Subaru is bringing a trio of STI concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon

The Tokyo Auto Salon is almost upon us (or our Japanese counterparts at any rate), and Subaru has no intention of sitting it out. To that end, its performance division Subaru Tecnica International is preparing a slate of new show cars for the tuner expo. Of the trio that STI has in store for the show, the only one it is showing us so far is the STI Performance Concept pictured above – and we've already seen that one. Based on the BRZ and festooned with all manner of performance upgrades (and an enticing matte blue wrap), it was presented at the New York Auto Show this past April. But there are two more that we have not seen yet.

Most intriguing is the proposed XV Hybrid STI Concept, but ostensibly combines the rugged approach of the XV Crosstrek – in hybrid spec no less – with the performance upgrades we've come to expect from the WRX STI. Where STI show cars typically appear in blue, this one is slated to appear in white with orange accents and an interior in orange and beige. It still promises a slew of aero enhancements, along with an upgraded suspension.

Alongside the BRZ and XV concepts will be a Levorg STI as well, based on the wagon that Subaru sells in Japan and Europe. This one'll appear in WR Blue Pearl with a sportier front end, 18-inch alloys, specific dampers, and a two-tone interior in burgundy and black. Joining the concepts at the Subaru stand will be a quartet of racing models – two based on the BRZ and two on the WRX STI.

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Exhibition Outline of Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Tokyo, December 24, 2015 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), together with Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)*1, announced its exhibition at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association), which will be held January 15th to 17th, 2016 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture.

At the Subaru booth will be concept models such as the "STI Performance Concept" which signifies STI's core business areas, "Levorg STI Concept" and "Subaru XV Hybrid STI Concept".

The "WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016", a racing car for 24 Hours Nurburgring endurance race in 2016 and the "Subaru BRZ GT300 2016" for Super GT race will also be exhibited. At the press conference on January 15th, 2016 Subaru Motorsport Activities will be announced.

The special site for Subaru Auto salon ( will be opened.

By using the USTREAM (*2 live streaming provider, events in the Subaru booth will be broadcasted live.

*1: Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI; President Yoshio Hirakawa; located in Mitaka, Tokyo)
*2: Ustream is a live video streaming website operated by Ustream Asia Inc.

◆ STI Performance Concept (Show model)
STI Performance Concept signifies STI's core business areas; aftermarket parts, complete cars and motorsports.
Featuring STI technologies and components including STI suspension and brake enhancements as well as other exterior and interior upgrades, the concept cars showcases STI's key business areas of aftermarket performance parts and complete cars. To signify STI's commitment to motor sports, it employs the STI-tuned EJ20 horizontally-opposed 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo racing engine currently used for the Super GT race in Japan.

◆ Levorg STI Concept (Show model)
The "WR Blue Pearl" colored Levorg STI Concept employs exclusive front fascia with quality feel and STI-designed 18-inch aluminum wheels, offering stylish design. Its red-wine and black two-tone color interior features high-quality feel with exclusive accessories. By employing exclusive STI-tuned dampers, superb ride quality, stability and exhilarating handling performance have been delivered.

◆ Subaru XV Hybrid STI Concept (Show model)
The Subaru XV Hybrid STI Concept harmonized Subaru XV's "casual & sporty" character with STI brand's sportiness.
With orange-colored accents on "Quarts White Silica" exterior color, its active and sporty image has been further enhanced. Its interior has also been accentuated by orange and beige color. In addition, by employing STI sports parts, superb ride quality and stability have been achieved, enhancing Subaru hybrid model's fun to drive character.

List of Exhibits

1 STI Performance Concept Show model
2 Levorg STI Concept Show model
3 Subaru XV Hybrid STI Concept Show model
4 Subaru BRZ GT300 2016 Race model
5 WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016 Race model
6 WRX STI for Japan Rally Championship Race model
7 CG Robot Racing 2016 (Subaru BRZ) Race model

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