Subaru may have withdrawn from the World Rally Championship years ago, but the Japanese automaker couldn't stay out of motorsports forever. That's why Subaru has announced that it will campaign a racing version of its hotly anticipated BRZ coupe in Japan's domestic Super GT series.

So far, all we have to go on is the Japanese-language announcement and the teaser sketch above, but what we can tell you is that the Subaru Tecnica International (STI) will field the BRZ not in the top-tier GT500 category against the likes of the Lexus LFA, Nissan GT-R and Honda HSV, but in the lower GT300 class. That means it will probably replace the Legacy-based touring car that STI currently fields.

That also means, as the category's name suggests, that the BRZ's boxer four will be limited in output to 300 horsepower. But with GT300 regulations as close as they are to GT3 rules in other series, could we be looking at a further assault on overseas series as well?


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      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 2 cents. Subaru get back into Rally, people loved your street legal Rally cars. Same for Mitsubishi. You and Subaru are the only two companies with full-time AWD in a sub 3500lb ride with 300hp and a manual transmission available. All other cars that are similar are far more expensive and too heavy. Many lack a manual transmission. They usually can't be modified for a few grand to run 11's. Really sad a stock 4 door Evo will do 0-60 in 4.5 and the Audi TT-RS which is 2-door $60K+ does it in 4.6. Even worse knowing the Evo for under $2000 can hit 0-60 in 3.x and run 11 second quarter mile times with some aftermarket love. You'll pay $10K+ to do that in other cars..... I could care less what the interior looks like besides the awesome Recaro's that come stock. I could care less if women know it's fast or not. All I know if you look like a tool when you're seeing Evo taillights with your girl in the car. No BZR or FT86 will be doing that before getting Turboed. Lack of a factory turbo means weak ass internals will go into the next motor with a high boost-unfriendly compression ratio and you won't find more than a few ponies before a full fledged engine rebuild. The point of the turbo is that it forces them to use serious engine internals to make it last for a warranty. The stock Evo motor is good to 500hp at the wheels and 400ft/lbs at the wheels before things get risky. It would barely take 300hp before popping if it came naturally aspirated and someone added the turbo as an afterthought. Not hating just pointing out facts. For the most part only factory Turbo cars tend to have strong motors that can take another 100hp-200hp without a rebuild.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        What does ANY of this have to with this article, other than the fact that you're talking about Subaru? By the way, are you kidding me? You're comparing a 4.5 second 0-60 to a 4.6? You do realize a tenth of a second can be made up with a few changes to the driving, along with adjustments to the tire pressure and the environment the car is running in, right?
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Umm how about product direction from Subaru.... Since when was talking about cars on an enthusiast website so off topic. This article is about Subaru's new product. I'm saying they should focus on a different product. If you don't like something shut up and move on. I'm rather sick of your comments littering all over mine.
      RudyH
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing how many years it took them to develop and build the production car - this might be competitive in 10 years from now
      Soichiro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Super GT versions of cars are always the best looking - since all signs point to the road car looking good, this upcoming Super GT model should be even more good looking than normal!
      Rudukai13
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is exactly where the BRZ should be competing in motorsports. This and drifting. Also, let's hurry up with the new WRX/STI already Subaru!
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprising that it'll be a GT300 car. I can see a GT500 car but will it last as long as necessary?
      Mike B
      • 3 Years Ago
      A GT300 machine doesn't qualify to enter a FIA GT3 series, those things like the GT500 cars are much closer to prototypes with road car shells than actual modified production cars.
        Batsu Mochizuki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike B
        Unless cars like the Legacy or Garaiya is retuned via Balance of Power, that is...
      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      So are they also going to announce a convertible version, hybrid version, diesel version, and eddie bauer special edition before we ever see a real picture of the final car?
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