The Japanese based automaker Subaru is planning on offering an STI version of the BRZ over the next couple of years which will be aimed towards the U.S. market.
Rumors on Subaru planning an STI version of the BRZ have been around for quite a few years now and it seems that such a project is getting closer and closer to becoming real. According to the guys from Automotive News, who have recently spoken to Michael McHale, a spokesman within the company, an STI version of the BRZ is “a couple of years” away.
Subaru has had its fair share of attempts of developing a BRZ STI and spy photographers from across the globe have spotted more aggressive versions of the sports car testing on various tracks. The car manufacturer has even unveiled the Subaru STI Performance Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show, which came with a more aggressive and wider body, with flared wheel arches, with beefier side skirts, with some extra cooling for the engine and more.
The one-off model had a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine under its hood, which has been sourced from the BRZ GT300. The total output of the model stood at 300 HP (224 kW) and 447 Nm (330 lb-ft) of torque, which is significantly more than what the standard BRZ has to offer. The one-off car had a tweaked chassis and suspension system and some components borrowed from the racer too.