Subaru threw us a bit of a curve ball this weekend when they released pictures of a BRZ with prominent STi badging. This naturally led to speculation about an STi variant but the truth, unfortunately, is a lot less interesting.

Subaru threw us a bit of a curve ball this weekend when they released pictures of a BRZ with prominent "STi" badging. This naturally led to speculation about an STi variant but the truth, unfortunately, is a lot less interesting.

Tucked away in the dark recesses of STI's Japanese website is a little known press release that announced plans to stage the global debut of the BRZ tS concept at the 86 Festival in Japan. Since the release wasn't widely distributed, the rumor mill kicked into action as soon as  teaser images were posted online.

Subaru didn't have much to say about the BRZ tS but 7tune reports there will be two production models with sporty styling packages that include things like a front lip spoiler, revised side skirts, a carbon fiber rear wing, a Bilstein suspension and Brembo brakes.

Despite the upgrades, both will reportedly use the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 200 hp (149 kW) and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque.

The BRZ tS will reportedly go into production in October, so expect to learn more shortly.

 

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