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._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.