The much hoped for Subaru BRZ Turbo – the Subaru version of the Toyota GT86 – is set to arrive in 2014 with 280bhp.
The Subaru BRZ (and, for that matter, the Toyota GT86) is a cracking little driver’s car that offers real driver appeal without resorting to huge horsepower to provide the fun. But that doesn’t mean drivers don’t want a more powerful version.
Last year we reported that a Subaru BRZ Turbo was in the planning (even though the official line was that the BRZ and GT86 would stick with natural aspiration) and now it looks like development is well advanced and the BRZ Turbo will arrive in 2014.
Automotive News are reporting that Subaru are working hard on a turbocharged direct injection version of the BRZ with a single twin-scroll turbo they’ve developed in-house, as opposed to the port injection system currently used in the BTZ, which is a Toyota system.
The new BRZ Turbo is said to produce 280bhp and more than 250lb/ft of torque, an almost 50 per cent jump in power compared to the regular BRZ, which should be good for some impressive performance figures.
Whether this means we’ll be seeing a Toyota GT86 Turbo as well remains to be seen, but at least drivers wanting a bit more bang under the bonnet will be able to opt for the BRZ instead of the GT86, even if it is likely to cost £30k.