Upcoming Subaru BRZ Turbo to get 280-hp

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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As if Subaru would let Hyundai run away with highest output four-cylinder sport coupe honours. The Korean automaker's base Genesis Coupe makes 274-horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, but Automotive News is now reporting the upcoming 2014 BRZ turbo will boast 280-horsepower from its new turbocharged horizontally-opposed 2.0-litre four-cylinder when it debuts next year.

The all-new 2013 BRZ and its 200-horsepower boxer engine has been criticized by enthusiasts and some pundits for being low on engine output, but the new optional twin-scroll turbocharged engine, with its updated direct-injection system, should put complainants to rest. Along with its horsepower increase, the new engine's torque rating is estimated to be 250 lb-ft, says the Automotive News report, while the BRZ will remain Subaru's only rear-drive model.

The BRZ was jointly developed with Toyota, and in North America competes directly with its fraternal twin, the Scion FR-S. There's no word as to whether Toyota's youth-oriented division will get a turbocharged model as well, but access to the new engine is likely part of the initial deal between the two automakers; Toyota owns a small percentage of Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries.

Along with confirmation about the engine details, Subaru is being mum about the name of the new model. While BRZ Turbo would certainly get the point across, enthusiasts are hoping the new turbocharged sports coupe will get the legendary STI moniker, especially after the brand's BRZ STI Concept was shown last year.

Scion will likely keep things simple, and just add Turbo to the FR-S nameplate.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Subaru, 2014, BRZ STI Concept, BRZ,

Organizations: Subaru

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