I now have additional proof that Subaru executives are sneaking into my house at night and reading my dream journal: They debuted what is essentially a BRZ shooting brake at the Tokyo Motor Show. Let me say that again just to be clear: BRZ. Shooting. Brake.
That's probably the best way to describe the Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept. It's a very nice surprise out of Tokyo, isn't it? See, we had heard rumors about a possible BRZ/FR-S shooting brake for a while, in addition to the supposed four-door sedan said to be in the pipeline. But I always assumed the former was somewhere between auto journalist wishful thinking and total bullshit; it just seemed too ridiculous to ever see the light of day.
And yet, here it is, live and in the flesh. Er, sheet metal. I have to say that it looks pretty good, even better than the current BRZ/FR-S. It's kind of like a Ferrari FF for workin' folks like us, but I think it pulls off the shooting brake design much more elegantly than the Italian exotic does.
Oddly enough, Subaru hasn't put out many details or official photos of the car just yet. Motor Trend writes that it comes in at 169.3 inches long, a respectable two-and-a-half inches longer than a BRZ. They say it weighs 2,756 pounds, basically the same as a BRZ, and it sends power to the rear wheels (hell yeah player) through a CVT gearbox (awww hell no.)
The transmission choice is... disappointing, to say the least, but it makes me think two things: one, that Subaru is smart enough to stick a manual on a car like this if it ever goes to production, or two, that their new Lineartronic CVT — which also goes on the 2015 Subaru WRX — is so damn good it belongs on a performance car. We'll have to see about that last one. I'm extremely skeptical.