Subaru BRZ STI arriving next spring with 230 hp and no turbo - report

Subaru BRZ STI concept live in Los Angeles 16.11.2011
Subaru BRZ STI concept live in Los Angeles 16.11.2011

To cost 27,000 GBP

The Subaru BRZ STI should arrive in showrooms next spring and is expected to cost around 27,000 GBP.

We saw a concept version at last year's L.A. Auto Show, and now Auto Express is reporting that a production model is slated for a spring launch in Japan, followed soon after by United States and Europe.

The most important news is that it won't be turbocharged due to engine bay space limitations as there isn't enough room to squeeze in an intercooler. The good news is that power will be raised at up to 230 hp (171 kW) thanks to variable valve control system tweaks and an increased rev limit past 7,500 rpm. Dampers and springs will also be upgraded, along with the addition of four-piston STI brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in grippier rubbers.

In terms of design, the BRZ STI will get a front lip spoiler, updated grille, different side skirts and a large rear wing. Bucket seats and additional dials are expected inside the cabin.

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WilliamNaing WilliamNaing
First ever boxer engine, 4 cylinder making 230 hp without a turbo. I think that is amazing. But for the price of $43,000 isn't worth it.
Jan 3rd, 2013 7:46am
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nunyabub nunyabub
Good idea, bad use of STI brand. I love the idea of front engine Rear wheel drive but that price point is ridiculous, and weak power. I'm a Subaru fan but if I was in the market for something like this I would just buy a pre-owned S2000 and save $30k!
Nov 28th, 2012 3:51am
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Otherwise for 35k you get a 350hp Hyundai Genesis Coupe. (3.8 l V6)
Nov 27th, 2012 7:57pm
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RandyNester RandyNester
$43,000 for a 230hp Subaru? Good luck with that.
Nov 27th, 2012 7:05pm
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danteskov danteskov
If I was to get interested in this car... it needs a turbo!!!
Nov 27th, 2012 6:15pm
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mhectorgato mhectorgato
Nice bump in power (though its only keeping up with the GTI, which isn't that powerful) and appearance, but don't care much for the spoiler. Does 30hp require that much extra downforce?
Nov 27th, 2012 4:11pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
naturally aspirated engine wow.... no turbo lag and the engine will sound gr8 vroooooooooooooooom
Nov 27th, 2012 10:11am
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dmanero dmanero
Turbo is what made Subaru,STI their name. How can you not put one in.
Nov 27th, 2012 4:44am
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Mikeado Mikeado
More power's great, but what about torque? The raised rev limiter suggests the peaky power delivery will remain the same. Also, I see they're quietly ignoring the handful of different turbo kits for BRZs that exist now in the aftermarket...
Nov 27th, 2012 3:16am
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Keep in mind, it can't be anywhere near 300hp as it would directly compete with the WRX STi, an would draw away sales. This is as good as it is going to get in OEM mode, though with the TRD supercharger being developed, this can easily be increased with little effort and perhaps within your warranty's boundaries.
Nov 27th, 2012 1:22am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
That may be but the two cars are inherently different in nature. The BRZ is a RWD sports coupe primarily for the road. The WRX is a off-road AWD rally sedan designed for bruising performance in all weather conditions. And there are very few WRXs sold as it is. I think it should be 300bhp.
Nov 27th, 2012 3:20am
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We both get it, the problem is that average joe doesnt and that means sales dropping for the WRX, it is bad business.
Nov 27th, 2012 5:29am
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DBaskov DBaskov
I don't think average joes buy STIs. Plus like dbehmoaras said, both are different enough. One is a awd rally sedan and the other is 2rwd sports coupe. Compromising BRZ's power because of it conflicting with WRX just sounds stupid to me to be quite honest.
Nov 27th, 2012 7:41am
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tazcubed tazcubed
Although this is a light weight car, I think 230 seems a little low compared to other STi efforts.
Nov 27th, 2012 12:49am
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it needs a turbo be so much better make about 375hp too
Nov 27th, 2012 12:30am
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Mikeado Mikeado
The Toyobaru will NEVER pack 375 horsepower from the factory. Outright power isn't the aim, and that would put it in a whole other performance and price bracket it isn't meant for anyway.
Nov 27th, 2012 3:18am
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bmwfordrivetrain_porscheforchassis_rangeroverforinteriors bmwfordrivetrain_porscheforchassis_rangeroverforinteriors
it would be awsome if it made 270-290cv and revved to atleast 8500+rpm, now that would have made for a drivers car
Nov 26th, 2012 11:29pm
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wbizarre wbizarre
It's already a driver's car with 200 horsepower. 230 sans turbo sounds great.
Nov 26th, 2012 11:52pm
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