The Subaru BRZ tS and WRX STI Type RA will debut tomorrow.
The Japanese automaker previously confirmed two new tuned by STI models will be heading to the U.S., the first being the Subaru WRX STI Type RA, while the second will now be the BRZ tS. It was originally thought Subaru would brand it as the BRZ STI, but based on the latest tweet, it will take on the tS nameplate just like it did in Japan.
Following a cryptic teaser image, Subaru of America has confirmed plans to introduce the BRZ tS tomorrow.
The latest teaser image doesn't reveal much but it shows the car will be equipped with lightweight STI-branded wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. We can also see a Brembo braking system with red calipers and what appears to be a ground effects package.
Subaru just released another teaser photo today of a World Rally Blue STI model, and they also provided us with some information about what the car is. Apparently it is a new WRX STI Type RA, a name that Subaru fans will recognize as an indication of an ultra-hardcore version of the all-wheel-drive legend. As you can see from the teaser photo, this Type RA will have a carbon fiber roof without a sunroof. This WRX STI has more than that, though.
On 6/8/17, a better way to get your daily dose of fiber. #STI pic.twitter.com/kZBa6svyWP — Subaru (@subaru_usa) June 1, 2017
Despite what its larger competitors are doing, Subaru has avoided the draw to create its own electric vehicle. Tighter emissions regulations around the globe, though, have the company reconsidering its options. The company is pouring a record amount of money into research and development, according to a report from Bloomberg, and that includes EV technology. Also, Subaru could introduce a plug-in hybrid as early as next year, and an all-electric vehicle by 2021.
Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga tells Bloomberg that the company doesn't need a dedicated platform for battery-powered cars, and will likely put plugs into existing models. This way, the automaker doesn't have to partner with another company beyond finding a supplier for the motor and battery, and can extract the full value out of its current nameplates. A previous report suggests that Subaru would electrify the Outback or the Forester, but Yoshinaga doesn't confirm this in his interview with Bloomberg. Instead he uses a model that recently ditched its hybrid version in a hypothetical example: "If there's already an attractive Subaru model, for example the XV crossover, and if a customer in Beijing wants one but is only allowed to buy an electric vehicle, if there's no electric version then he can't buy it. Providing the choice of an EV means the customer can still desire the same Subaru."
Pricing and specifications have been announced for the 2017 Subaru XV, which will launch in Australia in June.
The new-generation Subaru XV (labelled as a 2017 model, but marketed by Subaru as MY18) sees a price drop at the entry level, even with a standard-fit continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic factored into the price. As such, the new XV range kicks off from $27,990 plus on-road costs. The previous auto entry point was $29,240.
People apparently love black-painted trim. Nissan, Chevrolet, and Honda have all recently offered special-edition packages to ditch chrome and color-coded parts for the dark hue, and Subaru is the latest to join the party. Its offering comes in the form of the 2018 Forester Black Edition.
The package is only available on the 170-horsepower, naturally aspirated, Forester 2.5i Premium. It also costs an extra $1,150. For that money, you get the following in the eponymous color: 18-inch wheels, fog light trim, badges, mirror caps, and the grille. Inside, the interior is also black. The steering wheel and shifter are leather-wrapped, and the upholstery is cloth with faux leather bolsters. The package isn't all aesthetics, though. It also comes with steering LED headlights and paddle shifters for the CVT, allowing the driver to pick from six preset ratios. The latter feature was previously exclusive to the turbocharged Forester 2.0XT.