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Posted On: 10/28/2012 9:54PM
SuzyBruisy

One of the joys of each year's SEMA show is getting to Vegas a day early, finding that the display halls in a complete shambles of wooden crates, dusty show cars, and speeding forklifts, and saying screw it and heading outside to photograph the cars lined up in the parking lot. This year looks to be cooking up some pretty cool stuff. There are, as Rob predicted, a fair number of built FRS/BRZs. Seems there's way more slammed and stanced cars than in years past, stretched tires and all. And finally, what's with all the trucks? It might've just been what happened to be rolling in when I arrived, but it's like North Hall is full and turning rigs away! Hit the gallery to see a ton more first-day pics from SEMA.



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Posted On: 10/23/2012 8:30AM
66Mope

Automotive News is reporting that Subaru is developing a turbo 2.0-liter boxer that could generate 280 hp and 250 pounds-feet of torque. It is expected to debut in 2014. About time! Pic from JsBRZ's Subaru BRZ ride page!



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Posted On: 6/29/2012 10:08AM
RickyRotary704

So the year 2012 finally brought us an affordable sports car for the Toyota family (in contrast to the $350,00 price tag of the Lexus LFA). This is the only true sports car (in my opinion the Celica and the convertible MR-2 don't count) that Toyota has offered since the death of the famous Supra in 1998. I'm sure you already, to keep costs down this is a joint effort between Toyota and Subaru, whose twin FR-S and BRZ will share a 2.0L mill engineered by Subaru. Subaru recently announced an STi version for 2014 that will feature lower and sportier suspension and the kind of flamboyant body embellishment that STi is famous for. The BRZ STi will slso get an additional 50 HP, though the power will come from adjustments to the VVT system, not from a turbocharger. Subaru says they plan on keeping power outputs between the WRX STi and the BRZ STi signiciantly different. That makes me you wonder with the current BRZ at around $26k, how much will the STi version cost? An additional $8k to $10K more? And how much with the next generation WRX cost? I guess we'll have to wait to find out.



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Posted On: 4/19/2012 8:47AM
66Mope

Whoa! I didn't know the Consumer Reports guys could drive like that! Now, you knew they were gonna love it cause it's a Toyota... Anyway, watch!

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Posted On: 4/13/2012 3:07PM
SuzyBruisy

From the get-go, Toyota and Subaru have been boasting that their joint little bundle of RWD joy will produce 200 hp and 151 lb-ft torque at the flywheel. So Edmunds hucked a new FR-S on the dyno to see how much of that power will be conveyed to the road. Results were not too far off: 173 horses at the wheels at 7,000 RPM, with peak torque of 143 at 2,800 RPM. Runs were also noted to be very repeatable and consistent. See the video below the jump!

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Posted On: 4/10/2012 8:15AM
66Mope

Just like you can thank the 2005 Mustang for the modern day pony car wars, it looks like you may be able to thank the BRZ/FR-S for a revised interest in low-buck RWD enthusiast cars from Japan. According to Autoblog, Nissan is thinking of reviving the 240SX nameplate. I'd still like to see modern day Datsun 510. And how about the Germans? BMW, I'm looking at you. A new 2002 should be a no-brainer. And no, I'm not talking about an overpriced 1-series. Pic from Bella240sx’s Nissan 240SX ride page!



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Posted On: 4/4/2012 9:19AM
SuzyBruisy

Toyota posted some new 86 footage to their YouTube account yesterday. Expect lots of drift action, high-contrast color, and quick cuts. The car looks great on the track, though the front plate totally ruins it! Video after the jump. Thanks to Ben Lee for the tip!

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Posted On: 3/31/2012 8:25AM
66Mope

Think the BRZ is too slow and don't have the time, money or skills for a V8 swap? Then sit tight and wait for the STI version, which should be rated at 250 hp. It won't have turbo power, though--instead, the STI version will be powered by a naturally aspirated motor based on the car's current boxer. Via Speedhunters



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Posted On: 3/17/2012 10:24AM
66Mope

So who's getting one? Video after the jump! Via Autoblog

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Posted On: 3/16/2012 12:43PM
66Mope

Apparently the trunks on these cars are vicious, so be careful people! You can download the full Subaru BRZ manual with a bunch more funny illustrations over at ft86club.com