Now that the Subaru BRZ is nearly on sale and we've had one in our office to test, people are back to the fun game of speculation on the BRZ STi.
Auto Express is the latest peddler of such rumors thanks to a conversation they had with Subaru marketing manager Atoshi Atake. "We have already had many requests from interested customers regarding a faster version," said Atake. "Let me say this -- we will certainly satisfy our customers. We are already working on a faster version."
Unfortunately, Subaru says there is no space for a turbo and an intercooler. Atake says that they can further develop the intake and exhaust and maybe kick the rev limit to 7,500 for around 250 hp. We've spent time with this motor in the car and there's certainly room for a turbo and, if mounted up front like in normal cars, an intercooler.
But why would they?
The aftermarket will handle turbocharging which will ensure that they still sell BRZs to enthusiasts. Keeping it NA and a little low on power and price will stop it from cannibalizing WRX STI sales. Different cars sure, but at the STI level, it's much the same buyer. It's Cayman vs 911 but on a less expensive scale.
Atake agrees "Plus, we want to keep turbocharging separate. It is for models like the WRX STI. The same goes for four-wheel drive. We could not make the BRZ four-wheel drive even if we wanted to."
But we've known that there's no possibility of AWD for a while now.
So, no turbo and no AWD, but on the plus side, it was confirmed that a convertible is certainly possible.
Rumor: Subaru BRZ STI to Be Naturally Aspirated, Rear-drive