The Tokyo Auto Salon, the Consumer Electronic Show and the North American International Auto Show are over and now we gaze in awe at the pictures from around the world. First up we had NAIAS which consisted 2013 Subaru BRZ debut for the United States market. Pictures were plentiful and all the magazines and blogs had a chance to film the car, but nothing new was released that we didn’t already know. Unfortunate, but expected, since the BRZ is still a few months away from seeing the streets, and we have been left in the dark with this car for so long already. Although, there was some exciting news from Scion, who has officially unveiled their 600 HP Scion FR-S drift car. This car looks awesome and we can’t wait to see what driver Ken Gushi can do in the upcoming D1 season.
Simultaneously, CES was in Las Vegas! Subaru released only a week ahead of the event that a 2013 Subaru BRZ would be on display at the event. So while all the reporters and journalist were freezing in Detroit, we decided to attend the beautiful Vegas winter weather, a pleasant 60 degrees, and found the 2013 Subaru BRZ sitting in a parking lot and we were the only ones at the show truly there for the car. We met some great people from Subaru and Aha Radio. Aha Radio is Subaru’s new infotainment partner, who will implement the Aha Radio app in new Subaru vehicles soon. This is great news for Subaru because they desperately needed to upgrade their audio visual technology to compete with the changing market. After speaking with the Subaru reps and introducing ourselves, they could not be more excited that BRZ-Club.com is an actual website and is creating a unique community for a car that is not even out yet. They were also impressed that we traveled all that way for just a car! Hopefully that shows some dedication and could lead to more exclusive content in the future.
We grabbed our camera gear and went to work. We had full access of the car and had an interview with David Sullivan from Subaru and Robert Acker Aha Radio. Check out the two videos posted over at ONBOOST Channel and the pictures in our forum section, links below. After the interview and asking various questions about a turbo model, STI model etc… All were answered with, “no news yet, but stay tuned”. We took a look at the key for the BRZ; the Limited trim comes with a unique key for push button start and a standard fob for the Premium. All the model differences can be found in the forum section pictures of the 2013 Subaru BRZ brochure or in the video below. CES was a great event and a great experience and we thank Subaru for being very welcoming to BRZ-Club.com.
As soon as CES and NAIAS was over, Japan took the spotlight again for the Tokyo Auto Salon. Several tuned models of the BRZ were available to view. The Prova BRZ Black Edition was our favorite, the big wing, the carbon aero parts and the sinister look the car radiates is just fantastic. There was also a STI BRZ Concept that was different from the jaw dropping STI BRZ Concept we saw at the LA Auto Show this past December. The STI BRZ from TAS 2012 is going in the right direction, but we feel this particular car was thrown together and just missed the mark of what the enthusiast would want in a BRZ STI. While the BRZ was a fantastic part of the show, we think the AS1 brother, the 86 stole the show with the TRD and Modellista models, as well as several drift prepped 86′s sliding in the parking lot.
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