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?
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.