Subaru's STI website shows two images of the hottest BRZ road car yet
The STI will feature a slug more power and a more focused chassis
Emphasis will remain on handling excellence
The BRZ STI could be revealed at the Frankfurt or LA motor show
The BRZ STI Concept previewed the standard BRZ in 2011
Styling cues likely to be adopted by the STI include larger wheels and a rear wing
The production STI could feature larger brakes from Brembo
The Subaru BRZ STI is under development, according to some cryptic teaser images on Subaru’s Japanese STI website.
The images show a BRZ displaying the iconic pink STI badge on the front grille, and a second logo on a chrome fin across the front wing vents.
Subaru has provided no further information on the BRZ STI, but Tetsuya Tada, programme chief previously told Autocar that supercharging was a possibility. However, he ruled out a turbocharged version due to packaging difficulties. Internet reports suggest his team is also investigating a KERS-type feature.
A raft of chassis modifications are also likely to be offered. A number of TRD-developed modifications are already available, and Subaru UK has already indicated it will offer approved upgrades through tuning company Pro-R.
Subaru is likely to tweak the BRZ’s styling, with a more aggressive bodykit and wing inspired by the original Subaru BRZ STI Concept, which was shown at the 2011 Los Angeles motor show.