Subaru has officially unveiled the STI Performance Concept at the New York Auto Show. Unfortunately, it is only a concept designed to underline the technical prowess of Subaru’s performance arm, STI.
The concept is wider than the stock BRZ, it has a huge new rear wing, new air intakes and exhaust systems, updated chassis and suspension, and benefits from a powertrain derived from the BRZ Super GT racecar. The Super GT racecar develops 224kW/447Nm from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
While this sadly remains only a concept at this stage, Subaru has confirmed that several new STI-modified cars are to be added to at least the US lineup in the future thanks to expansions at the US performance division. Subaru USA says,
“In the future, further models tuned by STI will be available in the US. These cars could feature more extensive modifications from the factory than previously offered, such as suspension, performance, braking, chassis and aerodynamic upgrades.’
With Australia being one of the most popular markets for the co-developed Toyota 86/BRZ, it’s hard to imagine STI-spec models are too far away from the local market. The closest thing currently available is the BRZ Special Edition which comes with various STI-inspired accessories.