Subaru Teases BRZ STI on Japanese Website...Or Maybe Not

By Jacob Brown | August 05, 2013
Over the weekend, Subaru dropped three teaser pictures of what looked to be a faster, meaner BRZ STI on its Japanese site. We grew excited beyond belief. STI, which stands for Subaru Technica International, the company's in-house performance division! That means that it'd surely have to have a turbocharger added to its 2.0-liter flat-4 engine, giving it well above the 200 horsepower the current car has.
Want. No, need.
Turns out, we might have been jumping the gun just a bit. The folks at 7Tune report that there was a festival for Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 (what we call the Scion FR-S) over the weekend at the Fuji racing circuit in Japan. There, Subaru revealed the BRZ tS, which stands for tuned by STI. That does not make it an STI model, however. That makes it a model with a bunch of Subaru hop-up parts tacked onto it.
Corroborating with this is that the pictures linked on Subaru's website are named "BRZ_tS" even though two clearly show STI badges. That means it has the same engine as the current car, but its brakes, suspension, and body aerodynamics have all been upgraded. Like so many other special edition Subarus, we don't expect to see the BRZ tS make its way to the U.S. But we do expect to see a BRZ STI eventually. As we've seen recently, the Subaru BRZ takes really well to turbocharging, as do most Subaru engines. Just before launching the Subaru BRZ, the company even showed off a concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2011 called the BRZ STI. It's only a matter of time before the car gets more power. Both Subaru and Toyota have emphasized their cars are more about the sensation of driving than producing Porsche-shaming acceleration numbers. At 2,800 pounds, however, when we do eventually see a BRZ STI, we should get a little bit of both if the car comes with a plenty more oomph than the 200-horsepower model we already get. Sources: 7Tune, Subaru Japan