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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

Just recently, we brought you the announcement and video of Revolution Motorstore’s Subaru Impreza STi that it dubbed "Project STi" becoming the fastest Impreza to ever lap Nürburgring. Well, a car like this is never safe from the poking prodding of the folks here at Topspeed. After a quick email exchange, we were able to get the information needed on this super Impreza to pass on to you.

After getting all of the juicy details from the UK, we quickly realized that this is no simple tuner throw-it-together-and-pray-it-works kind of car. Nope, Revolution took to this Suby to task, stripping it of the majority of its tunable parts and either tweaked or outright replaced the ones that were not absolutely perfect for this run around the `Ring .

From the engine all the way to the discrete tailpipes, Revolution’s engineers and builders racked their brains to figure out how to squeeze every bit of power and knock off every ounce of weight while still keeping the car relatively streetable – and we emphasize the word “relatively.”

Click past the jump to read all about this insane build

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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.

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In 2011, a Subaru Impreza STi became the fastest road-legal sedan around the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 55 seconds. Not too fast, relatively speaking, but still, good enough to push it to the top of the model’s list of fastest times. This year a road-legal Subaru Impreza that was prepared by UK tuners, Revolution Motorstore, became the fastest Impreza around the `Ring with a lap time of 7.53.08.

This specially prepared Impreza is powered by a 2.2-liter Cosworth engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. However, the record was set on medium boost, meaning the engine delivered only about 400 horsepower.

Other changes to the Revolution Impreza include the removal of the rear doors, wider arches, a carbon-fiber hood, aluminum boot and thinner glass. The car sits on 19-inch OZ Superturismo LM alloy wheels combined and comes to a stop by way of Tarox 10-pot brake calipers.

Check out the above video to see the Impreza Project STi in action.

See more of the Impreza Project STi after the jump

Last week, the Subaru Rally Team released episode 1 of its two-part "Launch Control" web series chronicling the exploits of the Rally America and the Global RallyCross seasons this year.

Subaru promised that episode 2 of the series would be released shortly thereafter and to its credit, the automaker lived up to it with the release of the the second episode of Launch Control today.

This time, the Subaru Rally Team USA find themselves in Michigan for the 2013 Sno*Drift Rally. The one-off ice and snow has been described as beyond treacherous, where the smallest of mistakes can prove costly for the driver and the team.

But despite all of that, the team is still competing with the best of ’em and drivers David Higgins and Craig Drew are competing against the rest of the field in a course that proves to be far more difficult than anybody previously anticipated.

Like episode 1, the series’ second episode is a must-watch for fans of Subaru, rally racing, and specially fans of both.

Click past the jump to watch episode 1 of Launch Control

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.

Click past the jump to read about the Subaru BRZ

If there’s one thing we’ve come to know about a web series, it’s that you can’t miss any of it, especially if it’s about the auto industry. Just a few months ago, Koenigsegg had one and it was phenomenal. A few years ago, Chevrolet Racing had another that was equally entertaining.

This time, it’s Japanese automaker, Subaru , or to be more specific, Subaru’s Rally Team USA that is producing a web series. The web series is called "Launch Control" and evidently, it goes behind the scenes on how the team does in both the Rally America and the Global RallyCross seasons this year.

To get thing going, episode 1 of Launch Control introduces us to a man who definitely needs no introductions if you’re a fan rally facing: defending Rally America champion, David Higgins.

The episode takes us on an in-depth look at how Higgins prepares for an arduous rallying season from his home in Wales. In addition to seeing the defending champ’s preparations, we’ll also learn a little more about Higgins’ team as it prepares his car at the Vermont Sports Car in time for the opening of rally season.

The second episode is scheduled to be released on the first of May 1 so until then, check out the first episode of Subaru’s new "Launch Control" web series.

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Subaru decided to surprise us at the 2013 New York Auto Show with two world debuts: first was theXV Crosstrek hybrid and the second one is an all-new performance concept car called WRX and built as a preview version for the upcoming WRX high-performance sedan.

The new WRX Concept car is bringing a new design language with a larger and bolder grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern and a large powerbulge that that indicates this beast has something special lurking beneath.

The concept also offers new hawk-eye headlights and a carbon-fiber roof that helps reduce the car’s weight even more and in the same time lower the car’s total weight. The overall height of the WRX concept is slightly lower, dropping the center of gravity even closer to the pavement.

The concept’s rear features a dramatically curved trunk lid, a wide rear bumper and large quad tailpipes for the car’s sports exhaust system.

This WRX concept doesn’t only boast a new and more aggressive body. It also includes an all-new turbocharged engine that Subaru has not released any information on. The current Subaru Impreza WRX currently offers up a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that delivers 265 horsepower and 244 pound-feet of torque, but we expect to see something nearing the 300-horsepower range.

The concept unveiled in New York is painted in a cool "WR Blue Pearl III" exterior paint combined with fluorescent Yellow insertions on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers. The concept sits on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels wrapped in 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/05/2013: Subaru has unveiled a new video featuring Osamu Namba - General Manager of Design Dept, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. talking about the new WRX Concept.

Hit the jump to read Subaru’s press release.

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.

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Subaru is going to expand the XV lineup with the addition of a XV Crosstrek Hybrid version – the brand’s first-ever production hybrid vehicle. The model made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and will be put on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.

With the new XV Crosstreck Hybrid, Subaru managed to keep all the features offered in the standard version, but enhanced it with higher fuel efficiency. The model is powered by a compact hybrid system that weighs just 209 pounds, so the new hybrid model weights just 300 pounds more than the gasoline engine XV Crosstrek.

The model displayed in New York featurs a very cool Plasma Green Pearl exterior color - an exclusive feature for the XV Hybrid.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 10/2/2013: Subaru has finally released the XV Crosstrek Hybrids pricing details. It starts at $25,995, plus delivery. See all of the details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid.


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