Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ

  Subaru's new "technology concept" called the BRZ Prologue - Boxer Sports Car Architecture II - could very well be the Japanese automaker’s answer to Toyota’s version of the FT-86 that, ironically, the two are co-developing. The BRZ stands for ’Boxer engine’, ’Rear-wheel drive’, and ’Zenith’, but other than that we don’t know exactly what to expect from the BRZ other than thinking it will be an RWD sports coupe and that it "embodies ultimate passion for the new sports car and confidence in its distinctive trademark and core technology."

Dodge Demon Roadster Concept

Note: Dodge Demon Concept Pictured Here.

Chrysler ’s SRT is an undeniably hot division within the Pentastar, but it seems the loyal fans are wanting more. Ralph Gilles, the brand’s CEO, let loose of some interesting information during a recent interview with AutoGuide. Gilles says SRT is receiving tremendous feedback about the brand’s need to build a competitor to the Subaru BRZ /Scion FR-S twins.

“I’m happy to see that a lot of our fans want that,” Gilles says. “They ask us about that a lot.” Whether or not SRT SRT will move forward with such plans is still unknown — and Ralph wasn’t saying much past acknowledging the hole in the vehicle lineup and the roaring customer demand.

Chrysler’s last major stab at building a small, affordable sport car was in 2007 with the Demon concept (pictured above). It was powered by a 2.4-liter in-line-four that made around 170 horsepower. The car never made production due partially to the “Great Recession” and Chrysler’s need for public assistance. However, times have changed and the possibilities for a new SRT-exclusive product are greater than ever.

Even if SRT wasn’t able to materialize a small, front-engine, rear-drive car of its own, it still has a few options with modifying existing cars in Chrysler’s portfolio; namely the Dodge Dart . Rumors have swirled about the Dart getting its own SRT4 makeover since its launch in 2012, with some suggesting it will sport as much as 300 horsepower.

“The community goes deep,” Gilles says about owners of past SRT4 models. “[They] still care about what we’re up to.” We suspect the SRT team may have something fun up their high-performance sleeves.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru BRZ.

Source: Autoguide
Subaru BRZ

Subaru is playing with our hearts with its BRZ , as it continuously tells us that there is no turbocharged model in the works, while aftermarket companies continue to push the only RWD Suby to new heights. Well, now we have news of a new special edition BRZ that, once again, got our hopes up only to drop them like a hot potato.

According to Car and Driver there are reports from Subaru that the Japanese company is indeed working on a special BRZ, but that again it is not the turbo model we are all craving. Rather, it will likely only have an aesthetic kit similar to what we saw on the J-spec BRZ tS . Unfortunately, the report also makes it clear that we will not get the handling and braking mods found on the tS model.

There are rumblings that this model will be a product of Subaru Technica International, which means it may carry the a set of "STI" badges without the STI oomph behind it. Well, I guess the badges are one of many stepping stones to an STI-tuned BRZ in the U.S.

Stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump for information on the BRZ tS.

Source: CarAndDriver
Toyota GT 86

The Tokyo Motor Show has been full of excitement and interesting new designs, but one bit of bad news has surfaced: Subaru’s brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga dismissed the idea of a convertible Subaru BRZ.

[Automotive News] has reported that Yoshinaga wasn’t too fond of Toyota ’s drop-top concept displayed at Tokyo, saying his engineers believe the chassis would require a complete redesign in order to safely create a convertible BRZ.

Unfortunately, the lack of Yoshinaga’s blessing spells doom for Toyota’s attempts at building the car even without Subaru. Yoshinaga is also president of Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company that owns Subaru and manufacturer of both the BRZ and FR-S . “We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” says Yoshinaga.

With that sort of nail in the coffin, it seems unlikely a convertible FR-S or BRZ will ever appear – at least in the car’s current generation. Perhaps when the car’s second generation rolls out, Fuji Heavy Industries will have accounted for the heavy interest in the roadster. Yoshinaga himself knows the market is ripe for the car, "I understand well that Toyota Toyota is receiving strong requests from the American market for the car," he said. "But the biggest challenge is meeting our internal safety standards. There are big technical difficulties."

Perhaps a bigger issue of concern is the apparent inter-company quarreling happening over the convertible idea. Toyota, the company responsible for the overall design of the BRZ/FR-S cars, seems adamant about the idea and has toted several convertible FR-S concepts around to other car show around the world, while the President of the manufacturing company and brand chief of Subaru, responsible for the powertrain and underpinnings of the cars, is dead set against it. Such an open and publicly played out situation cannot be good for future product development.

Lets just keep our fingers crossed that Toyota’s desire for a chopped-top FR-S doesn’t put the entire FT-86 project on the chopping block.

Click past the jump for more info on the FR-S and BRZ coupes

The Subaru BRZ , together with its Toyota and Scion sisters, has become quite a popular sell in a number of markets all over the world. Over in Japan, where Subaru calls home and where special edition models are released at an incredibly rapid rate, the Japanese automaker is joining the fray with the unveiling of the new BRZ Premium Sport Edition.

The car has been hailed as a adult-oriented version of the BRZ and a production version of the concept model that was seen earlier this year at the Tokyo Auto Salon . Despite all the flowery attributes being given to the BRZ Premium Sport Edition, the car does lack all the aerodynamic modifications that were seen in the concept.

Instead, Subaru decided to deck the car with a subtle exterior upgrade that includes a set of black-finished, 17-inch, STI aluminum wheels and...well, that’s about it.

Meanwhile, the car’s interior gets all of the nice upgrades, including tan leather doors, black leather with tan stitching on the manual gearbox levers and the handbrake, plenty of satin silver accents on the cabin, two-tone sports seats and a steering wheel wrapped in tan and black leather, black Alcantara with tan contrast stitching just above the instrument panel, the sides of the center console, and the top section of the doors.

Carbon-fiber trim on the dashboard and a red push engine button from STI, as well as the aluminum pedals, conclude the new upgrades given to the BRZ Premium Sport Edition.

The special edition BRZ is set to hit dealerships before the end of the year at a price of 3,034,500 Yen, which is around a little over $31,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the Subaru BRZ and to see more details on the Subaru BRZ Premium Sport Edition

Source: Subaru Japan
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Jethro Bovingdon from the British magazine EVO wanted to find out what the best track car of 2013, so he made a test that included some of the coolest cars out there: the McLaren 12C GT Can-Am , Caterhan Seven 620R , Radical RXC , BAC Mono , Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S , Mini JCW GP , Supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and Porsche Cayman S .

The test was made at the Blyton Park and the result seems to be a little bit surprising. Of course, we will not ruin the surprise and will let you watch for yourself to see that car was declared "Track Car of the Year."

All we can tell is that you will be surprise to see that the Cayman S was just a couple of seconds behind the 380-horsepower Radical RXC, which, by the way, weights only 900 kilos (1,984 pounds).

Enjoy the video and trust us it worth spending half an hour watching it!

For all the love we give to the Subaru BRZ , there’s one unmistakable fact about the sports coupe that cannot be denied: it lacks power above 100 mph.

If the standard 200-horsepower output of the BRZ is short of some serious firepower, the options are wide open for how to address and improve the BRZ from stock.

Good to go with a tuner that is regularly hitting the max possible speeds in testing near autobahns and the ’Ring.

European tuner Litchfield understands this, and it has a program that will answer all our needs for the BRZ.

Known for its work on the Nissan GT-R , Litchfield set its sights on the BRZ and fitted it with a sick supercharger to drive up the output from the sports coupe’s 2.0-liter boxer engine to an impressive 280 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. That may not sound like a whole lot relative to other tuning packages we’ve seen, but considering the makeup of the BRZ, it definitely has our attention.

With the supercharger now in the equation, the BRZ is now capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just 4.9 seconds with a top speed that we imagine to be in the 155 mph range.

Well done, Litchfield Imports. That’s how you breath performance life into the BRZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ Spec-S program by Litchfield Imports

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A 2014 price increase of just $100 is Subaru’s bow to the warm global reception given to its high-profile sports-car engineering and manufacturing bid for Toyota . The 2014 BRZ is still an all-star sports car that delivers ideal rear-drive dynamics for just $26,000.

Key inspirations obviously come from the AE86 Celica, but the dynamic portion of the BRZ also draws from the Honda S2000 and the Datsun 240Z. The Z-car reference is important: it kicked off Subaru ’s 1984 Turbo Coupe, the XT6 performance coupe until 1991, the the SVX through the mid 1990s.

Only once Subaru started printing money with Outback wagons and a World Rally image did it shy away from its sports coupe heritage.

The Toyota partnership offered Subaru the dream of many blue-sky engineering sessions by the Fuji Heavy Industries’ experts as well as legions of Subaru fans across the globe. What would happen to the already-incredible steering and handling dynamics of my WRX if it were magically rear-drive?

The conversion is not as simple as kicking out a pickup truck’s prop shaft, as Subaru quickly learned when undertaking the project. In fact, a complete engine redesign was needed to adapt the engine to its new driveshaft (and this time with no center diff - long the point from which all Subaru designs originate.)

The old boxer’s legendary thirst for fuel (and oil) became problematic, so the boffins at Toyota shared a tera-flop worth of direct injection engine data with Subaru to keep the project moving. Thus, a brand new generation of 2.0-liter boxer engine was born: and this time it can be as lean on fuel as it is on weight balance.

All the good and honorable about this affordable rear-drive coupe continues for 2014, with only a new key fob design for the BRZ Limited with remote start. The big news is mainly that they are available - after major shortages and early buyers having to order their car in advance.

Updated 05/29/2014: Subaru announced today prices for the 2015 BRZ which will go on sale later in the summer. Prices will start from $25,695 for the base BRZ Limited version and go up to $29,490 for the latest addition of the lineup: the new BRZ Series.Blue limited edition.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Subaru BRZ, but this time with less drift hyperbole and more mechanical/performance/price comparisons between the auto and manual transmission options.

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Yesterday Subaru dropped two teaser images of a sports car that appeared to be the STI version of its BRZ sports car . Unfortunately, we have to be the bearer of bad news, as it wasn’t previewing a BRZ STI. Rather, Suby was teasing its BRZ tS model that it unveiled at the 86 Festival in Japan.

The "tS" in the nomenclature means that the model was "Tuned by STI," but it is only a lighter version of a base BRZ model. This would explain the title of the images on the STI site contained "tS" in them.

Since the BRZ tS is not a true member of the STI lineup, the only updates it will receive are for weight-saving and aesthetic purposes, so there will not be a turbocharged variant just yet. This pegs the BRZ tS at the same 200 horsepower as the standard BRZ.

According to a source that informed 7Tune, there are two versions of this lightweight BRZ: BRZ tS and BRZ tS GT-Package. The "GT-Package model receives a carbon-fiber rear spoiler and black, lightweight wheels, "STI" kidney grille inserts, exclusive fog light surrounds, a front lip spoiler and side extensions. The interior of the "GT-Package" gets Recaro seats, shift knob and steering wheel pad.

In terms of performance mods, the GT-Package gets a Bilstein suspension system, six-pot Brembo brakes and a strengthened driveshaft. Not too awful much to get excited over, really.

The lower-level BRZ tS features all of the same upgrades as the GT-Package model, minus the rear wing, Recaro seats and upgraded wheels.

The model will be limited to only 750 units, with 500 of them being BRZ tS models and 250 being BRZ tS GT-Package models.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Subaru BRZ.

Source: 7tune
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Ever since Subaru dropped the new BRZ onto the market, we knew that an even hotter STI version was sure to follow. Now, British magazine AutoExpress is offering a few details on this new model, set to arrive sometime next year.

The future BRZ STI will feature a more powerful version of the current 2.0-liter flat-four cylinder ’boxer’ engine. The output will be raised up to somewhere in the 250-horsepower area (an addition of about 50 horsepower), thanks to the modifications made to the engine’s variable valve control system. That will also allow for an even higher rev limit of around 7,500rpm with the help of a new freer-flowing exhaust.

Next to the extra power, the new STI will also be even lighter than the standard BRZ. It will also be distinguished by a dramatic bodykit, a stiffened and lowered suspension, lighter but larger 18-inch alloy wheels, and upgraded brakes.

One downside to the BRZ STI is that there will be no turbocharged version offered. Subaru says there is no space for it in the engine bay and they are reserving these version for models like the WRX STI.

When the BRZ STI does debut, Subaru would have taken the next step in their playful game of one-ups-man-ship. What say you, Toyota?

UPDATE 10/23/2012: Just a few days ago, Subaru unveiled a Subaru BRZ equipped with STI upgrades at the 2012 Australian Motor Show in Sydney. We knew this wasn’t this wasn’t the real Subaru BRZ STI deal, but it confirmed the fact that great things were going to be coming from Subaru in the near future.

Now we hear that Subaru is preparing a turbocharged direct-injection version of the horizontally opposed, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine used in the standard BRZ. This engine will feature a single twin-scroll turbocharger and straight direct-injection developed in-house and not the DI/port-injection system developed in cooperation with Toyota.

This engine could deliver up to 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, transforming the upcoming BRZ STI into a real competitor in the sports car market. (AutoNews)

UPDATE 08/05/2013: Subaru unveiled today the first teaser image for the upcoming BRZ STI, which will make its world debut later this fall, either at the Frankfurt Motor Show or in Tokyo.

UPDATE 08/05/2013 (2): Yup, another update for the first Monday of August... Subaru has just release yet another teaser image, which you can see above.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Subaru BRZ STI.

Source: AutoExpress

The Subaru BRZ’s global popularity is unquestioned. Since making its debut a little over a year ago, the BRZ has become quite the seller for Subaru . It still doesn’t have the cache of the Impreza , but it’s safe to say that it’s getting there.

It certainly helps the case of the BRZ that markets like Australia, which has long been a hotbed for muscle cars, has embraced a sports car like the BRZ to the point that it’s offering up a special edition aimed only at the market from "down under."

Granted, the whole "BRZ S" designation only alludes to a number of packages that are being offered as add-ons to the BRZ, but the mere inclination of Subaru’s Australian arm to showcase and offer these programs is a testament to the rising popularity of the BRZ in the Aussie market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ S


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