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!