that’s similar to the one showcased in the NSX. Motoring’s Honda informant says that their engineers “are currently evaluating a detuned version of the Civic Type-R’s 2.0L turbo.” He went on to say that a more efficient 1.5L turbo is on the table, and that he believes that such a car could output a minimum of 300hp with a price tag somewhere in the mid $60k. This would put the car in prime position to take on the likes of the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK, BMW Z4 and even Nissan’s Fairlady Z.

As for the CR-Z, details are even sparser. Motoring’s insider offered barely two sentences about the possibility of the compact coupe’s return: “We still need to evaluate exactly where a new CR-Z would fit into our sports car hierarchy … We are looking at the potential of electric 4WD [like] the Pikes Peak CR-Z.” However, he went on to say that, “The powers that be in our R&D section are leaning strongly towards channeling development funds away from the CR-Z and into an S2000 successor.”

Either way, the good news is that another sports car is definitely on the table for Honda. We just don’t know exactly which one it’ll be. And, we should make it clear that neither car is anywhere close to production. Honda’s first priority is boosting sales of their high-volume models in two primary markets – the US and China. They believe that a focus on those markets is the key to higher profits, which would then allow them to devote research and development into lower-volume models like a new CR-Z coupe or S2000 roadster.


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Yesterday we got the great news that Mitsubishi has definite plans to revive the Evo nameplate. They didn’t say when, but high-level execs have all but guaranteed that the next Evo will be a high-performance hybrid crossover. That means it’s the end of an era for Mitsubishi’s budget-friendly sports sedan. Today we’re paying homage to the old Evo with a pristine auction find from just a few years back – a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR Premium package.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

As a 2010 model year, this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would have been manufactured in the prime of the car’s 10th generation of production. Otherwise known as the Lancer Evolution X, these models were built on a newly designed lightweight 2.0L turbocharged inline-four GEMA engine. The engine is made entirely from aluminum, but still offers a great kick with 296 horsepower available under the hood. With the lightweight design, this Lancer Evo is one of the few sub-300 hp cars that can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

As an Evo with the GSR Premium package, this Lancer’s engine would’ve been mated to a 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission system with magnesium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. This car also would’ve been the first car to use Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, with stopping power provided by Brembo ventilated brake discs.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR rear

The exterior is iconic – exactly what most people associate with the Lancer Evo name. It’s got that wide-open trapezoidal maw, a trio of hood vents, a blood red paintjob and a huge rear spoiler to define this car as a performance model. And those stylish treads you see in the pictures above are 245/40R18 Yokohama ADCAN A13C tires mounted with Enkie 12-spoke alloys with extra-high rigidity.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR interior

Moving inside the car, this 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has a surprisingly robust interior for being manufactured during the automotive recession. In the image here, it’s easy to make out the sculpted leather bucket seats with white stitching and the chrome accents around the cabin that match the magnesium paddle shifters. You also can’t miss that beautiful 7-inch LCD with built-in navigation through the Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) and a sizeable 30Gb on-board hard drive. And you can rock out with a booming Rockford Fosgate audio system for your favorite tunes.

At the time of this writing, there are less than 10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions up for auction in Japan. The one you see here is the best-looking one of the bunch with an overall rating of 4.5. To learn more about this Japanese car auction find, you can get a full translation of the auction spec sheet below:

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered May 2010, GSR Premium, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original BBS 18 inch AWs, Ralliart adjustable suspension, Fujitsubo muffler, Monster CPU and piping, AM rear diffuser, original HDD navigation system, Recaro black leather seats, optional lip spoiler, optional trunk lid spoiler, HID lights, smart key, Rockford Fosgate sound system, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, scratches and dents, lower left side step cover A3, scraped under front bumper, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Rumor: Mazda to Revive MPS Brand Later This Year

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 24th, 2015

2010 Mazdaspeed3

2010 Mazdaspeed3

For the past six or seven months, we’ve been hearing quiet rumors about the return of Mazda’s MPS performance sub-brand.  The last one came in February of this year when the Mazda2’s chief engineer, Ayumu Doi, clearly informed us that to the Mazda Performance Series is “not dead”. He went on to insinuate that a performance Mazda2 is a likely candidate for the brand’s returning debut.

Today, Australian news source Motoring has an updated story for us. Apparently, a hatch WILL be the first car to get the MAZDASPEED treatment, but it won’t be the Mazda2… It’ll be the Mazda3. For those who don’t know, the old Mazda3 MPS hot hatch was arguably the most beloved MPS in the brand’s past life. Pictured below you’ll find what the new MPS model might look like, rendered by Design RM.

But, wait… It gets better!

Mazda 3 MPS Rendering

Not only does this mean that Mazda is definitely bringing back the MPS brand, Motoring also says that it will be later this year at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Apparently, Mazda plans to tease us with a Mazda3 MPS prototype or concept at the motor show in September. But, they’ll still get us a production car by the end of the year so that the brand can restart its life with a 2016 model year.

Nothing is for sure, but early indications are that the hot Mazda3 will run on a 2.5L four-cylinder turbo petrol with upwards of 300 horsepower. The hatch will also run on AWD just like the new Ford Focus RS.

Mazda 3 MPS Rendering back

We still haven’t forgotten about the Mazda2 MPS, and neither has Mazda. We have no idea when they’ll do it, but they apparently do intend to offer MPS variants of other models, the Mazda2 being one of the chief contenders. Another option – the one we’re most excited about – is a possible Mazda MX-5 MPS, which could become the flagship model for the brand.

Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on any other updates, official or otherwise. In the meantime, enjoy this old MPS auction find:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Mazda3 MPS

2007 Mazdaspeed3

Known as the Mazda3 MPS, Mazdaspeed3 or the Mazdaspeed Axela depending on your market, this was one of the defining cars for Mazda’s performance sub-brand. Although these aren’t the best quality images, we hope you can still appreciate the significance of the car beneath.

2007 Mazdaspeed3 rear

As a 2007 model year, this would have been the beginning of the second-generation Mazdaspeed3’s production. It was powered by a 2.3L inline-four that outputs 263 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, with front-wheel drive and paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

For more details about this 2007 Mazda3 MPS, keep reading for the auction sheet translation below:

2007 Mazdaspeed3 auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition C, first registered March 2007, Mazda Speed model, DBA emissions code, 6-speed manual, AAC, power steering, power windows, original AWs, airbag, ABS, minor scratches, dimples, steering wheel worn, interior grime, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, front windscreen has minor cracks, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

After we learned that Subaru finally plans to bring a full-on BRZ STI model to the US, it seems fitting to highlight a Japanese car auction find from the Subaru tuning arm. Despite being the only STI model shared between Japan and the US, we went with a Subaru WRX STI because frankly it’s the most exciting STI variant that’s been offered to date. This is a 2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line Premium package.

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line

The Subaru WRX STI A-Line was introduced in Japan back in 2009 as a 2010 model year. It was essentially a sedan variant of the Impreza WRX STI… If you look at the two cars only from the front, they are nearly identical. However, the A-Line gets a number of additional improvements that help aim it at a slightly older demographic. The A-Line was, after all, meant to be an adult-targeted model.

Looking at the exterior, the Subaru WRX STI A-Line has all the trappings of a performance car. To help emphasize the A-Line’s sedan profile, Subaru pulled the rear overhang back by about 150mm, which adds a meager 10kg to the curb weight. You’ll also find a slight front spoiler, a hood scoop for extra powertrain ventilation, 18-inch forged aluminum alloys, and a rear diffuser with twin sports exhausts. And of course, you can make out the STI badging in the front and back.

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line interior

Inside, the normal Subaru WRX STI A-Line comes standard with Recaro bucket seats wrapped in black leather and Alcantara. However, since this is an A-Line Premium package, you’ll get tan leather instead of the Alcantara mixture, and you’ll get tan leather wrapped around the steering wheel too.

You’ll also enjoy heated seats, cruise control, paddle shifters (which you can barely make out in the photo) and the central audio remote control. And don’t forget the aluminum pedals and built-in navigation that come standard in any WRX STI.

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line rear

Under the hood, the 2010 WRX STI A-Line was only offered with a five-speed automatic transmission with downshift control. This is where the WRX STI A-Line really separates itself from the normal WRX – it runs on a twin turbocharged 2.5L boxer four that outputs a hefty 300 hp.

What’s more?

The engine is equipped with an Active Valve Control System to maximize low-mid range torque, and a Tumble Generation Valve that helps optimize combustion. Plus, you’ll have insane stopping control with 17-inch front brake discs and 16-inch rear rotors.

To learn more about this 2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line, keep reading below for a translation of the auction sheet:

2010 Subaru WRX STI A-Line auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered August 2010, STi A Line Premium Package model, FAT, AAC, one owner, brown STi leather seats, power seat, seat heater, xenon lights, Si Drive, power steering, power windows, original AWs, leather, airbag, original TV, original navigation system, ABS, original HDD navigation system with digital TV, paddle shift cruise control, push button starter, indicator door mirrors, coating completed, front windscreen scratched, interior grime, battery flat, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”


Subaru Finally Confirms a BRZ STI Model

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

You may already know that Subaru is on track to hit its seventh consecutive year of record sales in the US. However, the Japanese automaker is never one to rest on its laurels. Today we learned that Subaru is FINALLY ready to talk about a BRZ STI.

2015 Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept

You may remember that the Japanese automaker showcased their Subaru STI Performance Concept just a few weeks ago in New York. At the time, we were explicitly told that this concept was NOT meant to prequel a BRZ STI. Now, just three weeks later, an interview between Automotive News and STI president Yoshio Hirakawa has us singing a song of a different tune.

Hirakawa says that Subaru wants “to create a car that drivers can control like their own legs so they can push the car to the limit.” He also says that the US is the highest priority for the STI brand, since it is the single biggest market for complete STI vehicles. Which is honestly a little surprising, since there’s only a single STI vehicle available in the US – the Subaru WRX STI, which is apparently responsible for 6,500 sales in 2014.

That brings us to a discussion of STI as a brand. Inside Subaru, STI has three key roles: complete performance cars, individual performance parts and kits, and then motorsports. Obviously, a new Subaru BRZ STI would fall under that first key role as a complete vehicle.

In other markets, STI is most commonly seen on special edition models. For example, Japan has seen a number of “STI edition” vehicles over the past few years, including the Legacy, Forester and even a BRZ “tuned by STI” edition.

Subaru BRZ Performance Concept

There is a number of obvious incentives for Subaru to create a full-fledged BRZ STI that is more than just a limited edition model. For one, literal hordes of Subaru fans have been begging the automaker to create such a car since… Well, pretty much since the BRZ first hit the market back in 2012.

The other big incentive is profitability – when you consider that a WRX STI has a starting price that’s $8,200 higher than the normal WRX, it’s easy to see how lucrative these models can be. And that doesn’t take into account how many more models Subaru will sell simply by having more performance options available!

We also learned a bit more about the possible powertrain that could be fit into a Subaru BRZ STI. According to Automotive News, we can expect a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder boxer that outputs 345 horsepower, the same exact engine they use in the Super GT racing circuit in Japan.

After all that, Subaru says that the STI Performance Concept shown at the top of this post may indeed preview a possible BRZ STI. Furthermore, the car could come as soon as the end of next year, sold as a 2017 model year.