Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Ryan Douthit
Subaru BRZ STI, Lexus GS350, Mazda Turbo2
Breaking! First look at the upcoming 2013 Subaru BRZ rear-wheel drive sports car, plus Kia B-Spec kit, Mazda Turbo2 and more details on the 2013 Lexus GS350 F-Sport!
The upcoming Subaru BRZ STI, more details on the Lexus GS350 F SPORT and Kia Goes Racing, that and more on today’s Driving Sports Reports. I’m your host, Ryan Douthit.
Just recently we drove the all-new 2012 Kia Rio down in Texas. Immediately we could see this car had enormous potential… but, unfortunately, a turbo wasn’t in the cards. Which made me kind of sad.
You know what makes me happy? Racing. And with the new B-Spec kit, Kia is providing a full turn-key racing option. Racers can start with a stock 2012 Kia Rio which runs about $14,000. Next, they call Kia’s partner, Kinetic Motorsports, who will sell them the race-legal kit for an additional $14,000. $6k more and they’ll even install – though, you’ll have to drive the car to Georgia for that service.
Included is all the hardware you need to get on upcoming World Challenge, Grand-AM, SCCA and NASA grids: roll cage, racing seats, harness, shocks, tires, oil sump expansion, and more.
Speaking of small and Sporty, Mazda is playing the tease down in Vegas, where they showed off this Mazda2… more than just stickers, coilover and big brakes, this Two is packing heat under the hood in the form of a Mazdaspeed3 2.3-liter turbo.
Does this mean a turbo 2 is heading to production? We asked Jeremy Barnes, head of Mazda Marketing. He said, “No formal plans to produce one at this time” but added, “Do you viewers like it?” They want to see comments. Post them below. If you really want it you have to ask. Mazda is listening.
Another day and another leaked photo of the inevitable small sports car born of the Toyota and Subaru union. Here we have some “design studies” that appeared several months ago of Subaru’s version, now called the BRZ.
Then, out of the blue, Subaru dropped these.
What you’re looking at is the first official look at Subaru’s BRZ styling, and not just the regular BRZ… but an STI edition. Dubbed the “BRZ Concept – STI” this “near production” concept features the first Rear-Wheel drive Subaru drivetrain, a small 101.2-inch wheelbase, and 2.0-liter Subaru “FA” boxer engine. You’ll be able to see this concept in the flesh at the LA Auto show, later this month.
Personally, I think it looks sweet.
Production of the real thing begins in Spring of 2012.
In our last show we teased that Lexus would be showing off it’s new 2013 GS350 F-SPORT at the SEMA Show. Today, we have some video of that same car… and it looks even better.
Inside, deluxe accommodations include a generous helping of leather and metal. The color is an F SPORT exclusive Cabernet Red.
Also unique to the FSPORT package are angry 19-inch wheels, adaptive variable suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, stiffer bushings, and larger front brakes.
It will be available as either an all-wheel or rear-wheel configuration, the latter of which gets staggered wheel widths and a variable gear steering rack. All-wheel drive gets a rear-biased system that can push up to 70-percent to the rear thrusters.
Under the hood is Toyotas 3.5-liter V6 good for 306 horsepower, which sounds impressive, though the 277-lbs of peak torque is on the low side. Lexus claims 0-60 in a respectable 5.7 seconds. Good enough for around town, but I wouldn’t try any stop-light drag races with local ricers. You’d likely loose.