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Subaru Viziv Vision GT Concept Teased for Gran Turismo Anniversary

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Subaru Viziv Vision Gran Turismo Concept teaser

Today we have a really cool teaser to help us pass time before doors open to the LA Auto Show next week. It comes from Subaru, and it’s a contribution to the ever-expanding Vision Gran Turismo garage – a selection of theoretical cars that automakers can use to showcase futuristic designs and performance. Several automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi have already made their contributions; this is Subaru’s.

Subaru’s Viziv GT Concept is the their iteration of their Viziv Concept, which was shown as the VIZIV Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and, fittingly, as the VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva show. For this version, Subaru has created their take on the classic grand touring sports car to celebrate Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary. This explains why the Viziv GT is stands apart from the previous two Vizivs… It’s not meant to be the same Vision-Innovation for a crossover.

Chances are we won’t see a full reveal of the video-game-only Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo until the official Downloadable Content Pack with the model included becomes available. Still, the teaser video gives us a good feel for what Subaru has done with the model. Enormous racing wheels; sleek wraparound LEDs; an ominous trapezoidal grille reminiscent of the BRZ; extremely aggressive line work; all these features fit perfectly in line with what we’ve seen from other Vision GT concepts.

Subaru Viziv Vision Gran Turismo Concept grille

Of course, there’s always a little bit of sadness that goes along with concepts like this one, since there is absolutely no way we’ll ever get behind the wheel in-person. For one, it’s a concept, which in and of itself distances it from production. For two, it’s a digital-only study, which means any actual VIZIV that ever sees production will be a totally different car.

Auction Find – 2013 Subaru BRZ S (aka. BRZ Limited)

2013 Subaru BRZ Auction Find

It’s hard not to think of the Subaru BRZ when the topic of Subaru sports cars comes up. This new teaser got us curious about the available BRZs currently up for auction, and a quick search in the Integrity Exports auction system led us to this little gem.

Subaru BRZ interior auction find

This particular find is a premium BRZ S trim, known as the Limited in NA, which gets you that sweet rear spoiler. It also includes:

  • Alcantara and leather seating
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Keyless entry & ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

While the Viziv Concepts are said to run on a hybrid diesel powertrain, the BRZ is known for its staunch 2.0L boxer engine. This particular find is the S model with the performance package by STi. All in all, a pretty neat find to make up for not getting to drive Subaru’s new Viziv GT Vision Concept.

Keep reading below the auction sheet for more details:

2013 Subaru BRZ auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered January 2013, DBA emissions code, BRZ S model, FAT, AAC, power steering, original AWs, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original 7 inch wide navigation system with TV and color rear view reversing camera, 7120KM, original body kit, original 17 inch AWs, 2 x smart key, xenon lights, non-smoker’s car, STi performance package, leather steering wheel, push button starter, original floor mats, minor scratches on trim, minor rust underneath, light scratches on right front door, other marks as per map”

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Debut at Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 13th, 2014

With the 2014 Geneva Motor Show winding down to a close, there are just a few Japanese cars left that we haven’t covered. Today, we’re going to take a look at the newest vehicle from Subaru – the eco-friendly Viziv 2 Concept.

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Front

Fittingly, we saw the original Subaru Viziv Concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, so the concept has effectively come full circle. As we discussed in our preview post, the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is likely to eventually replace the outgoing Subaru Tribeca.

The Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is a very ‘green’ vehicle with enormous consideration for fuel economy. It’s a plug-in hybrid that adopts an efficient all-wheel-drive system, which uses a low-displacement 1.6L diesel engine and a single electric motor to power the front wheels, with two independent electric motors for each rear wheel. Not only does this allow for some interesting driving dynamics, it also allows the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept to operate solely on electric power at low speeds.

But, the fuel economy extends beyond just the engine and the motor. The concept also uses a highly efficient stop-start system to sip fuel only when needed. In addition, it features a new “Eco Cruise Mode” which automatically detects road conditions to ensure optimal use of the diesel engine.

So, clearly the new Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is a technologically advanced car with excellent fuel economy. But, what about the rest of the car? After all, good gas mileage only goes so far with today’s drivers.

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Front 2

As you can see, the Viziv 2 also adopts an aggressive aesthetic, much more pronounced than the original Viziv Concept. Both the front (above) and the rear (below) feature an interesting LED configuration that almost look like some sort of futuristic jet-thrusters, the kind you’d see on a space ship or Iron Man.

Subaru Viziv 2 Rear View

Everything from the tires to the headlights to the windows and beltline have been adjusted from the original Viziv, and we have to say, we like the overall direction that Subaru is going. Unfortunately, with the aesthetics in particular, we have to take everything with a grain of salt. Subaru is notorious for showcasing extremely impressive looking concepts that become droll and drab on their way to production. Let’s hope that that isn’t the case with the Subaru Viziv 2.

In addition to the design, Subaru has also given considerable thought to the car’s interior. One of the biggest complaints with the Subaru Tribeca was its cramped rear seating… Subaru has clearly put effort into the Viziv 2’s interior to make sure that’s not a problem with this vehicle.

Subaru Viziv 2 Interior View

All in all, the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept certainly lives up to the hype set by the original teaser images. However, we can’t help but be the slightest bit skeptical when it comes to Subaru. After all, the new WRX ended up quite a bit more boring than the original concept, although Subaru did make it substantially more affordable than the outgoing WRX, so perhaps it evens out. Either way, we will likely see the production-ready variant of the Viziv 2 by the end of the year, so stay tuned to see how this one pans out.

Subaru Teases VIZIV 2 Concept Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Car

As the 2014 Geneva Motor Show grows closer and closer, more and more Japanese car previews are making their way out of the shadows. Today, we’re going to talk about the newest concept to be teased ahead of the year’s first major European auto show – the Subaru VIZIV 2.

As you might expect, the Subaru VIZIV 2 is the sequel to the original VIZIV Concept (pictured below), which we actually saw for the first time at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, what you might not expect is that the VIZIV 2 is actually the third iteration of the VIZIV Concept, the VIZIV EVOLUTION having made its debut late last year at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. So, they really should have called it the VIZIV 3.

Subaru Viziv Hybrid Diesel Concept

What separates the new Subaru VIZIV 2 from the original concept and its second evolution? (And when is Subaru going to come up with a different name for concepts? I really don’t want to see a Viziv 36 at the 2031 Geneva Show!)

Well, the biggest difference is that Subaru has guaranteed us that this concept will definitely become a future-generation crossover. In other words, the VIZIV 2 is reportedly much closer to production than its predecessors. And, just remind you, the VIZIV is expected to herald the replacement for the Subaru Tribeca crossover.

In case you’ve forgotten, the VIZIV name is intended to evoke the phrase “vision for innovation”, and as you can see Subaru has made some innovating changes to this new crossover concept. Since the two teaser photos only show the front fascia, however, that’s really the only area where we can actually see those changes. From what we can tell, the VIZIV 2 gets a new headlight configuration complete with C-shaped LEDs, and circular foglights also surrounded by LEDs. The front grille also looks like it might have been tweaked a bit.

All in all, the VIZIV 2 definitely looks much closer to production than the first two. It looks as if it’s maintained much of the flair of the originals, and perhaps even brought some new design enhancements and technologies to the table.

Speaking of technologies, the original VIZIV Concept featured a 2.0L turbocharged diesel combined with a trio of electric motors – one for each rear wheel and one for the front wheels. The VIZIV EVOLUTION, meanwhile, had a 1.6L direct-injection turbo boxer along with semi-autonomous driving technology. Which powertrain and which technologies will make it into the VIZIV 2 remains to be seen, although Subaru has virtually guaranteed us that the tri-motor configuration will definitely make it into production.

Outside of the VIZIV 2 Concept, Subaru has a couple other goodies planned for Geneva. The WRX STI is set to make its European debut, along with a racing version of the sports car which will compete in this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours race.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we see the new Subaru VIZIV 2 Concept in the metal, so sit tight for a couple weeks and we should have the full scoop. Until then, thanks for reading!

Subaru VIZIV Concept Finally Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Yesterday, we told you that the Subaru VIZIV Concept was on our radar as one of the top Japanese cars to look out for at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Well, Geneva is here. Doors for the press opened this morning. And guess what?

The Subaru VIZIV looks awesome.

Yesterday we couldn’t have told you anything about this concept car other than its name. VIZIV, inspired by the phrase “Vision for Innovation”. Today though, we can tell you much more. As you continue reading you’ll learn what VIZIV means for Subaru and why you should care. Plus specs, of course.

Subaru Viziv Hybrid Diesel Concept

What Does the VIZIV Mean for Subaru?

Some of you may remember that our initial prediction was that the VIZIV would be nothing more than a directional concept for Subaru. In other words, the VIZIV wouldn’t ever be produced on its own, but it would indicate where Subaru wants to go in the future.

Well, we were right and we were wrong. The VIZIV Concept DOES indicate where Subaru wants to go in the future. But it does more than that, too.

The Japanese brand has never been known for its style. Their best-selling vehicle – the Subaru Forester – does so well because it’s reliable with a spacious, functional interior. For many drivers, that’s enough. But Subaru wants more.

With its pronounced front fascia, boomerang-esque slit headlights, Aston Martin hexagonal grille and bulging wheel arches, the VIZIV certainly looks a lot better than what we’ve come to expect from Subaru. How this new design language will be applied to the rest of Subaru’s lineup remains to be seen, but let’s just say we’re excited.

But wait! There’s more…

Will VIZIV Bring a New Crossover to the Lineup?

Let me preface this by saying that the VIZIV is very clearly a concept car. When/if a car like this makes it to production, the vehicle you drive off the lot will be significantly more tame than what we’ve seen in Geneva — especially the huge gull-wing door!

That being said, Subaru did make a point to let us know the VIZIV’s specs. That would imply that this showcar will eventually be a road car.

The VIZIV concept apparently features a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine and two electric motors for the rear wheels. Apparently, this allows the VIZIV very flexible driving, with varied power for the front and rear wheels depending on road conditions and whether the car is traveling straight or on a curve.

Technology is the name of the game inside the VIZIV, too. Without sacrificing any of their dedication to clean, spacious interior design, Subaru has packed in all sorts of new technologies. For example, both driver and passengers each get their own digital information display with a number of custom features. For the driver, this means extensive vehicle controls and stats at your fingertips. For the passengers, this means increased connectivity and entertainment options.

As you can see, there is almost too much to cover about the new Subaru VIZIV concept. If you take nothing else away from this article, take this: Subaru is ready to prove they’re more than just a Forester.

Stay tuned for more coverage of Japanese cars at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show!

Source: Car Scoop