In a recent article I wrote about the Cadillac CTS and Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6 engine, I explained the 21st century automotive marketplace is a place to expect unusual combinations. A few decades ago, conceiving a partnership between Japanese auto companies Toyota and Subaru would not create a splendid set of sports cars.
From Subaru, the BRZ presented a refreshing taste of affordable, fun-to-drive motoring. The new attitude in Subaru created by the 2013 BRZ has already spawned creations for production cars including the XV Crosstrek. A stunning WRX Concept first shown to the world at the New York International Auto Show only stokes anticipation of what Subaru has next in store. The Japanese automaker is catching everyone off-guard this April 1st with news of a new version of their sports car coming to marketplace.
In a radical evolution of the platform, Subaru will produce and sell a twin-turbocharged diesel/electric hybrid convertible BRZ. The turbocharged hybrid Subaru BRZ drop-top will also be fitted with an all-wheel drive system. “Having just launched the current model to widespread critical acclaim, we are tired of fighting off the constant speculation about what’s “next” and so we are just giving in and delivering all the speculation in one vehicle.”, said a Subaru spokesperson. Classified by Subaru as the AWD Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ, the new car will be hand built at the Japanese auto company’s Brigadoon facility.
As to why Subaru pledged to start producing such a vehicle this April 1st, the auto company stated it was due to “continued media and internet speculation”. However, there might be other motivating factors for Subaru to begin building a BRZ in such a fashion. Maybe the turbocharged diesel hybrid powerplant is also a swift reaction to the 54.5 miles per gallon target set as the 2025 CAFE standard by the United States government. Another reason for producing the BRZ in such a configuration could be the growing diesel supercar class. Audi has recently made a twin-turbocharged TDI engined SQ5 crossover for the European market. In addition, the Trident Iceni supercar has the potential of becoming a real game-changer powered by a General Motors sourced Turbodiesel powerplant.
The Subaru AWD Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ is planned for sale starting in 2015. Noseeum black will be the only colour choice available for the Subaru sport cars.
Summing up the announcement, what Subaru has presented us was clearly an April Fools’ Day joke (or a very off-colour way to celebrate Easter Monday). If the name Subaru AWD Turbo Convertible two-seater Diesel Hybrid BRZ didn’t give the joke away right off the bat, be aware of the fact there is no other mention anywhere that Subaru even has a Brigadoon facility. Another clue is the “Happy April 1st” phrase strategically placed at the end of the news release. Subaru must think automotive writers can be easily duped into publishing any news they provide. Oh what; I’ve just published this story. Well played!
Information and photo source: Chris Nagy, Subaru of America