Subaru today announced the unveiling of the STI Performance Concept at the New York International Auto Show. The STI Performance Concept signifies the North American expansion of Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. (STI) - the performance division of Subaru - in its three core business areas: parts and accessories, complete cars and motorsports.
Looking ahead, parts and accessories as well as further models tuned by STI will be available in Canada, focusing on suspension, braking, chassis and aerodynamic upgrades. There is also potential for an increased engineering presence in future motorsports activity.
Complete cars and performance parts available now in Japan focus on the WRX STI, Forester and BRZ models. The Japanese domestic market uses the nomenclature "S model" as its naming for the WRX STI and uses "tS" on BRZ and Forester vehicles that have STI components, but a naming convention for any future North American models has not yet been established.
The STI Performance Concept is a showcase for the engineering prowess and tuning capabilities of STI, featuring the racing engine developed by STI for the BRZ Super GT racecar, suspension and chassis components and aerodynamic upgrades.
The STI Performance Concept was developed for display purposes to announce the launch of the North American expansion of the STI brand and performance division of Subaru. There are no plans for Subaru to build or produce any production model resembling the STI Performance Concept, including a turbocharged BRZ. This is strictly a concept vehicle with a specially designed race engine prepared for track-use only.