Subaru BRZ (Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S) is one of the best sports car in the world right now, but you shouldn’t buy one. What you should do is wait, because there are sportier, more powerful versions of the car coming next year. They will be slightly more expensive, but a lot more fun.
While Toyota is apparently thinking of a hybrid system to boost the GT86’s performance, Subaru is sticking to more conventional ways. Next year they will launch a production version of the BRZ STi concept, featuring modified air intake system, variable valve control system and a sport free-flow exhaust system.
These changes will boost the 2.0 liter engine’s output from 197bhp to around 230bhp. That doesn’t sound like much, but it should be enough to give the BRZ a fresh breath of life.
The STi treatment also include chassis upgrade. The car will get revised springs and dampers, 18-inch wheels with fatter tires, and four-piston STi brakes. Test units have already been dispatched to the Nurburgring to test these changes.
So no turbo or supercharged BRZ or GT86 is being considered for now. A turbocharger won’t fit under the bonnet of the car, and a supercharger will have a negative effect on its efficiency. That probably means we can’t expect a properly high performance version – with like 300bhp or something like that – in the near future.