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.
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.
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.
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).