Subaru’s BRZ Series.Blue has the looks of an STI without the go-fast bits

Earlier this month, Toyota announced that turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, sedan, and hybrid models were coming to its FR-S lineup in 2016. Given that the FR-S is nearly identical to Subaru’s BRZ, Subie fans have been holding their breath for a souped-up version of their beloved drift machine for some time.

Yes, there is a new, special edition BRZ coming this year, but it looks like turbo addicts are going to be holding their breath for a while longer.  

The 2015 BRZ Series.Blue, a limited, spacebar-hating variant of Subaru’s lauded sports car is coming to dealerships this July. The Series.Blue will feature a myriad of cosmetic, ergonomic, and aerodynamic enhancements, but unfortunately the powertrain will remain untouched.

The Blue series will wear STI-branded spoilers all around, which Subaru says provide additional front downforce, as well as black alloy STI wheels, red-finished brake calipers, and stainless steel exhaust tips.

The BRZ’s cabin will be revamped as well, with faux carbon fiber dash panels, a frameless day/night rear-view mirror, blue stitching accents, and a fancy illuminated start/stop button.

Subaru plans to produce 1,000 of the special edition BRZs in two colors: 500 in WR Blue Pearl, and 500 in Crystal White Pearl, both colors made famous by the WRX STI. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a three-lettered theme emerging here.

Yes, the BRZ Series.Blue looks fantastic, but why tease us with a bunch of STI accents when you have no plans to build an actual STI version? That’s just mean, Subaru. 

And for $4,000 over the base BRZ, I’m not sure the Series.Blue is worth the money. If we’re comparing it to the 2015 Scion FR-S, which will have some tweaks of its own, I think the FR-S wins. At only $400 dollars more than the base model, the FR-S’ performance enhancements overshadow the skin-deep tweaks to the BRZ.

I think I’ll take my $4,000 and make my own STI, thank you very much. 

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

These winter-warrior cars will never leave you out in the cold

Snow can be an absolute pain if your vehicle isn't optimized to handle that sort of terrain. If brutal snowstorms are an annual part of your life, we recommend you pick up one of these winter-ready vehicles.

PS4 vs. Switch: After weighing the pros and cons, which one comes out on top?

Nintendo Switch versus PlayStation 4: Which one has better overall value? We break down the pros and cons of each platform to tell you which of these consoles is truly worth the money.
Product Review

The competition was fierce, and this is the best TV of 2018

With stellar picture quality, excellent ease of use, and rich features, the LG C8 OLED is the best TV you can buy in 2018, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is right for you. Check out our review to learn more.

This freewheeling Army truck-turned-tiny home is a labor of love

Most tiny homes are models of efficiency but one British metal worker has redefined the idea, converting an old Army truck into a mobile tiny home that comes with a bed, a sofa, a shower, and a beer garden.

Take a friend stargazing at 202 mph in the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider

McLaren has introduced the 2019 720S Spider. As its name implies, it's a convertible variant of the 720S coupe. The company promises the Spider retains the coupe's dynamism and agility thanks in part to the widespread use of carbon fiber.
Product Review

The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a luxurious and quick SUV, but it's no road tripper

The roster of models challenging the Porsche Macan grows annually. The German firm updated its smallest, most affordable SUV with a new engine, more tech features, and subtle design tweaks to keep it looking fresh.

Gateway’s born-again Ford Bronco boasts classic style, 2018 muscle car power

Illinois-based Gateway Bronco has received a license from Ford to make brand-new examples of the first-generation Bronco. Every build starts with a Ford VIN and a donor vehicle, but Gateway upgrades every part of the car.

Bloodhound’s plan to build a 1,000-mph car has run out of gas

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has officially shut down. The upside is you can now buy a 135,000-horsepower car powered by a jet engine and a cluster of rockets for $319,000.

2019 Ford Ranger saves fuel without sacrificing towing capacity

The 2019 Ford Ranger marks Ford's long-awaited return to the midsize truck segment, which has seen a resurgence lately. But will being late to the party make Ford's job more difficult?

Pininfarina Battista is a 1,900-horsepower, 250-mph electric supercar

The Pininfarina Battista will be the first production car from famed Italian design firm Pininfarina. Named after company founder Battista Pininfarina, it has a claimed 1,900 horsepower and a $2.5 million price tag.

Tesla could show the electric pickup Elon Musk is dying to build in 2019

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself.
Cars is helping Hyundai mine the artificial intelligence gold rush

In November 2018, Hyundai invested in a startup named We talked to the company's founder to learn more about what that means for consumers in the not-too-distant futures.
Emerging Tech

With this robotic garage, retrieving your car is like using a vending machine

Remembering where we parked our cars can be a real pain. But what if our cars came to find us, rather than the other way around? A new automated robot parking valet system aims to help.