Subaru BRZ STI is probably the most anticipated of the three as far as Australia is concerned, because it’s also the most relevant.
The STI-tuned BRZ is the only car of the newly revealed duo of production models that hasn’t been specifically set for Japan-only sales.
It scores Sachs dampers, which have been altered by STI, as well as new 18-inch aluminum wheels and flexible draw stiffeners and V-braces, also from STI.
To differentiate itself, the BRZ STI has a redesigned front bumper, STI badging and trim, and a black ‘shark fin’.
Inside, leather and Alcantara-wrapped seats are coloured read and black, plus a new instrument cluster and leather steering wheel are immediately obvious to the driver.
Power output remains at 152kW and 212Nm.
While Australian availability for the BRZ STI hasn’t been ruled out, 100 units painted in grey khaki will be sold to buyers in a Japanese ‘buyer lottery’, in which people can win a chance to buy the cars.
The same system will be used for all 450 units of Subaru’s other newly revealed car, the S208 WRX STI Special Edition.
Subaru says this is the ‘top-spec’ as far as the WRX goes, and it will have a higher engine output of 242kw and 432Nm from its 2.0-litre boxer four.
It also cops an STI tuned suspension setup, a fettled clutch and flywheel, a carbon fibre roof, and even an intercooler water spray a la the Subaru 22B.
Lastly, the Subaru Viziv performance concept was also revealed, with styling and performance inspiration coming from the Legacy, the Impreza, and the WRX.
Being a concept, we weren’t expecting much detail regarding the Viziv… and we weren’t disappointed. Subaru is keeping ideas for drivetrains and other features to itself, though we do know it to be an AWD concept, in true Subaru style.