The new 2016 Subaru STI Performance Concept made its debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Subaru shown a sharpened STI – tuned version of its BRZ sportcar, heralding turbocharged power for road – going model.
2016 Subaru STI review
The last few years Subaru has done a great job of making concept cars like the original concept for the current – generation WRX or the Subaru Legacy concept. The new concept is the Subaru STI Performance Concept, but since the concept doesn’t always turn out well when it comes time for production, it stays for us to see whether it will become as good as the production version.
The STI – Subaru Tecnica International is more than just a trim level. About 80 employees based in Mitaka, Japan are responsible for Subaru’s motorsports activities, engineering performance and developing Subaru street cars. The concept is the beginning of the U.S. expansion of the STI brand in aftermarket parts, STI – tuned cars and motorsports.
Exterior design of Subaru STI 2016
Exterior wise, the most noticeable change on this concept is more aggressive and modified bodywork and it’s more extreme than the limited – production, Japanese market BRZ tS. The similarities are in the deeper front and rear airdams and sport tall carbon – fiber wings, but the difference is that the 2016 STI has more aggressive air intakes in the front and rear fascias.
They are dragging air away from the hot brakes and improving underbody aerodynamics too. This concept also has carbon – fiber roof panel to lower the center of gravity. Alongside these stylish and aerodynamic changes, there are also 18 – inch wheels and LED light clusters all – round.
Some of the interior upgrades in the 2016 Subaru STI are a carbon – fiber family steering wheel with integrated shift – lights, a wide dash – mounted „race widget“ screen displaying vehicle information, a functional array of auxiliary gauges and bolstered performance full racing seats with Alcantara and STI logos.
Subaru STI Engine
Under the hood of the 2016 Subaru STI Performance Concept is 2,0 – liter boxer four – cylinder engine which can produce 300 hp and, probably, 330 pound – feet of torque. This engine is also used in the BRZ Super GT racer that competes in Japan. For a road-going version a more production – friendly powerplant would be better and turbocharged 2,0 – liter similar to the current STI’s would adhere. The GT cars are usually equipped with a six – speed sequential gearbox, but this concept appears to be fitted only with a manual transmission.
Although the company hasn’t said anything about a production model based on this concept, it will probably benefit from upgrades to the suspension, engine, aerodynamic, brakes and chassis.
The good thing about this concept is that there is a long waiting for a turbocharged, high – performance BRZ and it seems like a step in the right direction. But, if this concept comes to life and the company makes production version, there is a question, can Subaru contend with models like Mercedes’ AMG or with Cadillac’s VSport models. Well, it remains to be seen.