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  1. S7rik3R

    Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86

    Just came across the Subaru BRZ price release by Motor Image. Subaru BRZ at $183,300 http://www.sgcarmart.com/new_cars/newcars_...p?CarCode=11142 But frankly speaking if Toyota GT86 price also around there, which brand will you guys take? Why ?
  2. Not letting the hype over the brilliant BRZ die down, Subaru came up with another variant of the sports coupe to let its fans stay happy. Named the BRZ Premium Sport Edition, it is supposed to be a more luxurious and refined version of the famed coupe. Sadly, not much has been done to increase the driving performance. But then, it is already such a wonderful driver’s car. What they did provide the car were black painted door mirrors and STi aluminium wheels exterior wise. Interestingly, they stuck with 17-inchers, which probably have the best grip/drift balance for the car. Interior wise, the car's seats and steering wheel are wrapped in brown and black leather with tan stitching on some details. The bright red STi push engine start button is a nice welcome too. Overall, this is a nice edition for the BRZ but we are pretty sure local buyers won’t be able to get their hands on it even though it might lure one or two buyers away from a Z4 or SLK.
  3. FaezClutchless

    Subaru releases a track ready BRZ

    Subaru recently announced that they will be releasing a track-ready BRZ straight from the assembly line. It is known as the BRZ RA Racing and this version is made exclusively for the Japanese market. Just like any other track or racing versions of the BRZ (or Toyota 86), the BRZ RA Racing is fitted with essential items a person needs when he/she hits the racing tracks. Luxurious comforts such as air-conditioning and stereo players have been left out and replaced with a six-point roll cage (with sidebar), a four point FIA certified racing harness and new floor mats. The BRZ RA Racing was designed with braking performance in mind. The front end receives brake ducts and both front and rear brakes get ventilated discs. The car also receives a Torsen limited slip differential. Removable front and rear tow hooks are placed for easy transportation tasks. In the engine bay, the only additional item is an air-cooled engine cooler and it is clearly seen at the left side of the front snout. Main reasons why the 2.0-litre Boxer engine is left untouched is because that most track enthusiasts would prefer to use their own racing components or parts. As mentioned above, the Subaru BRZ RA Racing is made only for the Japanese market and it is priced at around US$31,500.
  4. FaezClutchless

    TRD considering a supercharger for the Scion FR-S

    Just recently, Subaru revealed the Subaru BRZ STI at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The car is said to be available for sale soon. And soon after that, the company announced that there are plans to release a turbocharged version of the car. While Toyota has released a TRD version of the 86 before this, the car only received aftermarket cosmetic parts such as a bodykit, suspension system and some TRD badges. Many were expecting a turbocharger or supercharger to be included as well. Just days after images of a Subaru BRZ wearing a huge GT wing and a STI bodykit was spotted at the Nurburgring, Toyota's in-house tuning division, TRD, has announced that they are looking into upgrades for the Scion FR-S (Toyota 86 in other markets). During the recent SEMA auto show, Scion showcased three modified examples of the Scion FR-S and a couple of them were supercharged. And it was at the same show where TRD representatives stated that they are considering a supercharger kit for the Scion FR-S. Toyota has previously offered supercharger kits for their sports or performance cars and even some of their trucks. And it comes as no surprise that a supercharger kit will be available for the Scion FR-S. The idea of a supercharger kit for the car is still very much in the planning stage and obviously no power figures were given. One of the advantages of having a TRD supercharger kit is that it offers a full factory warranty by the company and other aftermarket offerings do not often offer that. Since the Scion FR-S (including the Toyota 86) and the Subaru BRZ are practically identical, the supercharger kit should be able to be used for all three cars. Image credit: Net Car Show
  5. FaezClutchless

    Subaru BRZ STI previewed

    [extract] Ever since the release of the Subaru BRZ, many have been hankering over an STI version. Many felt that it just does not feel right for Subaru to have a performance model that
  6. [extract] When buying a brand new car; someone, either a friend or family member would probably have said this to you.
  7. FaezClutchless

    Subaru BRZ XT Line Concept

    Toyota recently showcased a TRD version of the Toyota 86 at the Paris Motor Show. Toyota added a slew of TRD accessories on it which consists of items such as rear diffusers, larger sports wheels, adjustable suspension system and etc. Looks like owners or future buyers of the Toyota 86 will be spoilt for choices. But what about the owners or future buyers of the Subaru BRZ? Are they going to be stuck with the stock look or wait for aftermarket parts from third party manufacturers? Actually, they do not have to wait long because Subaru has come up with a concept for the BRZ. Known as the Subaru BRZ XT Line Concept, the Japanese automaker has given the already good-looking BRZ a more custom look. Rumour has it that the BRZ XT Line Concept could introduce a line of accessories or parts for the BRZ and also it could be the beginning of a forced-induced version of the car. The designation XT may sound familiar to some and that is because Subaru has used it before to name a certain model. The Subaru XT (known as the Subaru Alcyone in its home market) was a two door sports car that was available during the mid 1980s and up to the early 1990s. And the XT tag was also used on the Subaru Forester (second generation onwards) to denote the turbocharged versions. Details of the concept car was not given out but lets use the images as a guide to see what Subaru has added or changed. Firstly, the most obvious additions to the car are the carbon fibre parts (or just a carbon fibre wrap) of the side mirror, roof panel and rear spoiler. The blacked-out look extends to the eleven-spoke sports wheels. Bright red brake callipers (with a Subaru wording on it) are situated on all four corners of the car and they give the car some contrast in colour. XT Line badges are added to the fender vents, C-pillars, wheel caps and also on the left side of the front bumper. Inside the concept, the seats are wrapped in leather and given the same bright red colour of the brake callipers. An XT logo is stitched on both front seats. Carbon fibre trimmings are added to the top part of the gauge cluster and on the door panels as well. As mentioned above, Subaru did not say much about the BRZ XT Line Concept. Hopefully, more details of it will be released later in the future. While we may crave for a turbocharged BRZ, we probably have to wait a little longer for one. In the meantime, we can only enjoy these images. Photo credit: copyright of Drew Phillips / AOL
  8. FaezClutchless

    Nissan is preparing an 86/BRZ rival

    Sales numbers for the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ has proven that the car is big hit with the consumers and it is not surprising that other automakers are taking notes about it. It is reported that Nissan is developing its own sports coupe to compete with Toyota and Subaru after been given the green light. This is not the first time Nissan has plans to develop a compact sports model. In 2008, Nissan was working on a 200SX/Silvia successor but the world economy at that time doesn't look too good and the idea was shelved. Now, a good question to ask is; how will the car look like? During last year's Shanghai Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a concept known as the Nissan Sport Compact Concept. It was rather small in size and it was dubbed the Nissan March on steroids. It gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers 190bhp and a torque of 240Nm; most probably the same engine from the Nissan Juke. It is rumoured that the car will built on the Nissan Juke's platform and the project is known as the "Mini-Z" within the company. Since it is going to be built on the Juke's platform, the car could be either in front wheel drive or four wheel drive. If the same engine shown in the concept is chosen, then the car will have around 10 horsepower lesser than the 86/BRZ but with more torque. With Nissan planning to start production of the car in the fourth quarter of next year, expect to see a concept version of it by early next year. Photo credit: Auto Blog
  9. PetrolHead

    People down under love the Subaru BRZ

    If you live in Australia and are craving for the new Subaru BRZ, hope you have the patience till early 2013, as all the cars for this year are spoken for. Apparently the Aussies were allocated only 201 cars for delivery this year, so Subaru Australia decided of a new way to sell the highly anticipated car. Their solution? To sell them online, much like how we buy movie or concert tickets. Within a short span of just 3 hours, all the cars had been sold
  10. FaezClutchless

    Who owns the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ?

    It's been several months since the production version of the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ was first shown to the world. And as you read this, many countries would have already released these two models. Toyota was the first to unveil the car to the world late last year at the Fuji Speedway race track in Japan and Subaru soon followed suit with their BRZ. First started out as a concept (the FT-86) and now we get to see two versions of it (three if you were to count the Scion FR-S). But, who really owns the 86/BRZ? It is a rather difficult question to answer and it seems that both automakers have their answers or versions to it. An image of a slide (pictured below) stating the development phase of the car has been going around the internet recently; starting from the product planning stage up to the evaluation stage. This image is rumoured to be from Toyota Motor Corporation. The image shows that Fuji Heavy Industries
  11. Rigval

    Tunehouse tunes the Subaru BRZ

    Tunehouse, tuning company based in Sudney, Australia is one of the first tuning companies that has brought out details on what could be done to the eagerly awaited sports car. And it seems that Tunehouse is going the way of a complete engine change. Details are vague, but it isn't very surprising. Tunehouse (who seem to have upgrade kits for just about every brand sold in Australia) intends to throw away the Subaru BRZ's (seen in stock form right above) normally aspirated 200 of so bhp 2.0liter flat-four and replace it with a 2.6liter Cosworth tuned Subaru flat-four that would be good for over 330bhp. Going the way of the turbocharged engine makes the most sense if you wanted to make serious horsepower. The Cosworth powered engine would have more similarities with the Cosworth tuned Subaru WRX STI or the Litchfield Type 25 WRX STI
  12. SYF77

    More details on hot Subaru BRZ STI

    [extract] Subaru showed the world the BRZ STI concept at the 2011 Los Angeles Motor Show. At the launch of the BRZ in UK, Subaru
  13. FaezClutchless

    Toyota 86 TRD and Subaru BRZ news

    The triplet siblings of the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are the most anticipated Japanese sports cars in recent years. Why would I say that? Basically, Toyota has not offered a sports coupe model ever since the early 2000s and this has made JDM lovers more excited over it. Toyota has built desirable sport coupes since the 1960s, from the 2000GT to the Supra, and these cars are sought after by many enthusiasts all around the world. These enthusiasts love them not because of their performance but more on its simplicity and some would swear that these cars handle so sweetly. Enough talk about cars of the past and let us continue on what Toyota and Subaru has in store for the 86 and BRZ. Let
  14. FaezClutchless

    A Toyota 86 convertible version is on the way

    [extract] The Toyota 86 was only released several months ago and the car received a lot of attention since it is Toyota
  15. FaezClutchless

    Subaru ends its Kei car production

    [extract] In Japan, there is a vehicle market segment known as keijidosha (literally means light automobile) which is a category of small-sized cars that are designed to comply with Japanese government tax and insurance regulations. These Kei cars also have to comply with size and power regulations, in other words, their dimensions and horsepower must not exceed certain regulations. Subaru R1, one of Subaru's recent Kei car models. Currently, their dimensions can not exceed 3.4 metres in length, 1.48 metres in width and 2 metres in height. And engine specifications are limited to a maximum of 660cc for displacement and 63 brake horsepower. Kei cars are generally less popular outside of Japan and we don
  16. [extract] Over the past several weeks, we have seen numerous leaked images of the purportedly production ready of Toyota
  17. Whilst Toyota has suffered from leaked images as regards to their soon to the released FT-86, Subaru has decided to release official pictures of its twin, the Subaru BRZ concept. This preview comes a few weeks ahead of its official debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. My first thoughts about the BRZ is that it has edgier styling instead of having more flowing lines compared to Toyota FT-86 especially from the rear. Subaru says that the BRZ is still in the concept car stage, this means that the Toyota FT-86 that is scheduled to be launched in December 2011 will be the first production ready version of the two. But this also means that this is the only car (and its variants) that I am aware of which has been premiered in one form or the other over the last two years. I have seen, or read the FT-86 concept cars being previewed at various motor shows in slightly different forms. This has got to be a record of sorts as Toyota seemed to be showing off a slightly different version at nearly every large motor show out there trying to gauge people's reaction towards this car. I don't know whether this seems to be working as I am this close to getting totally bored of looking at the FT-86 already, before the car is already out. And now with the Subaru BRZ concept we have the Subaru version of the car getting prepped for launch too. This car is getting billed by Subaru as having the production coupe with the lowest center of gravity ever made. I suppose it should, as it will come equipped with the ubiquitous Subaru Flat-Four engine. It seems it will not be turbocharged, but a high revving normally aspirated one, somewhat against current Subaru norms and also the current standard where almost every small performance coupe runs forced induction. But can they just launch a production ready version by yesterday? I just think they're doing too many previews on this car. Imagine if the car's performance fell slightly flat compared to its looks after all the fuss everywhere.
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