Subaru used the 2011 LA Auto Show to debut its BRZ Concept STI, a take on the would-be performance version of the upcoming BRZ sports coupe, which itself will make its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
The BRZ Concept STI is courtesy of Subaru’s in-house performance tuning division and is powered by a direct-injected 2.0-liter flat-four. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheels. No word yet on whether a six-speed automatic transmission will be offered.
Compared to the standard BRZ, the STI will be more athletic thanks to a more aggressively tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and a more liberal use of lightweight materials.
Cosmetically, the BRZ looks very similar to the Toyota Ft-86 (they are essentially the same car, after all), but the Concept STI features some noticeable changes, including an aero kit that adds a new lower front spoiler and a large rear wing. It also features 18-inch multispoke alloy wheels wearing high-performance tires size 215/45R18 at the front and 225/45R18 at the rear. Unfortunately, interior shots were not allowed.
Full details on the Subaru BRZ STI Concept can be found in the Japanese automaker’s press release after the jump.
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“SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI -” to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show
Tokyo, November 16, 2011 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today unveiled the world premiere of “SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI -” at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. (Press days on November 16 and 17. Open to public from November 18 to 27 in US)
The “SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI -” is a concept car based on the “SUBARU BRZ”, an all-new rear-wheel drive (RWD) compact sports car developed from an ongoing joint-project between Subaru and Toyota Motor Corporation. By making full use of the Horizontally-Opposed Boxer, Subaru’s core technology, this concept car further pursued a “Pure Handling Delight” driving experience that can be realized by the Boxer engine’s low center of gravity. Combined with motifs of Subaru’s iconic performance brand “STI”, the concept car embodies an ultimate handling performance and symbolizes the possibilities the SUBARU BRZ holds for the future.
• By installing the Boxer engine as low as possible, the low hood and sleek roofline together compose a sophisticated form. This is also blended with STI performance touches for a Subaru sporting profile.
• A hexagonal lower front grille, hawk eye headlights and fin-shaped fog lamps make the front face instantly recognizable as Subaru.
• STI-made lower front spoiler and rear wing magnify down-force and aerodynamics performance. They allow stable straight driving and excellent handling at high speeds.
• The rear design with bold rear fender flares, large rear-diffuser, and twin dual tailpipes intensifies the STI performance feel.
• A carbon-fiber roof, already installed in a WRX STI model and highly acclaimed, has been employed by the concept car. With it, extra weight reduction and an even lower center of gravity were achieved, contributing considerably to the ultimate handling performance this concept model aims to offer.
• The lively exterior color “WR Blue Pearl II” is a new generation of the iconic WR blue paint scheme that emphasizes the racing image.
• The Boxer engine has inherent qualities of light weight, compactness, low center of gravity, and high rigidity – all pointing toward its great potential as a sports car engine. Taking full advantage of these features, a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder direct fuel-injection gasoline engine has been developed exclusively for BRZ.
• The engine has been designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 X 86 mm. Combined with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology (fuel injection system), high output and high environmental standards were both attained, both expected of a new generation sports car.
Chassis and Body
• Compared with other Subaru models, the engine in SUBARU BRZ CONCEPT – STI – sits an impressive 120 mm lower and is positioned 240 mm closer to the center of the chassis. As a result, this car has achieved one of the lowest possible center of gravity in cars on the market today.
• By incorporating lightweight parts such as a carbon-fiber roof, the overall weight has been reduced. Subaru has also succeeded in attaining a body structure that is both lightweight and highly rigid in a striking balance. The concept car is the embodiment of pure driving enjoyment only obtainable with a “Boxer sports car”.
• Its unique handling performance has been remarkably refined by adopting STI’s lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires and STI tuned suspension with excellent lateral stiffness.
• Brembo brakes enhance braking performance.
Overall Length × Width × Height (mm): 4,230 × 1,800 × 1,280 Wheelbase (mm): 2,570
Engine Type: 2.0-liter direct fuel injection naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder
Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine Tires: 215/45R18 (Front), 225/45R18 (Rear)
VW I.D. Roomzz Concept Previews An Electric Three-Row SUV
The latest concept in Volkswagen’s I.D. family is a people-hauler first and foremost.
Volkswagen is cooking up a flagship electric SUV, and the VW I.D. Roomzz Concept is an indication of what’s to come.
Based on a stretched version of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that underpins the I.D. Crozz concept, the Roomzz is a full-size SUV with three-rows of seating for up to eight occupants. More than that, the seats can be reconfigured to deliver a lounge-like experience.
Other interior highlights include a digital, glass-front panel, and massive screens for the instrument cluster and dashboard infotainment.
Level 4 autonomous capabilities means the I.D. Roomzz can drive itself in certain areas and under certain conditions without an active driver. Power is provided by two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive capability, energized by a 82-kWh battery.
The electric drivetrain generates a total of 302 horsepower, can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), and provides a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km) on Europe’s WLTP cycle, or 475 km (295 mi) under NEFZ in China.
The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz concept is slated to debut sometime in 2020, around the same time as the production versions of the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback. The Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan will follow suit in 2022.
Jeep Gladiator Gravity Is A Pickup Truck For Rock Climbing Fans
This is one Jeep concept you can build right now.
What happens when the Jeep Gladiator and rock climbing culture collide? You get the Jeep Gladiator Gravity, that’s what!
Inspired by rock climbing, the Gladiator Gravity “concept” stands out as the brightest of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep developed for the 2019 Moab Easter Safary, thanks in large part to its Punk’N Metallic Orange exterior. Every piece of accessory it showcases is available for order via Mopar, including the steel tube doors and rock rails, 17-inch gear wheels with 35-inch tires, two-inch lift kit, mesh sunbonnet, and tie-down straps that secure the windshield when lowered.
The bed area features Mopar cross rails and a cargo carrier basket to divide up storage space for rock-climbing gear, such as ropes, carabiners, helmets and shoes, while a unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system further adds to its versatility.
A cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system up the Jeep Gladiator Gravity’s performance ante.
Even though the Gladiator Gravity is called a concept, it’s something you can build today by raiding the Jeep Performance Parts catalog. All you need is a spare $8,000 to get all the necessary accessories.
Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Is The Motocross Fan’s Pickup Truck
This is what you get when the Jeep Gladiator and motocross culture collide.
Dirt bikes and pickups go together like peanut butter and jelly, and of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep baked for the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, only the Jeep Gladiator Flatbill was purpose-developed for Motocross racing fans.
Named after the flat-brimmed caps often worn by bros, specifically the ones who might be into trucks and motocross, the Gladiator Flatbill is a dirt-bike hauler featuring modified pieces that facilitate getting bikes to and from the motocross track.
A four-inch lift, high-clearance flares, massive 40-inch tires, a custom-designed shortened front bumper, and a skid plate make sure you can go basically anywhere you’d want, while a removable tailgate and dedicated wheel ramps that slide out makes it easy to access or load your motorcycle.
The Jeep Flatbill also boasts a vented carbon hood and a long list of other accessories, some of which are available through Mopar. What do you think — should Jeep make it for the masses?