Sunday, January 12, 2020

Subaru and STI Come Up with Their Own "GT" Models in Japan


How’s this for a plot twist. Motor Image may have been the first one to come up with their own special GT Edition models like the Forester GT Edition and the Subaru XV GT Edition, but Subaru Corporation’s now doing the same.

Shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Japanese automaker came up with two GT models: one based on the Subaru BRZ and another on the WRX. Both models were done as a collaboration between Subaru and in-house tuner, STI. It’s said to evoke their motorsports heritage while proposing a “fun-to-drive attitude that’s unique to Subaru and STI.”



Both the Subaru BRZ STI Sport GT and the WRX STI Sport GT don a brand-new color: Galactic WR Blue Metallic. The carmaker has yet to make an official announcement, but this may replace the iconic WR Blue Pearl color very soon.

Using the BRZ GT300 that runs at the Super GT series, the Subaru BRZ STI Sport GT adds a more aggressive aero kit including canards and a two-stage rear spoiler. At each corner, it gets 18-inch BBS wheels finished in a lovely copper shade. Inside, it has a silver-and-black two-tone interior with red highlights and a couple of STI branding.



Meanwhile, the WRX STI Sport GT takes its inspiration from the 24-Hour Nürburgring endurance racer. Interestingly, this is based off the WRX as opposed to the top-dog WRX STI. Still, that didn’t stop Subaru from adding a more aggressive aero kit with canards upfront and additional brake venting out the back. It also gets a carbon fiber rear wing and 19-inch BBS wheels. Inside, it gets the same silver-and-black scheme, tons of STI goodies, and dedicated Recaro seats.



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