Take these three letters: BRZ, then add these three letters: STI. What do you get? You get the sound of a bunch of dudes who already bought the little Subaru sports coupe (or its Scion twinsie, the FR-S) slapping their foreheads because god damn it. They finally went turbo. What now? My car is now a piece of shit. A slow, worthless piece of shit. I’m going to go drive it off the nearest cliff right now, assuming I can build enough speed.
Wait! Not so fast, bud. The BRZ STI is just a one-off concept, not a production vehicle, so your investment is safe. And besides, this thing doesn’t have your regular BRZ engine with a turbo slapped on it under its hood – haha, no way, dummy! – it has the same racing 2.0 liter turbo motor from the Japanese GT300 race version. The Subaru brass are politely saying this gives the STI *only* around 300 horsepower, but those in the know claim this powerplant is good for up to four-hundred-fifty. Holy hell.
Other than the exotic engine, this car is fitted with a ton of other cool parts that hopefully will make their way to a Subaru parts counter near you. The huge wing is obvious, but there’s a full STI suspension, exhaust, brakes, wheels, interior stuff, even STI-logo’d lug nuts. This car, in a lovely matte shade of the classic STI blue, represents the first wave in a big push to raise awareness of the legendary STI performance division in America.
Keep it coming, Subaru. You have our attention.