Subaru is feeling blue. Hyper Blue, that is. The automaker is unveiling its limited-edition 2016 ‘Series.HyperBlue’ BRZ and WRX STI. And yes, their bright hue will definitely attract some eyeballs as you come down the road.
Subaru is only building a limited number of them. We’re talking only 700 WRX STI models and only 500 BRZ models in all. Subaru says these are a fresh take on last years 1,000 production run for the Limited Series 2015 Blue BRZ Special Edition.
Both models are super Hyper Blue, almost Smurf-like if that’s your thing, and geared for Subaru sport performance. (Catch our review of the 2015 WRX STI here.) No pricing yet, but both will be arriving with the 2016 models in the fall.
2016 Series.HyperBlue WRX STI
The WRX STI features the 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine that it is known for. It also comes standard with handling technologies like Active Torque Vectoring, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, and a Brembo Performance Brake System.
Aside from the Hyper Blue exterior paint, the WRX STI features a black with blue accents interior that includes Hyper Blue stitching on the Alcantara seats, steering wheel, manual transmission shifter boot, console and floor mats. The floor mats also feature the Cherry Red STI logo.
The Hyper Blue package also comes with the Starlink 7-inch Multimedia navigation System, 18-inch BBS Black Alloy wheels, black badges, and black exterior mirrors.
2016 Series.HyperBlue BRZ
For 2016 BRZ is getting Subaru’s StarLink Multimedia System with a 6.2-inch touch screen and a standard rearview camera. The StarLink system features a smartphone integration that can access Aha and Pandora. When this system is paired with the Starlink cloud suchs aps as iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News, and Weather are also available.
Under the hood is the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter Boxer engine that is standard on all BRZ models. The BRZ is also built low to the ground for a super low and controlled center of gravity coupled with precision steering.
Like the WRX STI, the Hyper Blue BRZ features Hyper Blue paint and a black with blue accents interior that includes leather and Alcantara upholstery with Hyper blue leather seat bolsters and headrest along with blue accent stitching on the seats, steering wheel, shifter lever boot, parking brake handle, center console, and door trim. The of the front seatbacks also feature the BRZ logo in silver complemented by the floor mats that feature the logo in blue.
The Hyper Blue package also includes the exterior touches of 17-inch black alloy wheels, black badging, and black exterior mirrors.