The STI Performance Concept, unveiled by Subaru at the New York Auto Show, shows what Subaru’s performance arm can do with the company’s only sports car.
Subaru Technica International took the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder racing engine and put it into the BRZ. STI also enhanced the BRZ’s suspension and brakes and upgraded the interior and exterior.
The concept is a showcase of what STI has to offer, as Subaru plans to expand its presence in the US through aftermarket parts, STI-tuned cars and motorsport.
The BRZ has been critically acclaimed by enthusiasts since its release, but sales have been slow. In March of this year, Subaru sold only 495 BRZs for the month and 1,159 for the year. That’s 42.2 percent and 43.9 percent lower, respectively, than the same time frames in 2014.
Subaru hasn’t given word on whether the STI Performance Concept, or any of its components, will be available for sale. If it were to go on sale, it would give the BRZ a significant performance boost and could increase the car’s visibility in the market.
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Check out this TFLcar video of the 2013 Subaru BRZ on the track: