Subaru BRZ STi spied in the US
A lightly-camouflaged BRZ STI with a massive spoiler has been spotted testing in the US.
It seems that Subaru is almost ready to drop a sharper, STI-badged version of its BRZ sports car, if these spy photographs are anything to go by.
Spy photographers snapped the lightly-camouflaged BRZ STI in Ann Arbour, Michigan, and it looks remarkably similar to the BRZ STI Concept car that was revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year (surprise surprise).
Like the concept, the test car sports a much more aggressive front bumper, as well as larger air intakes, more prominent side skirts, a massive rear spoiler, larger black multi-spoke alloy wheels and red Brembo brake callipers.
Disappointingly, though, the BRZ STI (like its Tokyo concept counterpart) will not come with the WRX STI sedan’s 221kW 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine. Instead, it will stick with the standard BRZ’s 152kW 2.0-litre lump.
If its concept cousin is anything to go by, the BRZ STI will feature an interior that boasts burgundy-coloured sport seats and a range of other cosmetic tweaks.
The bad news – apart from a lack of any performance boost – is that the BRZ STI is not guaranteed to be released outside of the US. In America, it has already been confirmed that a ‘tuned by STI’ BRZ will go on sale this year.
The even badder news is that Subaru Australia has said it has no information on an STI-tuned BRZ production model Down Under. This is despite the fact that Australia is one of the most important markets in the world for the Japanese car-maker’s performance sub-brand.