Is the BRZ finally getting a more powerful engine?

Subaru will join the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon next month with no fewer than six different cars, including a couple of concepts cars wearing the STi badge, one of which is the BRZ STi Sport. Although the BRZ STi isn’t exactly a new idea, the Tokyo-bound concept brings new features and may represent yet another step toward a production model with actual STi upgrades.

Details as to what it may bring to the table are scant and there’s just one picture to go by, but Subaru promises "exclusive exterior and interior parts," and more importantly, "STi-tuned driving performance." What that means is yet unknown, but the preliminary photo shows a BRZ with a more aggressive bumper, an STi badge, sporty looking side skirts, new multi-spoke wheels, and what seem to be red-painted Brembo brake calipers.

Hopefully the brakes aren’t the only upgrade in the drivetrain department and the BRZ finally gets the extra horsepower it deserves. If previous STi Sport models are any indication, the BRZ is also in for adjustable Bilstein dampers, firmer springs, and a revised power steering system.

The coupe won’t be the only STi Sport Concept shown in Tokyo, as Subaru will also showcase a version based on the WRX S4. The Japanese firm will also bring a Levorg and Impreza G4 with STi performance parts, the WRX STi NBR Challenge 2016 race car, which won two consecutive championships in the SP3T class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and the BRZ GT300 2016 created for Super GT racing.

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Subaru to Bring BRZ STI Sport Concept to 2017 Tokyo Auto Show Exterior
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Although the BRZ STi Sport concept looks pretty fetching in the only picture we have access to right now, I will prevent myself from getting too excited until the Tokyo Auto Show begins and a spec sheet becomes available. Both Toyota and Subaru have had a disappointing strategy regarding the GT86 and BRZ ever since the coupe arrived in showrooms and, to be honest, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The BRZ could use a more aggressive appearance as showcased by this concept, but it’s in dire need of a more powerful engine with forced induction. Maybe the concept will finally get it, but if that happens, there’s no guarantee that Subaru will actually roll out a production model later on. I think the BRZ is a fantastic sports car as far as bang for the buck goes, but I’m a skeptic when it comes to performance upgrades and it won’t change until Subaru does something about it.

Engine 2.0-liter Engine 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed
Horsepower Manual: 205 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Automatic: 200 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Torque Manual: 156 LB-FT @ 6,400 RPM
Automatic: 151 LB-FT @ 6,400 RPM
Transmission 6-speed manual/6-speed automatic
Fuel economy City/highway/combined 6-speed manual: 21/29/24
6-speed automatic: 24/33/27
0 to 60 mph 6.7 seconds
Top Speed 143 mph

Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru BRZ here.

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Press Release

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), together with Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)*, announced its exhibition at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, which will be held January 13th to 15th, 2017 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture.

At the Subaru booth will be concept models such as the “Subaru BRZ STI Sport Concept” and “Subaru WRX S4 STI Sport Concept” featuring exterior and interior upgrades. “Subaru Levorg STI Sport -STI Performance-” and “Subaru Impreza G4 -STI Performance-” equipped with STI performance parts will also be shown.

Subaru to Bring BRZ STI Sport Concept to 2017 Tokyo Auto Show Exterior
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The “WRX STI NBR Challenge 2016”, a racing car which won two consecutive championships for SP3T class in 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race and the “Subaru BRZ GT300 2016” for Super GT race will also be exhibited. At the press conference on January 13th, 2017 Subaru Motorsport Activities will be announced.
<Major exhibits>

◆ SUBARU BRZ STI Sport Concept / SUBARU WRX S4 STI Sport Concept (Show model)
Based on the Subaru BRZ and WRX S4, the two “STI Sport” models deliver STI-tuned driving performance as well as exclusive exterior and interior parts with high quality feel.

◆ SUBARU LEVORG STI Sport -STI Performance- / SUBARU IMPREZA G4 -STI Performance- (Show model)
By using expertise developed in STI’s motorsport activities, the two “STI Performance” models employ STI’s unique flexible parts such as a tower bar, delivering superb ride quality, stability and exhilarating handling performance.

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