Based on how many turbocharged boxer engines Subaru currently uses in its cars, solid news of a force-fed BRZ was only a matter of time. So it comes as little surprise that Automotive News is reporting that Subaru is currently developing a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine currently found under the hood of the much-loved but somewhat underpowered 2013 BRZ.

AN's unnamed sources indicate that this engine will use a twin-scroll turbocharger and a new direct-injection system that will help give the engine an estimated 280 horsepower and torque that could be in excess of 250 pound-feet... still being sent to the rear wheels. The turbo'd BRZ will reportedly be making its debut for the 2014 model year, but it isn't clear if Subaru will simply call the car a BRZ Turbo or if it will finally deliver the BRZ STI that many enthusiasts have been clamoring for since the BRZ STI Concept hit the scene in 2011.

As soon as we know more, so will you.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Fun fact: A turbocharged FA20 already exists. 296 hp 295 ft/lb tq http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Subaru-FA20-turbocharged-2.0-liter-boxer-four.jpg
      wrxgrl
      • 2 Years Ago
      shut up and take my money.
      oz1test
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great now all we need is a true successor to the BL/BP Legacy GT, not that abomination that is sold currently and Subaru can have a serious performance lineup again!
        DRO3000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oz1test
        couldnt agree with you more.....the LEgacy GT is such a disappointment. They would do a lot better with a true STi version of the Legacy instead of the pedestrian sport sedan they are selling now. In canada the Legacy GT sold so terribly that it is no longer available for 2013.....and I just noticed you cant get it in the states either lol
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      To be fair Subaru were unsure if this would actually sell especially in the US. Remember they only allotted 6k to be brought here. With the overly great sales they realized its a seller and people are willing to look beyond the lack of 4wd. That and if I remember correctly at first they were worried about the starting price if they had a Turbo on to start with.
        DyanRucar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        Subaru of Australia didn't want the BRZ either, and it sold out rather quickly.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't people ever be happy? Toyota and Subaru made the car so the aftermarket can do its thing and void the manufacturer warranty. Then neither manufacturer is responsible to replacing the motor and trans that has been moded.
      thenewrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think a turbo BRZ was inevitable. I'm just hoping this makes them step up their WRX STi game a bit. Time for 400hp to put the GT in its place!
      Eva-James Bennett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, wish they would update this as not true. The other article they sited just said "sources say". They have no solid info. This engine is clearly been stated as being for the legacy GT and new WRX.
      Jeremy Elliott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they add some real carbon fiber along with the pricey bottom line of $35k (what an STI is normally priced at) in the interior
      Maloogie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Translations: "We don't plan on turboing the FRS/BRZ's" Meaning: "Be happy with what you have, please buy this car in its current production run, ignore the man behind the curtain." I believe Dynasty has already gotten one turbo and all plumbing shoe horned into the current configuration, stock clutch and wheels, and has gotten 404HP using E85 and 16 lb boost for about $14,000. They come out with a 284 HP factory turbo'd car for a $6000 premium, they match the Hyndai Genesis coupe with 2.0T at 274 HP, and price, with far greater handling, precision and looks. 0-60 drops to the high five's. Gas mileage shouldn't suffer as turbos that trundle along in top gear generally chew smaller bites of fuel than naturally aspirated cars--closer to 34 MPG imho. Around $32-33K, you start encroaching on 370Z territory. 325 HP, but 3700 pounds of blubber, and stylistic disaster imho means step aside. Matter of fact, the heir apparent of the 1971 240 Z is more BRZ than 370Z anyway. Heresy yes, but has the ring of truthiness.
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maloogie
        to big gaping flaws in your argument 1. 370Z curb weight is around 3200lb. not the 3700 you are claiming 2. official output of the 370Z is 332HP not the 325 you claim. get your facts straight before claiming wins against a product you obviously know nothing about aside from joining the bandwagon in bashing on it with the whole "370Z is overweight and ugly" crowd
      Ben Hayat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will consider this very highly. With the turbo, is my first choice.
      OnTheRocks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Factory turbo BRZ?! I am SHOCKED! But not at all.
      Nzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they adjust the pricing of both cars when its released. Id love to have one but when you can get a Evo X for the same price...makes it a little tough to swallow.
        turboawdftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nzo
        theres also the sti... both cars which are NOT competitors to the BRZ turbo. Closest competition to the BRZ turbo is the Genesis coupe, maybe the 370z, and so on. The BRZ will be faster than the EVO x and Sti on most dry surfaces. If there is snow/dirt, then of course AWD is an advantage.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nzo
        I just bought a brand new Evolution X with some nice options above base.... I definitely paid more than BRZ money considering MSRP was 37K with the options I selected. You couldn't be more wrong unless you want a used 08 Evo X with all the 1st year issues....
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nzo
        Where are you getting an Evo X for $26k?
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