NEWS: Subaru BRZ STI Concept

Subaru BRZ STI Concept New York Auto Show 2015 01

Ever since the debut of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S, people have been positively begging for a steroid-injected version. The best hope for a pumped up version of the joint Toyota-Subaru neo-hachiroku seemed to lie with Subaru’s boxer engineers, specifically STI, who could turbocharge the bejeezus out of the EJ20 motor and create a hairpin destroying weapon. Well, Fuji Heavy’s performance division has gone and done just that, and that car was just unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

Subaru BRZ STI Concept New York Auto Show 2015 02

So here is a BRZ STI, wearing aggressive widebody flares, a big fat spoiler, and the turbocharged, intercooled 300PS engine from the GT300-class SuperGT race car. Not only that, but Subaru is using it to announce that it is about to take STI very seriously, like as seriously Mercedes-Benz or Nissan takes AMG or NISMO. It will no longer be a side note to a nonstop parade of Outbacks, but a legitimate performance division that offers complete cars, aftermarket accessories, and motorsports programs.

Subaru 22B STI New York Auto Show 2015 02

But then, after the big announcement a Subaru spokesman just told us that the BRZ STI is only a concept and will not make it to production.Facepalm. Instead, they brought out the 22B STI and a 1996 Impreza rally car to remind us how they once built totally batshit cars and sold them to the public.

Subaru 22B STI New York Auto Show 2015 01

Both of these were plucked from the Subaru Attic at their headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and allowed to shine in the Big Apple for a week or so (See our visit to the Subaru Attic here in Part 01 and 02).

 

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8 Responses to NEWS: Subaru BRZ STI Concept

  1. Pete240z said:

    ??????? What?

  2. michael steps said:

    If i may, those pictures are excellent. How about some nice extras so i can use it as background… he he he

  3. Tj. said:

    I reckon they’d make a Scrooge McDuckian bin full of money if they sold just that body kit alone. It looks killer.
    Plus there’s already a plethora of companies making aftermarket performance parts for the car anyway.

    • Randy said:

      Yeah, but if it’s factory-produced, there’d almost certainly be some kind of warranty. The problem with aftermarket performance stuff is that you could blow the engine, and they’d say: “Yup; you got a problem there.”

  4. Randy said:

    Maybe I’m just getting jaded, but Sube’s NOT taking performance as seriously as Mercedes. You can get a freaking AMG G-Class (Gelandewagen!).

    Now, if they put out the parts to buy and put in/have installed – other than the cute little shift knobs, pedals and tailpipe finishers, that’s different.

  5. xs10shl said:

    Lots of doublespeak here. Perhaps there is a contractual agreement with Toyota to not offer a high performance version for a number of years. Otherwise, why implant the desire?

  6. ish said:

    Man that concept is amazing. Im not sure why suby isnt dropping there WRX Fa20 in the BRZ. I think it would fit just fine have plenty of power and most the R&D is already spent. Seems like a no brainer to me Im not sure what there waiting on? Toyota maybe?

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