Subaru BRZ Inches Closer to Perfection

October 24th, 2012

Subaru BRZ STi Concept

I drove a Subaru BRZ shortly after it debuted in the United States. Just hours before, I had tested my driving chops on a 2013 Porsche Boxster S (it was a very good day).

The BRZ disappointed. Not because it lacked handling or excitement, but because it just seemed underpowered. I know other writers have raved about the car, and it is good, just not amazing. I prefer amazing.

The BRZ may have something amazing in store, though, as a turbo version with some pretty impressive numbers appears to lie on the horizon.

Subaru already has an arsenal of turbocharged engines in its lineup, so it’s been expected that a turbo BRZ would come at some point. Automotive News says that time will arrive very soon, with a report that Subaru has started development of a turbocharged version of the same 2.0-liter engine currently found under the hood of the 2013 BRZ. Can someone give me a hallelujah?

Auto News says this engine will use a twin-scroll turbocharger and a new direct-injection system that will help give the engine an estimated 280 horsepower and torque in the neighborhood of 250 pound-feet, up from 200/150 in the current version of the car. All that power will still go directly to the rear wheels, though I think an AWD version would be awfully fun, too!

What we don’t know yet is if the car will wear the BRZ STi badge or if that’ll come later and this one will simply be a BRZ Turbo. It should also be noted that while the BRZ was codeveloped with Toyota, Subaru is creating this engine on its own, and there’s no indication whether a Scion FR-S turbo is in the works.

The jump in BRZ power could be enough to give the Boxster/Cayman a run for its money. If you’re going to drive a Porsche first, though, do yourself a favor and do it a few days ahead of the Subaru, rather than immediately before. As the old saying goes, that’ll just spoil your dinner!

We’ll watch this one closely, and let you know ASAP of further developments.

With turbo power, the Subaru BRZ inches closer to perfection. Would you be interested in one?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    October 24th, 2012 at 06:31 | #1

    I can honestly say I’ve never seen a Subaru that tempted me to even take a test drive, let alone buy one. Frankly, they have the blandest styling I’ve ever seen. Under the dull styling must exist a good car, given the longevity and customer loyalty of the brand.
    An advanced turbo system would be a big plus. I remember the “good old days” of turbo lag and sudden surges of almost uncontrolable power, making turbo vehicles almost impossible to drive smoothly. No so with most modern turbo systems, you almost can’t tell they are there.

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