A recent patent leak appears to confirm a higher performance Subaru BRZ STI to sit above the standard sports car. This could pave the way for a more powerful Toyota GT86 sister car using very similar components.
Sales of both the GT86 and BRZ have slowed since launch and both companies will be looking to revive some interest in the lightweight sports car through more powerful performance models.
New Subaru BRZ STI exterior changes
Subaru teased a preview of the BRZ STI at the 2015 New York Motor Show but, despite significant interest, the brand seemed to have canned the project – until now.
The new leaked patent images, credited to Subaru’s parent company, appear to show a heavily modified BRZ, complete with huge rear-wing to match New York’s concept car. A lower and more aggressive front bumper sports larger air intakes and cooling vents while revised side skirts give the car a chunkier and more purposeful profile.
The new rear bumper features two very large centre-exit exhausts and a beefy rear diffuser. Contrasting colours on the rear wing, roof and bumper trims could hint at the use of functional carbon fibre components, or could simply be styling features.
New Subaru BRZ STI engine upgrades
No engine upgrades have been confirmed but it is possible that the 2.0-litre petrol flat-four engine could benefit from a turbo or supercharger in the STI model. Subaru has a wealth of experience working with such engines so could easily coax more power from the BRZ unit.
With great power comes the need for greater control, and we expect some significant suspension and brake upgrades to accompany the more potent engine. The concept and patent images certainly appear to show lowered suspension and new alloy wheels.
If a more powerful model is on the way, it could be a few years before we see any on the roads – the facelifted BRZ and GT86 we spotted earlier this year is likely to be released first.
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