Between recent word of a new turbo engine in the works and these latest spy shots, there is no doubt Subaru is working on a faster version of its sporty BRZ coupe. Our spy photographers snapped these images of an interesting-looking BRZ testing around the Nürburgring that, upon closer inspection, is proudly displaying the STI badges.

Right away, we can tell something is special about this car from its aggressive body kit including a front chin spoiler and extended lower side sills. This car is also fitted with 15-spoke wheels that aren't hiding the red STI center caps and help show off the bigger brakes and STI-branded brake calipers. Of course, you can't miss that adjustable rear wing that replaces the BRZ's regular spoiler, but we're guessing this is more for aero testing rather than a production-ready piece. There are also fatter exhaust outlets on this prototype that should help give this car a deeper growl.

It isn't clear where the turbo engine fits in with this potential BRZ STI model, but with auto show season upon us, we get the feeling we'll be finding out much more about a sportier version of the BRZ sooner rather than later.


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      Reid
      • 2 Years Ago
      MT says no turbo. Apparently (and, of course, this is all from an unnamed source) Subaru wants the BRZ to hit a performance ceiling below the WRX, limiting power to less that 250 hp. Which seems ridiculous, bearing in mind they are two completely different cars aimed at two completely different market segments. http://wot.motortrend.com/subaru-brz-sti-284547.html Here's to hoping this is all crap info and Subaru doesn't turn this into a Porsche Cayman VS 911 scenario.
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Reid
        That's fine by me, but they can release a turbo BRZ and keep it under 250 hp, but give it enough torque to not feel like a typical high revving 4 cylinder.
      aacfx09
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who knows, this could also simply be someone's personal weekend track day car. Or the prototype in question, however it has plates and all the badges are in plain sight. It's anyone's guess.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      A turbo that takes the power to 250 - 270 hp and much higher torque at low revs, better suspension and braking components, lighter wheels, good quality interiors, RWD - Subaru - you can do it!
      SetNick
      • 2 Years Ago
      The recent official leak of the turbo and non turbo forester should show us something to what the future of Subarus turbo models. It doesn't have a hood scoop...http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/31/2014-subaru-forester-revealed-ahead-of-la-debut/
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SetNick
        nope, hope they don't get rid of it on the impreza based wrx/sti, it's an iconic badge. if they release a turbo version of the brz and it doesn't have a hood scoop, I won't be as devastated, but I think if they sold a wrx without a hoodscoop I (and their sales) would be devastated.
      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have 270-300HP, and keep it still under 2800lb, and under 35 large decently equipped. Too much to ask?
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wooootles
        Not asking much at all for $35k -- that's a lot of money.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      colin.shark
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turbo mules usually have some sort of shitty looking exhaust. This one has stock exhaust. No obvious extra cooling either. I'm calling no turbo. Also, this might just be a customer's car.
        Codeman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @colin.shark
        Look at the drivers. I doubt this is just some customer's car.
      Leather Bear
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unless Subaru is testing a new turbo engine upgrade, the BRZ should be banned from the Nordschleife because its woeful lack of horsepower with the standard engine will create a slow-moving hazard for all of the other track users. /s
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        /s means it's sarcasm, everybody.
          k.naz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          Please, tell us more about your knowledge of sarcasm. /s
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        My daily driver is a 103hp hatchback that does just fine keeping up with (and blowing past!) most traffic. Even with the "/s" in my comment, some here fail to recognize a bit of sarcasm.
          tump
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          GR, /s just means that the preceding statement was sarcasm and not to be taken as a serious statement. This came about because sarcasm is difficult to relay through plaintext.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          Sorry, I don't know what "/s" means. Educate me, wise Leather Bear. Really.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        So let me figure this out: the BRZ sucks as a sports car because it's underpowered yet the world's most popular racing vehicle is the Mazda Miata which actually makes less hp than the BRZ/GT-86. Hmmm, maybe some people don't understand that horsepower isn't everything in racing or sports cars. If you factor in weight, center of gravity, handling, and affordability, you will see that the Toyobaru is actually a pretty decent car. It was never meant to race against Porsches or Corvettes and therefore costs nothing like them either. Compare them to Miatas.
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        Don't forget that many of today's supercar predecessor were underpowered by today's standards. 200HP at a curb weight of 2600lb is not a 'slow-moving hazard.' Clearly you don't understand the point of power to weight ration.
          ayeco
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k.naz
          That whooshing sound is the sarcasm going right over your heads. Leather Bear was pretty obvious about that with his /s sign-off.
          k.naz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k.naz
          *Ratio
        ilikedags
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leather Bear
        sarcasm is considered to be the lowest form of wit.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just make the wheel well's big enough so I can put 24's on it,skip the turbo,keep the wing.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone is saying more power. I'm saying less weight. Get rid of the power seats, windows, locks, and AC and you will have more power. Also everyone who is crying more power will never use it.So be happy with what you got.
        samagon0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        I don't so much care about more power, I just want to see them put more torque in it.
        prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
        @budwsr25
        MORE POWER. there is not ONE seriously taken high-performance car without ATLEAST 300hp.
        Ethan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        this kid not even reach puberty yet.
        Moreno636
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        What an idiotic statement...there isnt even a punchline.
      usa1
      • 2 Years Ago
      What are they thinking with that spoiler? It needs a bigger, taller, an dumber looking one!
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally! Now can we all admit that the base model FR-S/BR-Z isn't really that good?
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