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No turbocharger, but about 20kW more power.

Subaru has dropped several hints that a high-performance STI version of its BRZ coupe is in the works, including one very big hint even before the BRZ made its debut. Then, just a few weeks ago, a prototype wearing STI badges was spotted running some laps on Germany’s Nürburgring, confirming the car's existence.

The prototype revealed that the BRZ STI will feature popular performance mods such as a large rear wing, aerodynamic body kit, lowered suspension, large alloy wheels and a sports exhaust. What it didn’t reveal, however, is whether the car’s engine has been fitted with a turbocharger or other means of forced induction, something past STI models have traditionally featured.

According to reports overseas, the BRZ STI, which will be revealed next spring, will forgo a turbocharger due to a lack of space under the hood. Despite this, peak output should still rise from the BRZ’s 150kW rating to somewhere around 165-172kW in the BRZ STI thanks to changes to the exhaust system and variable valve timing. 

This ties in with previous comments from Subaru that there was no space for an intercooler and its required piping in the BRZ’s engine bay. Furthermore, the addition of a turbocharger would go against the purist sports car philosophy Subaru engineer’s had originally envisioned for the BRZ. A supercharger is also said to have been ruled out due to a loss in the car’s fuel economy, though it's more likely Subaru doesn't want the BRZ STI encroaching on the performance of its next-generation WRX.

The good news is that the relatively mild mods being applied to the BRZ STI should equate to a relatively low price rise. And the BRZ, along with its Scion FR-S twin, is already one of the most fun cars you can buy, so a little extra power, sharper handling and an affordable sticker should make the BRZ STI one very enticing package.


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  • This article fails to mention the thousands of people having engine problems shortly after buying it. Google is your friend.

    anonymous Posted on 30 January 2013 9:19am
  • Go on fit a turbo! you know you want to. Just put a bump in the bonnet, it'll fit!

    MJR of Mid North Coast NSW Posted on 29 November 2012 8:38am
  • Just turbo it FFS. If Tekno Autosports can fit on in there, surely Subaru can.

    Ryan S Posted on 29 November 2012 8:12am
  • Great car if only I could actually buy one. I am very frustrated with the Aussie car market at the moment they cry they can’t sell cars but they don’t have any to sell as they are not producing them. I wasn’t going to wait 18months for a new car that I need now, as it isn’t really anything special to wait for, it’s not like a Porsche is it... I guess another sale they miss out on, if only they made more cars I would buy one. Don’t know what to lease know????

    Jason of QLD Posted on 28 November 2012 10:06pm
  • what is so secret?? the sti version of the brz was at the recent syd motor show wit the hood popped open for everyone to see the engine

    james of syd Posted on 28 November 2012 6:48pm
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