Another week coming to a close brings another rumor of a potential hotted-up version of the Subaru everyone wants to turbocharge, the BRZ.

A fresh rumor out of the Car and Driver offices makes the claim that a new, special-edition BRZ model will be offered up within the next few months. Word is that the new model will not get similar upgrades to the recent BRZ tS (seen above) for the Japanese market, meaning we're likely in for a cosmetic update instead of a functional one.

The looks of the tS could still be in the cards, however, meaning swapped-out lip spoiler, wheels and even STI badging might be on the way.

Don't confuse that last bit with Subaru bringing out a proper BRZ STI, either. Indications are good that the STI division is still looking for ways to showcase its aftermarket parts support to US customers, though, so a BRZ trimmed in the tuner gear could be a reasonable path. Meanwhile, the enthusiast-heart still yearns for the real deal.


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      Espo70
      • 10 Months Ago
      Stop wasting everyone's time and please just force induct this car. An sti version with the wrx engine would be magnificent. And it won't cut into the awd sedan market one bit. I like the idea of the NA base model, but a higher end version should have the turbo.
        Rr778
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Espo70
        Let's be honest. Your right. And for 35k or so it better have 400hp these days
          Espo70
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          I was hoping for 268 hp and 29900 to start.
          Indubitably
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          With 400hp it will EASILY bump the car out of the tarket markets price range. Most likely that would be 37k along with insurance primiums trippled. You clearly don't understand that this car is supposed to be light and balanced. Not a damn Supra/muscle car.
          domingorobusto
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Rr778
          Crawford Performance already has some in the 400 hp range, and from their findings it would end up being quite expensive for the manufacturer to give it that much power, as many downstream systems would have to be upgraded. They were breaking axles and clutches VERY quickly once they passed the 400 hp mark. 300 hp would be much, much easier for Subaru to make happen, and honestly, I'd be happy with the same ~270 the WRX has as all it really needs is a little bit of torque.
      joe shmoe
      • 10 Months Ago
      it ain't special until it has 400+ hp
      T-Mille
      • 10 Months Ago
      Why is it so hard to make a proper STi?
      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      they need to man up and drop a turbo in it already. I fear they are waiting until the end of model run with the hope of goosing sales
        • 10 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
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        hokkaido76
        • 10 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        The only one that needs to "man up" is YOU (you are whining and complaining like a little kid)! smh
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        I've heard conflicting reports on whether or not a turbo FA20 can be mounted in the chassis. That said, the car is selling well as-is, so the compulsion to do anything to it is low. Also, outright power is NOT the goal of this car. I will admit that more power would be nice, but its more of a want than a need.
          imag
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          A turbo is not needed, as they have said. They can just bring it up to 2.5 liters. Torque and horsepower problem solved, with less weight and less cost. They will do it someday; I was just really hoping they would get it out for 2015. I do expect them to wait to the last minute to announce, because any power announcement will slow sales for the current version. But if they don't get it out by 2015, I'm just going to have to spring for a used Cayman S.
      Deebo
      • 10 Months Ago
      This car suks!!!
      csrecord
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yup, just slap an STI badge on it and charge $5,000 more. Just don't line up next to any Camrys.
      imag
      • 10 Months Ago
      This dallying around without adding horsepower is ridiculous. The 2015 model should have a decent STI. There is no other car that combines sub-3000 lb sportiness with decent power and RWD. The chassis is too good for 200 hp. I will be the first to sign up for a 250 hp 2.5L version of the tS. And I'm happy to pay $35K for it. Some of us have grown out of modding our cars. We want to buy the package off the showroom floor, with real brakes included from the beginning. Sell us the darned car!
        Michaele
        • 10 Months Ago
        @imag
        Absolutely right. A great car with such huge potential and it lacks the necessary juice. Neither Subaru or Toyota has yet to offer up a good reason why they won't pony up. Sales would probably double. Give me the juice and I'll buy one. As it is, these are just cosmetic options.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @imag
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      kaneda
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yawn. Reminds me of Honda's approach with the S2000. Great base car, but instead of adding more excitement to the mix, it was just year after year refinement, but no more juice. Not saying this isn't a great handling car, but it's just got no real performance numbers to back up the handling. The STi version is just a myth and will never see the light of day. A shame really. I would own one in a heartbeat.
      Deebo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Special EDition!!! derrr....derrr....
      Sailor
      • 10 Months Ago
      Subaru's contract with Toyota for the Scion drastically limits the number that can be badged Subaru, about 1 in 10. I assume the contract also restricts what performance upgrades Subaru can offer. The new WRX is dreadful. My money says the STi badge will move to the SRZ once that contract expires.
        f575gtc
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Sailor
        I believe that was only for the first year of production.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 10 Months Ago
      Great. An STI badge, different wheels and a revised spoiler for a 5k premium. The Toyotafacation of Subaru is complete. Why not just put a CVT in it? I am probably driving my last Subaru.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 10 Months Ago
      They know that nobody will want to spend $35,000 on this thing if it only has 270 hp. not when people can get a Nissan 370 Z with 332 hp for $29,990.
        404 not found
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        I want a 270hp BRZ more than I want a 370Z at any power level. And I like Nissan.
        imag
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        I would. I owned a 370Z sport package. It is too big, too heavy, and not as much fun as the BRZ. A BRZ with horsepower and real brakes would sell to many of us who don't want to jump up to a Cayman, or who want rear seats without the size of a Mustang.
          Joey Franklin
          • 10 Months Ago
          @imag
          I work at a nissan dealer and test drove a 370z sport 7 speed auto before i bought my FRS in the summer of 2012. Tons more power but the FRS just feels better, i wish i never got rid of mine.
        sfimports
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        For 35k you get into used cayman territory. It's an option i have been exploring.
        Neoracer Fotographee
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        And thats exactly what I plan on doing. Still it doesn't stop stupid BRZ owners trying to race Z's lol bless their hearts
          sinistro79
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Neoracer Fotographee
          Yup. This BRZ should be called the Special Ed edition just for those "special" people who think they can beat a Z.
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