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."

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

American upgrades on Japanese sports cars aren’t exactly a new thing in the aftermarket auto scene these days. Doug Ross, the owner of Weapons Grade Performance in Wallingford, Connecticut, knows all too well about the formula of fitting an American engine into a Japanese sports car.

But unlike the rest of us, Ross has the capabilities to undertake such a project to see if a current Japanese sports car can handle the an American engine tucked inside it.

All of it was eventually answered with the development of the Subaru BRZ06 .

It was a time-consuming project that Ross was determined to complete and with the help of his people from Weapons Grade Performance, he managed to install an LS2 V-8 engine inside the BRZ that was actually a mix-mash of parts from different LS V-8 engines.

After much work and some tedious labor in trying to fit the American engine into the engine bay of the Subaru , Weapons Grade Performance successfully worked around all of the kinks and complications in fitting the BR-Z with a re-tooled and re-modeled LS2 V-8 engine, giving the Subaru more than the 200 horsepower it has on the stock model. Weapons Grade Performance didn’t divulge the exact specifications of the new Chevy-powered BRZ, but we venture to say that since this engine was borrowed from the Corvette Z06, it is at least 500 horsepower.

Weapons Grade Performance is still tinkering with the idea of more modifications to come, including the possibility of dropping a supercharged LS9 engine into the BRZ, which could eventually lead to the BRZ packing close to 600 horsepower under its hood.

Click past the jump to read about the Subaru BRZ

Source: LSXTV
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Subaru BRZ is a nice sports car, but with quite a disappointing output for real car addicts out there. Luckily for us, where Subaru decided to stop at just 200 horsepower, Crawford Performance comes into focus and increases the output to more than double.

By adding a new turbo, replacing the standard exhaust system and doing some ECU upgrades the tuner obtained an output of 450 horsepower. There are no official detail on the peak torque, but it looks like it has been tripled, so we guess it is somewhere in the 450 pound-feet area. Now, this looks like a number more suitable for a sports car, no?

The guy over Drive took this car out for a test drive in an attempt to see how the updates improved the car’s performance and phenomenal dynamic features. According to them, this package managed to "add to the BRZ ’s performance without taking away from it’s character."

Click past the jump to see Drive taking the Crawford-tuned BRZ to task and to read more on the base BRZ.

When a car is considered the fastest of its kind, people usually stand up and pay serious attention.

Well, that’s what folks are saying about this 2013 BRZ , which belongs to drag racing driver Ali Afshar. If beefed up is a description for this Japanese sports car, then consider that a massive understatement.

As an 18-time NHRA champion, Afshar knows full well the value of having a monster engine under the hood of his team’s racecars. That’s precisely why this BRZ comes with a staggering 1,400 horsepower, all packed in the car’s 2.5-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine. The usual amenities of a racecar have also been added, including the full-on roll cage, the enormous rear wing, the wheelie-bar, and the wide slick wheels.

But the real highlight of this BRZ is that engine that has been tuned to deliver some otherworldly output. All in all, that much power should bode well for the Afshar, as he attempts to race the BRZ down the strip of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway later this week in 7 seconds.

It’ll be interesting to see if Afshar is successful in his attempt, which will be a record, should he achieve it. Whatever happens, it’s going to make for an extremely entertaining show.

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Subaru BRZ

So here we are on April Fool’s Day eve and we are getting prepared for the most confusing day in the automotive calendar year. You see, nearly all of us Automotive journalists have a comedic age of roughly 12 to 15 years old and we can’t help but toss a few “big stories” your way in the hopes of tricking you into believing a complete fallacy. Even yours truly did so last year with my return of Merkur article .

Apparently, the press folks over at Subaru missed April Fool’s Joke 101 in school, as they attempted to fool us about a new BRZ that was coming out. The “press release” stated that an AWD Diesel Hybrid BRZ was to be released by 2015. Sounds like a great Joke, right?

Sure, it is a great premise for a joke — it almost caught us off-guard — but they completely missed the mark, in our opinion.

First of all, you never want to place a fake press release with the date of “April 1, 2013” when it is only Mach 31st – that’s a dead giveaway. Secondly, you’ve gotta make it somewhat believable. Word it like any other press release and don’t get all cheeky in the release – that just gives it away before you even finish reading it. Lastly, don’t let people know it’s an April Fool’s Day joke until the next day or at least for a few hours, unless it is something that can really cause issues.

Well, Subaru managed to break all three of those rules with their release on the “new” BRZ Hybrid Diesel. I guess we have to give them credit for showing a sense of humor…

Click past the jump to read the fake press release and let us know what you think: hilarious or epic fail.

Subaru BRZ Concept STI

It looks like today has been a day for Tokyo Auto Salon previews. First Honda , then Mazda and now Subaru has offered us the first details on its models to be displayed in Tokyo, starting January 11, 2013. Subaru will come to the show with several new concepts, the coolest one being based on the new BRZ sports car.

The new BRZ Premium Sport Package concept will offer customers a pretty good idea of what the STI version will bring to the market, including an STI aero kit, a carbon fiber roof and a set of 19-inch BBS prototype alloy wheels. The interior has also been customized with leather seats and bright metallic trim.

We have no images of the concept just yet, but we do know it will be featuring lots of black exterior elements and special metallic colors of high brightness.

Full details on the Subaru BRZ Premium Sport Package concept will be unveiled during its official debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.

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If you thought the 2.0-liter boxer engine pumping out 200-horsepower wasn’t enough, Weapons Grade Performance has a solution.

With a company name as intimidating as the upgrade it’s carrying out on the Subaru BR-Z, Weapons Grade Performance is on the verge of making one of the most powerful BR-Zs to run the streets.

How does it does it pull off this task? Slap a good ol’ American V-8 in there, of course. Yup, W.G.P chose the old-school-but-still-awesome method of increasing horsepower by mounting an LS2 V-8 from a Pontiac GTO that produces 400-horsepower, twice more powerful than the stock 4-pot boxer engine.

While the idea of a V-8 powered BR-Z sounds good, it may not do wonders when it comes to weight distribution. A picture of your pot-bellied uncle is a good comparison to this build. Then again, this sort of uncle can be rather exciting to hangout.

Here’s to hoping that W.G.P will pull off this build, hassle free. We’ll update this review as more information rolls out, as this is a work in progress. And for those that think this is a Photoshop trick rather than the real deal, see the video after the jump for a live shot of the car. There’s no Photoshopping a video…

Image: Instagram pic from W.G.P.’s Facebook page

An aftermarket turning company often finds ways to make its programs stand out from the rest of the competition. In some cases, it’s for the better but there are those times when the result is just plain weird.

Bee Racing’s program for the Subaru BRZ is a combination of both.

The program is impressive because Bee Racing not only installed an aero kit, but then combined it with a modified interior, a new set of wheels, an DG5-built suspension, an aftermarket header, a custom-built muffler, and a Tomei limited-slip differential. More importantly, though, is that Bee Racing acknowledges that the project is still far from a finished product.

The body kit, which comes courtesy of Rocket Bunny, required the Bee Racing to tweak the BRZ’s front end to look more like a Toyota GT 86 just so it could install the aero kit. While doing that, Bee Racing also installed Bride racing seats and a Drift Works steering wheel.

Here’s where it gets weird, though. We get the part — to a certain degree — about giving the BRZ a facelift to make it look like a GT 86 . What we don’t get are the Scion badges slapped into the BRZ. Did Bee Racing want to run the full gamut of all three sports cars sisters in one vehicle?

If you’re prepared to let that one go, you have to admit that this project car actually looks pretty amazing. We can’t wait to see Bee Racing add a little more performance to this package.

Source: XCar Films

Okay, we all pretty much figured that the BRZ and FR-S would likely have a strong presence in SEMA this year, as it was only one of the most talked about cars all year. To boot, with Toyota and Subaru dragging their collective feet about releasing higher-performance models, aftermarket companies have been working double-time to develop performance parts to hop up its 200-horsepower 4-banger engine.

Our colleagues over at Rides magazine managed to compile a gallery chock-full of just about every BRZ and FR-S at SEMA . We’re not too sure if this is a complete list of the examples at SEMA, but the total count in the gallery is 50 different examples – all but one or two are of the FR-S. We’re not too sure exactly how many cars showed up for SEMA this year, but we can say with some confidence that the FR-S takes the trophy for most heavily represented at the show.

Check out our gallery to see all of the examples that Rides provided us.

Source: Rides

We are all waiting to see the STI version of the recently announced Subaru BRZ when it comes out in the next year or so. We’d rely on the BRZ STI Concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show for design inspirations, but we all know how concepts sometimes exaggerate the look of the production car. Instead, we are going to take a look at Subaru ’s latest STI preview in the form of a Subaru BRZ equipped with STI upgrades. This is not the real STI version, but it still allows us to get a pretty good idea as to the production version’s final look.

The model displayed at the 2012 Australian Motor Show in Sydney was equipped with an aerodynamic kit that includes a front chin spoiler, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a bootlid spoiler. The model sits on a new set of 17-inch light alloy wheels combined with a set of lower and stiffer coil springs.

Other updates include a low-restriction exhaust muffler, a short-shift gear linkage for manual-equipped BRZ, a wheelnut set, an STI gearknob, an STI push-button starter, and unique interior trim highlights.

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