5 Reasons Why Tuners Love The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ
In the market for a new car and seriously considering the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ? Well, don't let the standard 200 horsepower keep you from buying the driver's car of the 2012, because we have the solution to your high horsepower-low weight fantasies. The Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ are children of a bold strategic partnership between two of Japan's largest manufacturers. It's a great piece of automotive engineering especially at this time of luxo-turbo-barges, six figure electric vehicles. The only problem is that the two cars are down on power. The 200 horsepower is adequate today, but thanks to the ever accelerating pace at which horsepower numbers are increasing, it will be seriously under-powered by the time you're finished paying it off. Thankfully a handful of tuners have risen to the occasion managing to turn around supercharger and turbo kits capable of big horsepower gains in a relatively short period of time. As predicted the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are turning out to be a great tuner platform, the chassis has perfect 50-50 weight distribution, with a low center of gravity and relatively low curb weight. It's already made an appearance on the D1 Grand Prix sporting a supercharger kit by HKS. But now, Joey Boy Racer can have the same big power the pros have been testing and developing over the last 9-10 months. We're talking close to 300 whp or more in a car that weighs just 2,600 pounds. It's a tried and true principle of hot-rodding and a guarantee that GT 86 platform will be the tuner car of choice for years to come. Castle Hill Performance This Aussie tuner has applied their knowledge of Subaru's boxer power plants and applied it to the GT 86 platform. Castle Hill Performance has made serious in roads towards big horsepower in a few short months. The result is nearly 300 whp (289 whp to be exact with only a cat-back exhaust) at eight psi thanks to a Garett 2871 turbo, front mount intercooler, larger fuel injectors and only a day or so of tuning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OYM6iN5DAg&feature=player_embedded HKS
HKS was among the first tuning companies to gain access to the Toyota GT 86 immediately following its release earlier this year. As one of Japan's premier tuning houses it quickly created a supercharger kit for a Toyota GT 86 drift car set to compete in the 2012 D1 Grand Prix. The results are stunning to say the least, with the GT 86/BRZ/FR-S's 2.0 liter D-45 flat- four putting out a claimed 400 horsepower in race trim. What's even better is that HKS has a road going version that makes 233 whp and is set to come state-side in a few months time.
Gazoo Racing: GRMN
We're big fans of twin charging. When we think of whooshing turbos and the distinct whine of superchargers the Lancia Delta S4 and upcoming Jaguar C-X75 instantly come to mind. this past May GRMN, working in close partnership with Toyota, added itself to our car porn soundtrack. This concept vehicle not only makes 320 whp, but also competed in the grueling Nürburgring 24 Hour VLN race. Hopefully the lessons learned will be just enough to get someone high up at Toyota to green light a 300+ hp performance version for production.
The P&L kit is the no nonsense horsepower king of all the forced induction kits available. It put down a whoppping 480 whp at 15 psi which P&L then backed up with dyno sheets. Our only gripe is that we've yet to see their BRZ do an all out 1/4 mile run. It'll be fast, no doubt. In the meantime there's this video to remove all doubt of whether or not it actually makes the power:
Though all the tuners have gone to great lengths preparing their forced induction kits for the grubby hands of rich kids everywhere, the prize goes to Accelerated Performance and their 440 whp BRZ. Accelerated Performance,based in Toledo Ohio and known for building insane Supra's and GTRs, set the standard for all tuner's when they uploaded this video of a Subaru BRZ running the 1/4 mile in 11.3 seconds @ 127.4 mph. They also offer a 300 horsepower kit, but why bother with that when you can do this:
Photocredit: HKS, Gazoo Racing, GReddy