When asked about their upcoming plans for production models, Subaru executives have spilled the beans on the rumored BRZ STI version, adding the model would reach the US market in a “couple years.”
Subaru and its parent Fuji Heavy Industries is on the roll in the United States, where it posts constant spectacular performances in terms of sales – making numerous analysts to highlight the niche brand as the true performer of the market, instead of FCA US. The third largest US automaker managed to complete recently 60 months of uninterrupted sales gains (but at the cost of profit and dealer health) – while Subaru has been nailing record after record in terms of both sales and earnings. Getting back to our subject, the details on the upcoming BRZ STI are fewer than we would like, but it’s safe to assume they will draw heavy inspiration from the recently unveiled STI Performance Concept, showcased during the New York Auto Show. The Subaru of America corporate communications director Michael McHale did hint the upcoming BRZ STI model would be a more “tuned” by variant instead of a fully-fledged regular STI model.
The STI Performance Concept from the 2015 New York Auto Show is the total road-going BRZ, with a wide and dynamic body that comes with aggressive elements such as a big rear wing and flared wheel arches, complete with larger side skirts and extra cooling for the engine. Speaking of it, the turbocharged 2.0-liter boxer engine is derived from the track-exclusive BRZ GT300, which delivers about 300 bhp (224 kW) and 330 lb-ft (447 Nm) of torque.
Via Automotive News