The Subaru BRZ is the first Subie product to not come with all-wheel drive standard for a very long time. Rather, the rear-drive sports car serves a niche customer group more concerned burnouts than stability control. But Subaru is bowing to fuel economy mandates and a ravenous fanbase demanding a turbodiesel hybrid version of the BRZ convertible with all-wheel drive.
As Subaru itself notes, this new car, aiming for a 2015 release, essentially cobbles all of the Internet and press rumors into a single vehicle. Obviously an April Fools prank, we still can’t help but be smitten with the idea of a turbodiesel-hybrid Subaru BRZ. It would certainly be more appealing than Subaru’s first hybrid effort, the XV Crosstrek. Blah.
So yeah, don’t expect a turbodiesel hybrid convertible sports car from Subaru anytime soon. Then again, rumors of a hybrid version of the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S, essentially the same car as the BRZ, have been affirmed by Toyota engineers. So don’t discount the possibility.