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
Subaru has announced some changes to the 2015 BRZ. Most obvious will be the addition of a painted shark fin antenna replacing the black nub.
Mechanically, the BRZ will get tweaks to the front suspension, new rear shock absorbers, and steering adjustments to improve handling and driveability (no performance upgrades yet, I guess it will be 2016 when the BRZ Turbo finally makes it to production). Carbon fiber dashboard accents and a new key fob round out the 2015 BRZ’s upgrades. The changes, which have been confirmed for the Japanese spec 2015 BRZ, should find their way onto U.S. cars either this year or next.
Since their chums (get it?) at Toyota are adding a shark fin antenna to the Scion FR-S and Toyota FT86, Subaru is following suit. Unlike luxury cars where the antenna pods just look tacked on, the shark fin antenna actually looks good on a sports car, kind of like the roof accoutrements the WRX STI and Mitsubishi Evo have that supposedly do something magical to the air flowing over the car and add a million horsepower.
Luxury these days means a huge car with a front seat that could be used as a living room sofa, a slew of gadgets that make driving as convenient as possible, a soft suspension, and an engine that could power a locomotive (you know, just in case you need to pass some jerk clogging up the left lane slogging along at just 80).
The Scion FR-S doesn’t fit the current definition luxury car. With a small cockpit, a small engine, a beautiful exterior and a focus on road handling that means the suspension transmits road conditions to the driver, it does fit in with cars like the legendary Aston Martin DB-5, Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 911. One thing has been missing from that keeps the FR-S from fitting into the classic sports car archetype: a high end interior.
The 2015 Scion FR-S Monogram Series will fix that, giving the FR-S an upscale interior that would make owners of a 1970’s Porsche green with envy. The 2015 FR-S Monogram Series, which will be limited to just 2,000 units, will have heated leather seats with Alcantara inserts, a dual zone climate control and push button start along with navigation and a premium stereo. Outside, the 2015 Scion FR-S Monogram Series has HID headlights with LED accents.
The FR-S Monogram isn’t the first FR-S designed to be more upscale than the standard street car, the Toyota 86 xstyle Cb concept car had a high end interior along with a unique exterior.
Scion hasn’t announced any performance upgrades for the Monogram FR-S, but expect at least a performance air intake so that Scion can advertise an extra five horsepower, if not a more aggressive exhaust as well.
The MSRP of the 2015 Scion FR-S Monogram Series will be $27,400 with a manual transmission or $28,500 with an automatic.
Source: Motor Authority.