But it's not the STI we wanted.
Following the reveal of the 2022 Subaru BRZ, fans began speculating whether or not this second-generation model will finally spawn a faster STI model. Rendering artists have imagined what a BRZ STI could look like, and Subaru was even spotted testing a mysterious prototype that could be the next-generation BRZ tS. Though it may not be the faster BRZ that enthusiasts are waiting for, Subaru did tease the racing version that will compete in the Japanese SuperGT series in 2021.
The car was briefly shown in a video titled Subaru Motorsport Fan Appreciation Gathering 2020. The full video is more than two hours long, but the racing BRZ appears at the 1:54:44 mark. It's not on screen for long, but we see the car fire up, drive out of the pit lane, do a fly-by, and pull back into the pits.
There is still much that we don't know about this new BRZ race car, but we do know that it will compete in the GT300 class of the one-make SuperGT series along with the upcoming Toyota 86 race car. Subaru didn't reveal any other performance details, but it's likely that the car will continue to use a turbocharged boxer engine producing around 350 horsepower.
The outgoing BRZ used a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder that was loosely based on the EJ20 engine from an older WRX STI, not the FA20D engine from the BRZ road car. Obviously, the engine was built specifically for racing and will never see use in a road-going BRZ.
The video is all in Japanese, but the drivers, Hideki Yamauchi and Takuto Iguchi, don't give away any important details about the BRZ. "It's cool," they hinted. The 2020 SuperGT season was held without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is why Subaru decided to host its motorsports festival as a virtual event.
Subaru hopes fans will have a chance to see the new BRZ in person during the 2021 season, where it will likely wear the traditional blue livery.