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First Look: Subaru BRZ Concept

Subaru provides peak at its part of the Toyobaru project.

by on Nov.01, 2011

Subaru will lift the covers on the new BRZ - STI sports car concept at the LA Auto Show.

Little Subaru is finally lifting the covers on its part of what has become known as the “Toyobaru” project – a sports car it has been developing with automotive giant Toyota.

The Subaru BRZ Concept – STI will make its debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show, with a production version expected to appear soon afterwards.  Toyota, meanwhile, is getting ready to roll out its version of the little sports car, which will go on sale in the U.S. through the maker’s Scion division.

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The long-anticipated Subaru BRZ is a subcompact, rear-wheel-drive 2-seater aimed at competing in the affordable sports car segment currently dominated by the Mazda Miata.  Due to be the only model in the Subaru line-up that won’t feature all-wheel-drive, it will make use of the smaller partner’slow-mounted horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.

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Dimly Lit Video Teases Hot Scion Sports Car

Co-developed with Subaru, rear-wheel-drive coupe is a dramatic turn for Toyota's youth brand.

by on Apr.14, 2011

Well, this would certainly be a different direction for Scion.

The Toyota hipster brand has been entirely focused on smallish, low-power runabouts aimed at the youth market. Now it appears Toyota could be ready to introduce a Scion version of the hot rear-wheel-drive sports car it is co-developing with Subaru.

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Scion debuted a dimly lit video showing the front of the car, but it’s so dark that about the only thing viewers can discern from it are that it is an impossibly low hood – made possible because the engine is a 2.0-liter Subaru flat-four – and aggressive front fenders. That the automaker is showing a Scion-badged version of the car certainly suggests that it will be sold stateside, something that was in doubt at one time.

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