Subaru BRZ STi Concept
The BRZ is the Subie that soccer moms don't drive. Still, for $25k, there's simply no better sports coupe on the road today for the money. It's comfortable enough for commuting, has a great transmission, and in our tests on the track, it's also perfectly poised over 100 mph. Save for one shortcoming: Fans of the car always want more horsepower (the BRZ has a 2.0-liter, 200hp boxer-style four cylinder). Yes, you can get that in a WRX or WRX STi, but that's an all-wheel-drive, Impreza-based machine, and the BRZ is smaller, lighter, and rear-wheel drive. Think: track vs. rally. In New York, Subaru debuted a concept BRZ with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that's been turbocharged to deliver 345hp. Subaru says don't hold your breath for this engine to be dropped into the BRZ anytime soon, nor that this specific, race suspension will come to the BRZ, but they did say the STi designation (or something like it) will make its way to more Subaru models in the U.S. The hint seems to be to using the STi label the way Audi uses an "S" for some of its cars: an "infusion" of spunk, not a wholesale takeover like the current STi WRX. And that would be good for the brand, which needs a middle flavor between reliable cars like the Forester and all-brawn cars like the WRX.