Unfortunately STI left the engine alone.
Despite lingering hopes that the global pandemic would ease up, the Tokyo Auto Salon had to be canceled (for the first time in 67 years), but that did not stop manufacturers from preparing their cars. We've seen some crazy builds for this year's show, including Honda's first attempt at an electric drag car and a Mobile office van by Nissan, but few cars build hype quite as much as the upcoming Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. Subaru's plans to bring an STI-tuned version to the show were dashed this year, but at least we still get a glimpse of the car in a YouTube video posted by STI On-Tube.
It is important to note that this isn't an official BRZ STI, but instead a BRZ tuned by STI. From the outside, the fettled BRZ definitely looks the part thanks to a bunch of muscular body parts, including an aggressive front splitter and side sill extensions.
At the rear, this show car features a mean-looking carbon-fiber, swan neck wing that looks like it will add a ton of downforce on the track. Naturally this BRZ rolls on a set of bronze STI wheels that look great against the black and white backdrop of the rest of the car.
Under the hood, not much changes. But STI does add a cat-back exhaust system with polished exhaust tips coming out of each side of the bumper. Underneath the car, an STI strut brace adds rigidity at the rear. It's a bit disappointing that STI did not include any significant chassis or engine mods, but those are sure to come in the future.
The 2022 BRZ goes on sale stateside in the fall of 2021, and promises to be even more fun to drive than the first-generation car thanks to a refined chassis and more power from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine.