Subaru has patented the BRZ STI body we saw at the New York Auto Show earlier this year. The (obviously) World Rally Blue BRZ STI looked like a typical STI car with Subaru’s hallmark picnic table spoiler. Now pictures from Subaru’s patent filing in Japan show that the production BRZ STI will look almost exactly like the concept.
The front fascia, side skirts, rear valence, center mounted exhaust, and even the BBS CH-R wheels made it into the patent filing. The only visible difference between the concept car and the patent filing drawings is the scaffolding for the aforementioned skyscraping spoiler.
The patent doesn’t include and underhood pictures, so there still isn’t confirmation, but eventually Subaru will get off their butts and release a turbo BRZ STI. Of course that will require an admission that the chassis can handle more than 200 horsepower, which they’ve maintained it can’t, but there’s no shortage of evidence in the form of 500 horsepower to 1,000 horsepower cars that aren’t twisting like pretzels from the torque.
We know that a BRZ STI is on the way, but we don’t know for sure about a factory turbocharger. Would you buy a BRZ STI without a turbo? Would you consider it a real STI car without one?
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’s been a long time, it’s been a long time coming” – Puff Daddy
Subaru is finally releasing a BRZ STI. If that sentence conjures dreams of turbos and hood scoops and AWD donuts, it’s time to wake up.
The BRZ STI won’t have any more power. Unfortunately the BRZ STI will only be another tweaking of the standard BRZ like the BRZ Series.Blue, the FR-S Release Series 1.0, or the BRZ tS.
“That’s not what this car is about. We feel this car has enough power” a Subaru rep said, carefully toeing the company line. “It’s all about elevating the car’s already great cornering capability. That’s what drivers want, an ultimate connection with the road. And our job is to develop parts that reach this goal.”
Instead, the 2015 Subaru BRZ tS STI (yes Subaru does still love tacking on extra nonsensical letters, at least they haven’t lost that) will get new Bilstein struts, drilled brake rotors, a flexible V bar style strut tower brace, a new muffler, unique 18-inch wheels, Recaro seats and a unique lip kit. The price for all this will come out to 4,000,000 yen, or about $33,000 US. So at least the original JDM BRZ STI won’t cost you too much.
Subaru doesn’t have an official BRZ STI for sale anywhere, but in Japan there is a BRZ tS built by STI that has performance upgrades over the standard BRZ. The BRZ STI tS doesn’t have any engine upgrades, so even in Japan they have to wait for the 250-horsepower 2.5-liter BRZ to get more power.
The Subaru BRZ STI tS has Brembo ventilated disc brakes, (four piston front, two piston rear) a large diameter driveshaft, , an upgraded suspension with redesigned springs, struts and other components, retuned stability control, an upgraded exhaust, a new front lip spoiler, 18-inch wheels and an Alcantara and leather interior with STI logos. The BRZ STI tS GT adds an adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, Recaro seats and black painted wheels.
The Subaru BRZ STI tS costs 3,664,500 Yen, about $37,300 U.S. That kind of expense would be a tough sell in the U.S. with no engine upgrades, especially considering that the BRZ starts at 2,058,000 Yen ($21,000) there. A $40,000 BRZ without a quicker 0-60 time or higher top speed would never make it in the United States, but the performance upgrades on the BRZ STI tS might make it onto the upcoming 2.5-liter BRZ or the official BRZ STI when that finally goes on sale. Subaru will make 250 BRZ STI tS models and 250 Subaru BRZ STI tS Gts.