Spy Shots Indicate Possible Subaru BRZ STI in the Works
It’s unclear whether it involves an engine upgrade or simply better handling.
The current Subaru BRZ is a sporty little car with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder Boxer engine making 205 horsepower. While it might not be rocket, it's definitely a blast to whip around the curves and push it to its limits. That being said, no one denies the BRZ could use an extra 50 ponies or so, and a recent set of spy shots from Autoblog has us wondering if that might be in the works.
In the images, a Subaru BRZ appears to have STI badging and fairly moderate aerodynamic modifications. As you'll see, the BRZ has a gigantic wing, side skirts and minor fascia adjustments, giving it a more aggressive look and possibly improved handling. Unfortunately, there are no true signs of engine modification like the addition of a turbocharger or supercharger. The intake ports appear to be the same as the current BRZ and the hood isn't anything noteworthy.
It is possible the alleged Subaru BRZ STI is just a handling upgrade, but it could also be an early-stage test mule before the necessary intakes are installed. Whatever the case may be, an STI BRZ would be a welcomed addition to the Boxer family, engine upgrade or not. While Subaru already has a performance pack for the BRZ, this could be just what the doctor ordered.