I'm sure that you to have clicked on an article recently for the, what feels like, 1000th time, only to see that the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S has once again been overlooked for a power increase. The latest in this long line of unethical teasing is the release of the Subaru BRZ STI. Those 3 letters at the end were enough to get my attention. To me they mean the pinnacle of any Subaru model, the best of everything that they could put on to that vehicle within the allotted price. I'm not talking a luxury badge here, I'm talking the badge that Subaru engineers proudly hold out to the masses and say "THIS is what we do!" Reserving that badge for only the best; better handling, better grip, and most importantly better power.
Let me set the record straight for just a second. I am completely in favor of the concept of this vehicle (BRZ, GT86, FR-S), I love affordable fun cars, especially the amount of fun that can be had for such a modest price. I can even see their side of the argument for not wanting to add any more ponies to the oomph factor, so as not to take away from the experience that is this "future classic" I get it, and a large part of me agrees with it. What does grind my gears about this particular piece of news is the fact that Subaru have chosen the STI badge to market only 2 of the 3 requirements that have long accompanied the name.