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Subaru BRZ World’s Tightest 360º Spin

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Setting a world record is no easy task. In fact, it can be downright impossible. But don’t let that stop you.

The Subaru BRZ just set a world record. For Subaru, that’s great, but it’s not the first time. It won’t be the last.

The vehicle set the Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest 360º spin. The car, being driven by stunt driver Alastair Moffat, was driving the car on a closed course at about 48 k/h in a narrow lane of cars, clearing the spin with just 2.25 meters of clearance. When the feat was accomplished, he continued on to the end of the course.

This broke the previous world record of 2.5 meters of clearance, which, by the way, was also set in a Subaru BRZ in 2014 at the Autosport International’s Live Action Arena.

Subaru BRZ

The requirements to qualify for the record-breaking stunt are stiff. The vehicle must not have been modified in any way. It must be using the same equipment that it came with when it rolled off the assembly line.

What you can do is make adjustments to the current, standard controls of the car. For this feat, the traction control switch was powered OFF and the anti-lock braking system was disengaged.
The previous record was also set by Alastair Moffat, who holds other records under his belt. He is credited with the “Tightest Reverse Parallel Park,” a record he set while behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper in November 2015. In that maneuver, he left a mere 35 centimeters of space between his Cooper and the two vehicles he squeezed in between.

He is also the recipient of the “Tightest Parallel Park,” another 2015 record, while behind the wheel of a Fiat 500.

For Subaru, this came together beautifully. Put the right driver behind the wheel of the right car and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Subaru can put this world record under its belt with all the other ones the Japanese carmaker has. A recent example of another world record happened just last year when Subaru Russia organized the largest parade of vehicles – 549, to be exact – at the Moscow Raceway, at the SubaFest held Aug. 15, 2015.

Subaru set a world record in 2011 at the Isle of Man, one of the most perilous race tracks in existence. The Subaru was driven by British Rally Champion driver Mark Higgins, setting a new lap record for a 4-wheeled vehicle – something that many manufacturers have tried since to beat, but so far, have been unsuccessful.

Toyota GT86 to Get Facelift in 2016

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 15th, 2015

2014 Toyota GT86

It was only a few days ago when we heard about Scion’s plans to upgrade to their FR-S sports coupe for the 2016 model year. Now, it sounds like the rest of the world outside of the US will also be enjoying a new version of Toyota’s budget-friendly compact coupe, but it may come in the middle of 2016 instead of later this year, but it’ll still be a 2016MY either way.

The Toyota GT86, along with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, was originally launched back in 2012. So, 2016 would be the perfect year for a mid-cycle refresh. According to Australian automotive blog, Motoring, a Toyota insider has said to “look to some major body panel redesign.” But not too major… “It won’t be too radical because the 86 is made on the same assembly line is the Subaru BRZ, so the restyling process must be carried out within set parameters,” the insider warranted.

Keep in mind, Subaru is the only one of the three brands that has yet to announce any mid-cycle changes to their version of the joint-venture sports coupe. We expect that they will eventually have a mid-cycle refresh of their own, but perhaps they will wait until the end of 2016 for the 2017MY so that Toyota’s coupes can have their time in the spotlight.

2014 Toyota GT86 rear

Either way, the 2016 Toyota GT86 will likely feature a revised, sportier front-end design. This will likely include a fresh new hood design, restyled headlights or DRLs, a larger grille and possibly new color options. The rear could get a new taillight arrangement and a resculpted bumper, along with a “more aesthetic yet aggressive rear diffuser,” according to Motoring’s source. In addition, they say the distance between the exhaust pipes will be extended to the rear corners in order to create a wider-feeling stance.

Under the hood, we’re told that, “Engineers have focused on friction reduction engineering and a more efficient intake manifold design that will boost power and torque by around 5%, while improving fuel efficiency by up to 7%.” A 5% increase over the current car’s 197 horsepower would put us at about 207 horsepower… Just enough of a boost to be noticeable. Meanwhile, the 86’s chassis may also see some improvements, such as the addition of custom Sachs dampers and a stiffer rear-end subframe, which should help that extra 10 horsepower feel a whole lot more fun to drive.

Either way, we’re expecting the refresh to come in April of 2016, since it was April 2012 when the Toyota 86 originally launched in Japan.

2016 Scion FR-S Gets Upgraded Interior & Tech.

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

After Scion added two new cars to their lineup for the first time in years at the 2015 New York Auto Show, we’ve been anxiously waiting to see what the youth-targeted marque would do with their most iconic vehicle for the 2016 model year. Today, Scion released official details for their 2016 Scion FR-S sports coupe.

2016 Scion FR-S

Let’s start with the exterior. No body modifications have been made to the FR-S for 2016, but Scion will offer the coupe in two new colors – Ablaze Red (pictured) or Oceanic Blue. Remember, the coupe has only been on the market since 2013; Toyota hasn’t yet seen fit to make any body modifications to either their 86 or FR-S offerings in any market. The powertrain will stay the same too – it’s a 2.0L four-cylinder with 200 hp.

2016 Scion FR-S interior

The interior is where things start getting really exciting. Scion wanted to improve the premium feel of the coupe’s cabin, so they made a number of interior upgrades. They’ve added new silver accents throughout the center console and dashboard, along with the steering wheel and door grips. Scion has also added in a higher quality audio system as the standard option, along with a crisp 7-inch touchscreen and voice recognition technology.

2016 Scion FR-S rear

Scion also says that they’ve added a rear-view backup camera to the coupe for “added safety, comfort and convenience.” Of course, we all know that this is 2015… Backup cameras are required now. Still, we appreciate the sentiment.

With all the new technology, it’s no surprise that the 2016 model year will get a slight price increase of $405. That means the six-speed manual now starts at $25,305. The six-speed sequential automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters starts at $26,405. And don’t forget the $770 destination fee.

2016 Scion FR-S profile

Honestly, even after the changes to the 2016MY coming in June, the Scion FR-S is headed for a rough year. First-quarter sales were down almost 30% from last year, and it’s hard to believe that a higher price tag is going to positively affect sales, even with a better interior.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota 86 G

2012 Toyota 86

Since the cars are still so new, you won’t find very many GT86 or BRZ coupes up for auction in Japan (the FR-S is a US-only name). But, we managed to dig up this beautiful blazing red 86 G in superb condition.

2012 Toyota 86 rear

Interestingly, the base trim Toyota 86 (as it’s called in Japan) is the RC package, which is a barebones vehicle meant for racing. It’s only once you move to the G trim (the car you see here) that you get all the interior components like air-conditioning, leather upholstery with red stitching, plus the LCD touchscreen display. You also get those slick 16-inch alloys you can see in the images above.

2012 Toyota 86 interior

As we said, this 2012 Toyota 86 auction find is in great shape with a B-grade interior and exterior, and an overall rating of 4.5. For more details, get a full translation of the specs below the auction sheet.

2012 Toyota 86 auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered October 2012, G model, 6-speed manual, AC, Kenwood SD navigation system with digital TV, rear view reversing camera, keyless entry, original 16 inch AWs, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, one owner, seats worn, front windscreen scratched, interior grime, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”

Subaru Finally Confirms a BRZ STI Model

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

You may already know that Subaru is on track to hit its seventh consecutive year of record sales in the US. However, the Japanese automaker is never one to rest on its laurels. Today we learned that Subaru is FINALLY ready to talk about a BRZ STI.

2015 Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept

You may remember that the Japanese automaker showcased their Subaru STI Performance Concept just a few weeks ago in New York. At the time, we were explicitly told that this concept was NOT meant to prequel a BRZ STI. Now, just three weeks later, an interview between Automotive News and STI president Yoshio Hirakawa has us singing a song of a different tune.

Hirakawa says that Subaru wants “to create a car that drivers can control like their own legs so they can push the car to the limit.” He also says that the US is the highest priority for the STI brand, since it is the single biggest market for complete STI vehicles. Which is honestly a little surprising, since there’s only a single STI vehicle available in the US – the Subaru WRX STI, which is apparently responsible for 6,500 sales in 2014.

That brings us to a discussion of STI as a brand. Inside Subaru, STI has three key roles: complete performance cars, individual performance parts and kits, and then motorsports. Obviously, a new Subaru BRZ STI would fall under that first key role as a complete vehicle.

In other markets, STI is most commonly seen on special edition models. For example, Japan has seen a number of “STI edition” vehicles over the past few years, including the Legacy, Forester and even a BRZ “tuned by STI” edition.

Subaru BRZ Performance Concept

There is a number of obvious incentives for Subaru to create a full-fledged BRZ STI that is more than just a limited edition model. For one, literal hordes of Subaru fans have been begging the automaker to create such a car since… Well, pretty much since the BRZ first hit the market back in 2012.

The other big incentive is profitability – when you consider that a WRX STI has a starting price that’s $8,200 higher than the normal WRX, it’s easy to see how lucrative these models can be. And that doesn’t take into account how many more models Subaru will sell simply by having more performance options available!

We also learned a bit more about the possible powertrain that could be fit into a Subaru BRZ STI. According to Automotive News, we can expect a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder boxer that outputs 345 horsepower, the same exact engine they use in the Super GT racing circuit in Japan.

After all that, Subaru says that the STI Performance Concept shown at the top of this post may indeed preview a possible BRZ STI. Furthermore, the car could come as soon as the end of next year, sold as a 2017 model year.

This Subaru STI Performance Concept Looks Awesome

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 4th, 2015

2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

Somehow, we completely missed the fact that Subaru had a sweet new concept car planned for the 2015 New York Auto Show in our rundown of NY cars to look out for earlier this week. But, we’re not complaining – this Subaru STI Performance Concept is one of the best surprises we’ve had all year!

2015 Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept

Let’s start with intent. Subaru tells us that the STI Performance Concept is meant to “showcase the engineering prowess and tuning capability of STI.” Apparently this concept heralds an attempts to expand their performance sub-brand in the US market. Over the next couple years, they plan to pay a lot more attention to upgraded tuner parts and special performance editions. As far as performance editions go, we’re thrilled they’ve started with the BRZ.

We should make a quick disclaimer here though… This car isn’t meant to be the BRZ STI we’ve all been waiting for. It might be, but Subaru isn’t presenting it that way in New York. Instead, as the name STI Performance Concept implies, it really is meant to be all about the STI brand, not the BRZ car.

Unfortunately, Subaru declined to share any hard specs about this new STI Performance Concept. All they told us is that the concept “features enhancements for chassis, body, and air intake/exhaust systems,” and that the “Concept’s engine is based on the racing engine from the Subaru BRZ Super GT race car.”

Subaru BRZ Performance Concept

Even though it’s a little disappointing that the STI Performance Concept isn’t a prototype for an actual model, we can still hope that this means a BRZ STI is in the not-too-distant future. And either way, we love everything about this concept. The black mesh STI grille with that silver textured insert is crisp, the hallmark STI red accents are eye-catching, the chrome alloys are bold and exciting, and of course you can’t miss that ginormous carbon fiber rear spoiler.

From the back, you can see that Subaru’s added what looks to be carbon fiber rear diffusers and a twin sports exhaust, and even the side skirts look to be made from carbon fiber.

Subaru STI Performance Concept interior

The interior is equally impressive. We love the simple all-black color scheme with only a few red accents. The seats look heavily sculpted for plenty of grip and are upholstered in what looks like a mixture of leather and suede. Looking at the dash, you can make out the “Race Widget” on the color LCD, as well as switches for different driving modes above the air conditioning controls.

Subaru STI Performance Concept dashboard

In Japan, Subaru’s STI performance models revolve around the BRZ, Forester and of course the WRX STI. We can’t wait to see those cars (and hopefully more models) develop a bigger presence for STI in the US. Click here to read the full press release.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, December 20th, 2014

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited

After learning about Toyota’s decision to delay the Toyota Prius due to a bland design, it got us thinking about the design of Toyota’s current lineup, and which cars truly stand out for their aesthetic appeal. It didn’t take long for the highly acclaimed Toyota GT-86 to come to mind.

Now, if you were to search for the GT-86 in our Japanese car auction database, you’d have a hard time finding any results. That’s because what we in the States call the GT-86 is sold in Japan merely as the Toyota 86. After realizing that, it was easy to identify a solid 25 of Toyota’s sports cars up for auction in Japan, not one of them rated lower than a 4.

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a 2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited in excellent shape. The deep black paint job is crisp and nearly totally unmarred. The modern-looking 17” twin spoke alloys are in particularly good shape, and a lot can – and has – been said about the GT-86’s design.

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited auction find

Compared to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, the GT-86 has a slightly more rugged and linear design. Especially compared to the BRZ… The edgier 86 could be likened to a sharp knife cutting through the wind, while the BRZ is curvy and more closely resembles a raindrop falling from the sky. The nice thing about this black color-scheme is that the car’s A-pillar and roof line blend smoothly into the windshield, creating a pseudo-panoramic effect. And of course, because this is a GT Limited you’ll get the performance enhancing rear spoiler.

Inside, the Toyota 86 is a little less clean-cut. You can clearly tell that the cockpit was designed to evoke that of a race car. Again, you’ll notice a few extra features with the Limited model… Chief among them is the black/red leather and Alcantara seating (the normal 86 only has black fabric seating). The ‘red’ theme continues throughout the interior of the Limited model; the steering wheel, parking brake and shifter all get a red wrap to catch the eye. Also, you can’t see it in the image below, but there are aluminum pedals, a digital speedometer, and sleek silver accents throughout the dash.

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited interior

In addition to the sporty interior design, you’ll also enjoy a surprising number of interior amenities. For example, automatic air conditioning, a built-in navigation/infotainment screen, push-button ignition, and a surprising amount of boot space for being such a small car (the rear seats fold down).

Of course, we have to at least mention the engine. The main reason Toyota partnered with Subaru in the first place was to take advantage of their mighty boxer engine manufacturing, and the workhorse in this Toyota 86 won’t disappoint. It’s a 2.0L water-cooled flat-four cylinder with Toyota’s D4-S direct-injection and an insanely high compression ratio of 12.5:1.

If you’d like to learn more about this stellar 2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited, simply continue reading below the auction sheet for a detailed translation of the specs.

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited auction sheet

“Great 4.5, interior B, first registered 2012 (month of first registration not stated), GT Limited, six-speed manual gearbox, AAC, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbags, adjustable suspension, HKS muffler, SD navigation system with digital TV and DVD video playback, black and red half-leather seats, seat heaters, HID, rear spoiler, 14,470 km, several slight cigarette burn marks on seats, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”

Subaru Viziv Vision GT Concept Teased for Gran Turismo Anniversary

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Subaru Viziv Vision Gran Turismo Concept teaser

Today we have a really cool teaser to help us pass time before doors open to the LA Auto Show next week. It comes from Subaru, and it’s a contribution to the ever-expanding Vision Gran Turismo garage – a selection of theoretical cars that automakers can use to showcase futuristic designs and performance. Several automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi have already made their contributions; this is Subaru’s.

Subaru’s Viziv GT Concept is the their iteration of their Viziv Concept, which was shown as the VIZIV Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and, fittingly, as the VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva show. For this version, Subaru has created their take on the classic grand touring sports car to celebrate Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary. This explains why the Viziv GT is stands apart from the previous two Vizivs… It’s not meant to be the same Vision-Innovation for a crossover.

Chances are we won’t see a full reveal of the video-game-only Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo until the official Downloadable Content Pack with the model included becomes available. Still, the teaser video gives us a good feel for what Subaru has done with the model. Enormous racing wheels; sleek wraparound LEDs; an ominous trapezoidal grille reminiscent of the BRZ; extremely aggressive line work; all these features fit perfectly in line with what we’ve seen from other Vision GT concepts.

Subaru Viziv Vision Gran Turismo Concept grille

Of course, there’s always a little bit of sadness that goes along with concepts like this one, since there is absolutely no way we’ll ever get behind the wheel in-person. For one, it’s a concept, which in and of itself distances it from production. For two, it’s a digital-only study, which means any actual VIZIV that ever sees production will be a totally different car.

Auction Find – 2013 Subaru BRZ S (aka. BRZ Limited)

2013 Subaru BRZ Auction Find

It’s hard not to think of the Subaru BRZ when the topic of Subaru sports cars comes up. This new teaser got us curious about the available BRZs currently up for auction, and a quick search in the Integrity Exports auction system led us to this little gem.

Subaru BRZ interior auction find

This particular find is a premium BRZ S trim, known as the Limited in NA, which gets you that sweet rear spoiler. It also includes:

  • Alcantara and leather seating
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Keyless entry & ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

While the Viziv Concepts are said to run on a hybrid diesel powertrain, the BRZ is known for its staunch 2.0L boxer engine. This particular find is the S model with the performance package by STi. All in all, a pretty neat find to make up for not getting to drive Subaru’s new Viziv GT Vision Concept.

Keep reading below the auction sheet for more details:

2013 Subaru BRZ auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered January 2013, DBA emissions code, BRZ S model, FAT, AAC, power steering, original AWs, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original 7 inch wide navigation system with TV and color rear view reversing camera, 7120KM, original body kit, original 17 inch AWs, 2 x smart key, xenon lights, non-smoker’s car, STi performance package, leather steering wheel, push button starter, original floor mats, minor scratches on trim, minor rust underneath, light scratches on right front door, other marks as per map”

Subaru Hints at Plans for Second-Generation BRZ Coupe

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, July 24th, 2014

2014 Subaru BRZ Coupe

You might’ve missed it, but towards the end of June there was a rumor going around that there’d be no second-generation Subaru BRZ. The rumor stemmed from Australian news-site, who quoted the car’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, as saying that Toyota was considering a different partner for the next-generation sports coupe. Their replacement partner would potentially be BMW, if the move went through.

Looking at the stats, Toyota has decent reason to consider adopting a new partner for their GT86/FR-S twins. Autonews reports that since the beginning of 2014, sales of the Scion FR-S and Toyota GT86 have fallen by almost 25%, while sales of the Subaru BRZ rose by a better-than-nothing 6%.

Finally, in an urgent response to the rumor of a Toyota-BMW partnership, Fuji Heavy Industry’s president (FHI owns Subaru), Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, squashed the rumor of Toyota’s move. He said, “If I were to be told that [Toyota switched to BMW], I’d pass out. [The BRZ] is not going to be just one generation.” Emphasis added.

No one can argue that Subaru benefits more from the partnership than Toyota, and we’d wager that even Yoshinaga agrees that they need the help of the world’s largest Japanese automaker to make a next-gen BRZ coupe happen. The volume made possible by the Toyota partnership is just too much to make up. Still, it would be a strange move for Toyota to go through with, especially considering that they own a 20% share in Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.

No matter whom ends up partnering with whom, there are a few things that we know about the next-gen Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S:

First, it’ll be more powerful. Toyota and Subaru both have heard the pleas from drivers begging for a more powerful engine, and it’s something they plan to include in the next-gen lineup.

Second, it’ll use an alternative powertrain solution, aka. hybrid technology. Tada explains the possibility, saying, “Every 86 enthusiast has been asking question on more power and we are studying now for the answers. Maybe next-generation 86 must have some kind of eco-technology like racing hybrid. We raced at Le Mans with this and that is the reason why we challenge ourselves with this technology.”

In the end, it seems safe to assume that Toyota will remain partnered with the Subaru for the next-generation BRZ/GT86/FR-S sports coupe. Better yet, these preliminary rumors give us confidence that Subaru’s next model will have the power to make full use of its incredible handling, and with a technology suite that keeps the car both modern and fuel-efficient.


2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue Special Edition Trim Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Monday, June 2nd, 2014

A couple weeks ago, we previewed a new Subaru BRZ FA-20 body kit from Cosworth. Now, Subaru has just unveiled an in-house special edition model which will go on sale with the 2015 model year. It’s called the Subaru BRZ Series.Blue, and it’s the closest yet that we’ve come to a BRZ STI.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue

It’s almost unfair when you think about it. Throughout the BRZ’s life we’ve been told time and time again that an STI version of the Japanese automaker’s prized sports car simply isn’t in the cards, despite desperate pleas from enthusiasts.

And yet, here we have this new special edition Series.Blue BRZ that features a plethora of modifications from Subaru Technica International, but not in the one area that counts – the engine. We certainly don’t like complaining about any STI models – and this particular model is very well done – but c’mon! Just give us a more powerful engine!

Still, there’s no denying that the Series.Blue is breathtaking, both inside and out.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue front spoiler

So, powertrain aside, what will distinguish the Subaru BRZ Series.Blue from the normal 2015 model?

There are quite a few exterior modifications, so let’s start there. As you can see, the Series.Blue BRZ features STI-branded front, side and side-rear spoilers, along with new custom underbody panels. Together, these mods help the limited edition BRZ achieve a measurably higher downforce and reduced drag coefficient. As far as non-functional upgrades, you’ll find that the special edition BRZ also gets new red brake calibers and black STI 17-inch wheels.

STI has also made several improvements to the BRZ’s interior, pictured below:

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue interior

That black and blue theme you see on the steering wheel continues throughout the Series.Blue’s interior, complete with black and blue leather and Alcantara seating with blue stitching. In fact, that deep blue motif extends to the shift lever, the parking brake handle, the center console, the door trim and the seat backs, where you’ll also find a sleek silver-embroidered BRZ logo. To help complete the look, STI has installed a backlit red engine start/stop button and a carbon fiber finish across the dash.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue interior 2

As you can see, even though it’s a little disappointing that STI still hasn’t touched the powertrain, the Subaru BRZ Series.Blue still has quite a lot going for it. When the car goes on sale in 2015, it’s sure to sell out in a flash. Subaru is only going to sell 1000 Series.Blue models – 500 in the WR Blue Pearl (pictured above) and 500 in Crystal White Pearl – so you’d best get your trigger finger ready if you want one of these for yourself.

Bye-Bye Subaru BRZ STI; Hello BRZ FA-20 by Cosworth

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

FA-20 Power Packages

Ever since the launch of the Subaru BRZ, performance enthusiasts all over the world have been clamoring for an STI-tuned version of the acclaimed sports coupe. The regular BRZ drives like a dream, but with ‘only’ 200hp it just doesn’t give the kind of kick that a true speed junky craves.

Unfortunately, as time goes on it has seemed less and less likely that the Japanese automaker will release an STI model, despite the fervent pleas of their fans. In fact, a few weeks ago an anonymous insider was reported saying that Subaru had no plans whatsoever to develop a BRZ STI. Apparently the WRZ STI is the only car in their lineup that warrants the STI treatment.

You can understand why Subaru and their partner Toyota/Scion would want to leave the BRZ/GT86/FR-S as-is – they’ve said from the beginning that the three coupes were intended to offer excellent handling at an affordable price, which they do. Still, we want more! And it seems that the good folks over at Cosworth have finally heard our cry.

Check out this sweet teaser video Cosworth released of the upcoming Subaru BRZ FA-20 Power Package:

For those of you who don’t know, Cosworth has been involved in F1 racing for decades, supplying their own engines and mechanics to championship race cars as far back as the late ‘60s. Their engines have claimed 176 wins in 50 years, second only to Ferrari. In addition, they offer engineering consultancy, specialized performance electronics and bespoke precision manufacturing to major automakers. Now, they’re turning their attention to the BRZ/GT86 to pick up the slack.

Unfortunately, the teaser video isn’t very specific about what exactly the FA-20 Power Package will include. Still, there are a few obvious additions… For starters, the car in the video clearly has an enormous rear spoiler and a sleek front spoiler to go with it. We can also see indications that Cosworth will incorporate a new performance exhaust system, tune the suspension and upgrade the tires. Best of all, the video clearly spends some time panning around the engine, implying that we’ll see some sort of upgrade on that front; perhaps a turbocharger or something similar. Plus, the FA-20 name actually comes from the 2.0L Boxer engine that Subaru uses in the BRZ – it’s designated as the FA20 engine, derived from the old FB engine line.

Believe it or not, Cosworth actually previewed this FA20 Power Package in November of last year at the LA Motor Show. They called it the Stage 1 Power Package, and in addition to the new performance exhaust system, it also included a completely new ECU. At the time, they had this to say about the FA20 Power Package: “The Cosworth Stage 1 has been designed from the outset to operate as a complete tuning solution with all components working in complete harmony.”

As you can see, there’s a lot that we still don’t know about the Subaru BRZ FA20 by Cosworth, but there’s one thing we do now – it’s definitely going to come. And that’s a lot more than we could ever say about Subaru’s own BRZ STI.