If the Subaru BRZ STi was just a rumor, today it became official! The Japanese manufacturer has just released two teasers with the upcoming sporty coupe, but there is not much to see, just the STi badges on the front bumper and on the front fenders.
As you may know already, Subaru first offered a glimpse of the upcoming car with the BRZ Concept STi Concept, shown back in 2011 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
A year later, the Japanese carmaker was caught at Nurburgring testing the STi version of the BRZ. In terms of design, there are little changes such as a large rear wing and larger wheels that will accommodate larger brake discs.
Moreover, the car is expected to receive a new body kit with redesigned front and rear bumpers, as well as an updated interior. The big surprise will be under the hood.
Some sources say that Subaru will offer a new version of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat four engine with around 230 hp. Still, there is a possibility to see a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with around 280 hp and significantly improved torque.
Stylish, low and tightly-coiled bodywork merged with STI performance makes up for an athletic look. A hexagonal lower front grille, fin-shaped fog lamps, and hawk eye headlights are easily identifiable as Subaru. The exterior color “WR Blue Pearl II” is a modern build of the well-known WR blue paint scheme that has embellished both racing and production STI’s.
The body is designed with an aero-tuned lower front spoiler, a rear wing for increased downforce, and a unique rear fascia. A carbon-fiber roof has also been installed to lower the center of gravity, which will be one of the lowest of any vehicle ever produced. The rear layout features strong rear fender flares and huge rear-diffuser, complementing its polished stainless-steel quad-tailpipes. Vented rear bumper corners add to the enhanced aerodynamics.
The concept vehicle utilizes the all-new Subaru "FA" BOXER engine personally designed for the RWD BRZ sportscar. To attain the qualities best-suited for the BRZ sportscar, the total layout of this 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine has been structured with a square bore and stroke of 86 x 86 mm. The built-in characteristics of the Subaru BOXER engine were bred to a direct injection fuel system, which significantly enhances combustions efficiency, managing smoothness up to high rpm and high environmental guidelines.