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Old 05-23-2017, 01:57 PM   #1
 
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Default Subaru testing a BRZ STI in the states

With what appears to be no additional power. Cool story, Subaru.

Subaru testing a BRZ with STI badging and a big wing - Autoblog







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Our spy photographer caught this prototype near Subaru's office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it's wearing Michigan manufacturer plates. And, although Subaru taped over it, we can still clearly make out the STI badges on front and back. Despite the STI badges, we don't see any evidence that this BRZ has any kind of power adder like a turbocharger or supercharger. The front vents appear to be the same size as the current model, and there's no hood scoop to feed a possible top-mounted intercooler. The exhaust also looks roughly the same as the naturally aspirated BRZ.

There are some other upgrades, though. Most noticeable is the huge rear wing, which has similar stanchions to the BRZ tS. In addition to the wing, the body is accented with the STI lip spoiler, side skirts, and rear bumper extensions available on the current BRZ. Behind the multi-spoke wheels are Brembo brakes at each corner.

Based on these photos, we'd say this STI-badged BRZ is probably a track package/trim that improves the car's already excellent handling. We of course hope that there may be some horsepower upgrades under the hood. But a lack of visual changes for forced induction, and Subaru's history of reluctance regarding more powerful BRZs, has us erring on the slow side.
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Did these turds hit 200 horsepower yet?
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205 I think now
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Wow...thats nuts! Must come with some sticky tires to come with that kind of power and RWD!
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205 pathetic
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My god, slap a damned turbo on that friggin thing already!
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That much aero and weight of the damn spoiler will make it slower
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Can 205 HP even get this thing to a speed where it would need a triple wing with cheese and an aero kit?!?!
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The new Miata is faster than they are in just about every way If this is their response to a GD Miata... well, that sucks.
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Is the BRZ the overall worst performing "performance" car?
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205? That's cute. I remember my first R/C car.
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Testing a new version of the car and leaving out the one thing everyone complained about..... power.

Way to go Subaru
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I get these cars, I know why power isn't important to them but still, come on at least give us like 20-30 more hp at least for a "sti" version. These things run high 15s. A 4th gen nissan maxima could out run one of these.
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Default Subaru testing a BRZ STI in the states

It doesn't need crazy hp, and actually This could be a car ruined by too much power.

Make an STI version. Add a turbo, make it produce about 270-295 hp and this would be a really nice peppy coupe.
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I know these cars don't need BIG power, but throw the enthusiasts a bone.
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It doesn't need a lot of power...but for fucks sake this thing is like 90 less horsepower than a Toyota minivan!
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subaru and toyota are out of touch with their target demographic (for that car at least).
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205 pathetic
Pathetic indeed.

But remember in 1975 the most powerful Corvette you could get was the L-82 V8 with a whopping 205hp!

And that car was 3500lbs or so, a good 600lbs heavier than the BRZ.
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Pathetic indeed.

But remember in 1975 the most powerful Corvette you could get was the L-82 V8 with a whopping 205hp!

And that car was 3500lbs or so, a good 600lbs heavier than the BRZ.
Cars all got neutered in the mid 70's due to the gas crisis!
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Cars all got neutered in the mid 70's due to the gas crisis!
among a list of other reasons lol.
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Cars all got neutered in the mid 70's due to the gas crisis!
Yes, but i was pointing out the 205hp isn't that bad. It could be worse.
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The car's dynamics are totally admirable but the platform (86/FR-S/BRZ) is more of a starting point than a finished product. Needs more tires, brakes and power to be a complete package. Especially when you have cars now like the Camaro and Mustang with decent performance packages on base engines.
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The car's dynamics are totally admirable but the platform (86/FR-S/BRZ) is more of a starting point than a finished product. Needs more tires, brakes and power to be a complete package. Especially when you have cars now like the Camaro and Mustang with decent performance packages on base engines.
[everyone who's not a car guy]But more power or tire will ruin its handling!!![/everyone who's not a car guy]

Meanwhile, Ford sells a 4dr hatchback Fiesta ST that out-runs and out-guns the BRZ while being more practical.
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The Miata with 220HP would have been so much better than the Miata with 120hp. In no way shape or form would adding power to a car that's way underpowered ruin anything. The only people that enjoy driving a Miata are old AF or
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