Global Subaru marketing manager Atoshi Atake, was recently quoted as saying, “We have already had many requests from interested customers regarding a faster version. Let me say this, we will certainly satisfy our customers. We are already working on a faster version.”
Rumors speak of a turbo-charged version of the BRZ being planned as we speak. Recently, Subaru dropped a 2.0 liter boxer engine in their new Legacy model; pumping out impressive figures of 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This same engine might make it in the future BRZ model.
The Subaru turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will use the current boxer engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger and straight direct-injection that will increase combustion efficiency resulting in both higher engine output and better fuel efficiency. Subaru needed to address fuel-efficiency with the turbo engine and it looks like they have the right combination of performance and fuel economy. Part of the issue with developing a turbocharged BRZ was the task of of fitting the additional hardware around the exhaust of the low-slung boxer engine. Engine placement is vital in the BRZ as it has a low center of gravity which is ideal for a rear-drive sports car.
[source: torquenews.com]As well as developing more power, the higher-performance turbocharged BRZ will likely weigh even less than the 2,755 lb. standard car. The new BRX turbo could get lighter racing bucket seats and potentially a carbon fiber roof and hood. Other performance tweaks may include a new bodykit, stiffened and lowered suspension, larger 18-inch alloy wheels and upgrades to the brakes for additional stopping power.
We will likely see this new turbocharged Subaru engine in the next two years in the next generation WRX, replacing the current 2.5-liter turbo in the WRX and STI. That engine could be tuned to produce more than 300 horsepower for the WRX STI high performance model. The 2014 Subaru BRZ turbo could also be a called BRZ STI, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.