Subaru of America President Tom Doll says that the company needs to make the BRZ more powerful. “There’s a place for the BRZ in our product lineup”, Mr. Doll told Autoline. “We may have to do some things to it to enhance the driving performance a little more; take it up a little bit. Because I think that’s one of the learnings we’ve seen out of that vehicle, if it had a little bit more performance to it, it could really take up the sales level even more.”
Mr. Doll admits that the sports coupe’s future, including the fate of a second generation, is reliant on the company’s relationship with Toyota. The BRZ and Toyota GT 86 were developed through a joint venture and reports say that the 2-door sports coupes are indeed going to enter the second generation.
Coming back to more power for the BRZ, Subaru is probably very tempted putting an STI variant into production as the company had unveiled the BRZ-based STI Performance Concept car at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in April and said that it did spark interest among the fans.
A report released in April said that an STI version will be launched for the U.S. market in a couple years. The “Tuned by STI” branding may be used for this variant, as per this report.