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    Subaru BRZ STi Might be Ready Next Year


    No doubt itís a question on anyoneís mind who bought a Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S this year: when will there be a higher-performing version?

    Both automakers felled rumors about a forced-induction model like an unregulated logging company on a California redwood.

    Given Subaruís history with turbocharging its engines, itís an easy assumption to make that a BRZ badged as such would get turbo treatment, but that wonít be the case. There isnít enough space under the hood for Subaru to feel comfortable stuffing an intercooler in from the factory.

    Instead, the car will get a tweaked intake and improved exhaust to bring the carís power rating to between 220 and 230 hp. According to an unnamed source, the outlet says the tweaked BRZs will begin arriving at Japanese dealers sometime next spring according to AutoExpress.

    When that happens, the cars will have a more aggressive body kit including a large rear spoiler, modified grille and front lip spoiler. U.S. delivery is expected to begin shortly after it does in Japan, although exact dates are still undisclosed.

    Still, itís expected to be very much like the concept car that Subaru brought to the 2011 L.A. Auto Show.

    More: Subaru BRZ STi Might be Ready Next Year on AutoGuide.com

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    About time we got some information like this. Although we always knew it was coming it wasn't really official.

    Now we just need to see something very close to a production model as the above clearly won't be spot on to what we'll get.

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    I love rumors, that are just rumors. There will be a sti version, but I am glad I didn't wait. I don't think the sti will be worth the increased price tag, and I think being virtually a tester with it being a first year car dealerships will work with us more where as in later years the support won't be so strong.
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    I am happy I bought this car when I did. Let the haters hate, just jealous that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itwillboost View Post
    I love rumors, that are just rumors. There will be a sti version, but I am glad I didn't wait. I don't think the sti will be worth the increased price tag, and I think being virtually a tester with it being a first year car dealerships will work with us more where as in later years the support won't be so strong.
    I think it will be cool to have the STI model, it doesn't seem like it will be significantly different so It shouldn't cost like $10k more....if it's $5-6k more I won't mind paying for it. It's just something about having the top trim

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    Quote Originally Posted by itwillboost View Post
    There will be a sti version, but I am glad I didn't wait.
    As an 05 WRX STI owner, I agree with this sentiment. For what I paid, I don't feel the STI was that much better than the WRX. Sure it has a cute bodykit, nicer interior, and a few other bits, but the BRZ Limited is already leaps and bounds over my 05 STI feature-wise and has about the same interior quality. The only thing it's lacking is better brakes, wider wheels, and a blower. For the cost difference between the WRX and STI, I could have had a sleeper STI in WRX trim (and lower insurance rates). I don't think a huge spoiler, STI wheels, and some bodykit add-ons is going to be worth a potential $5,000 price bump and higher insurance rates.

    IMO, the BRZ Limited is the perfect model to upgrade as you see fit.
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    Subaru should just make another trim level then instead of making the STi version prettier with a dash of extra power. Save it for boost models if they choose to go that route. You can just get an intake system and a header back exhaust and be on par with the STi version and save a lot of money. Just doesn't make sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRZkid View Post
    Subaru should just make another trim level then instead of making the STi version prettier with a dash of extra power. Save it for boost models if they choose to go that route. You can just get an intake system and a header back exhaust and be on par with the STi version and save a lot of money. Just doesn't make sense to me.
    Do you know of an intake/exhaust combo that'll put the stock BRZ at 220 rwhp? I haven't seen anyone breaking 200 with just an intake and exhaust. Most intakes give 3-5 hp at best, and most of the exhausts are like 5.

    With how easily shops have been boosting the engine to 300 too 400+ rwhp, it makes me think they deliberately built the engine for owners to optionally TC/SC at-will. It would make more financial sense to offer an accessory STI turbo kit (scion supercharger finally?) and all of the accessories as optional upgrades. Not everyone wants to pay $5,000+ for the full kit. I'd rather not have the goofy/blingy STI bodywork, but I'd love to have those STI wheels and Brembo brakes.

    Even the WRX STI's stock components leave a lot to be desired, which is why I'm not all that psyched about a BRZ STI. I would have like to have solid engine mounts, short shifter, trans/shifter bushings upgraded, etc stock on my 05 STI.

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    SRT header back exhaust bumps it 10-15 whp and a GReddy air intake says about 10-15 hp, if I remember right.. Haven't looked at them again in a while. But I pretty sure they're not talking about wheel horsepower, but crank, could be mistaken though. But I think a good chunk of the BRZ owners use there car for daily driving too and with a 12.5 to 1 compression ratio any kind of respectable boost on that engine is going to make it very prone to pre-detonation, without extremely high octane fuel. Even for just road driving once and a while higher octane gas is hard to find, where I live in New York the highest thing you can find is 93 without going to a track. This is why I think the BRZ should be from the factory boosted in someway. Its the only safe way to get it to brake that 200 whp barrier, and still have a reliable daily car with it, and not to mention to avoid all the heavy modifications required to get close to that with a standard BRZ... I dunno, just my two cents

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