STI displays 2016 BRZ tS and first Levorg STI at Suzuka Circuit
The new 2016 BRZ tS that Subaru announced for the Japan market back in June will be on display for motorsport fans at round 5 of the SUPER GT at Suzuka Circuit this weekend. Subaru Tecnica International (STI) enhanced the BRZ’s chassis performance by using their expertise developed in its motorsport activities with the BRZ GT300 race car that will be racing this weekend. STI will also bring the first Levorg STI to the track to show what they can do to enhance the new sports tourer that’s sold in Japan, Europe and Australia.
The 2016 Subaru BRZ tS won’t get any engine upgrades or a 2.0-liter turbo engine, but it does come with a number of upgrades to the chassis developed by STI. The upgrades include STI-designed lateral link with pillow ball bush (front inside, rear inside), STI-tuned front suspension (inverted-strut front suspension) and coil springs, STI-tuned rear damper and coil springs, STI-designed flexible V-shaped bar, STI-designed flexible draw stiffener (front), STI-designed large-diameter drive shaft and exclusively-tuned VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control).
BRZ tS also gets a tuned suspension that includes larger STI-designed, black colored 18-inch aluminum wheels with 225/40ZR18 tires wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport performance tires. Stopping power is provided by 17-inch Brembo 4-pot ventilated disc brakes in the front with STI logo and 17-inch Brembo 2-pot ventilated disc brake with STI logo in the rear.
Along with the BRZ tS and Levorg STI, Subaru will also bring their newest hybrid, the 2016 Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid to the track. The new Hybrid will follow the XV Crosstrek Hybrid that was launched globally back in 2013 as a 2014 model. The Impreza hatchback hybrid will also feature a gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain. In the XV Crosstrek, the electric drive motor augments the 2.0-liter Boxer engine that generates 160hp and 163 lb. ft of torque. That’s an increase of 12hp and 18 lb. ft of torque over the standard XV 2.0-liter engine.
The 2016 Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid will be arriving in Subaru showrooms in Japan this summer and the 2016 Subaru BRZ tS will be available later this fall. SUPER GT motorsport fans can see both along with the new Levorg sports tourer equipped with the STI performance package this weekend at the STI booth.
Media source: Subaru Motorsport