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A higher-performance Subaru BRZ tuned by the people at Subaru Tecnica International (STI) is coming, though whether the carwill feature a naturally-aspirated or turbocharged engine is still unclear.

A previous report suggested the BRZ STI model would remain naturally aspirated, due to the car’s pure sports design philosophy and claims there’s insufficient room for a turbocharger’s intercooler under the BRZ’s hood.

A new report from Automotive News (subscription required) suggests otherwise, however. According to the new report, Subaru is working on a turbocharged version of the BRZ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The turbocharged version is expected to feature a twin-scroll turbocharger as well as Subaru’s own direct-injection system rather than the Toyota system currently fitted to the engine in the BRZ and Scion FR-S. In the BRZ, this new turbocharged engine is expected to develop around 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, giving the regular BRZ and its 200 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque a much-needed boost.

A more powerful version of this turbocharged engine is also expected to feature in the next-generation Subaru WRX, with output in this model expected to be tuned to more than 300 horsepower.

The turbocharged BRZ, whether it’s called an STI or not, is expected to be introduced for the 2014 model year. With turbo power, the BRZ will finally be sufficiently differentiated from its Scion cousin, which is expected to remain naturally aspirated in order to maintain a low selling price.

Stay tuned for an update.

Note, at the recent 2012 Australian Motor Show, Subaru previewed a BRZ concept fitted with STI components, though these were merely a preview of simple bolt-on parts STI is planning.
Turbocharged Subaru BRZ In The Works: Report
 

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If this is true and the turbo BRZ comes out, I feel bad for the people that bougtht the BRZ now becasue their car is going to depriciate a lot.
 

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excellent news. i wouldn't be surprised if this does happen. i would just slap an aftermarket turbo on mine. the car really only needs another 100-150hp to REALLY be awesome. a stock sti is 300hp and 3400 lbs and we thought it was fast, cause it is. imagine the brz/frs rated at 300hp and only 2800 lbs and rwd? perfect.
 

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my buddy was telling me that he saw a brz with some unique STi badge, and some body flares and such the other day in a high rollers parking garage at the casino.. he said the STi badge was almost triangular, ive never even heard of one like that. odd. someones lame attempt at a knockoff.

either way, it would be amazing to see a 300hp model of the brz. i would imagine in such a light car, the butt dyno would read much more exciting than the STi sedan...
 

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Nice! I'm worried about the power-to-weight ratio though.
The BRZ is light, the power to weight would be greater than a STI, and with minimal drivetrain loss compared to it I would expect it to put about the same amount of power to the ground.

If they jaz up the interior a bit, ill buy one when(if) we get it.
 

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The BRZ is light, the power to weight would be greater than a STI, and with minimal drivetrain loss compared to it I would expect it to put about the same amount of power to the ground.

If they jaz up the interior a bit, ill buy one when(if) we get it.
Indeed. Uncontrollable power is as useless as having no power at all.
 

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Indeed. Uncontrollable power is as useless as having no power at all.

I hope nobody is worried the car will have to great of a power to weight ratio? Have you heard of a little something called the 911 gt3 rs/gt3 or the cayman r. How insane. Well if you feel that way just stick with the NA model! Don't mean to be rude, but I'm tired of all the wanker fanbois trying to bag on people for wanting a turbo or more horsepower'ed version.
 

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I hope nobody is worried the car will have to great of a power to weight ratio? Have you heard of a little something called the 911 gt3 rs/gt3 or the cayman r. How insane. Well if you feel that way just stick with the NA model! Don't mean to be rude, but I'm tired of all the wanker fanbois trying to bag on people for wanting a turbo or more horsepower'ed version.
Please don't even start, assuming what people was implying will only make the situation deteriorate and I would very much like to avoid senseless arguments like recent events.

This may not be my cup of tea, but I look forward to this as much as anyone else.

I love how people second guess the engineers.
As a turbo version, I'm sure proper reinforcements will be made to handle the power.
 

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^I agree, if they intend to make this a turbo model now, then I would assume that they will make all the necessary adjustments address any depreciation in handling. Overall I like this move, I mean the BRZ is a great car and I definitely wanted one in my garage some day, but for Subaru to release a turbo model I'm practically sold.
 

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i bet it's a 30 grand car easy too. brembos...turbo....better handling...i bet list will be 29,900 and that's without nav, leather, roof. but hey....it would be a bad ass car and people will still buy it.
 

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i bet it's a 30 grand car easy too. brembos...turbo....better handling...i bet list will be 29,900 and that's without nav, leather, roof. but hey....it would be a bad ass car and people will still buy it.
I was thinking more like 32-34k. People would still buy it, similarly priced to a 370z with probably close performance numbers.
 

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loaded, i would say those numbers. that price is getting way too close to sti numbers and you all remember the supra? died out because it was overpriced eventually.

if they don't stay in the 20s regardless, it'll be a flop.
 

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To anybody who bought a BRZ this should come as no surprise at all. Also, it's widely known that Toyota plans to offer a supercharged model of the FR-S so the article in the OP's first post is off about the two companies wanting to differentiate the two (one much faster than the other).
 
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