Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Well waddya know. Contrary to popular belief, the The Toyota 86, and its fraternal twin the Subaru BRZ, apparently is not the best car to come out from the land of the rising sun this year. Beating it by 45 votes is the all-new Mazda CX-5 which earned the coveted title of 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Japan.
 
According to the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) committee, the 86 and BRZ did impress with its “thrilling rear-wheel-drive handling, high-revving boxer engine, and reasonable price. But it was the CX-5's “revolutionary SKYACTIV technology, great handling, and economical clean diesel engine” that impressed the jurors the most.
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Words by Hans Gerald Chua | Photos courtesy of the Paris Motor Show 
 
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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.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
 
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Even before Subaru's front-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-door coupe hits production, the chaps at Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is already stabbing the BRZ concept with some STI goodness. By tapping into Subaru's tuning arm, they've turned what was a sexy sports car into a track weapon that has gotten us lusting for it even more. 
 
First on the list of any performance upgrade typically has something do with what goes under the hood. Surprisingly, the chaps at STI left the 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine untouched and had no mention of its power output. It does, however, makes full use of Toyota's D-4S direct injection technology and designed with a square bore and stroke of 86 x 86 mm, which should push the numbers close to or higher than 200 hp.
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