Subaru BRZ came out in 2012 and went down well with pretty with all sports car fans. In fact, let’s not downplay the car’s fortune: BRZ was an astounding success, to the point it was named ‘Best of 2013’ at the Cars.com awards and proved to be a massive success on online retailers like Car Sales. Yet Subaru decided to bring in a substitute for it. Hitting Japanese stores from spring this year, the 2014 BRZ is ready to take over.
Why change so early, one would ask? The answer is pretty straightforward. Being a car based upon performance, the BRZ will see its engine move up a gear: according to Motor Authority, the engine mounted on the brand new 2014 version will reach 230 bhp, up from the previous 197. And this alone would be enough to fire up the dreams of all the speed demons out there. Yet the improvements don’t stop here: the 18-inch alloy wheels will mount wider tires, while four piston STi brakes will also be implemented. It seems pretty safe to say now that, other than adding power to a previous model, Subaru is aiming at making control even smoother. Among the secondary tweaks, the cabin will see its seats become more comfortable.
The only bad news for the most demanding is that the BRZ won’t support a turbocharger or four-wheel drive. Yet it’s quite likely that the sheer amount of power under the bonnet will be enough to make you forget about them as you drive. Rumour has it that the 2014 Subaru BRZ will start at around £27,000 in the UK, a quite reasonable price for such a sensible boost in performance.
Here’s the teaser image of the all new 2014 Subaru Forester Crossover. This medium SUV will come in two different engine options including a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine that outputs 250 hp and 350 Nm, and a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER that generates 170 hp and 235 Nm. The 2014 Subaru Forester Crossover itself is scheduled to make its official debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. [AR]
Subaru is reportedly preparing to showcase their newest compact SUV ‘XV Crosstrek’ at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Just a bit of info, the US version of XV Crosstrek will come in two different trim levels including Premium and Limited, and will be powered by a 2.0-liter flat Boxer petrol engine (w/ Linetronic CVT transmission) that sends torque to all fours. [AR]
Subaru has decided to recall 275,000 Forester crossovers from the 2009 to 2012 model years (built between November 26, 2007 and March 13, 2012). The recall is due to faulty rear seatbelts. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear center seatbelt assembly for free. [Autoblog]
Subaru has finally revealed the XV Crossover price for the UK market. Coming in three different trim levels: S, SE and SE Lux Premium, this crossover is available in two petrol engines and one diesel engine, along with three different transmission options: a five or six manual gearbox, or a six-speed CVT (only for the petrol models). Prices ranging from 21,295 GBP (about $33,453) for the entry-level 1.6-liter S model and goes up to 29,995 GBP (about $47,120) for the top of the range 2.0-liter SE Lux Premium model. [Autoevolution]
Subaru is planning on bringing their newest compact SUV ’2012 Subaru XV’ to Australia in January next year. This compact SUV will be powered by a 2.0-liter FB Boxer engine that generates 110kW of power and 196Nm of torque. In terms of transmission options, the XV will come with either a six-speed manual gearbox or Subaru’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Sadly, there’s no word on pricing yet. [Car Advice]