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18 October 2012

2012 Paris: Subaru's BRZ XT Line hints anticipated turbocharged version

Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of the Paris Motor Show 
Still hoping for a turbo version of the BRZ? Well, while there are no concrete details yet, Subaru displayed a new trim of their rear-wheel-drive coupe at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show - the BRZ XT Line Concept
A similar two-door-coupe, called the Subaru XT, was sold back in the 80's. It had a 112 hp 1.8L turbocharged engine and four-wheel-drive. If you think about it, maybe Subaru's giving us a hint and the BRZ XT Line is something to look forward to.
Judging from pictures, the XT Line is very much the same as an ordinary BRZ on the outside, except for some simple aesthetic add-ons. New carbon fiber panels (or stickers) are found on the roof, side mirrors, and decklid spoiler. Wheels were changed to larger flat black 11-spoke rims, while beefier red brake calipers are now mounted on all four corners. And to distinguish this special version are XT Line badges garnished on the c-pillars and fender.  The interior is mostly unchanged except for the bright red leather seats stamped with XT badges and some carbon fiber trim on the gauge and door panels. 
But because Subaru didn't publish any press release about the new XT Line, it still remains a mystery what this BRZ has in store for us. Let’s just hope that this would be the turbo all-wheel-drive version that we've all been waiting for and not just same coupe with added aesthetics. 
Subaru also didn't have any press photos for the XT Line, so we borrowed these amazing images from our neighbors at so you can have a better view.