Subaru BRZ STI Isn’t Happening Right Now, Says Report
While the Subaru BRZ is one of the most fun, most affordable sports coupes on the market, naysayers often criticize it for its lack of power. But we were hopeful that with STI (Subaru Tecnica International) on hand, the BRZ would get the same turbocharged treatment (à la WRX STI). Now, maybe not so much. According to Motoring.com.au (the same outlet citing confirmation of a WRX hatchback), there may not be a Subaru BRZ STI headed for production anytime soon. At least that’s what Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior told the publication: PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Subaru BRZ STI Concept
“The focus has been on growing [Subaru] sales around the world. We are still reasonably small as a manufacturer and resources are limited and have to be targeted. That means at the moment there is no plan to have another STI model.”
The lack of a BRZ STI would mean that the top range BRZ tS (tuned by STI) would be most desirable BRZ available. And that’s not even headed for the U.S. An updated BRZ will be going on sale in Japan in June, coming stateside at a later date- but we shouldn’t expect anything in the realm of STI.
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But there is some good news if you’re down under. According to Senior “We are looking at some…BRZ special editions,” for the Australian market, likely similar to the BRZ S Pack already available. U.S. buyers may have to wait some time for a “special” BRZ.
As for the U.S., we reached out to Subaru USA to see what they had to say about the possibility of a BRZ STI, but they declined to comment.
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