2014 - 2015 Subaru BRZ
Transmission:5-speed Manual, 6-speed Auto Opt.
Horsepower @ RPM:200
Torque @ RPM:151
Energy:MFI And Direct Injection
0-60 time:6.7 sec.
Top Speed:143 mph
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.
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.
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2022 Subaru BRZ
The Subaru BRZ enters its second generation with a total redesign similar to what we have seen with its brother from another mother, the GR 86. They share the same heart and behave almost similarly but to find out which is better, make sure to stick around this in-depth review of the new 2022 Subaru BRZ.
New STI Performance Parts Make the Subaru BRZ Look Menacing
You are probably aware that Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ were unveiled simultaneously in Japan-spec guise not too long ago. Both sports cars are good for 232 horsepower in Japan and come with a rather toned down design language, yet Subaru is upping the ante with a set of accessories and STI performance parts aimed at those who want a spicier-looking BRZ.
If You Follow The Math, The Subaru BRZ Doesn’t Have a Torque Problem Anymore
Subaru introduced the second-generation BRZ for 2022. It features a new, sharper exterior and an updated interior, but it rides on the old BRZ platform. The new engine is larger and a bit more powerful, but some enthusiasts are still annoyed by the fact that it doesn’t have a turbo yet. But does the BRZ actually need a turbo? The old BRZ came with an annoying torque dip and you needed to rev the boxer engine like crazy to get that push, but it seems Subaru fixed that with the new a larger 2.4-liter flat-four. And the video below explains why.
Explained: Subaru BRZ’s 2.4-Liter Engine and Why It Doesn’t Need a Turbo
A lot’s been made of the new Subaru BRZ and its naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine. The good news that came with the bigger engine — the first-gen BRZ was powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine — was that it came with 23 more horsepower and 28 more pound-feet of torque. For power-starved fans of the BRZ, the new Subie’s output of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is a caveat to the second-generation BRZ’s boxer engine. It’s still naturally aspirated, effectively squashing any and all dreams of seeing a turbocharged BRZ.
The Japanese automaker already explained that a turbocharged engine would come with a lot of complications, but for those who remain skeptical of Subie’s reasoning, this episode of Engineering Explained is must-see YouTube viewing. Host Jason Fenske is known for his deep dives on anything and everything related to automotive engineering. All the numbers might make your head spin as it did ours, but if you’re interested in understanding why the second-generation Subaru BRZ does not need a turbocharger, take some time out of your schedule and watch Fenske explain it in a way that we can (sort of) understand.
A New Rendering Shows How Much Potential the 2022 Subaru BRZ Really Has
The Subaru BRZ has that sweet cult car status because of the general aura surrounding the Subaru as a car brand. Such popularity is similar to the love other Japanese brands get from the U.S. car-aficionado public - think Toyota or Honda - and whenever these makers drop a new model, the rip curls reaches every corner of the car world and other related areas.
X-Tomi Design’s take on a would-be Subaru BRZ STI hasn’t gone unnoticed so following the same thematic, it’s time to bring a marvellous set of renders to your attention, this time signed by Khyzyl Saleem.
Subaru Clearly Needs to Build a BRZ STI
The second-generation Subaru BRZ has arrived, and it looks like a winner. But just as everyone is celebrating the arrival of the new BRZ, a certain question that was left unanswered with the first-generation model has slowly crept back into the minds of Subaru fans where: are we finally getting the BRZ STI?
We’re no closer to getting the answer we desperately want, but that didn’t stop X-Tomi Design from whetting our appetites with a rendering of what a BRZ STI could look like.
Subaru Says There’s a Good Reason the 2022 BRZ Doesn’t Have a Turbo
Visually, the second-generation Subaru BRZ is a major departure from its predecessor. It’s also packing a bigger 2.4-liter engine, which counts as an answered prayer to everyone who wanted the new BRZ to pack more power than the first-generation model.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill is still naturally aspirated, bursting the bubble of those who wanted the new BRZ’s engine to be turbocharged. As disappointing — for some — as that sounds, Subaru had reasons for sticking with a naturally aspirated engine.
Subaru BRZ Interior Comparison: Old vs. New
The long awaited second-generation Subaru BRZ is finally here with notable inside and out, as well as a brand-new engine under the hood. The redesign is far from dramatic, but it brings the relatively old BRZ into the 2020s in every aspect. Performance aside, the 2022 BRZ comes with a heavily updated interior that looks fresh and packs more technology than before. Let’s find out how it compares to the outgoing model.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ Features Sharper Looks and More Power, But It’s Still Missing Something
The highly anticipated second-generation Subaru BRZ is finally here. It’s a fresh take on Subaru’s compact sports car recipe, but it doesn’t stray too far from the old idea. It’s only slightly heavier, notably more powerful, and packs more technology than ever. Is it a big improvement over the outgoing model? Let’s find out.
The 2022 Subaru BRZ Zooms Into Our Lives on November 18!
The Subaru BRZ has been around for an impressive eight years as of 2020. The Japanese company has released some updates, but for the most part the BRZ carried over unchanged since 2012. But that’s about to change. Subaru just released a teaser for an "all-new" model and announced that it will debut on November 18, 2020. Is this a brand-new model for the 2022 model year or just another facelift?
The Latest Report on the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Will Piss You Off
We’ve been talking about the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ since they were confirmed back in February 2019. A year after that confirmation, we learned that the 86 would get a new name, would feature a turbocharged Subaru engine, and would shift into premium territory. More recently, in March of 2020, a new leak hinted that the 2021 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ would be making their debut soon. A new report, however, has expressed that a lot of what we’ve learned isn’t true at all, and that’s very bad news for the next-gen BRZ and 86.
2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But That’s a Good Thing
The Subaru BRZ and it’s twin the Toyota 86 have been on the market for a little more than eight years (since January 2012), and now it’s time to say goodbye to one of the coolest compact sport coupes to grace the last decade. All told, 2020 will mark the final year for the Subaru BRZ, at least as we know it, but that’s a good thing, as long as you’re willing to wait for the next-gen model. Don’t bother sounding the fake news or rumor alarm, either, as this news comes directly from Subaru itself – if you can read Japanese, that is.
2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition
Back in June of 2019, we received confirmation that a next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were in the works Then, in September, we learned that the new BRZ and 86 twins may take a re-tuned version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter Flat-Four as their main source of motivation. Fast forward to the end of October 2019, and here we are looking at a random Subaru BRZ prototype undergoing the rigors of testing on none other than the Nurburgring. This begs the question of what Subaru has under its sleeve. Right away, I’m here to tell you that it’s not the next-gen BRZ, as that’s still at least a couple of years away. Based on the camo, this appears to be a hotter version of the BRZ, one that could be offered as a special edition or maybe even as a new range-topping model to hold us off until the next-gen BRZ arrives. Even better yet, we think this prototype is being pushed around the track by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four. After all, what better way to test the reception of a sport-tuned engine than to unleash it in a go-faster version of the current model.
Update 11/28/2019:The special edition Subaru BRZ that’s planned to debut sometime in 2020 was spotted testing on the Nurburgring being benchmarked against the Alpine A110 of all things. Check out the new images and learn more in our Spy Shots section below!
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are pretty awesome cars in their own right. They were both built to be driven without a focus on straight-line performance but handling and maneuverability. That was made possible thanks to the collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. Thanks to Subaru’s engine, the 86 was able to have a low center of gravity that it wouldn’t have had if Toyota had but it on its own. And, the Subaru BRZ probably wouldn’t exist at all if Toyota hadn’t been there to share costs. We’ve been wondering just when we’re going to see the twins evolve into the next stage of their life and, while we don’t know that, we know that Toyota and Subaru are partnering up once again. And, it’ll be even better than before. Here’s why.
The Next-Gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Are Coming – Here’s What Will Change (and What Won’t)
A report out of Motoring Australia pretty much confirmed that the rebirth of the 86 and BRZ twins is “well under way,” but we’ve learned precious little since that report went live back in March of 2019. With both companies being hit hard by opinions over the lack of turbocharging (Toyota fanboys) and lack of AWD (Subaru fanboys), you would think that the two Japanese allies would answer calls and prayers. But, that’s not going to be the case, and there’s a good reason behind that. The twins are evolving; there’s no doubt about that. Here’s what you can expect from the Japanese brothers when their evolution is complete.
Turns out the all-new Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86 is, in fact, on its way
Recent rumors suggested that Toyota and Subaru were going to pull the plug on the GT86/BRZ models as early as next year, but according to new information, that may not be the case. It was believed that the sporty coupe was no longer relevant given that the base version of the new Supra makes around as much horsepower and it’s about the same size too.
Rumors Say the Next-Gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Are Cancelled, But Does That Open the Door for a New Toyota MR2?
These days, Toyota is in complete command of the Japanese sports coupe spotlight thanks to the debut of the new 2020 Toyota Supra. Rumor has it the brand might be looking to lock that position down with a new MR2 sometime in the near future, but in order to do so, the Toyota 86 might have to bite the dust.
10 Sports Cars with the Best MPG
Fuel efficiency may not be the prime concern when looking to purchase a sports car, but these days the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Long gone are the days when you had to sacrifice pretty much everything in order to drive a fun car that put a smile on your face - these days you can have your sporty cake and also eat it, and these are the cars you can do it in. All models below blend twisty road enjoyment with some manner of fuel-sipping tech on top of their improved practicality and day-to-day usability compared to equivalent models of decades past.decades past.
Word Has it That Subaru and Toyota Are Working on the Next BRZ-86 Duo
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ still have life in them. Ok, so technically, both models are still around. But, there have been questions surrounding their future, specifically as it relates to the second-generation version of each sports car. There’s still no confirmation from either Toyota or Subaru about their plans, but a new report reveals that both brands have already begun developing successors to the 86 and BRZ, respectively. More importantly, they’re doing it together again.
Chief Engineer of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Says No Turbo for You - Not in this Generation, Buddy
It’s been over five years since the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ hit the market, and if you’re still hoping to see turbocharged versions of each sports car anytime soon, you have a better chance of seeing Ferrari build a four-cylinder hatchback. It’s not happening. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever — at least not in this generation, anyway.
2018 Subaru BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition
While not as old as other Japanese carmakers like Toyota and Nissan, Subaru was one of the first companies from the country to open shop in the United States. It happened in 1968 when Malcolm Bricklin established Subaru of America in Philadelphia. Exactly 50 years have passed since them as of 2018, and Subaru is celebrating the event with a range of 50th Anniversary Edition models. The package is available across the entire U.S. lineup, including the BRZ sports car.
Limited to only a couple of hundred units, the BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition shares most of its special features with other vehicles included in this run. So it’s not exactly as exclusive as Subaru wants us to think. However, it has a range of cool features, including a new exterior color and new interior appointments. It’s also based on a higher-trim model, so it gets an extended range of standard equipment. Find out what it’s all about and how much it costs in the review below.
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Subaru Celebrates 50 Years in the U.S. with Lame Limited-Edition BRZ; Still no Turbo
Subaru has taken the 2018 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than eight limited-edition models, all built to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary on the U.S. market. All but the new Ascent crossover gained this special package, but the upgrades are far from spectacular. With just a few extra features, an exclusive paint, and new wheels, the 50th Anniversary models are just as common as any other limited-edition vehicles we’ve seen from Subaru at other small auto shows around the world. And the fact that the BRZ was included in this run makes things even more disappointing.
Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago
Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.
Subaru Announces Pricing for WRX STI Type RA and BRZ TS
Those of you who have been waiting with baited breath to hear the price figures of the Subaru WRX STI Type RA and the BRZ tS can all breathe a sigh of relief now. The Japanese automaker has officially gone public with the pricing of the two new models, and in a stroke of good fortune, they’re not as expensive as we thought. The track-focused WRX STI Type RA, for example, will cost $49,855 with delivery. Meanwhile, the Subaru BRZ tS will carry a price tag of $34,355. They’re pricier than their standard models, but that’s to be expected for two models that are limited to just 500 units apiece.
Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars
I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.
Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!
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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000
Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.
But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.
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2018 Subaru BRZ STI Sport Edition
The Subaru BRZ has been around for quite some time now, and it’s racked up about as many special edition models as any model that’s out on the market today. Don’t look now but it appears that Subaru isn’t done with this exercise because it’s rolling out a new SE model in time for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The model is called the BRZ STI Sport, and it benefits from getting exclusive upgrades on unheralded sections of the sports car. It does, after all, wear the STI badge and we know what that means, right?
Let’s get this straight from the get-go. The BRZ STI Sport Edition does not feature any engine upgrades. It still carries the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. It’s adequate power for a car like the BRZ, but not enough to really make a statement. This is where STI comes in because this special edition BRZ isn’t about power gains; it’s about the thrill of the ride and the handles that go with it. A car like the BRZ is prepared to give drivers the thrill of performance driving, regardless of the amount of power it has. That’s what the BRZ STI Sport is all about, and rest assured, that kind of selling point is a big reason why the special edition sports car is expected to be a hot-seller once it gets out in the market. Only a limited number of BRZ STI Sport Edition models are expected to be released, including just 100 units of a high-spec version that will come with an exclusive paint finish.
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Pops’ Rants: Silly Excuses and Subaru BRZ Baloney Edition
Boy, do I hate summer. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: sun, beaches, bikinis, smoothies, convertibles, vacation, and all that jazz, but I still hate it. I hate the heat (I know, I should move to Alaska or something) and it’s a boring season as far as cars go, unless you like racing. But, you know what I hate more than a hot, sweaty season? Excuses and bologna. The kind that Subaru and Honda have been trying to feed me recently.
And you know what, I haven’t eaten bologna in a very long time.
But I digress.
Remember how I complained about the Honda Civic Si having gained a turbo engine for nothing a couple of months ago? Well, the Japanese just said that the new Si is as powerful as the old Si because they wanted to give customers a more reliable engine. That’s their second excuse for the Si’s meh performance, the first being that a detuned Type R engine would have made it too expensive for the average Joe. Oh my, so much drama. Someone please bring a couch and give Oprah a phone call!
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2018 Subaru BRZ tS
The Subaru BRZ has had an interesting life over the past five years, enjoying several different iterations, a variety of aftermarket treatments, and even a few Hollywood cameos. Now, the BRZ is getting reinvented once again with the launch of the new tS, a performance-oriented version of the <sports coupe> boasting an array of nips and tucks to the exterior and interior, plus numerous enhanced suspension components. The result is even more performance potential from a two-door aimed squarely at the enthusiast audience, with a laser-like focus on maximum smiles in the corners.
If the BRZ tS nameplate sounds familiar, it’s because Subaru offered it back in 2014 as a JDM exclusive model. Only 750 units were produced, 500 of which came in “standard” tS form, with the other 250 outfitted with the tS GT-Package. The tS is created in part by the automaker’s in-house performance division, Subaru Tecnica International, Inc., better known as STI, hence the name “tS” (“tuned by STI”). While that all sounds pretty good, it’s clear the tS isn’t a full-blown STI model. Instead, it’s got sharper handling chops and a few aesthetic enhancements, with no clear indication of gains made under the hood. And in the U.S., 200 horses can be a tough sell. Nevertheless, does the tS have what it takes to entice stateside buyers?
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Subaru Unveils Beefed-up WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS for 2018
Subaru has just announced two new special-edition models for the 2018 model year, and both are engineered by the performance-focused STI division. If you were looking to buy a WRX STI or a BRZ in the near future, you can now look into the more capable Type RA and tS models, respectively. Each vehicle is limited to 500 units and carry unique features that improve performance on and off the track.
Exact specifications and pricing are not yet available, but more information will be released closer to their market launch, which is scheduled for early 2018. Updates for each model include exterior modifications, new interior trim, and upgrades to the drivetrain and the chassis. Find out more about both cars below.
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Subaru of America Teases BRZ tS
Subaru is gearing up to reveal two new performance machines, both of which are slated for U.S. consumption. Last week, we reported on the new WRX STI Type RA NBR Special, a dedicated racing machine that’ll attempt to conquer to Nurburgring later this year. Now, there’s a new iteration of the BRZ headed for stateside buyers, and it’s looking like we’ll get full details tomorrow.
That’s the latest news, as was teased in a post on the Subaru of America, Inc. Facebook page earlier today. Previously only offered in Japan, the BRZ tS is a tuned variant of the lightweight RWD coupe we all know and love, with go-faster bits provided by Subaru’s tuning outfit, Subaru Technica International, better known as STI. The latest tS is likely to get similar upgrades, including new chassis and suspension components, as well as bigger and badder aero and plus-sized Brembo brakes. In the cabin, look for nicer materials, a little contrast stitching, and some requisite badging. As far as the engine is concerned… well, don’t expect much. Maybe a throatier exhaust and more capable cold air intake are in the cards, but we would be surprised if the BRZ tS got more than 10 extra ponies added, if anything at all. Either way, look for more details to drop tomorrow. Stay tuned, as we’ll be posting as it happens.
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Attack of the Coupes: Subaru BRZ vs Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
The Subaru BRZ and Mazda Miata MX-5 RF are two interesting coupes that couldn’t be more different yet still belong to the same category. The seat count, roof style, and driving dynamics are the major differentiators, while cylinder count, drive wheels, and manual transmissions keep the two related. But which is better? To find out, I spend a week with each car, back-to-back, and flogged each at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack.
The chance to get production cars on the Circuit of the Americas racetrack doesn’t come around too often. The busy track holds events for Formula One, MotoGP, American Le Mans, and the Rolex Sport Car series, among others. However, I got the chance with the Texas Auto Writers Association and their Springtime Auto Roundup. Forty-plus vehicles from several automakers were on hand with an open track for testing. How’d the Mazda and Subaru stack up? Keep reading to find out.
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Red Brakes & Yellow Paint Define 2017 Subaru BRZ Series. Yellow
Subaru isn’t averse to making flashy cars. That’s blindly clear with a single glance at the BRZ’s latest special edition, the Series.Yellow. It comes coated in Charlesite Yellow that’s set apart by black badging and that raised rear spoiler on the trunk. The bright yellow color continues inside, too, with yellow contrast stitching and yellow accents on the door pulls and seats. Even the BRZ logo embroidered into the Alcantara seatbacks are yellow. But yellow isn’t the only color making this BRZ special. Red brake calipers signify the upgraded Brembo brakes, part of the Performance Package that’s standard on the Series.Yellow. Upgraded dampers from Sachs further make a compelling argument for this special edition. Subaru is limiting production to 500 examples in the U.S.
This isn’t the first time Subaru has done a colorful special edition BRZ. Subaru launched the Series.Blue for 2015 and the even bluer Series.Hyberblue for 2016. We even drove the 2016 Series.Hyberblue and fell in love with its striking color. Fast-forward to 2017 and we find ourselves with its yellow successor parked in the driveway. According to the Monroney, our test car stickers for $30,515, including the $820 destination fee. That begs the question: is the Series.Yellow worth the extra $2,050 or will option for the $1,195 Performance Package be good enough?
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Say Goodbye To Those Dreams Of Seeing A Turbocharged Subaru BRZ
Sometimes, it’s better to just swallow the bitter pill and accept things for what they’re worth. No more is that more important than after Motor Authority essentially heard confirmation from two Subaru officials that the the current-generation BRZ will not get turbocharged, STI, or convertible versions. Since the BRZ’s counterpart in Toyota, the 86, is basically the same car, don’t pin all those hopes and dreams on the 86 going the turbocharged route either.
The good news is that the “no turbocharged version” confirmation only affects the current-generation BRZ, and for what it’s worth, the decision to steer clear of that route makes sense considering that the BRZ and 86 are already five years old and second-generation models for both sports cars have already been confirmed. It’s simply too late in life for these coupes to get a turbocharger.
So for now, the current states of both sports coupes will remain the same. The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 will continue to be powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. They may not have gotten turbochargers from their respective companies, but at least there’s that five-horsepower and five-pound-feet of torque bump from that mid-life cycle.
Like I said, sometimes we just have to take the good with the bad and hope for brighter days ahead. Fortunately, neither Subaru nor Toyota have given indications on whether turbochargers will be included with the second-gen versions of the BRZ and Toyota, respectively. As long as that possibility is still on the table, we’ll take it.
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Subaru to Bring BRZ STI Sport Concept to 2017 Tokyo Auto Show
Subaru will join the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon next month with no fewer than six different cars, including a couple of concepts cars wearing the STi badge, one of which is the BRZ STi Sport. Although the BRZ STi isn’t exactly a new idea, the Tokyo-bound concept brings new features and may represent yet another step toward a production model with actual STi upgrades.
Details as to what it may bring to the table are scant and there’s just one picture to go by, but Subaru promises "exclusive exterior and interior parts," and more importantly, "STi-tuned driving performance." What that means is yet unknown, but the preliminary photo shows a BRZ with a more aggressive bumper, an STi badge, sporty looking side skirts, new multi-spoke wheels, and what seem to be red-painted Brembo brake calipers.
Hopefully the brakes aren’t the only upgrade in the drivetrain department and the BRZ finally gets the extra horsepower it deserves. If previous STi Sport models are any indication, the BRZ is also in for adjustable Bilstein dampers, firmer springs, and a revised power steering system.
The coupe won’t be the only STi Sport Concept shown in Tokyo, as Subaru will also showcase a version based on the WRX S4. The Japanese firm will also bring a Levorg and Impreza G4 with STi performance parts, the WRX STi NBR Challenge 2016 race car, which won two consecutive championships in the SP3T class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and the BRZ GT300 2016 created for Super GT racing.
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2017 Subaru BRZ - Driven
The Subaru BRZ has been around since 2013 and has soldiered on unchanged. That is, until the 2017 model year updates have taken hold, bringing a slightly revised face, a new gauge cluster, some minor suspension tuning, and some major engine work that brings, sadly, imperceptible changes. Still, the BRZ makes a solid case for itself as a great driver’s car.
I recently spent a week with the updated 2017 BRZ, driving like I would any normal daily driver. Trips to the grocery store, to church, to the mall, and hauling the wife and kiddo to the in-law’s house all took place. Using the BRZ in this manner revealed some telling negative attributes. Its cabin is loud and cramped, its trunk is small, and the cabin is hard to get out of. However, one trip around a curvy road in the cool of the night with the windows down uncovers the true purpose of this car – to drive. All the negativity falls away revealing a fun, easy-to-handle, machine built to put a smile on your face. Best of all, the BRZ is inexpensive. That character hasn’t changed despite the wide array of changes for 2017.
But beyond these aspects, the 2017 Subaru BRZ offers plenty of desirable attributes for a semi-wide range of customers. Keep reading for the full scoop.
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A Love/Hate Relationship with the Subaru BRZ
I love the Subaru BRZ. It is such a focused driver’s car thanks to is tight steering, stiff suspension, snickety shifter, smooth clutch take-up, and overall tossibility. Its heavily bolstered seats hug you like your mamma and the adjustable steering column allows the perfect driving position to be achieved. Okay, so the BRZ’s 2.0-liter flat-four cylinder might be underpowered at 205 horsepower and desperately low on torque at only 156 pound-feet, but the car isn’t slow by any means. It’s not about straight-line performance, but all about cornering and enjoying the visceral driving experience as every touch point sends feedback. The BRZ is a great drivers car.
The BRZ is a terrible car. Take out the “driver” portion of my sentiments, and we’re left with a cramped coupe with laughably tiny back seats, a trunk reminiscent in size to a Tesla’s “frunk,” a cabin filled with the buzzy drone of four-cylinder in need of a throatier exhaust system, and a stereo system that doesn’t sound any better.
Yes, I have a love/hate relationship with the BRZ. On one hand, it continues to impress from behind the wheel, rowing through the gears. But on a random afternoon when you’ve got to fetch your friends from the airport or stop by Home Depot, the BRZ fails miserably at being a daily driver. Granted, Toyota and Subaru didn’t design the BRZ to be a family car or some do-it-all crossover. This is an honest sports car. Still, it’s hard not to find the faults when you’re trying to shove that bundle of mega-sized paper towels past the trunk opening.
I guess it could be worse… I could be driving a Miata.
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2017 Subaru BRZ GT
Subaru is rolling out another special edition version of the BRZ for the Japanese market and before anybody starts throwing tantrums on why the U.S. market is getting jilted yet again with the special edition love, settle down. We already have it as the optional “Performance Package” that’s available for the manual Limited trim of the 2017 model year BRZ.
Unlike here in the U.S., the Japanese market will get the model as the BRZ GT, otherwise known as the range-topping version of the sports coupe. The upgrades are relatively the same with the only exception being that the GT trim in Japan will also receive some cosmetic goodies to go with all the performance enhancements.
So the BRZ GT really isn’t that much of a special edition model, at least when you compare it to some of Subaru’s past special editions. Nevertheless, it is limited and only our friends over in Japan get it as an actual exclusive. Subaru didn’t say how many of the BRZ GT models would be made available in Japan, but sales are expected to start on November 7, 2016 with the GT available in either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and priced at 3,315,600 million yen ($31,900) and 3,375,000 million yen ($32,500), respectively.
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Subaru Trademarks BRZ tS For The U.S.
Japanese automaker Subaru filed a trademark application for the "BRZ tS" name for use here in the United States back in January 2016, and now a new report claims that the moniker was recently registered to the company’s U.S. division.
According to AutoGuide, the trademark was applied for use on “Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water.” And while these kind of trademarks are generally applied for companies to protect their property, Subaru might have other intentions for this one. Specifically, the automaker may be preparing an U.S. version of the BRZ tS that it launched in Japan in 2015.
Why do I think this is not another case of keeping intellectual property safety policies? Well, the timing of the trademark is rather unusual. Given that the BRZ tS was launched a year ago, Subaru would have filed such a trademark back in 2015. Not to mention that a new version of the coupe would be more than welcome on the U.S .market, despite not having the highly anticipated drivetrain updates.
As a brief reminder, the BRZ tS is basically a standard model enhanced with STI parts inside and out. While the upgrade is pretty much about new badges and upholstery options, the chassis employs a sportier suspension system, while the unique 18-inch wheels benefit from 17-inch Brembo brake disks at all four corners. The drivetrain remains unchanged, but since it will be released after Subaru update for the 2017 model year, the 2.0-liter boxer engine should get five extra horses and five additional pound-feet with the six-speed manual transmission. Specifically, drivers who prefer to row their own will get 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet, while those who favor automatics get the standard 200 ponies and 151 pound-feet.
There’s no word as to when the BRZ tS will hit U.S. dealerships, but if Subaru really wants to offer it here, it could break cover by the end of 2016.
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2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue – Driven
The Subaru BRZ and its corporate cousins, the Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S, have been around since 2013. Relatively little changes have taken place since then, excluding 2016 being Scion’s last year in existence. However, Subaru has spiced things up with the Series.HyperBlue edition. It’s a play off the Series.Blue edition Subaru offered for 2015, but adds this can’t-miss-it HyperBlue color, black wheels, black badging, and black mirror caps. Beyond the color, a handful of blue accents in the cabin, and its super limited 500-unit production run, this BRZ retains all parts found in the standard car.
Nevertheless, the BRZ Series.HyperBlue is worth looking at. I had the chance to do that a while back when Subaru delivered one to my driveway for a week. It came packing the excellent six-speed manual transmission mated to the standard 2.0-liter flat-four cylinder and rear-wheel drive.
It didn’t take long to find a couple updates Subaru gave the entire BRZ line for 2016, namely the updated 6.2-inch Starlink infotainment system. No longer does it look like an aftermarket head unit, but rather a more integrated and better-conceived design. A frameless rearview mirror also adds a touch of class.
So what’s it like to live with the 2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue? Keep reading to find out.
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2017 Subaru BRZ
Right around the turn of the decade Subaru and Toyota teamed up to jointly develop a compact, rear-wheel driven sports car. Come 2012, and we were graced with Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ. The same car was also marketed as the FR-S through Toyota’s Scion brand until the brand was dissolved in 2016. For 2017, Subaru has revamped the BRZ to bring some new features to the aging sports car. For starters, the front fascia has been revised, and the car will now come standard with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. BRZ Premium models will now get automatic headlights with automatic adjustment, simulated leather on the center dash trim, daytime running lights, hill start assist, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, body-colored aluminum spoiler, and vehicle stability control. Limited models get even more goodies, including LED fog lights, a new instrument cluster, and the option for paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The new goodies don’t stop there. Limited trim models can opt for those paddle-shift control switches and a shift lever boot with simulated leather and red stitching. All models equipped with a manual transmission can also be optioned with a new performance package that adds on black alloy wheels, Brembo brake system, and Sachs shock absorbers in the front and rear. As you can see, most of the new goodies come the Premium and Limited trims, but they should help to keep the model fresh until Subaru (and Toyota for that matter) can manage to usher in a new generation for the compact sports car.
So, now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive on into the details of the 2017 Subaru BRZ and talk about what will help it prevail until that next generation finally comes to be.
Update 07/14/2016: Subaru is preparing to launch the 2017 Subaru BRZ and, as such, has released pricing information for each model and the optional performance package.
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2017 Subaru BRZ Series.Yellow Special Edition
Launched in 2012, the BRZ is a sports car that resulted from a collaboration between Japanese manufacturers Subaru and Toyota. Launched alongside its identical siblings, the Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S — the latter discontinued in 2016 — the BRZ is sold globally with the Subaru-developed, 2.0-liter boxer engine and either a manual or automatic transmission. The coupe was updated for the 2017 model year, receiving revised exterior elements, various interior upgrades, chassis tweaks, and a mild power bump for models equipped with the manual gearbox.
While the BRZ, much like the Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S, has been deprived of significant upgrades in its four years on the market, the three companies have rolled out countless special editions as of 2016. The most recent one is the Series.Yellow Special Edition, which Subaru will put on sale for the 2017 model year. If the "Series" nomenclature sounds familiar, it’s because Scion has also launched a couple of versions using a similar badge, most notably the Release Series 2.0. With Scion no longer operating in the U.S., it’s now up to Subaru to provide customers with limited-edition models.
Much like previous special versions of the Japanese coupe, the Series.Yellow sports mild updates inside and out and a special exterior color. However, this model also features a few chassis upgrades that can’t be had on the standard model, unless certain optional packages are selected. Find out more about that below.
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The Subaru BRZ has etched its name into the Guinness Book of World Records, becoming the record-holder for accomplishing the “tightest 360-degree spin” in the world. Stunt driver and world record holder Alastair Moffat effectively steered the BRZ into the record books at the 2016 Autosport International Show.
Setting world records is nothing new to Moffat, who already has a handful of them in his name, including the “tightest reverse parallel park” and “tightest parallel park”. But, unlike those records that he set with old Mini Coopers or Fiat 500s, he used a 14-foot BRZ for a record-breaking attempt that involved driving between two rows of parked cars 2.25 meters apart and performing a full 360-degree spin and continue driving without touching any of the vehicles. The existing record was 2.5 meters, which was achieved in 2014.
Making things a little bit trickier for Moffat was that he was going to drive a rear-wheel drive BRZ in the attempt, far different than the front-wheel drive vehicles that were used in setting the old records. But, Moffat didn’t earn the moniker of world’s greatest car parker by just being good at what he does. He earned it because he’s the best at it, and he proved it once again by successfully performing the stunt and securing the world record for himself and the BRZ.
It’s hardly the most impressive record to be a part of, but if you watch the video and see Moffat and the BRZ in action, it’s actually pretty impressive in it of itself. So yeah, congratulations are in order for the world’s ace parker and the always engaging BRZ.
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Subaru boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga has confirmed that the BRZ sports coupe will get a second-generation model as part of its continued collaboration with partner Toyota. More importantly, there’s a chance that the next-gen BRZ could be packaged as a plug-in hybrid model. Yoshinaga declined to disclose which among Subaru’s models, including the BRZ, would get the hybrid drivetrain, although he did say that the company is actively pursuing the introduction of its first plug-in hybrid model by 2018.
Unfortunately for customers in Japan, Subaru isn’t going to sell this plug-in hybrid model in its home country. This is despite the fact that hybrids make up 18 percent of the Japan’s light-vehicle market. As strange as that strategy may sound, Subaru will instead direct the sales of its future plug-in hybrid model in markets where its required by regulations, including the US.
As far as the BRZ is concerned, Yoshinaga gave no specific timetable on when the new model will be launched. The good news is that both Subaru and Toyota have already agreed to proceed with the development of a next-generation model. Should it come with a hybrid system, I at least expect the company to use the system as a complement to a modified version of the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine that the current version has under its hood. With those two systems in place, it’s reasonable to expect the next-gen BRZ to come with a higher power output than the current model, which produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
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Ah, special-edition cars. Some are wonderful and add tons of goodies, while others disappoint sorely with little more than a name and a limited quantity. Subaru has decided to toss the BRZ into this ring with the Series.Hyperblue model, which is more of the former than the latter, thankfully.
The BRZ is a polarizing model: some folks find it to be the best inexpensive sports car ever made, while others think it is just expensive smoke and mirrors. I feel the engineered torque curve and skinny tires make the BRZ feel much more fun than it really is. Plus, I think Subaru and Toyota are sandbagging it a bit to help build interest in the much-anticipated and oft-denied turbocharged models.
Regardless of my personal opinion, I am set to give the limited-run BRZ Series.Hyperblue a fair shakedown to see if it is worth the wait and the added expense.
Updated 09/03/2015: Subaru announced prices for the special edition Series.Hyperblue BRZ, which will arrive in retail locations this fall. Prices will start at $28,485, including $795 destination and delivery.
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Though the Subaru BRZ and Mazda Miata are very different cars, they share a customer base. Whatever the differences in body style, both of these sports cars appeal to driving purists, who enjoy a level of connectedness that goes beyond the average commuter. That may be at least part of the reason that, closely following the launch of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru has announced a price drop for the BRZ.
The $25,695 MSRP of the 2016 Subaru BRZ is $300 below the 2015 model. Annual updates are limited to new options and equipment, including the Subaru Starlink Multimedia System, whose 6.2-inch touch screen enables smartphone-like gesture input. A backup camera is now standard as well. The 200 horsepower, 2.0 liter boxer four-cylinder engine, standard limited-slip differential and lightweight body have not changed.
Subaru has lowered prices by approximately the same amount across the board, so the Alcantara-trimmed Limited starts at $27,395 with a six-speed manual and $28,495 with the six-speed automatic. The BRZ Limited is also equipped with dual-zone climate control and heated seats.
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There is a lot to be said for a simple, no-nonsense sports car, one that offers a pure driving experience and not much else. It’s something that Mazda has been doing so well with the MX-5/Miata for so long that the car doesn’t really have any direct competitors. But the makers of this video were determined to pick something to compare it to, and the 2014-2015 Subaru BRZ was the most logical choice. The cars are made with somewhat different philosophies, but pricing is very close, and both are made with an eye to delivering the best driving experience for your money.
The video is sort of two separate reviews, one conducted while driving on the street and one from a professional driver on the track. The fact that they draw different conclusions about the cars is telling, and different people are certainly going to like different things about the two cars. But there are a few important points that aren’t at all subjective, the 2016 Mazda MX5 Miata is faster; faster to 60, faster in the quarter mile and faster around the track. The Miata is just better at getting its power to the ground and is lighter to boot.
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It’s hard to find a car enthusiast who doesn’t approve of the 2014-2015 Subaru BRZ. It’s also hard to find one who doesn’t think it could use a bit more power from its 2.0 liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder. The BRZ is a fantastic sports car with excellent handling and a reasonable bottom line, but the 200-horsepower engine can be a bit short on excitement at times. The news that the upcoming BRZ STI doesn’t include a power increase is a bit disappointing too.
Fear not, though, Subaru has heard the complaints. Subaru of America’s COO Tom Doll said in an interview with Autoline TV that the BRZ’s perceived horsepower shortage will be addressed in the future. “There’s a place for the BRZ in our product lineup,” Doll said, speaking of the BRZ’s incongruous nature in the brand’s all-wheel drive, wagon-and-sedan focused lineup. “We may have to do some things to it to enhance the driving performance a little more; take it up a little bit…if it had a little bit more performance to it, it could really take up the sales level even more."
The BRZ STI has been confirmed for North American sale in the next couple of years, and Subaru brought the 2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept to the New York Auto Show this year to highlight possible body modifications to the sports coupe. Though the concept features a 345-horsepower turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder borrowed from Subaru’s Japanese racing arm, the production BRZ STI won’t receive any engine mods. It may even get a "tuned by STI" badge rather than be a true STI model. That’s no way for this entertaining little coupe to go out: the BRZ needs tire-shredding power, stat.
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Subaru has just released details on its latest special edition BRZ, and it comes with subtle exterior enhancements, an upgraded suspension, and enough STI badges to start your own tuning division. Only 300 will be produced, and each will be offered exclusively to customers in Japan.
We’ve seen a few special-edition BRZs in the past, so what makes this one so special? Could it be *gasp* more power finally from that 2.0-liter engine?
Sadly, no, STI instead focused on enhancing the BRZ’s already stellar handling with even more performance underpinnings, like specially tuned coil springs and dampers, big brakes, and additional bracing.
But everyone already thinks the BRZ is a really fun car. It’s won a mountain of awards for being the best “driver’s” vehicle or “enthusiast’s” ride, which begs the question – what can be done to make it even more polished?
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Before the Subaru BRZ even went on sale, enthusiasts were clamoring for an STI variant. Well, it sounds like the wait is almost over. Yoshio Hirakawa, the president of Subaru’s performance division, recently said the U.S. market is the “highest priority for STI,” and this comes just weeks after Subaru unveiled the 2015 STI Performance Concept (shown above) at the New York Auto Show.
The article says that the U.S. will get a performance-tuned variant of the BRZ in “a couple years,” but it goes on to report that rather than being called the BRZ STI, it will most likely be named the “BRZ tuned by STI.” There is no word yet on what Subaru has in store for a sport-tuned BRZ, but along with the introduction of the STI Performance Concept, Subaru suggested that future STI-tuned models in the U.S. would get extensive upgrades to all aspects of the car, including the suspension, braking, performance, aerodynamics and chassis.
Currently, the only STI model offered in the U.S. is the amazing-to-drive WRX STI. If and when Subaru performs its STI magic on the BRZ, expect the same level of styling and engine upgrades, as well as a similar price premium (which is about $8,000 stepping up from the WRX to the WRX STI).
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Automobile Magazine senior editor Chris Nelson took a jaunt over to the Land of the Rising Sun for a few quick laps around the world famous Suzuka Circuit to test out the Subaru BRZ tS, offering up this brief video as documentation of the experience. The results are quite good, but probably not in the way most folks would expect.
That’s because when it comes to improving the Subaru BRZ, everyone and their grandma is clamoring for more power. Not one reviewer or publication has dared to utter anything negative about the handling – the chassis is solid, the suspension is well sorted, the brakes are effective, and the steering is superb. However, time and again, it’s the engine that fails to impress.
So when Subaru’s tuning arm, STI, took a swing at the BRZ, you’d expect a bit extra under the hood, right? Well, that’s not the case. Instead of horsepower, STI made the best parts of the BRZ even better.
“Nobody was saying that the original car needed to be a better handler,” Nelson explains. “But, now that I’m behind the wheel of this BRZ tuned by STI, I’m telling you there’s still a lot left on the table. Every turn is just so sharp. It goes exactly where you want it to go. The rear end rotating, floating predictably, it’s fantastic!”
It’s great to see something as excellent as the BRZ’s handling prowess get bumped to even loftier heights, but at the end of the day, I’ve gotta add my voice to the masses asking for something substantial in the horsepower department. As for improved cornering, well, that’s just a cherry on top.
Here in the U.S., the Subaru STI is the most extreme version of the WRX all-wheel-drive performance compact, but in Japan, there are STI versions of numerous Subaru products. That could soon be the case in North America as well, as the unveiling of the Subaru STI Performance Concept at the New York Auto Show indicates the brand’s intent to expand STI’s offering’s on this side of the ocean.
The BRZ-based STI Performance Concept heralds Subaru’s announcement that its race-engineering arm will expand its lineup of dealer-installed high-performance parts. This also means more STI models. In Japan, both the BRZ and Forester have high-performance versions modified by STI. There’s a good chance that a car similar to the hot BRZ on Subaru’s stage will make it to the streets.
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Subaru has another special-edition model for the BRZ. Raise your hand if you think it’s becoming a tad too much. I don’t mind that the company wants the sports coupe to improve its on-road presence, but there’s been a lot of these lately and none of them come with the upgrade we all really want. You know, that part about improving the car’s performance capabilities.
Granted, this BRZ Special Edition does have a few nice additions, especially those GT stripes that add an aggressive touch to the sports car. It’s also a different touch from what we’re used to. Heck, some people might think the stripes themselves are worth the "Special Edition" label attached to the model.
Add all the new exterior and interior upgrades, and they all combine to make a pretty appealing package that a lot of customers will definitely be interested in. But even with all those additions, there’s still that one little piece of the puzzle that’s missing, and we all know what it is (read: more power).
I’m not getting my hopes up, but then again, stranger things have happened.
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Ok, grab your biggest salt shaker before you venture further into this news; you’re going to need it. The Website 4WheelNews.com is quoting an article published recently in a Japanese car magazine that is apparently called Best Car, and it seems Toyota is working on a version of the GT86 that is turbocharged and has all-wheel drive. Yes, this rumor is sprouting legs yet again.
According to the story, the turbo engine will be a 2.5-liter boxer from Subaru with 300 horsepower. Right now the only engine Subaru makes that is a turbo 2.5 is the old EJ in the WRX STI. This is where I start to take some issue. First, Subaru has stated in the past that the engine in the STI is too tall to fit under the hood of the BRZ and GT86. Secondly, Subaru has been insanely strict about weight and center of balance on this car. Using the heavier EJ25 block instead of the new 2.0-liter FA20 engine that is in the current WRX, seems like an obvious wrong choice. I also question the idea of adding AWD to the mix. Getting rid of the RWD setup will alter this car’s driving dynamic to a point that it will be unrecognizable.
Another odd piece of information in this piece is in regards to the transmission. Apparently, Toyota will offer an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters. Nothing in the Toyota or Subaru family has an eight-speed transmission, so I am suspect about this as well.
Only time will tell what is really going to happen. Rest assured, if there is a turbocharged and AWD BRZ/FR-S/GT86 coming, we will let you know as soon as we have proof.
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The Subaru BRZ isn’t getting a facelift anytime soon, but over in the UK, the BRZ is getting — or at least getting back — the entry level SE trim. It doesn’t sound that sexy, that much I think we can all agree on. But it does give customers in the UK a cheaper BRZ alternative than the ones they’re currently getting.
There’s not a whole lot to be excited about the return of the BRZ SE other than its £22,495 ($37,033 at current exchange rates) price tag. The engine is still the same (ho hum) 2.0-liter flat-four and there aren’t any added features unless you get the higher-grade SE Lux version. At least that one gets Alcantara and heated leather-trimmed seats.
Otherwise, prepare to see standard features like keyless entry and push-button start; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; sports seats; VSC; Torsen limited slip differential; and front, side, curtain, and knee airbags. Satellite navigation is also available, although that one comes as a dealer-fit option.
Judging by what’s being offered, the BRZ SE can be an attractive buy if you’re looking for a sports car across the pond. But you’re probably better served getting the SE Lux trim. For an extra £1,500 ($2,469), you at least get some nice Alcantara-wrapped heated seats.
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The IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) has just recently awarded the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S its coveted “Top Safety Pick" designation. It scored a “good” in the front moderate overlap, side impact, rear impact and roof crush, and an "Acceptable" in the small overlap test. The real surprise there is the small overlap, as that’s a very difficult crash to survive. This makes the BRZ the seventh Subaru model to earn the Top Safety Pick award and Scion’s second. This isn’t that surprising though; Subaru has always been a symbol of safety.
Also rear-wheel drive makes it easier to implement good impact and crumple zones in the front, due to the lack of drivetrain equipment up there. This is very good news, as the BRZ and FR-S are two of just a few true, rear-wheel drive sports cars out there and they are arguably the best ones at their price point. With their accurate steering and nimble chassis, the BRZ and FR-S are tail happy hooligans at any speed. Add the Top Safety Pick on top of that and you’ve got an excellent little car.
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I don’t think I’m the only one who has been disappointed with the underwhelming aftermarket programs given to the Subaru BRZ. I’m not expecting anywhere close to the level of a Nissan GT-R, but somewhere with equally impressive performance gains relative to its power wouldn’t hurt. The same disappointing trend continues with the BRZ "Albino Rhino" by RallySport Direct.
To be fair, the BRZ Albino Rhino does have impressive aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. I have no issues on how the BRZ looks because it looks incredible. The blue alloy wheels, in particular, are a perfect combination of saucy and sexy.
The issue here is the engine upgrade, which isn’t really much, if I’m being honest. RallySport Direct added a Vortech supercharger, which sounds really nice, but at the end of the day, even the supercharger upgrade wasn’t enough to give the BRZ "Albino Rhino" the kind of power its animal namesake is famous for.
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