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Old 10-22-2012, 11:43 PM
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From Automotive News via Autoblog:

Based on how many turbocharged boxer engines Subaru currently uses in its cars, solid news of a force-fed BRZ was only a matter of time. So it comes as little surprise that Automotive News is reporting that Subaru is currently developing a turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine currently found under the hood of the much-loved but somewhat underpowered 2013 BRZ.

AN's unnamed sources indicate that this engine will use a twin-scroll turbocharger and a new direct-injection system that will help give the engine an estimated 280 horsepower and torque that could be in excess of 250 pound-feet... still being sent to the rear wheels. The turbo'd BRZ will reportedly be making its debut for the 2014 model year, but it isn't clear if Subaru will simply call the car a BRZ Turbo or if it will finally deliver the BRZ STI that many enthusiasts have been clamoring for since the BRZ STI Concept hit the scene in 2011.
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Well thats a game changer
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At those power numbers, I'd be interested to see how much the car goes for and what sort of chassis/motor mount/tranny upgrades it will have.
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just sharing a pic and moving on.

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Great, another car I would love to get. This is getting ridiculous.
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Would be a huge competitor in that price range.
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Would be a huge competitor in that price range.
what price range?? If they come out with that, i'd say base would be like 33-35k
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Originally Posted by speedemon90 View Post
what price range?? If they come out with that, i'd say base would be like 33-35k
No way a turbo version is gonna be 8-10k over the base model. I'd say it'll start at no more than 30k.
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No way a turbo version is gonna be 8-10k over the base model. I'd say it'll start at no more than 30k.
well its not that its only gonna have a turbo. Say its an STI variant, there will be different wheel, brakes, cosmetic changes here and there.

Plus base of the BRZ is already at what 26-27k?
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No way a turbo version is gonna be 8-10k over the base model. I'd say it'll start at no more than 30k.
Theres a $5k difference between the BRZ Limited and base STI. The STI starts at over $34k. For a lighter, faster car (even with less power) I can see it around $32-34k.
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what price range?? If they come out with that, i'd say base would be like 33-35k
I wasn't thinking a specific price but rather upper Genesis coupe/mid-range 370Z/Golf R.
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Wonder what the chances are that the FR-S will get the turbo too?
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Originally Posted by charliemike View Post
I wasn't thinking a specific price but rather upper Genesis coupe/mid-range 370Z/Golf R.
ahh i see, yea this over all those any day, as long as the rumors are true.
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Wonder what the chances are that the FR-S will get the turbo too?
I doubt it. TRD really likes their superchargers. But it would make for one hell of a Release Series. Depending on cost I might even be willing to trade up.
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Turbo-ed BRZ.

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Subaru BRZ STi testing on Nürburgring?

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I hope it wont be more than 32k
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i hope that wing wont be there. Hopefully they go with one thats more subtle.
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They say... no hood scoop No turbo
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Post 2013 Subaru BRZ

Press release...

Subaru of America, Inc. has introduced the all-new rear-wheel drive Subaru BRZ sports car to its award-winning line of passenger cars, crossovers and SUVs. The BRZ delivers pinpoint handling precision and an unmatched driving experience for sports car enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Subaru developed the rear-wheel drive BRZ with the fundamentals of sports car design in mind: low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity and precision steering. Utilizing Subaru’s new naturally aspirated 200 horsepower horizontally opposed (BOXER) engine design, the BRZ is a sports car that does not sacrifice everyday comfort and practicality, including up to manufacturer-estimated 34-mpg highway fuel economy (with 6-speed automatic transmission). With 2+2 seating and a folding rear seat, there is sufficient cargo space to transport four race tires and tools to track days. Combined with the Subaru brand's renowned safety and quality, the BRZ is a sports car with practicality as well as performance.

Key to Sports Car Handling: Low Weight and Ultra-Low Center of Gravity

The recent sports car trend has been to focus on "ultimate" power, luxury and performance. As a result, many sports cars have grown heavier and more expensive. Seeking a pure sports car for road and track driving, Subaru followed a purist approach to engineering the 2013 BRZ.

Using a large proportion of high-tensile steel, with aluminum for the hood, the 2013 Subaru BRZ weighs 2,762 pounds. Critical to its agile handling, the Subaru BRZ has one of the lowest centers of gravity of any production car in the world at just 18.1 inches. The Subaru BOXER engine design, with its inherently low height and its mass concentrated low in the package, contributes to a low center of gravity in all Subaru models. For the BRZ, Subaru took maximum advantage of this characteristic.

A rear-wheel drive configuration allows placement of the engine lower and farther back in the BRZ than in any other Subaru model in order to attain the best possible center of gravity and polar moment of inertia. Compared to the all-new Subaru Impreza, for example, the BRZ's BOXER engine sits 9.5 inches farther back. Moving the engine closer to the center of the chassis also helped make the BRZ itself quite compact, at just 166.7 inches long on a 101.2-inch wheelbase.

The all-new Subaru FA-Series 2.0-liter BOXER engine was engineered specifically for the BRZ to help achieve the car's “ultra-low center of gravity package.” The engine was made more compact than the FB 2.0-liter Impreza engine by such means as developing a shorter intake manifold and a shallower oil pan. Compared to the FB Impreza engine, the BRZ engine is mounted about 2.4 inches lower, but due to the engine's lower overall height it sits 5 inches lower overall. In addition, under-hood components were located to optimize the car's balance, including tilting back the radiator 17 degrees and moving the battery to the back of the engine compartment.

All-new 200-Horsepower BOXER Engine

The Subaru BRZ is powered by an all-new FA-Series BOXER engine that is not shared with other Subaru models. Fundamental to true sports car character, the 2.0-liter engine combines low weight with high strength, high compression and high-revving responsiveness. The cylinder block and heads are aluminum. Dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank are chain-driven. The 4-2-1 exhaust features dual tailpipe outlets, and the system has been tuned for a throaty sound. Directing some of the intake sound into the cabin also adds to the performance-tuned feeling of the car.

The Subaru BRZ engine uses a “square” architecture, meaning that its bore and stroke dimensions are identical at 3.38 inches (86mm). That geometry gives the BRZ engine a quick-revving nature, with a 7,400-rpm redline. The engine delivers 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 6,400 rpm, with a high specific output of 200 hp/liter. The Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System (D-AVCS) is instrumental in helping the engine produce a broad torque curve to help make the BRZ feel responsive in daily driving. In contrast, some previous high-revving sports cars have been lacking in low-end and midrange torque.

The Subaru BRZ BOXER engine fuel injection system uniquely combines direct injection and port injection technology. A direct-type fuel-injection system, which sprays fuel directly into the combustion chambers rather than upstream into the ports, provides a cooling effect in the cylinders. That enables use of a very high 12.5:1 compression ratio to extract maximum energy from the fuel. In light- and medium-load conditions, the port fuel injectors help produce precise combustion, increasing performance and efficiency.

A sports car for the times, the 2013 Subaru BRZ also delivers impressive fuel economy, with manufacturer-estimated ratings of 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway / 25 mpg combined with the 6-speed manual transmission, and 25 mpg city / 34 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined with the 6-speed automatic transmission.

Choice of Six-Speed Transmissions

The driving enthusiast can choose between a new 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed automatic transmission in the 2013 Subaru BRZ. Both transmissions have been engineered and tuned to maximize performance and sporty driving feel. The six-speed manual features a short-throw shift lever. Triple-cone synchronizers on first through third gears help ensure durability. Clutch effort and pedal rake, as well, have been tuned to make this an ideal sports car manual shift. Of special note for driving enthusiasts, the 6-speed manual employs close gear ratios, with a direct drive fifth gear and sixth gear the only overdrive.

The optional paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission offers no-compromise performance in the Subaru BRZ. The driver can select Sport mode from a switch on the center console for quicker, firmer automatic shifts. Or, the driver can move the console mounted shifter from “D” to “M” and then shift manually using the shifter handle or the steering wheel paddle shifters. Downshift blipping control enhances the more direct sports car experience.

All-New Subaru Platform

The Subaru BRZ is built on an entirely new platform and shares just a few parts with other Subaru models, including rear suspension architecture from the Subaru WRX STI. Effective use of high-tensile steel in the car's upper structure contributes to its low center of gravity. Chassis tuning takes maximum advantage of the BRZ's ultra-low center of gravity and high-strength body structure.

The front suspension uses struts and coil springs, and the front struts were mounted low and optimized for a low hood line while retaining a long stroke for ideal handling and comfortable ride quality. A standard front strut brace enhances rigidity.

The double-wishbone rear suspension system provides outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces. Electric power steering, which reduces weight and load on the engine compared to hydraulic power steering, has been tuned for excellent feedback. The quick 13:1 steering ratio and 14.4-inch diameter 3-spoke steering wheel endow the Subaru BRZ with very quick steering response.

The BRZ, like all current Subaru models, employs the brand’s proven Ring Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure as a foundation for occupant safety. Giving the BRZ a stiff body structure and ultra-low center of gravity allowed Subaru to tune the suspension for both agility and compliant ride quality. That tuning, along with the car's low weight, allowed Subaru to specify 215/45R17 summer performance tires that reduce wheel/tire weight and therefore unsprung weight.

A standard Torsen® limited-slip differential helps the inside wheel maintain traction during hard cornering. For track driving, the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) stability and traction control system (TCS) offers the driver five different settings, including a Sport mode and a TCS Off switch for track driving activities.

Design: Thoroughly Modern Sports Car Meets Classic GT

The Subaru engineering that yields the ultra-low center of gravity in the BRZ also made it easy for designers to craft a very low-slung coupe body. A low roof height of just 50.6 inches, combined with a swept-back roofline, bulging front fenders, short overhangs and pronounced rear haunches give the BRZ a decidedly lean, athletic stance. There is some homage to classic GT-type sports cars without resorting to “retro” design cues. At the same time, the car’s hawk eye high intensity discharge (HID) headlights, hexagonal lower grille and six-star ornament instantly convey Subaru identity. The BRZ Limited model adds a body-color trunk spoiler and standard fog lights.

The Subaru BRZ subscribes to a simple, elegant approach to interior design, with a focus on driver involvement through easy-to-use controls. The bolstered front sport seats were designed just for this car. The driver faces an easy-to-see instrument panel featuring a large, center-mounted tachometer with an analog speedometer to its left. The tachometer integrates a digital speedometer, and the fuel and temperature gauges are positioned to the right of the tachometer.

The rear seatback lowers to expand the space offered in the 6.9 cubic-foot trunk. With the seatback down, the cargo area can hold two standard golf bags. Drivers who enjoy slalom or track events can also fold the rear seatback and have room for four wheels, a helmet and basic supplies and still have room for the front passenger. The rear seats can accommodate front-facing child seats.

Two Levels of Equipment

Subaru will offer the 2013 BRZ in two levels, Premium and Limited. Both models include all performance features, such as the sport-tuned suspension with front strut brace and TORSEN limited-slip differential.

The Subaru tradition of outstanding value is evident in the BRZ Premium model’s long list of standard amenities. Key among these is a comprehensive infotainment configuration anchored by a touch-screen navigation system that includes:

6.1-inch LCD screen
AM/FM stereo with HD radio
Voice activated controls
Map upgrades via SD card
Single-disc in-dash CD player
196-watt amplifier
8 speakers
MP3/WMA capability
Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity
iPod® control capability
iTunes® tagging capability
USB port
XM® Satellite Radio (subscription required)
XM NavTraffic (subscription required)
SMS text messaging capability
3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack
The driver will welcome the pure sports car 3-spoke, leather wrapped steering wheel, which is accented with red stitching. Like all Subaru models, the 2013 comes equipped with the kind of thoughtful standard features that make everyday driving more convenient, such as a multi function display with current and average fuel economy and carpeted floor mats. Each door panel integrates a cup/bottle holder, and the center console offers two additional cup holders. There are two 12v power points, one in the glove box and another in the center console.

The Subaru BRZ Limited offers additional comfort and amenities while still keeping vehicle weight low. Externally, the BRZ Limited is distinguished in front with fog lights and in the rear by a body-color trunk spoiler. Inside, the seats are upholstered with Alcantara inserts and leather bolsters.

The BRZ Limited substitutes a dual-zone automatic climate control for the Premium model’s manual HVAC system, and its standard All-Weather Package includes dual-mode heated front seats and heated side mirrors. Keyless access and start with illuminated engine start/stop button adds to convenience and the sporty attitude of the car. A full security system augments the engine immobilizer that’s standard in the Premium model. In the Limited, the dual visor vanity mirrors are illuminated, and front door courtesy lights illuminate when the doors are opened. The only factory option for both the BRZ Premium and Limited models is the 6-speed automatic transmission.

Comprehensive Subaru Safety

Subaru’s Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame safety structure, proven over a decade in all Subaru models, forms the foundation for crash protection and occupant safety in the 2013 BRZ. The compact Subaru BOXER engine helps enhance safety, because it allows more crush room in front and on the sides.

High-strength front seat frames provide enhanced protection against whiplash injury in a rear-end collision. The LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) enables specially equipped child seats to be secured in the rear seat.

The Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag System employs dual-stage-deployment driver and front passenger air bags. Deployment strength depends on how close the driver is to the steering wheel, and whether there is a child or adult sitting in the passenger seat. Front seat side pelvis/torso air bags and side curtain air bags offer additional head protection for front and rear occupants.

The five-mode driver-selectable Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system and traction control system allows the driver the tailor the system to conditions and performance needs; stability and traction control can be disengaged for track driving events, for example.

The standard 4-channel / 4-sensor Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) incorporates Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Brake Override. The EBD system enhances braking performance and stability by actively optimizing braking force between the front and rear wheels according to how the vehicle is loaded with passengers and cargo.

Brake Assist detects how quickly the driver has pressed the pedal in emergency or “panic” braking. If pedal velocity exceeds a certain threshold, Brake Assist immediately applies pressure up to the ABS limit to help increase braking effectiveness. The Brake Override system ensures that the engine power will be cut when the brake pedal and accelerator are pressed simultaneously.

Production of the Subaru BRZ is conducted at Subaru’s Gunma, Japan assembly plant. Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, and adding the BRZ sports car to its portfolio showcases the brand's penchant for engineering vehicles that offer excellent road manners.
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Is there any guess in date??

Also turbo doesnt matter if they're able to stuff in a good amount of power.
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There won't be any power upgrades. Its not an STi, but a tS. Which means "tuned by STi". Mainly bolt on exterior and interior bits with a few chassis tweaks.
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Finally got a chance to drive this car, I need to own one at some point in my life.
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There won't be any power upgrades. Its not an STi, but a tS. Which means "tuned by STi". Mainly bolt on exterior and interior bits with a few chassis tweaks.
ahhh, well thats lame.

I hate this car. Half the time I want this more than a GTI.
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sign me up when this car has 280hp.
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No power upgrades???
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sign me up when this car has 280hp.
Unless you go aftermarket its going to be a while.
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Rumor is that the 2015 might have a 2.5l ~260hp motor.

Key word, rumor.
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sign me up when this car has 280hp.
200hp =
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STI Releases "SUBARU BRZ tS" in Japan

Tokyo, August 19, 2013 – Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI)*1 today announced the release of the "SUBARU BRZ tS" which goes on sale on August 19 through Subaru dealerships in Japan.

The inherent handling performance of the Subaru BRZ has been further enhanced by using expertise developed in motorsports while achieving the "strength and nimbleness" driving committed by STI. The "SUBARU BRZ tS" offers a driver "oneness with vehicle" and "agile handling pleasure".

Exclusive tuning such as the adoption of a large-diameter driveshaft and STI's unique flexible parts embodies superior handling performance. Driving performance has also been enhanced by the adoption of "brembo" ventilated disc brakes, 18-inch aluminum wheels and a STI designed front under spoiler. The model comes with special features including the "STI" / "tS" ornaments and exclusively-made fender garnish on the exterior as well as a speedometer with an STI logo inside, which evoke driving excitement and pleasure of ownership.

In addition, "GT PACKAGE" model which is suitable for motorsports enthusiasts is released. The model features a STI designed dry carbon rear spoiler, black colored "BBS" designed 18-inch aluminum wheels and "Recaro" designed front bucket seat.

*1: Subaru Tecnica International Inc. (STI), a wholly owned subsidiary of FHI, is based in Mitaka city in Tokyo.
The company manages motorsport activities of Subaru. The company's president is Hiroyuki Karamatsu.


SUBARU BRZ tS GT PACKAGE

-Mechanism-
225/40ZR18 (92Y) tires (Michelin Pilot Super Sport)
STI designed 18-inch x 7 1/2J aluminum wheels (silver)
brembo front 17-inch opposed 4-pot ventilated disc brake with "STI" logo
brembo rear 17-inch opposed 2-pot ventilated disc brake with "STI" logo
STI designed rear suspension link with pillow ball bush (trailing link front, lateral link front inside & rear inside)
STI tuned strut and STI coil springs for front suspension
STI tuned damper and STI coil springs for rear suspension
STI designed flexible tower bar, front
STI designed flexible draw stiffener, front
STI designed large-diameter driveshaft
Exclusively-tuned VDC (Vehicle Dynamics Control)
Exclusively-tuned filter for Sound Creator®*2

-Exterior-
STI designed front under spoiler
STI designed front fender garnish with "STI" logo
Exclusively-made "STI" ornament (front & rear), "tS" ornament (rear)

-Interior-
Exclusively-made front seat with "STI" logo and red stitch
[Alcantara®*3 (gray punching) / leather (gray), "STI" logo, gray stitch, front seat heater, SRS side airbag]
Exclusively-made leather lapped steering wheel (with "STI" ornament and red stitch)
STI designed leather shift knob (manual transmission) / select lever (automatic transmission) with "STI" logo
Exclusively-made speedometer with "STI" logo
Exclusively-made speedometer visor [Alcantara® (black), black stitch]
Carbon tone instrument panel
STI designed push engine switch with "STI" logo (red)
Exclusively-made aluminum side sill plate with "tS" logo
STI designed leather access key cover (red)

-Equipments for GT PACKAGE-
STI designed 18-inch x 7 1/2J aluminum wheels (black)
STI designed dry carbon rear spoiler (2 angle adjustable)
Recaro designed front bucket seat
[Alcantara® (gray punching) / leather (gray), "STI" logo, gray stitch, SRS side airbag]

*2: Sound Creator® is the registered trademark of MAHLE Filter Systems Japan Corporation.
*3: Alcantara® is the registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.


Maximum 500 units (must be pre-ordered by March 9, 2014)
[Including maximum 250 units of GT PACKAGE]
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brembo front 17-inch opposed 4-pot ventilated disc brake with "STI" logo
brembo rear 17-inch opposed 2-pot ventilated disc brake with "STI" logo
17" disc?
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