Subaru of America has taken the covers off the BRZ-based STI Performance Concept at the ongoing New York Auto Show 2015. Don’t get excited yet as the concept only represents the company’s proposition to expand in the area of aftermarket parts, car tuning and motorsports in the country.
According to Subaru, the expansion has already taken place with STI-engineered parts replacing Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT) aftermarket parts in the US market, and STI’s increased of commitment in Subaru of America’s Global RallyCross team.
Subaru also promises to offer its American consumers all STI-tuned cars in the future. These vehicles will be more potent that ever, with parts such as suspension, performance, braking, chassis and aerodynamic upgrades coming straight from the factory.
The STI Performance you see here isn’t a complete dud. It borrows some of the components, namely the engine, bodykit, suspension as well as chassis upgrades from the BRZ GT300 race car. Although it won’t transform into a turbocharged BRZ STI as we all have been hoping for, the concept will spawn better performing models in the future.
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. UNVEILS STI PERFORMANCE CONCEPT AT 2015 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
• Concept showcases Subaru Tecnica International (STI) vehicle performance capabilities
• Concept features enhancements for chassis, body, and air intake/exhaust systems
• Concept’s engine is based on the racing engine from the Subaru BRZ Super GT race car
New York, N.Y. – Subaru of America, Inc. today unveiled the STI Performance Concept at the New York International Auto Show.
The STI Performance Concept signifies a plan for U.S.-expansion of Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the performance division of Subaru, in its three core business areas; aftermarket parts, STI-tuned cars and motorsports.
The expansion has already begun, with STI-engineered parts replacing Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT) aftermarket parts in the U.S. market, and with STI’s increasing engineering presence in Subaru of America’s Global RallyCross team.
In the future, further models tuned by STI will be available in the US. These cars could feature more extensive modifications from the factory than previously offered, such as suspension, performance, braking, chassis and aerodynamic upgrades.
“At STI we know from our racing that to win, it is important not only to have high power, but also that all aspects of performance are balanced over the whole car,” said Yoshio Hirakawa, president of Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. “When we achieve this balance, the driver feels that the car is easy to handle and reliable, and he can use it fully to the limits of its performance. Our plan is to produce cars and accessories that drivers can really enjoy.”
The STI Performance Concept is a showcase for the engineering prowess and tuning capability of STI, featuring the racing engine developed by STI for the BRZ Super GT racecar, suspension and chassis components and aerodynamic upgrades.
Complete cars (extensive tuning by STI) and performance parts available now in Japan focus on the WRX STI, Forester and BRZ models. The Japanese domestic market uses the nomenclature “S model” as its naming for the WRX STI and uses “tS” on BRZ and Forester vehicles that have STI components, but a naming convention for any future US models has not yet been established.