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Subaru BRZ STI Teased with Official “Coming Soon” Announcement 5
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, News, Scion FR-S, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, Subaru BRZ STI, TOYOTA, Toyota GT 86 on 08 5th, 2013
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Probably the biggest gripe about the new Subaru BRZ and its twin Toyota GT86 or Scion FR-S here in the states, is its lack of power from the 2.0-liter flat-4-cylinder. Many tuner shops have remedied this slight shortcoming but there was always the idea of Subaru and Toyota pushing out an up-scale version of the vehicle with some forced induction. Well, it now seems it is official as Subaru, on their Japanese site with some teaser images, drops the “coming soon” words for a BRZ STi version to pack a significant increase in horsepower.

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For obvious reasons this “boost” in horsepower, pun intended, will be from some type of forced induction likely being a turbocharger. The gossip is flying around now that the BRZ STI and possibly a boosted FR-S/GT86 would see power figures around 300 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque. We hope all holds to be true because we know several people who would be one of the first to pick one of these up.

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We expect to see something in the flesh during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show (or another major auto show).

UPDATE: Official photos of the Subaru tS – It is not an official BRZ STi. Sources have confirmed this being a BRZ with a few exterior add-ons. Nothing added to the drivetrain, unfortunately.

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Subaru Confirms Work On A BRZ STI 29
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Subaru, Subaru BRZ STI on 03 29th, 2012

Subaru's BRZ STI concept. Image: Subaru

Like the idea behind an affordable front engine, rear drive coupe designed for superior handling, but wish it had more than 200 horsepower? You may be in luck, as Subaru is reportedly working on an STI version of its BRZ sport coupe. Expect it to be harder edged than current BRZ models, and better suited for track days than for daily commutes.

The news comes from Auto Express, who spoke with Subaru’s global marketing manager, Atoshi Atake. Atake acknowledged that many customers and fans have expressed interest in a faster, more sporting version of the BRZ, and Atake went on record as saying, “…we will certainly satisfy our customers. We are already working on a faster version.”

Subaru's BRZ STI concept. Image: Subaru

Take what you know about current STI models and throw it out the window. A BRZ STI will remain rear-drive, not all-wheel-drive, and it won’t use a forced induction engine. Instead, expect a BRZ STI to make 250 horsepower from its 2.0-liter boxer four via improvements to intake, exhaust and valve timing systems. The STI version will weigh less, too, thanks to a carbon fiber hood, a carbon fiber roof and lightweight racing seats. To complete the package, expect lighter wheels, bigger brakes, a stiffer suspension and a full aero package similar to that seen on the BRZ STI concept shown here.

Subaru's BRZ STI concept. Image: Subaru

As for when we’re likely to see a BRZ STI, your guess is as good as ours. Subaru is currently struggling to meet Japanese demand for the base BRZ, which is selling at four times the expected volume in its home market. We’d be very surprised to see an STI version on these shores any sooner than later 2013, likely as a 2014 model.







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