New factory add-ons hint that an STI could be coming soon.
The new Toyota GR 86 is in the spotlight today, but its corporate twin, the also-new Subaru BRZ, is making sure to grab its share of attention. With orders about to kick off later this week in its home market of Japan, the second-generation BRZ can also be equipped with a few new factory accessories. We haven't seen these factory add-ons before and they'll hopefully be offered to US customers as well. An official confirmation from Subaru has yet to arrive, but the parts themselves look pretty cool.
There's a carbon-fiber rear wing, 18-inch BBS forged wheels, a front slip spoiler, a set of LED daytime running lights located within the front air intakes, a new rear skirt, and a few more aerodynamic upgrades.
It all looks very STI-inspired but, unfortunately, there are no power changes under the hood (yet). The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Boxer four produces 231 horsepower for the JDM-spec model and 228 hp for the US version. But owners can opt for a flexible V bar at no extra charge to help increase the coupe's rigidity, leading to improved handling for those who want to push its limits.
There's a good chance all of these features will be available on the GR 86 as well when it goes on sale in Japan this fall. Pricing was not provided. The BRZ order books, meanwhile, are now open for Japanese customers.
While Subaru is already offering factory add-ons, it remains silent on the possibility of a fully-fledged STI version, something that never materialized with the first-gen BRZ. Last December, Subaru was spotted testing a mysterious BRZ prototype that alerted our suspicions something was in the works, but it could turn out to be a new BRZ tS track-focused variant.
The first BRZ tS, launched in 2017, was limited to only 500 units in the US and received chassis and aero improvements only, rather than a power boost. Hopefully, Subaru and Toyota have different plans this time around.