The 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue will give BRZ enthusiasts an appetizer to hold us over for the STI entree we’ve been waiting for.
The 2015 BRZ Series.Blue will be available in either World Rally Blue or Crystal White Paint with a full lip kit that Subaru says will reduce the coefficient of drag from 0.28 to 0.27. Unfortunately the aerodynamic upgrades are the only extras that can count as performance upgrades on the Series.Blue, so it isn’t as enticing a package as the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0. The BRZ Series.Blue will be limited to just 1,000 units, compared to the FR-S Release 1.0’s 1,500, so if you’re looking for a collectible the BRZ will be a bit rarer.
The BRZ Series.Blue will start life as a BRZ Limited model and will add to that a black and blue leather and faux suede interior with blue contrasting stitching (mmm contrasting stitching), a blue accented steering wheel, special floormats with blue stitching, a frameless rearview mirror, fake carbon fiber dash trim, and an illuminated engine start button with STI logo. Unique STI rims are the other major addition to the Series.Blue. Like the rest of the 2015 BRZs, the Series.Blue will get the new Sharkfin antenna.
The Series.Blue will start at $30.285 with a stick shift, just $1,895 more than the BRZ Limited and not as much as a good set of wheels, so Subaru dealers should have no problem selling 1,000 of them.
Source: Car and Driver
Toyota will build a new Supra. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the new Supra will share a platform with the next generation BMW Z4 and the companies will work together to build the sports cars. Nikkei seems to think that BMW’s experience with carbon fiber bodies is a main contributor to the Supra Z4 plan, but the Supra was cut in 2002 because of its astronomical price, so Toyota will probably be very price conscious this time around. What makes more sense is for Toyota to make the Supra a Scion Supra and build it on the next generation FR-S platform. Here’s why:
BMW Already Has The Engine
The Supra came with a turbocharged inline six engine and was legendary for it. The BMW Z4 already has a turbocharged inline six engine and BMW inline sixes are legendary in their own rite. Of course the Supra would need a lot more power than the 300-horsepower the Z4 comes with right now to be competitive today, but that won’t be much of a problem for BMW (the E46 M3 had 333-hp without a turbo 15 years ago, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to get 400 or 450-hp for the Supra).
Toyota Already Has The Car
The Supra will need to be a rear or all-wheel drive sports car with the option of a convertible (there’s no way BMW is selling the Z4 without a drop top). We already know that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ 2nd generation will probably use a more flexible chassis that would allow for things like a convertible and all-wheel drive. With that car under development not and Toyota moving towards more modular chassis, why wouldn’t it include room for a bigger inline-six Supra engine.
Scion Needs The Help
Scion is failing as a youth brand. The xA and xD were both boring duds that sold to older people cross shopping the Nissan Versa and Kia Rio. The xB ballooned into a midsized wagon and lost all of its charm with the second generation. The tC appeals to young girls, but absolutely not to young men, so that’s a success of sorts. The brand’s shining star of youthfulness is the FR-S, but Toyota still needed to bribe dealers with the promise of an FR-S Convertible to keep them from dropping the brand.
Of course, they could always just stuff a 2JZ under the hood of a current Z4 and call it a day, what do I know?
The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S second generations have been officially confirmed. Subaru boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News that contrary to speculation, “it’s not going to be just one generation.” The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ won’t break away from each other and will be built on the same platform for the second generation.
Subaru has a reason to be bullish on the FR-S BRZ’s continued production, while Toyota has some reason to be hesitant. Subaru BRZ sales rose six percent through June, while FR-S sales fell 24 percent. Even with that fall the FR-S almost doubled the BRZ’s sales this year with 7,662 Scions sold to 4,295 Subarus.
No specifications have been announced for the second generation FR-S and BRZ, but expect minor engine performance upgrades to add a bit of horsepower in the base car. The drivetrain will also probably be stronger to accommodate a stronger engine option like the 2.5-liter engine or a turbocharger. Lastly we will probably see some changes to the FR-S and BRZ platform that would allow more flexibility in body styles, opening the path for an FR-S convertible, an FR-S sedan or a BRZ Crossover.
When a carmaker builds a new car, they put it through the paces at their own test track. When they build a sporty car, they take it to a racetrack. When they build a real sports car though, there is only one place to test it out: The Nurburgring.
Spy photographers caught this FR-S prototype testing at the Nurburgring with the full race car workup complete with what looks like a painted carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber trunk, carbon fiber roof and a gigantic spoiler. This could be a test car for future TRD performance parts, or it could be a test car for the future FR-S Supra that Toyota will probably develop with a BMW-sourced engine.
The car is probably built by Gazoo racing, the Toyota Skunkworks department that built the custom FR-S with Supra tail lights, so whether it’s the FR-S Supra or a Turbo FR-S motor, it’s definitely got something exciting under the hood.
Of course, this is all a guessing game until Scion comes out and tell us what the mystery FR-S really is, so what do you think? Spotted any details about the car that everyone else missed? Let us know in the comments.