Subaru’s presence at Tokyo Auto Salon was weak. I had hoped to do a big feature on all the various demo and race cars in attendance, but it’s just not going to happen.
Subaru’s absence from the WRC has certainly had an impact on the Impreza’s popularity. As for the BRZ, it’s a cool car and if Subaru knows what’s good for them, they’ll bite the bullet and put that STi Concept into mass production. The drifters have already taken the Toyota 86 in with open arms. Subaru needs to differentiate themselves to grab some of that market.
Prova has had a long history of tuning Imprezas and they’ve decided to have a crack at the BRZ with their Black Edition.
The color combination is for lack of a better term, overdone. But the rest of the car is an intriguing concept.
The Enkei RSM9 suits the car rather well.
The Black Edition isn’t really my style, but at least Prova are trying to do something different. This is a case of beggars can’t be choosers.
I’m already going to say that next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon will be lean on Subarus. The company is moving in a different direction and trying to shake off that image of a cult, rally car manufacturer. The BRZ has a lot of potential and hopefully more shops will get on board, in the next 12 months. In the meantime, there’s the Prova Black Edition.
Photo credits to Rob Shaw, who has some fantastic coverage from Tokyo Auto Salon. Be sure to check out his Flickr.