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Subaru previews Viziv Performance Concept and 2 tuned STIs for Tokyo

John Beltz Snyder

Subaru will be rolling deep at the 2017

Tokyo Motor Show next month. The Japanese automaker has

announced a number of different models that it will bring to the show, including three concepts, and limited editions of two different STI models.

At the top of the list, teased above, is the Subaru Viziv Performance Concept. This car sounds like it could be a sneak preview of a next-generation

WRX, as Subaru describes it as a sport sedan that combines "enjoyment and peace of mind." The very nature of the model encourages active engagement, but Viziv Performance

uses Subaru's EyeSight tech to provide advanced driver assistance. The teaser images don't give us much else to go on, but we'll keep our ear to the ground in case Subaru drops any more information ahead of the show on Oct. 25.


Also coming to Tokyo will be to Japan-only limited edition versions of two STI models. The first is the Subaru S208, based on the

WRX STI. A successor to the

S207, the S208 is limited to just 450 units. It's quicker and more powerful than the S207, and features a carbon fiber roof to help lower the center of gravity.

Engine output isn't givne, but the S207 made

323 horsepower and

318 pound-feet of torque. The S208 also has an upgraded suspension and exclusive interior and exterior styling upgrades.


The other special edition is the

Subaru BRZ STI Sport. It doesn't get more power, but Subaru did work to improve ride and handling. The

BRZ STI Sport has a stiffer body and a specially tuned suspension to improve dynamic performance. It also gets its own interior and exterior touches, and a special Cool Grey Khaki paint color. Like the S208, it will be available only through lottery, but will be even more exclusive, at just 100 units.


Subaru is bringing two yellow concepts to the show, the XV Fun Adventure Concept and the

Impreza Future Sport Concept. The XV Fun Adventure gets off-road tires and updated body cladding. The Impreza Future Sport gets revised front and rear bumpers, a low center of gravity, and a central exhaust.

Last, and probably least, Subaru will display the

Outback Limited Smart Edition, with a few design touches like an exclusive grille and wheels, microfiber seats, plus navigation and a Harman/Kardon sound system.

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