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by Jay Traugott
A 280 horsepower turbocharged Subaru BRZ STI? According to the most recent report, that's exactly what the Japanese automaker has planned for 2014.
Despite consistently denying that such an official project is in the works, a turbocharged version of Subaru's BRZ sportscar will likely be ready for production by the 2014 model year. According to reports, not only is the project in its advanced development stages, but it was done entirely in-house by Subaru without any input from Toyota (with which it developed the car originally). In other words, Toyota and Scion shouldn't be looking forward to the release of the BRZ STI, previewed by the concept car pictured here.
The turbo BRZ could benefit from a single twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection to augment its horizontally-opposed 2.0-liter engine. This mechanical setup would contrast with the DI/port-injection system the normally aspirated base "Toyabaru" triplets share. All told, the BRZ STI could produce as much as 280 horsepower and more than 250 lb-ft of torque, representing an increase in output of almost 50 percent over the base engine's 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. Given that the standard BRZ is already garnering rave reviews for its handling dynamics, the extra power (and likely other upgrades) primise to catapult the BRZ into real performance territory.