Friday October 26, 2012 09:39

TRD Japan has released some race spec parts lineup for the 86/FR-S.

The parts categories include chassis, exterior, vision, safety gear, operation, instrument panel, seat, interior, air conditioning, audio, and others.

Check out the full (translated) catalog inside, along with some photos.

Autocar has published its review and comparison which names its “Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2012.”

How did the FR-S/86/BRZ fare? We won’t spoil it for you, so read the full comparo inside.

Site member eurospeed has compiled and maintains our CEL / SL / Idle Issue Compilation List where FR-S/BRZ owners can reference the number of owners, their mileage, status of their cars along with other pertinent info with respect to the CEL/SL/idle issue.

While this idle issue may manifest itself as an initial dip, please only add your name if you have experienced a combination of the check engine light (CEL) and slip light (SL) in addition to the RPM hunting at idle (often severe shaking and stalling). The code your engine control unit (ECU) should have stored is P0019 (also optional P0017, P0018 or related cam codes).

Toyota and Subaru have developed various solutions for this issue which have not been consistent and may require multiple repairs or even vehicle replacement due to limited success. Repairs could include a combination of the following: replacing cam sprocket assemblies, replacing oil control valves, reflashing and/or replacing the ECU.

Reference the LIST INSIDE.

Tuesday October 23, 2012 08:00

Photos from this past weekend’s FR-S / BRZ owner’s meet in NY. See inside.

Automotive News is reporting that Subaru is developing a turbocharged direct-injection version of its horizontally opposed, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. One use for the 2.0T will be the recently launched rear-wheel-drive BRZ coupe, sources say.

The engine uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger and straight direct-injection developed in-house, rather than the DI/port-injection system engineered with Toyota for the current normally aspirated BRZ and the Scion FR-S.

Tuned for the BRZ, the turbo could generate 280 hp and 250-plus pounds-feet of torque. That would be a significant increase in output compared with the 2.0-liter boxer in the 2013 BRZ, which makes 200 hp and 151 pounds-feet of torque. Discussions inside.

Saturday October 20, 2012 10:19

The Scion Tuner Challenge is back, and this time, the tuners in the competition are bringing their skills to the all-new Scion FR-S. All three were given a stock 2013 Scion FR-S, $15,000, and just 3 months to complete their build.

The finished vehicles will be unveiled on October 31st at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. HERE is a quick look at the 3 tuners who are competing for this year’s grand prize of $10,000!

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins are guaranteed to be the stars of this year’s SEMA Show taking place next month in Las Vegas. You can expect to see tons of modified/tuned FR-S and BRZ at the show. One of the cars which will make its debut at SEMA is the Meguiar’s Supercharged Scion FR-S, and it’s just been previewed!

Meguiar’s teamed with Scion and designers Jon Sibal and RJ De Vera to produce what you see here. It is powered by a Vortech Supercharger system, high flow catalytic converter by Motiv, and custom exhaust system.

The exterior features a ChargeSpeed carbon fiber aero kit with Five:AD rear spoiler wing, as well as modified headlight and tail light housings. Meguiar’s Fly Yellow paint is the color of choice for the car, with matte gunmetal racing stripes by Daley Visual.

Finally, the wheels are 19″ Forgeline Motorsports GA1R Forged Monoblock wheels with single bolt. Behind the wheels are four piston Brembos calipers and KW V3 coilovers.

The interior has been accentuated with black leather and grey Alcantara with yellow contrast stitching, custom yellow seat belts and dash panels wrapped in Meguiar’s Carbon Black Wraptivo. Check out some initial photos INSIDE.

Thursday October 18, 2012 08:37

Subuaru has shown two special BRZs at the 2012 Australian Motor Show. One is a STI enhanced BRZ which features front spoiler, side sills, rear diffuser and trunk lid spoiler. Also previewed today were new 17-inch light alloy wheels, a coil spring set, a sports muffler, adjustable strut tower bar for the front suspension, and a few interior bits and pieces.

The other is a BRZ race car by Possum Bourne Motor Sport (PBMS). It’s available for order from the New Zealand-based firm.
Designed for club-level competition, the race car is built to order and features upgrades such as a full roll cage, Recaro racing bucket seats with six-point Sabelt harnesses, carbon fiber interior panels, 18-inch Enkei wheels, AP brakes, Cusco adjustable suspension, and much more.