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!

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The upcoming Subaru BRZ STI, more details on the Lexus F350 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 G350 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 loose.
That’s our take on fresh meat from the auto world. Be sure to rate this episode and subscribe to our channel for more.
I’m Ryan Douthit, thanks for watching.

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.

38 comments

  1. Albert Kos   •  

    The subaru will be amazing. I love the styling, everything about it.

  2. TurboEJ25   •  

    Build that Mazda 2 turbo and the Subbie looks pretty good (Really hope Subaru plans on making it AWD) 

    WRX Owner  

  3. Owen McNabb   •  

    ITS A SUBARU IT NEEDS AWD AND A TURBO. SERIOUSLY. If not don’t even make it. 

  4. Jkos   •  

    Really hoping mazda makes the turbo 2.  Looks like a fun car but the engine in the base model is just too anemic to have any fun…

  5. Blue Wrx Guy   •  

    hey hey hey, RWD isn’t all bad. Test drive then make your judgment.

  6. Zhunt   •  

    Mazda 2′s are fun to drive (I work for mazda) and a turboed 2? I can only imagine, granted its no race car but for the price range it would sell like hot cakes

  7. iamKit   •  

    i wouldnt mind buying a “mazdaspeed2″, i can only imagine how fast it would be if the same engine used in the ms3 is to be used

  8. VT Gnar   •  

    the engine sits too low to be AWD

  9. brandog   •  

    If you’re going to produce the brz as it is now forget it. Scion has the frz which is the same exact thing coming as well, so you’d pretty much be buying a rebadged toyota either way. I read in previous articles that it was going to have a turbo on the sti models and have somewhere around 250 rwhp. I was excited and was considering buying one. I have no problem with the no awd, maybe fewer transmissions will break, and you should be able to pull higher g’s and faster slaloms. But it needs the turbo and aggressive hood scoop to sell. Or better yet develope an H8 motor to really change things up. If a V8 can fit in a Miata, a H8 can fit in the brz. A perfect example: the 94 rx-7 is a very sought after vehicle, it had everything a sports car should have, power ,good looks, and handling and will cost around 10k to own one. But the rx8 on the other hand, looks good and handles great, but has a lack of power and I see them on craigslist all the time for 8k and 10 years newer. People want to make their investment in something they believe will succeed. Im not saying the brz will fail, but I see the impreza still being the top dog.

  10. Redroom98   •  

    gotta make the mazda turbo 2

  11. stan   •  

    mazda2 turbo!!!

    id buy one at the blink of an eye!

  12. Guy45   •  

    Mazda I love you…….make the mazda turbo2 and I shall love you more!!

  13. Chad   •  

    I have been driving Evos for the last 5 years. I have REALLY wanted a coupe form of these cars though. I like the concept of the FT-86/BRZ setup. No way will I trade my Evo in for one of those though. The BRZ STI however, is the answer to my car prayers. Its about MFing time mitsu or subaru finally built one.

    As for Mazda… Isnt about time for a new RX7? You are seperated from Ford now, so the excuse about competing with the Mustang is gone. Either build a miata with balls as in like a 4 cylinder turbo putting out at least 280hp, or get a new RX7 to compete with the 370z, Evo, and STi. With the RX7 name gone the Mazda brand has diminished a lot.

  14. R Douthit   •  

    Mazda suggested to me that we’ll see a time gap similar to the one between RX-7 and RX-8 in North America (about 5 years) before the next RX comes out. 

  15. huntah subaru   •  

    Bluewrxguy i do agree with you about test drive it first, but subaru is known for awd they shouldnt leave it behind plus the brz looks too much like a nissan 350z i think.

  16. Gow_new_york   •  

    Build the Turbo 2 Mazda, with all wheel drive, think 323 GTX. Wish could find one of those but I can’t so I would by an AWD Turbo 2

  17. Sholinwarrior   •  

    OH HELL YES MAZDA TURBO THE 2

  18. 07WRX   •  

    +1 on AWD Turbo Mazda 2

    Beside the boxer engine that has a lower CG, I am wondering what makes a BRZ better than a 370z… hmm…

  19. Buhrietoe   •  

    BRZ STi would be awesome without the AWD. Current Subaru AWD cars have the engine mostly in front of the front wheels. The BRZ body has the front wheels ahead of everything which will make a great handling RWD car because you wont have to sling weight around up front. They wouldn’t do AWD on this chassis because they physically cant with the styling of the front wheels way up front, away from the transmission.

    - Long time Subaru enthusiast

  20. OBS driver   •  

    Cost, being the major factor on the BRZ. They are making an enthusiast car that can compete  with more expensive offerings like the Cayman while being more affordable and practical and still compete with other inexpensive drivers cars like the MX-5 by being more useful. I have a motorcycle for all-out performance, so my daily driver is even more on the practical side, a Subaru Outback Sport. If I didn’t have the bike, the BRZ would be a viable replacement for both giving up a little practicality of the wagon while adding some driving fun.

  21. Jason12085   •  

    I’m a fan of subaru and currently own a ver. 7 swapped 02 WRX. But ever since the introduction of the 08 impreza, I’ve been nothing but disappointed in them. Now a RWD subaru? Gimme a break. Last nail in the coffin. I’ll never buy something new from them.

    But I’m also agreeing with most of what I read below. Mazda make the Turbo 2 and AWD.  I’ve been waiting for a small turbo hatch that’s AWD.  I wish Ford would do it with their fiesta.

  22. blahblahblah   •  

    The mazda 2 turbo looks pretty sweet, although production never looks as good as the spec/concept.  I love the new BRZ, Subaru cars have been rock solid for me, so I’ll be buying them over and over again, but I’m not buying the BRZ until they put a bit more juice under the hood.

  23. WordUP!   •  

    I would sell my 480whp FC RX7 to pick up a Daily Driver 2.3 Turbo 2 tomorrow!

  24. hoonigan   •  

    Brz had my attention, but the more I think of an awd turbo Mazda 2 the more i drool…..that is one sexy beast. Make this happen Mazda!!!

  25. SUBIFAN777   •  

    Turbo that Mazda 2 and you have a BIG WIN. Subaru 2wd STI………we will see.

  26. Mrmaggot   •  

    PLZ TURBO @ with AWD

  27. Anonymous   •  

    looks more like a GTR than a subaru =(…rear wheel drive = eh…again car still looks cool though

  28. XTfan   •  

    Um im sorry to say your facts are slightly wrong this will not be the first rwd only Subaru, better look a little harder.

  29. R Douthit   •  

    When was the last RWD Subaru sold in the USA?

  30. 23lij2l4gij2wlgij2   •  

    This sums my opinion of the Mazda2 turbo up nicely….

  31. Zerocraka   •  

    Madza Turbo2!!!!! WANT!!!!

  32. Rides Naked   •  

    Well the mazda2 would be pretty sweet with the current Mspeed engine, but what’s the point if it’s going to be FWD? Give it AWD and the Mspeed workover and YES! BUT.. why even consider making a hot mazda2 when you’re still putting the 2.0 [read: 2.slow] in the miata? Are you serious mazda? I would NEVER consider upgrading my 04 mazdaspeed miata (which currently has 220 hp at the rear wheels) for a newer miata unless you give it an engine that matches it’s hot looks. The current styling looks wonderful, especially with the front aero-lip, and would look astounding if you integrate the styling of the Shinari into the miata (or just SELL ME A SHINARI!!), but why put such a dog of an engine in a car with such great styling? Get with the program mazda, give it the 2.5 already! (or a turbo 2.5 Mspeed miata would be sweet!) Anyway, I’m already searching for a smashed new mazda6 or cx-9 to get a donor 3.7 engine/harness/pcm for my Gojira project! A miata with mazda’s torquey-as-hell 3.7 v6.. oh yes. It’s gonna take some fabrication to mate it to a good rear wheel drivetrain, but it will be so worth it.

  33. Isaiahmsalas   •  

    Huge Subaru fan but that Turbo2 Mazda would be really cool!

  34. Jared Tait   •  

    turbo mazda2 would be awesome!!  pretty much a super lean mazdaspeed3!!

  35. DarkLeo88   •  

    Brandog acctually if you look at the articles youll find that Subaru isn’t rebadging the Scion. Toyota and Subaru teamed up to create this car. the only factor is Subaru isn’t selling the Brz in the states and scion is. As far as the Brz i think its a great idea and and a little edgy for Subaru. The purpose isn’t to out do everyone in brute strength but to be light and nimble which can give you the same track times as the heavier more powerful competitors. I say props to Subaru its a great car.

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