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No Plans For Subaru BRZ STI, Says Top Exec

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2014 Subaru BRZ tS

2014 Subaru BRZ tS

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Despite numerous reports of a hotter, STI-enhanced BRZ in the works, a top Subaru executive has confirmed that there are no plans for such a car at present. Instead, the Japanese automaker is focused on boosting sales of its mainstream models.

"The focus has been on growing [Subaru] sales around the world," Subaru Australia boss Nick Senior told Motoring. "We are still reasonably small as a manufacturer and resources are limited and have to be targeted.”

Senior explained that this meant there were no plans to launch any more STI models beyond the 2015 WRX STI, including the oft-rumored turbocharged BRZ. He did concede, however, that importers around the globe were still lobbying Subaru to build a hotter BRZ.

Recently, a top Toyota official revealed that poor sales of the BRZ’s GT 86 twin (a Scion FR-S for American readers) meant additional variants of the Toyota, such as the much-hyped convertible and a possible performance version, were in doubt. This is also likely to have weighed on Subaru’s decision not to develop additional variants of the BRZ.

Pictured above is Subaru’s BRZ tS (tuned by STI), which is essentially a version of the car fitted with performance upgrades from the automaker’s STI in-house tuner. The upgrades developed for the car mostly enhance its handling, and at present are not available in the U.S. market.

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