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Subaru BRZ by STI: 300bhp coupe muscles into New York

Published: 01 April 2015

► New tuned-up Subaru BRZ
► Race-derived engine for c300bhp
► World debut at New York show

Subaru showed off a tricked-up BRZ STI coupe boasting around 300bhp at this week’s New York motor show.

Developed by Subaru Tecnica International, the STI Performance Concept is designed to showcase the company’s tuning abilities and signals a ramping up of its performance division in the US.

Sadly, for now, it seems that a properly heated-over BRZ remains a distant pipe dream for Europeans, however. We can but dream…

The 300bhp Subaru BRZ at New York

Stand officials have indicated the BRZ at the NYIAS has something approaching 300bhp from its flat four boxer engine - an evolution of the track engine used by the BRZ Super GT racer.

Particular attention has been wrought upon the air intake and exhaust systems. And the concept car sports suspension, braking and aero upgrades - in case you hadn’t noticed the huge rear wing strapped to this show car.

‘At STI we know from our racing that to win, it is important not only to have high power, but also that all aspects of performance are balanced over the whole car,’ said Yoshio Hirakawa, president of Subaru Tecnica International. ‘When we achieve this balance, the driver feels that the car is easy to handle and reliable, and he can use it fully to the limits of its performance. Our plan is to produce cars and accessories that drivers can really enjoy.’

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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