Subaru Has Announced The Ultimate BRZ
By Brandon Turkus
April 01, 2013
Look, we like the Subaru BRZ
. We like its brother from another mother, the Scion FR-S
. We haven’t driven it, but hell, we like the Toyota GT 86. But somehow, these sportscars just aren’t quirky enough. The flat-four is a boring choice for an engine, at least in today’s world.
That’s why Subaru’s announcement of a new BRZ is so fortuitous. The old gas-powered four-pot has been ditched for the 2015 model. In its place, a twin-turbo diesel provides power and torque to the rear wheels. Yes, we said diesel. With two turbos. It gets better, though.
There’s a hybrid drivetrain squeezed into the tiny BRZ chassis, and combined with the electric motors, the BRZ is effectively all-wheel drive. This should make Subaru purists quite happy, as the entire range is now sporting AWD, again.
Finally, Subaru ripped the backseats out, swiped the convertible top design from the FT-86 Open Concept
, and fitted it to a production car. The result is the world’s first biturbocharged, all-wheel-drive, diesel-hybrid, two-seat convertible. Sadly, there’s no backup camera.
It should go without saying, but today is April Fools’ Day. Be prepared for all manner of inane stories from the automotive world, like the one you see above. Just for fun, here’s the full press release from Subaru.
SUBARU SURRENDERS AND CONFIRMS AWD TURBO CONVERTIBLE TWO-SEATER DIESEL HYBRID BRZ
- Maker Gives in And Admits Everything
Cherry Hill, N.J., - Bowing to continued media and internet speculation, Subaru of America has confirmed that it will launch an AWD Twin-Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ for sale in 2015. The new model essentially takes all of the media and internet rumors surrounding the highly successful BRZ sports car and delivers them in one fell swoop.
A spokesman for the company said: “Having just launched the current model to widespread critical acclaim, we are tired of fighting off the constant speculation about what’s “next” and so we are just giving in and delivering all the speculation in one vehicle.”
The new model, which is expected to have a starting price, will however NOT come with a much anticipated rear back-up camera. The spokesman confirmed that after shoehorning two convertible switches (up and down) onto the fascia there just wasn’t room for any more instruments. The AWD Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ will come in a single color, noseeum black and will be hand produced at Subaru’s Brigadoon facility.
More denials about future BRZ variants can be found at media.subaru.com
Happy April 1.