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?
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Dai Yoshiro is a D1 drifter who made a name for himself drifting an S13 Silvia. If the drifting world were Halo, the S13 would be the Battle Rifle, it’s the platform you usually start with and it works really well, but its ubiquity makes it a bit boring , so he has now switched to a Subaru BRZ. The Falken drift BRZ was chosen to replace the Silvia because of its style, popularity and size.
The BRZ beat out the 350z and Cadillac CTS-V as the drift car of choice for Yoshiro and his team. Yoshiro said the 350Z lost due to the BRZ’s popularity and marketability and the CTS-V was too long. This is a D1 drift car though, so unless you’re being paid by Scion to keep it, you’re probably going to need to drop the FA20 motor for something with a bit more power. Yoshiro went with a 7.0-liter Chevy LS7 engine swap with a Garrett GTX5008R turbo that makes 962-horsepower and 832 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm.
In addition to the V8 swap, the drift BRZ has a couple aesthetic improvements. Yoshiro’s Falken BRZ drift car has a Rocket Bunny V2 body kit and KW coilovers sitting on Yoshihara Design Champion wheels.
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If you’re unfamiliar with STS’ remote turbo systems, you can be forgiven just this one time. STS’ turbo kits have been popular with domestic muscle and trucks for years but haven’t made a huge impact on the import scene yet. The unique thing about STS’ kits is that they mount the turbocharger in the back of the car, usually where the muffler previously sat. The long turbo pipes serve to cool the air without needing an intercooler and the turbo actually muffles the exhaust sound pretty well.
The best part, at least for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ STS rear mounted turbo kits? The sound. Turbo FR-S and BRZ cars usually sound great, but the remote turbo STS kit sounds like a space ship with its high pitched whistle.
It seem like Scion has been planning a faster more powerful FR-S since before the sports car was first released. From the very first time the FR-S’ and BRZ’s horsepower numbers were revealed and the company saw the reaction that garnered, Scion has been looking for ways to buff it up.
A Hybrid FR-S was discussed, turbochargers were dismissed, and a bigger 2.5-liter FR-S seemed immanent, but no high power FR-S has materialized. Now it seems like instead of picking a power adder, Scion is just going to do everything. Motor Trend claims that a source inside Toyota Japan confirmed earlier reports that a 2.5-liter turbocharged hybrid FR-S Sedan with all-wheel drive that will cost around $50,000. The FR-S sedan will join the lineup in 2015, after the FR-S Convertible.
More exciting than a Hyundai Genesis competitor, though, is the news that a turbo FR-S coupe is on the way. A turbocharged engine, either the 2.5-liter turbo from the U.S. Sedan or the 2.0 turbo that will be used in the Japanese FR-S sedan, will be available in the FR-S coupe in 2016. Pricing for the FR-S turbo should start just over $30,000.
No word yet on power output from the FR-S 2.5-liter turbo hybrid or the FR-S 2.5-liter turbo non-hybrid. FR-S turbo kits are easily pushing over 300-horsepower, which would match the FR-S turbo well against the Nissan 370z.
If you’re building an FR-S and want power, you need a turbo kit. Swapping out stock parts like the intake and exhaust will get your FR-S moving, but if you want to start blowing the doors off of
Genesi Genesises Turbo Hyundais and new edge Mustangs, you have to go turbo.
TR3 performance claims that their bolt on stage 1 FR-S turbo kit makes 300-horsepower with a 60 trim turbo. The only major notification to the car is swapping the oil pan, but other than that the kit is bolt on. But while 300-horsepower is fun, 450-horsepower sounds like a lot more fun. When the owner brought back his FR-S turbo you see here, TR3 made it from a fun street car to an absolute monster.
This just proves that you don’t need an engine swap in your FR-S to make big power. The 2JZ swaps we’ve seen are impressive, but building the little 2.0-liter engine to insane power levels is even more remarkable.