Japanese widebody specialist Liberty Walk has certainly torn up the rulebook on what is tasteful and acceptable, with outlandish styling kits for various exalted supercars. However, it has yet to apply its expertise on the tuner favourite, the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, until now. The company has released the first images of its creation for the two sports cars, and it shies away from the design of the ubiquitous Rocket Bunny kit. Here, the less complex bolt-on fender flares give the 86 a more retro look clearly inspired by classic Japanese race cars. There’s also an aggressive front splitter (an entirely different front bumper is also available, although no photo of it exists just yet) and rear diffuser, as well as a choice of either a GT-style rear wing or a more, ahem, subtle ducktail spoiler. None of it is cheap, mind, despite being made with fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) instead of the usual carbon fibre. The kit as a whole is priced at 448,200 yen (RM16,150) for the … [Read more...] about Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ get Liberty Walk widebody kit
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Tweet TweetSubaru revealed their Super GT Series model, namely the BRZ GT300, a race car based on the well-known BRZ. Of course, the racer comes with a series of improvements in order to provide the best possible results on the circuit. At the exterior, the Subaru BRZ GT300 wears a WR Blue Pearl finish but more important is the body kit. It includes new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a revised hood with air intakes and a rear wing. All these parts improve the performance while retuned suspension and a high-performance AR Racing braking system helps as well. Last but not least, there’s a new set of 18-inch BBS wheels with special circuit tires. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter engine capable to produce 350 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque, a powerplant which received a power boost for improved figures. The interior has been stripped out and consists now of a racing steering wheel, Recaro seats, new gauges and instruments as well as a roll cage. … [Read more...] about 2015 Subaru BRZ GT300 breaks cover
Most car reviewers seemed pretty impressed with the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS when the car was released to test pilots on a closed race track, but I’m on my way to pluck one out of a garage so I can live with it for a week. What do you want to know? The short story is that the BRZ tS is a limited-production special version of the BRZ. It does have rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. It does have a huge wing and decorative appointments. But it (still) does not have much horsepower: Subaru claims 205 at the crank. Are the chassis and suspension tweaks worth this car’s high asking price? Or is it, at least, interesting enough to warrant its limited production run of 500 cars? We’re going to try and find out over the next couple days. Meanwhile, let me know if you still have any burning questions about this car. … [Read more...] about What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS?
Let’s play a game of call and response. I say “Ford Mustang”, you say “Cars and Coffee mishaps.” I say “Tesla Model 3,” you say “panel gaps.” But if I say “Subaru BRZ,” you’re most likely going to first give a knowing nod of appreciation but then lament “needs more power.” You’re right. And that fact has never been on greater display than with the new BRZ tS. (Full Disclosure: Subaru put me up in a Palm Springs hotel and set me loose on the Thermal Club race way in the BRZ tS, and also the WRX STI Type RA. You can read my take on that here.) In the hierarchy of all things performance with Subaru, tS is a designation that signifies a model has been slightly upgraded compared to the standard model. It essentially means that a car has been “Tuned by STI”, hence the letters. I guess “TSTI” is too complicated. Anyway, next up would be a full-fledged STI version. followed by … [Read more...] about The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS Is A Better BRZ—And That’s A Problem
Toyota previously confirmed it will develop a successor to the affordable 86 sports car, but new details allege the 86, and its Subaru twin, the BRZ, will come with a larger-displacement engine. And, no, there's no mention of a turbocharger. The Japan Times reported on Tuesday that the next-generation 86 and BRZ will arrive in 2021, and a larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine will provide the power. Notably, Subaru introduced a new 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 "boxer" engine with the Ascent crossover. The engine displaces 2,387 cc, rounded to 2,400 cc, and makes 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and peak torque of 277 pound-feet between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. Those are significantly higher figures over the current 86 and BRZ's shared 2.0-liter flat-4 engine, which produces 200 hp at 7,000 rpm and just 151 lb-ft of torque at 6,400 rpm, and an extra 60 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque would certainly appease those yearning for more power from the affordable sport coupes. However, without the … [Read more...] about Redesigned Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ coming in 2021 with larger engine?
Previously we installed the meat and potatoes of the Full-Race turbo kit including the turbo itself, exhaust piping, FMIC, and a few other goodies (Which we covered in PART 1). With everything in the engine bay looking good we moved to the interior of the car to get the gauges and boost control working. A high flow fuel pump was installed in place of the factory piece. With higher fuel demands the OEM pump can sometimes overheat and fail, which can result in a damaged engine and a bad day. Once this was buttoned up we moved onto installing the AEM Failsafe gauge. This gauge has a dual readout and can show both the Air-fuel ratio and boost pressure simultaneously. It also has the added benefit of being programmable and can be utilized to program in a “failsafe” parameter. Meaning that if a higher than desired boost pressure, or AFR is read, it can cut boost and/or fuel to potentially save the engine. To facilitate the extra safety parameters we … [Read more...] about Subaru BRZ Turbo Build
Best Selling Sporty Cars in Canada for February 2018 Here you will find the Sporty Car sales leaders in Canada for February 2018. Each month we compile the Sporty Car sales data and reports for North American markets and analyze it to create the best selling list below. Quick NavigationOur Take On The NumbersBest Seller Report & Rankings Also check out our other Segment reports or dive deeper into Sporty Car Sales. Our Take On The Sporty Car Sales Numbers Over the first two months of 2018, sales of sporty cars in Canada have increased 9.36% on the same period last year. Only the American Muscle segment below is not posting growth on its figures from 2017 after February’s sales were reported, with the Dodge Challenger’s 16.2% decrease in sales year-on-year negating decent headway from the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. The Porsche Boxster and Cayman are continuing to sell well in the Euro Sports Car segment, as well as the Jaguar F-Type, pushing … [Read more...] about Sporty Car Sales In Canada – February 2018
Subaru is one of the world’s most well-known car brands and is famous for its legendary exploits in the gruelling race series that is the World Rally Championships. Over the years, the learnings and technical knowhow derived from its motorsports division became a brand ethos, thus forming the very core of what all existing Subaru models rest upon. So, what makes a Subaru, you ask? Well, a great deal of things really, but we’ll focus on the three core technologies that define modern and future Subarus to come. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive All-wheel drive is typically a luxury for many mass volume cars and is a more common feature among premium vehicles. But with Subaru, every single car, with the exception of the BRZ, is fitted with a symmetrical AWD system. Subaru is the only carmaker in the world to adopt this system, which allows for a peerless balance of power to be sent to all four wheels. Symmetrical AWD equals better traction, balance and control. It provides … [Read more...] about Subaru Core Technologies
On this special episode of the Autoweek Podcast, host Rory Carroll talks with Mark Vaughn, Robin Warner and Mike Pryson about the late Dan Gurney. The show starts with Mark detailing Gurney’s early life in New York, his move to California and his inclusion in the Southern Californian hot-rod scene of the late 1940s.From there, Mark takes us through his racing career, eventually reaching a seminal time in 1967 where Gurney cemented his legacy as one of the top drivers to ever climb behind the wheel of a race car. In the span of a few months, Gurney raced at the Indianapolis 500, Le Mans, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Green Valley 300 Trans-Am race and the Monaco Grand Prix -- all the while traveling to back and forth to Weslake Research and Development in East Sussex, England, to check on his new V12 engine’s development. Of course, that was also the year that, during his Le Mans celebration, Gurney sprayed his victory Champagne on the crowd -- … [Read more...] about The Autoweek Podcast Ep. 21: Dan Gurney’s life, Rolex 24 and Subaru WRX STI Type RA
Subaru set a record for the fastest sedan lap at the 'Ring in a race-spec STI Type RA, which completed nearly 13 miles in less than seven minutes. The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA is inspired by that record-breaker (and those before it), and it will finally come to the United States as a special edition limited to just 500 units. We traveled out to the California desert to test it on mountain roads, as well as a recently built private race track at the Thermal Club.Subaru built its first "Record Attempt" (that's what the RA stands for) vehicle in 1988, a Subaru Legacy that drove more than 62,000 miles over 18 days at an FIA track in Phoenix. Since then, Subaru has introduced a number of WRX/STI Type RA models, with several attempts to set record laps at the Nürburgring. While Japanese customers got the opportunity to buy consumer versions of the Type RA, fans in the United States never did.Until now. The nameplate finally comes to the rest of us, improving upon an already … [Read more...] about 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA First Drive Review | A taste of Japan