• The Perfect Build: An LS6-Powered Subaru BRZ

This V-8-powered Subaru BRZ makes crazy power. Now, it’s up for grabs

We can all agree that, while the Subaru BRZ is a fun car to throw around, it doesn’t come with a lot of power, out of the box. Yes, the new model addressed that, but horsepower still isn’t the main thing here. With this in mind, we bring your attention to a car listed on carsandbids.com – a Subaru BRZ that not only lacks the power deficit of the stock car but may actually pack more than some can handle.

The Perfect Build: An LS6-Powered Subaru BRZ
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While first-generation BRZs came with a rather lackluster, 2.0-liter, normally-aspirated flat-four engine, this particular one has twice the cylinder count and over three times more displacement. The seller – BRZfaster (suitable name) – has thrown out the original power plant in favor of a 6.3-liter, LS6 V-8, taken from a wrecked, 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

In stock form, the LS6 engine makes 405 horsepower and 400 pound-feet (542 Nm). And while this is over double the BRZ’s original power and torque output, someone decided it’s still not enough.

A BorgWarner S475 T6 75mm turbocharger was strapped onto the engine, increasing power even further. By how much exactly? Sadly, no dyno sheet has been presented yet.

The pushrod V-8 now works with a six-speed manual, Infiniti gearbox.

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The engine has a lot of work done to it. There’s a long list of modifications included in the listing. Some of them include a 92mm DBW throttle body, Holley Terminator X Max ECU, SCAT four-inch stroker crankshaft and connecting rods; Summit Racing forged and coated pistons, and piston rings, Mishimoto remote oil cooler, and a lot more.

One of the few original parts left on the car is the driver’s seat, which already provides ample support. The car features 17-inch ROTA wheels and sits on Tein racing coil-overs. It also has Cadillac CTS-V brakes and an RJS parachute.

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This probably isn’t the first nor last LS swap you’ll ever see, but just in case you’re wondering, this project car proves that an LS can, indeed, fit in a BRZ/GT86/FR-S engine bay. The project is certainly an interesting one, if not somewhat common in terms of the engine choice, but if you’re genuinely interested, you’d better hurry.

The bid is over in a few hours and at the time of finishing this article is at $18,500. We believe a lot more has been spent on the build, and even if you miss the opportunity, it will give you an idea of how much a build like this goes for.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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