Good news everyone! Subaru has handed over the BRZ to the engineers situated in the STi bay and guess what, they have treated, tested, improved it and now the world finally has a BRZ STi.
Bad news, the STi treated BRZ will cost you 3.5 million yen and is only available in Japan. There is a sliver of a silver lining with 500 limited edition models being made available in the USA with a price tag of $32 000 and a slight change in name to the Subaru BRZ tS.
OK, so we aren’t getting the STi in South Africa, that is a good thing because this little STi still has 205 hp or around 150 kW, which translated into very low highveld-wheel kilowatts. Yes, we understand that the BRZ is a drivers car, it is a handling, rear-wheel-drive sports car with a low centre of gravity and almost perfect driving position, but at altitude, the car just lacks the power needed. The STi tweaks reflect across mature aero updates, suspension and brake upgrades and a revised (needed) interior update, but the only place this matters most is around a track or canyon road when you can absolutely ring the needle through the rev-range and squeeze every little bit out of the engine. In other words, the limit. Driving the car to its limit is where this car performs best. Unfortunately, though, the majority of enthusiasts won’t be in that situation especially if this little car is your daily driver.
We have mixed feelings about the BRZ, and any update, variation or limited edition, as enthusiasts we understand and appreciate it, but as a driver (yes there is a difference) it is missing the heart it deserves. This is unfortunate as there are multiple examples of Japanese greats that fill the dreams of drivers everywhere. Like the 2JZ, EJ20/EJ22, B16 and the RB26. If you are an enthusiast, the above codes are just a bunch of letters and numbers, if you are a driver, the above arrangement should bring a smile to your face.