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Subaru XV Design Concept Debuted at 2016 Geneva Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 4th, 2016

Whether it’s speed or performance boundaries that you’re looking to see redefined or it’s innovative technology and luxury that you’re looking to get your fill on, the Geneva Motor Show is where you’ll find all of the above in one exciting place. This is where leaders of the car industry come to show off their latest and greatest concepts in automobiles and every big car company highlights this week on the calendar as the time to present the most advanced vehicles to the world. Among the featured cars for this year’s March Madness, Subaru had a little something to earn bragging rights.

Subaru XV Concept Geneva 2016

For those who don’t remember, Subaru debuted a couple of Impreza concepts at the Tokyo, and Los Angeles car shows last year. The first car was one was a five-door hatch, and the second car was a sedan. However, the Impreza collection also includes the elevated Crosstrek, known as the XV in most other markets. So now at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Subaru presents the first certified preview at the high-riding, next-generation Impreza, by way of this XV Concept.

While the specifics were few, what you see is what you get here. The XV certainly has a more powerful take on the sedan and hatchback models that came before it, in keeping with the Crosstrek’s character. The new concept rides on 19-inch wheels which definitely won’t make it to production, and you can anticipate some sort of boxer four-cylinder engine to drive power to all four wheels.

All in all, the XV Concept does look pretty decent. However, Subaru has a very long history of making eye-catching concept cars that don’t exactly carry their attractiveness over to production. Nonetheless, the existing Crosstrek has a bit of a rugged handsomeness to it, so let’s hope something parallel occurs when this concept ultimately transforms into a production model in the upcoming year.


Subaru Alcyone / XT6 Trip Down Memory Lane

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Before you pull out the in the meantime gloves and tools to work on your favorite project car this weekend, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Our throwback Thursday car of choice is the 1988 Subaru Alcyone, known as the Subaru XT6 in the US. The very same car that boarded the EA 2 flat-4 that were found in all Subarus of that decade. If you know your old school cars, you know this engine is great for standard wagons and sedans but for a sports car, the engine was sadly underpowered despite the fact it was turbocharged when compared to the Supras and Zs.

Fuji Heavy Industries got smart in ’88 when they released the XT6 with a 150-horseoower 2.7-liter flat-6 to make sure this model was something to be reckoned with against competitors. The light 2,200 pounds combined with the engine allowed the XT6 to fly like all sports car should. A lot of sports car drivers get pumped with adrenaline when they hear a powerful engine on the road, but that’s one thing this Subaru Alcyone didn’t have because this engine whispers, so they don’t hear you coming!

So what made this old time favorite Subaru model stand out? Well, we know it wasn’t a loud engine so it must have been the full-time 4WD system that helped its power delivery in the handling department and off the line. It definitely beat the Supra and 300ZX in those departments! Another bonus this Subaru Alcyone held over the old XT models was the newly added 5×100 lug pattern hubs compared to the earlier 4×140 lug pattern. The 5×100 definitely helped with aftermarket wheels which weren’t possible before then.

If you remember the XT6 when it was equipped with air suspension that improved your ride but it was prone to leakage later on down the line. If you so happen to own this old beauty, and the air suspension doesn’t fly for you, you could always swap it out with standard coil springs which are a sensible choice.

The XT6 also came equipped with extremely durable wheels and a sporty interior so it was easy to fall in love with this car and I’m sure most owners gave this baby its own name. With all this glory, it’s no wonder that old Subarus seem to be a quite popular buy in 2016 when you check online listings of old and used cars. SO if you’re looking to rekindle an old car flame to make it your next car project, the XT6 is an excellent choice! You never know, you may even be able to find one in the Japanese car auctions.

In the meantime, why not enjoy this retro review of this retro Japanese car?


Retro Sambar/ VW Bus Lookalike At Auction in Japan

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Mitsuoka tries to do retro, but never seems to pull it off. The Nissan Figaro, now that is true retro. But what about this — a Suzuki Sambar kei van converted to look like an old VW bus? Personally, I think these are incredibly cute and look even better in the metal.

Watch the video to see more detail of this particular one we found at auction here in Japan.

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - auction sheet

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - front

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - interior

VW-style Subaru Samar Dias - rear


Subaru BRZ World’s Tightest 360º Spin

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Setting a world record is no easy task. In fact, it can be downright impossible. But don’t let that stop you.

The Subaru BRZ just set a world record. For Subaru, that’s great, but it’s not the first time. It won’t be the last.

The vehicle set the Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest 360º spin. The car, being driven by stunt driver Alastair Moffat, was driving the car on a closed course at about 48 k/h in a narrow lane of cars, clearing the spin with just 2.25 meters of clearance. When the feat was accomplished, he continued on to the end of the course.

This broke the previous world record of 2.5 meters of clearance, which, by the way, was also set in a Subaru BRZ in 2014 at the Autosport International’s Live Action Arena.

Subaru BRZ

The requirements to qualify for the record-breaking stunt are stiff. The vehicle must not have been modified in any way. It must be using the same equipment that it came with when it rolled off the assembly line.

What you can do is make adjustments to the current, standard controls of the car. For this feat, the traction control switch was powered OFF and the anti-lock braking system was disengaged.
The previous record was also set by Alastair Moffat, who holds other records under his belt. He is credited with the “Tightest Reverse Parallel Park,” a record he set while behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper in November 2015. In that maneuver, he left a mere 35 centimeters of space between his Cooper and the two vehicles he squeezed in between.

He is also the recipient of the “Tightest Parallel Park,” another 2015 record, while behind the wheel of a Fiat 500.

For Subaru, this came together beautifully. Put the right driver behind the wheel of the right car and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Subaru can put this world record under its belt with all the other ones the Japanese carmaker has. A recent example of another world record happened just last year when Subaru Russia organized the largest parade of vehicles – 549, to be exact – at the Moscow Raceway, at the SubaFest held Aug. 15, 2015.

Subaru set a world record in 2011 at the Isle of Man, one of the most perilous race tracks in existence. The Subaru was driven by British Rally Champion driver Mark Higgins, setting a new lap record for a 4-wheeled vehicle – something that many manufacturers have tried since to beat, but so far, have been unsuccessful.


Japan’s Number 1 Car Maker Is … Subaru!?

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Fuji Heavy Industries knows how to make money. Despite a relatively weak Yen, they continue to make exorbitant amounts of profit. On Tuesday, their stock closed at an all-time high of ¥5200 ($41.90) per share. Fuji Heavy is the parent company and maker of Subaru automobiles.

As the smallest out of seven Japanese automakers, they can teach a lesson to the big boys. They have the fourth largest market cap, trailing behind Toyota Motors, Honda Motors and Nissan Motors.

Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Fuji Heavy Industries.

Where to Go When the Yen Depreciates

Fuji Heavy typically profits when the Yen depreciates. They are set up to profit by ¥10 billion for each ¥1 depreciation annually. Every time that the Yen depreciates, investors are attracted to it like moths to a flame. In other words, these investors know exactly where to go when the Yen depreciates.

Right now, stock in Fuji Heavy is being heavily traded. Many people are unloading their stock and taking the profit while they still can while others are holding onto it – hoping to profit even further.

The United States Has Contributed

Despite the notion that the United States might be in a depression, sales continue to soar for vehicles like the Subaru Forester. According to President and CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, “It is taking [Subaru] two and a half months to deliver vehicles,” raking in an astonishing ¥193.2 billion for the April-September half.

Fuji Heavy Knows How to Make Money

According to industry information, Fuji knows how to make money. In fact, they’re more efficient at it then Toyota and BMW. Fuji Heavy netted a profit of ¥410,000 per vehicle. That’s 60 percent more than Toyota, who made ¥256,250. It takes a lot to beat BMW – but they did it for the first time ever. BMW trailed behind Fuji Heavy with a profit of ¥403,500.

The interesting thing is that sells cars without steep discounts. The average discount for a Subaru in the United States is $900 – they’re the only company successfully selling cars with discounts under the $1000 mark.

The Takeaway

If you invest in stocks, take a closer look at Fuji Heavy. Their shares may be expensive right now, sitting pretty at over $40 per share, but as an investment, they may be worth it. Not only are sales continuing to climb, but when the Yen depreciates, shareholders profit.

(Of course, we never give out investment advice. What you do with your money is your own business. We’re simply pointing out how a tiny minnow like Subaru has the big boys beat.)


Subaru Forester Facelift to Be Revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Monday, October 12th, 2015

Debuting in Japan on October 28th is the all new Subaru Forester. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the manufacturer of Subaru cars, recently announced that they will be launching the newly upgraded Subaru Forester edition in Japan, and will be exhibiting the model at the Press Day of the Tokyo Motor Show 2015.

Consumers can look forward to a promising SUV as the new Forester is equipped with many new upgrades, making it an even better vehicle than ever. All the new features improve upon the Forester’s reliability, safety and stability.

The brand new Subaru Forester model has an all new look from the inside to out. Subaru gave the Forester an upgrade on the inside and made it more of an SUV on the outside.

With an improved driving stability, the steering response has become more linear by modifying the steering-gear ratio, giving the driver a great feeling of control over the vehicles movement. Giving the Suspension settings a boost in optimization, the Subaru Forester gives you a more solid and smoother ride.

Subaru has given the Forester a quieter ride inside by improving upon the Lineartronic transmission, increasing the door glass thickness and strengthening the sealing. All of these features along with some others rid you more of unwanted sounds.

Key Forester Upgrades to Look Forward To

Exterior

The exterior of the Forester has gotten a number of upgrades, including 17-inch redesigned aluminum wheels, a redesigned front face, newly designed rear combination lights and the Subaru is even providing new color options.

The 17-inch aluminum wheels are a nice upgrade giving you reduced drag, better handling and improved fuel efficiency. Moving up to the turbocharged model will give you 18-inch aluminum wheels, bringing a noticeably strong look to the vehicle.

Having a newly designed front bumper, grill and headlights gives the Forester a wider appearance showing off its dependability and design. The front just screams, “I’m a Subaru, and I am built tough.”

Giving the rear combination lights a similar sideways U-shape as the headlights, they provide a sense of wideness and lift to the rear.

Subaru is giving you all new color options on the Forester this year. The new colors available are Sepia Bronze Metallic, and Dark Blue Pearl which both give a beautiful new look to the vehicle.

Interior

Subaru has given the Forester a brand new interior with a higher-quality appearance and finish. They’ve also given a color LCD multi-information display, SD navigation compatible with “Siri Eyes Free”, driver-side memory function seats and rear seat heaters.

Upgrading the interior finish and appearance was the first step Subaru took in the new Forester. With metallic accents, a decorative panel with a silver frame and piano-black hues. Creating a luxurious feel, leather is covering the instrument panel, the center tray and the door grips.

In the center of the meter panel rests a color LCD multi-information display. The display gives you important information necessary for driving, the status of EyeSight and Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE).

For more safety and convenience, an SD navigation system which supports “Siri Eyes Free” has been made available. Just by pressing the Talk button on the steering wheel, you can enable Siri and give verbal commands.

The Subaru Forester has also made available a spectacular Harman Kardon sound system, which provides you with amazing sound quality.

The upgraded Forester has given the driver even more convenience this year with driver-side power memory seats. By doing this, Subaru has taken the worry out of having a family member or friend mess up the driver seat. Whoever drives the vehicle is able to have their own seat setting, eliminating the need for long, drawn-out seat re positioning.

When it’s cold out not only can the front passengers keep warm, but now the back passengers can as well. Newly built rear heated seats allow for even more comfort to the back seat passengers.

Safety

This year’s JDM Forester is giving you a feeling of safety with an available advanced safety package, supplemental restraint system (SRS), LED high & low beam lights, steering responsive headlights, lane change assist (LCA), adaptive driving beam (ADB), blind spot detection (BSD) and Eyesight (ver.3).

The available advanced safety package provides the driver with a easier and more comfortable drive. Included is EyeSight front detection which is a radar that will detect vehicles in the rear blind spots.

Side and curtain airbags are the supplemental restraint system (SRS), which is standard on
all Foresters.

To enable the headlights each have their own high and low beam settings, the Forester is equipped with a bi-functional projector mechanism. Subaru has used this to take advantage of the LED projection lights ability to increase nighttime visibility.

The LED headlights also adapt to your steering. When you turn the steering wheel to the right or left that direction is illuminated, giving you even more nighttime visibility.

With lane change assist (LCA) and blind spot detection (BSD), the drive will be cautioned when a vehicle is rapidly approaching from the rear in the next lane or in a blind spot. In order to alert the driver an LED lights up the side door mirror, or flashes if there is a danger of collision.

Adaptive driving beam (ADB) us an high-performance stereo camera system that detects the presence of other vehicles ahead, and oncoming lanes. It will adjust the range of the high beams so that the other drivers are not distracted, and at the same time allowing you to have plenty of visibility. ADB is another great feature which improves upon nighttime driving.

The all new EyeSight version 3 is what makes almost everything possible. EyeSight gives you the Active Lane Keep steering assistance system, as well as Pre-Collision Braking Control and Adaptive Cruise Control. Subaru’s Eyesight version 3 has made vast improvements on safety technology.

Improvements in Driving Enjoyment

Subaru has improved upon the Forester’s chassis performance, suspension settings, steering-gear ration and on the turbocharged model the active torque vectoring. All of this adds to the comfort and enjoyment of the new Subaru Forester.

The Forester’s Chassis has been given an upgrade for enhanced performance. The rear trailing link bushings have been optimized to give better steering response and straight-line stability.

To give you a comfortable ride with little vibration and better performance, the Forester had optimized the shock absorber damping and the spring constant of coil springs and initial roll performance has been optimized. Subaru has also made changes to the rod guide bushing and the oil used to operate the front and rear shock absorbers to provide stable movement and lessening the vibration.

On previous Subaru Forester models, there was 15.5:1 steering-gear ration, but for the upgraded version, this now has been changed to 14.0:1. The change in the steering-gear ratio improves upon maneuverability and gives the Forester even more agile handling.

On the turbocharged model of the Forester, Subaru has added Active Torque Vectoring. With Active Torque Vectoring the cornering lines are improved.

Engine and Transmission

Improvements to the engine and transmission have been made by increasing the quietness of the vehicle, the availability to improve on fuel efficiency, the available auto-step shift control and close-ratio eight-speed shifting on the turbocharged models.

By thickening the door glass, adding stronger sealing and improving upon the Lineartronic transmission the Forester has great noise reduction. You will get the most quiet and comfortable ride with these upgrades.

Available on some models, the NA (Naturally Aspirated) engine improves upon fuel efficiency without losing performance. The NA engines have more efficient combustion and reduced friction giving it a fuel economy of 16.0 km/liter.

In doing this the new Forester is eligible for the next higher level of Japan’s Eco-car tax incentives (40% reduction in acquisition tax, 25% cut in tonnage tax and 50% off the following year’s automobile tax).

On the turbocharged models of the Forester, there has been given an auto-step shift control giving them a sporty and direct acceleration. Made available as well is the SI-DRIVE S# (Sport Sharp) mode with close-ratio eight-speed shifting adds on even more power.


Toyota GT86 to Get Facelift in 2016

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 15th, 2015

2014 Toyota GT86

It was only a few days ago when we heard about Scion’s plans to upgrade to their FR-S sports coupe for the 2016 model year. Now, it sounds like the rest of the world outside of the US will also be enjoying a new version of Toyota’s budget-friendly compact coupe, but it may come in the middle of 2016 instead of later this year, but it’ll still be a 2016MY either way.

The Toyota GT86, along with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, was originally launched back in 2012. So, 2016 would be the perfect year for a mid-cycle refresh. According to Australian automotive blog, Motoring, a Toyota insider has said to “look to some major body panel redesign.” But not too major… “It won’t be too radical because the 86 is made on the same assembly line is the Subaru BRZ, so the restyling process must be carried out within set parameters,” the insider warranted.

Keep in mind, Subaru is the only one of the three brands that has yet to announce any mid-cycle changes to their version of the joint-venture sports coupe. We expect that they will eventually have a mid-cycle refresh of their own, but perhaps they will wait until the end of 2016 for the 2017MY so that Toyota’s coupes can have their time in the spotlight.

2014 Toyota GT86 rear

Either way, the 2016 Toyota GT86 will likely feature a revised, sportier front-end design. This will likely include a fresh new hood design, restyled headlights or DRLs, a larger grille and possibly new color options. The rear could get a new taillight arrangement and a resculpted bumper, along with a “more aesthetic yet aggressive rear diffuser,” according to Motoring’s source. In addition, they say the distance between the exhaust pipes will be extended to the rear corners in order to create a wider-feeling stance.

Under the hood, we’re told that, “Engineers have focused on friction reduction engineering and a more efficient intake manifold design that will boost power and torque by around 5%, while improving fuel efficiency by up to 7%.” A 5% increase over the current car’s 197 horsepower would put us at about 207 horsepower… Just enough of a boost to be noticeable. Meanwhile, the 86’s chassis may also see some improvements, such as the addition of custom Sachs dampers and a stiffer rear-end subframe, which should help that extra 10 horsepower feel a whole lot more fun to drive.

Either way, we’re expecting the refresh to come in April of 2016, since it was April 2012 when the Toyota 86 originally launched in Japan.


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.


This Subaru STI Performance Concept Looks Awesome

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 4th, 2015

2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

Somehow, we completely missed the fact that Subaru had a sweet new concept car planned for the 2015 New York Auto Show in our rundown of NY cars to look out for earlier this week. But, we’re not complaining – this Subaru STI Performance Concept is one of the best surprises we’ve had all year!

2015 Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept

Let’s start with intent. Subaru tells us that the STI Performance Concept is meant to “showcase the engineering prowess and tuning capability of STI.” Apparently this concept heralds an attempts to expand their performance sub-brand in the US market. Over the next couple years, they plan to pay a lot more attention to upgraded tuner parts and special performance editions. As far as performance editions go, we’re thrilled they’ve started with the BRZ.

We should make a quick disclaimer here though… This car isn’t meant to be the BRZ STI we’ve all been waiting for. It might be, but Subaru isn’t presenting it that way in New York. Instead, as the name STI Performance Concept implies, it really is meant to be all about the STI brand, not the BRZ car.

Unfortunately, Subaru declined to share any hard specs about this new STI Performance Concept. All they told us is that the concept “features enhancements for chassis, body, and air intake/exhaust systems,” and that the “Concept’s engine is based on the racing engine from the Subaru BRZ Super GT race car.”

Subaru BRZ Performance Concept

Even though it’s a little disappointing that the STI Performance Concept isn’t a prototype for an actual model, we can still hope that this means a BRZ STI is in the not-too-distant future. And either way, we love everything about this concept. The black mesh STI grille with that silver textured insert is crisp, the hallmark STI red accents are eye-catching, the chrome alloys are bold and exciting, and of course you can’t miss that ginormous carbon fiber rear spoiler.

From the back, you can see that Subaru’s added what looks to be carbon fiber rear diffusers and a twin sports exhaust, and even the side skirts look to be made from carbon fiber.

Subaru STI Performance Concept interior

The interior is equally impressive. We love the simple all-black color scheme with only a few red accents. The seats look heavily sculpted for plenty of grip and are upholstered in what looks like a mixture of leather and suede. Looking at the dash, you can make out the “Race Widget” on the color LCD, as well as switches for different driving modes above the air conditioning controls.

Subaru STI Performance Concept dashboard

In Japan, Subaru’s STI performance models revolve around the BRZ, Forester and of course the WRX STI. We can’t wait to see those cars (and hopefully more models) develop a bigger presence for STI in the US. Click here to read the full press release.