A Subaru BRZ STI has been officially released by Subaru. Of course it’s only a concept car for the New York Auto Show, but it shows that Subaru has been listening to everyone begging for a more powerful BRZ. The concept car also shows that there might be hope for a real BRZ STI at some point in the future. The BRZ STI concept is a lot more impressive than the BRZ tS STI that Japan will get next year with… exactly the same horsepower as the standard Subaru BRZ, it packs a race ready engine.
No, the US Subaru BRZ STI doesn’t have a turbo FA20, it’s actually an NA EJ20 from a Super GT car according to Road & Track. That means that even the concept car builders at Subaru are keeping to the official party line that “the BRZ doesn’t need forced induction, it’s fast enough as is.”
The concept BRZ STI has a huge rear wing, carbon fiber diffuser with center exit exhaust, a full bodykit, a lowered suspension and rims that look an awful lot like BBS’ offerings, and some interior trim pieces.
The BRZ STI does have some aero upgrades and a better suspension than the stock car, but the lack of a turbo seems to indicate that any US BRZ STI will just be a special body kit, maybe a goofy wing, and some stiffer struts and shocks.
It looks like we’ll have to wait for the second generation BRZ for a more impressive BRZ STI.