Subaru together with Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI), announced its lineup of cars coming to the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. The salon will be held with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association), on January 11th to 13th, at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture. Subaru has announced it will unveil the BRZ Premium Sport Concept that will give us a good idea of what the new performance 2014 Subaru BRZ STI model will look like.
On the theme of this year’s Subaru booth design, the Japanese automaker will feature their cars under the "Unchanging spirit pursuing driving pleasure -Proud of Boxer.” Along with STI, Subaru will showcase the BRZ Premium Sport Concept and two other Sport Concept cars, the Forester Sport Concept and XV Sport Concept. They will also feature the WRX STI Nurburgring 24-hour race car and a number of other race cars from the STI stable.
BRZ Premium Sport Concept
Subaru says the BRZ Premium Sport Package Concept is "A high-grade sports car for adults.” While the 2013 BRZ only pumps out 200 horsepower, it still has enough power and performance to get anyone in trouble. But we know that Subaru will bump up the power on the new BRZ STI production version.
Subaru says the BRZ Sport Concept at the salon will feature a number of exterior design changes. It will come with a carbon roof, BBS designed 19-inch aluminum wheels, STI front, side and rear under spoilers, black-colored exterior mirrors, antenna and fender garnish. The exterior will also feature a bright aluminum special metallic color ornamentation. Inside, the new BRZ Concept will feature a tan-colored leather interior.
2014 Subaru BRZ STI
Subaru hasn’t released performance figures on the BRZ Premium Sport Concept but what we can expect on the 2014 Subaru BRZ STI is upgrades to the intake system on the 2.0-liter boxer engine that will bump the power to around 220-230 horsepower. Subaru engineers were able to get the additional horsepower by making adjustments to the dual active valve control system. The maximum rpm’s could also be raised past the current 7,500 rpm limit. Even though the engine isn't turbocharged, the improvements will have a significant impact on the STI’s performance.
Other performance enhancements will come with the new BRZ STI being fitted with a new free flowing exhaust system which will improve exhaust flow and reduce back pressure. This should also improve the sound of the exhaust note along with improving overall performance. The new BRZ STI has been seen getting final engine/suspension adjustments at Germany’s Nurburgring track.
The BRZ Premium Sport Package Concept that will be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon will give us a good idea of what to expect when Subaru launches the new 2014 BRZ STI in the U.S. next spring.