Just Make The Damn Thing Already!

The automotive blogosphere has been all over Toyota’s FT-86 lately. In the midst of the frenzy, following leaked brochure photos, Subaru has also decided to wet our appetites.

Except in the case of Subaru’s BRZ, it’s just more concept renderings.

Just make the damn car already! What is it with Japanese carmakers these days? Why must we be teased for half a decade before a car is built? The GT-R was floating around forever before it was actually made and now we’re seeing a similar thing happening with the Subaru-Toyota collaboration.

Subaru says there’s going to be a BRZ concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Why? Enough with the concepts!

The most striking feature of the BRZ is that rear wing. It looks straight off a touring car, so you can be sure that it’s not going to make it onto the production model.

I’m ranting, but it’s because I know how big this car is going to be. I think it’s going to be so big, that it will completely alter the tuning industry and quite possibly, the entire automotive industry. If the BRZ/FT-86 is a success, it’ll give other manufacturers the confidence to build sports cars again. All anyone can talk about these days is the environment and fuel economy; let’s drive shoe boxes around to save the planet.

The BRZ/FT-86 is going to show that the market for mid-ranged sports coupes, is alive and well. People are yearning for that next great, affordable RWD platform. The LFA was an exciting concept, the GT-R is a great car, but who the hell can afford them? Let’s be honest, Japan’s best attempt at the sports coupe is currently the 370Z and I’m sorry, but that doesn’t cut it. For years now, the Fairlady Z line has been a heavy, underpowered place, for fat Americans to have a midlife crisis. But the BRZ/FT-86 is going to change that. Hell, it might even inspire Nissan to produce another Silvia.

This car is going to dominate the tuning world. Both Subaru and Toyota versions look fantastic. You can expect a huge offering of aftermarket parts and its RWD platform will make it ideal for drifting, even though that scene is cooling off (don’t deny it). All of this sounds great to me! So lets get this car made already, so we can all buy one, reinvigorate the dying tuning industry and burn the planet to the ground in the process!

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2 comments

  1. My spark has been reignited with the latest action on the net surrounding the FT86. I agree, I think it’ll be a great car. The most exciting news for me was finding out the curb weight, a “light” 2667lbs and 200hp with rwd. Not as light as we dreamed, but much lighter than anything else (Genesis coupe is like 3200lbs). Should knock down 30mpg on the highway. Not as light as the 2200lb AE86 but come one, what else has been this light with 200hp and rwd. Nothing. Nothing sold in the us anyway since the 80’s. It’s shorter in length than my bugeye, but a longer wheelbase, wider track and lower roof. Great makings for a great car. The next big question is the price. I read there’s a lower trim with 16″ wheels. I hope the lower version goes for less than $20,000, I could actually buy one. But, if this car is $25k or higher, it will be another Hyundai Genesis Coupe. I do hope it revives the tuning market. I think it will have a positive impact.

  2. It’s funny that you mentioned Nissan to build another Silvia/240 when that was actually in progress not too long ago. Nissan put a lot of R&D into a new engine for the new Silvia/240 when at the eleventh hour, they pulled the plug and decided to redesign a whole new car. What they came up with was the Juke(SMH). Why they would do this nobody knows. Hopefully this does inspire Nissan to kick themselves in the ass and go back to their original plan. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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