Subaru have decided to mix things up for their next batch of WRX and BRZ models with a new HyperBlue colour scheme, which will be available on 700 STI WRXs and 500 BRZs. Visually, the exterior of the limited edition WRX STI receives a few changes, including black emblems at either end of the vehicle, black mirrors, and 18-inch BBS alloys wrapped in Dunlop tyres. The BRZ will get the same HyperBlue hue, badges, and black mirrors, but will receive smaller 17-inch wheels.

The interior of both vehicles will also get the HyperBlue treatment. Factory options include blue stitching on the factory Alcantara-upholstered seats, a leather shift boot and steering wheel, and floor mats. The WRX STI is said to have pin-code access added, alongside keyless entry and keyless start added to its list of already impressive factory features. The BRZ gets a touch more blue in the cabin, with blue headrests, bolsters, and knee pads on the centre console.

Unfortunately for BRZ and WRX fans, neither car receives an increase in power. So if you’re after speed, the 2500cc flat-four, 227kW (305hp), turbocharged and all-wheel-drive WRX is still the Subaru to opt for — ensuring its ability to nail down 0–100kmh in five seconds. The BRZ will still produce the not-so-exciting 149kW (200hp), thanks to its 2000cc naturally aspirated flat-four. Both cars come factory with a six-speed manual gearbox, however a six-speed automatic transmission is available for a bit of extra coin.

We’d still like to know when Subaru are going to produce a turbocharged, or even supercharged, variant of the BRZ. It’d be one to watch out for!

René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.