No doubt it’s a question on anyone’s mind who bought a Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S this year: when will there be a higher-performing version?
Both automakers felled rumors about a forced-induction model like an unregulated logging company on a California redwood.
Given Subaru’s history with turbocharging its engines, it’s an easy assumption to make that a BRZ badged as such would get turbo treatment, but that won’t be the case. There isn’t enough space under the hood for Subaru to feel comfortable stuffing an intercooler in from the factory.
Instead, the car will get a tweaked intake and improved exhaust to bring the car’s power rating to between 220 and 230 hp. According to an unnamed source, the outlet says the tweaked BRZs will begin arriving at Japanese dealers sometime next spring according to AutoExpress.
When that happens, the cars will have a more aggressive body kit including a large rear spoiler, modified grille and front lip spoiler. U.S. delivery is expected to begin shortly after it does in Japan, although exact dates are still undisclosed.
Still, it’s expected to be very much like the concept car that Subaru brought to the 2011 L.A. Auto Show.
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