There are two things I wouldn’t normally do for a review. One is write from the perspective of the first person, the other is rack up more than 1000km driving the test vehicle in question. It’s not my fault though. Blame the 2015 Subaru BRZ… Writing about the Subaru BRZ – or its Toyota 86 twin – [...]
Ever since Toyota and Subaru released the sports car alternatively known as the GT86, 86, BRZ and Scion FR-S a couple of years ago, rumors have circulated that even more exciting variants could be in store. But at least as far as Scion...Show More Summary
Subaru’s Forester has received a new STI-enhanced variant, but like the STI-enhanced BRZ the new hot Forester is being offered exclusively in Japan. We’re not talking a fully-fledged STI model like the Impreza WRX STI, but rather a run-of-the-mill Subaru that's been upgraded with some off-the-shelf STI parts. Subaru likes to call them...
Ever wonder what it would look like if Subaru made a big brother to the BRZ, maybe to take on the Nissan GT-R or Japan's Super GT series? (Well, the BRZ already competes in the GT300 class, but we're talking about the GT500 major leagues here.) Wonder no more, car fans, because it'd probably look something like this. Show More Summary
Subaru has finally joined the club and unveiled its Vision Gran Turismo concept for Gran Turismo 6. Dubbed the Viziv GT, it's like a BRZ on steroids. Actually, Subaru says the Viziv GT is based on the same styling theme as the Viziv 2 plug-in hybrid concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, although it's hard to believe this...
Maybe more than anything else, the Scion FR-S, Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ trio are platforms: easy to buy, easy to strip, and very much rear-wheel drive. This has led to some rather audacious engine swaps. Read more...
There's been a lot of speculation about a convertible version of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins, but what about a targa? Scion will unveil a targa-topped FR-S at the 2014 SEMA show next week. Known as the Scion FR-S T1, it even features rear-window slats that make the car look a bit like a mini 1980s Camaro. This may be the first FR-S that...
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. Show More Summary
A new 2015 Subaru BRZ Special Edition will arrive in Australia this November, replete with a number of styling tweaks though no changes under the skin. In order to stand out from the crowd, the limited-run Subaru BRZ coupe gets very American GT stripes on the bonnet, boot and roof; 17-inch STI alloy wheels; an STI [...]
Subaru has introduced a new Special Edition version of its popular BRZ coupe this week, adding a number of unique styling features. Similar in appearance to last year’s BRZ S special, this new pack’s additional features sees the entry-level drive-away price increased from $37,150 to $40,650. Show More Summary
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. Show More Summary
Things made by committee can feel less than the sum of their parts. With this grand tourer, however, Toyota and Subaru proved that one plus one could be more than two.
The Scion FR-S and its corporate cousins the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 are still relatively new to the sports car scene, having been launched in 2012. The cars represent an interesting alliance between Subaru and Toyota, two Japanese automakers, with Toyota taking care of the design work and Subaru handling the greasy bits underneath. Show More Summary
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. Show More Summary
The 2015 Subaru BRZ on-sale now gets a range of tweaks that almost mirror those implemented on its twin model, the Toyota 86. Subaru says the cosmetic changes include a new shark fin antenna for the exterior, while inside the car sees a new frameless rear-vision mirror and trim elements that were previously finished in silver switch to [...]
Subaru has announced a handful of mild updates for the 2015 model year BRZ, with the nimble sportscar receiving suspension tweaks, new trim and a few other small changes. The price remains unchanged, however, with the BRZ continuing to sell for $37,150 drive-away. Show More Summary
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. Show More Summary
This is the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86 rally car, and it’s amazing. It will make its debut in WRC competition at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, August 21-24. Built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the new GT86 CS-R3 rally car is the realization of last year’s announcement that it would build the rear-drive platform, also used for...
Small, lightweight sports cars are unsafe, right? Not necessarily -- proving the right design can be safe whatever the size, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars have just been awarded a 'Top Safety Pick' rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Tested in FR-S guise, both models -- largely identical save for the badge and...
The Toyota GT86 was launched in 2012, along with its Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S siblings. Although the GT86 was only sold in Europe, both the BRZ and the FR-S arrived in the United States for the 2013 model year. All three sports cars share the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, boxer engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Show More Summary