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Ever since the Subaru BRZ came out, owners and enthusiasts have been long awaiting to see a turbo variant be released, or alternatively modified theirs with an aftermarket turbocharger (Toyota 86 market included).

At the 2015 New York Auto Show, Subaru finally answered prayers for those who have been waiting for a turbo version, albeit slightly with their STI Performance BRZ concept.

The new concept takes a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged boxer engine from Subaru’s GT300 race car and places it into a body stiffened chassis. The result is an estimated 225kW and 450Nm of torque.

Suspension is handled by Bilstein and 19 inch BBS wheels grace the wheel arches. Design wise the STI Performance gains a more aggressive look with widened fenders, an aerodynamic carbon fibre rear wing, a carbon fibre rear diffuser, side mirrors, side skirts and fender vents. Subtle changes such as flush door handles, new headlights and new tail lights have also been added.

Inside there’s Recaro seats with leather and alcantara accents, a data logger, STI branding and even more carbon fibre.

STI president Yoshio Hirakawa took the opportunity from the release to express a statement regarding the Subaru Technica International brand. “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. Our plan is to produce cars and accessories that drivers can really enjoy.”

Whilst the STI Performance BRZ is merely a concept at this stage, we’re hoping it’s an insight into a performance variant to be introduced sometime in the near future.