Subaru STI Performance Concept Makes 350 HP

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Not only is Subaru synonymous with reliable, safe, efficient transportation but also with performance thanks to its turbocharged boxer engines and standard all-wheel drive. This Japanese automaker is emphasizing its STI division here at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

They revealed this aggressively modified BRZ coupe earlier today, of course that’s the only car in Subaru’s lineup that doesn’t use all-wheel drive. Called the STI Performance Concept it’s spearheading an expansion of the company’s in-house go-fast group. Of course STI has three core areas of focus and they include hawking aftermarket parts, participating in motorsports and selling specially modified vehicles.

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This concept is designed to highlight the engineering capabilities of Subaru’s skunkworks and it actually features a potent engine that was developed for the BRZ Super GT racecar. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers around 350 hp, quite an upgrade from the 200 ponies found under the hood of a standard BRZ. Additionally this concept is graced with various suspension and aerodynamic enhancements that should make it run faster and turn harder.

Spreading the joy of performance, more STI-modified Subaru models will be offered in the U.S. market going forward. There’s no official word which ones might get the treatment, but the BRZ is a pretty obvious choice. Additionally the company says these upcoming models could receive even more extensive modifications than found in previous STI cars, meaning the division could become even more hard core.

Discuss this story on our Subaru BRZ Forum.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • John John on Apr 14, 2015

    The Ford Mustang Shelby is a great sports car, holds together and has power with option of more power. Or the new Dodge Viper.

  • John John on Apr 14, 2015

    The Subaru is a good car but does bad on any of the sporty cars for bumps. The better ones would be the outbacks or forester or suvs.