Subaru BRZ STi Turbo – Engine Swap or Next Gen?

The Subaru BRZ hit the US shores and became an instant success. Everyone is talking about the BRZ and it’s Scion FR-S counterpart. However, Subaru is known for it’s STi versions which add not only great appearance additions but plenty of extra power and suspension modifications. The Subaru BRZ is no different, and the Subaru BRZ STi version is planned and coming soon. The only problem is that Subaru has mentioned that the BRZ STi will not be turbo, but will be around 250 horsepower and have a 7500 rpm redline.

Subaru says the BRZ STi will not be turbo because the front of the car has no room for an intercooler and a turbo setup would take away from the appeal of the Impreza WRX and Impreza STi.

We suspect that this will not stop enthusiasts. There are going to be plenty of engine swaps such as the 2.5L Impreza STi turbo or even a V8 swap from a LS1, Lexus IS-F, or others. The forums are buzzing with potential swaps, even a F20 from a Honda S2000 that can be turbo’d to add much extra horsepower.

We’ll keep watching for the latest engine swaps into the BRZ and FR-S and report back here.

Subaru BRZ HID Headlights fit on a Scion FR-S

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are virtually identical, but some small things do mean a lot. For example, everyone seems to like the headlights more in the Subaru BRZ. They are Bi-Xenon HID with day time running lights built in. The Scion FR-S doesn’t have this available, so people are starting to swap the BRZ headlights into a FR-S. Some people have wondered if this would fit, but we can confirm that it does. One of our customers informed us that he successfully pulled the headlights off a wrecked BRZ into his FR-S and they look great!

The USDM Subaru BRZ comes with a manual headlight leveling system that is not very complex and can be moved over. The JDM Toyota has an auto-leveling system, which would make it a much tougher swap due to the addition of this system.

If you want to keep your FR-S headlights but get HID, there are aftermarket HID kits that you can use.

Above you can see the factory Scion FR-S headlight and compare it with the Subaru BRZ in the first picture. Many people who have the FR-S are doing the BRZ headlight swap, and people with the BRZ are doing the FR-S front bumper swap.

Our customer who did this swap has sent us this picture that he found online and was his inspiration:

We think it looks absolutely great, and agree the DLR setup on the BRZ looks nicer, so this is a great swap!

2013 Scion FR-S TRD Body Kit revealed

Toyota showed us a TRD body kit on a 2013 Toyota GT86, known in the US as a Scion FR-S. This new FR-S TRD Body kit is going to be one of many accessories offered for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, but here we get a first look at the kit, and we think it looks awesome!

This TRD body kit includes a full body kit package, including a front bumper, side skirts, a deck spoiler and a rear diffuser with new twin exhaust pipes.

This particular GT86 has 18″ wheels with low profile sport tires, and also has upgraded suspension, brakes and exhaust.

Mustang 302 vs Camaro ZL1 Drag Race Video

There’s a video that was sent to us of a 2013 Mustang 302 vs a 2013 Camaro ZL1. This Mustang 302 has an intake, exhaust and tune. The Mustang starts at 444hp, and is estimated to be around 480 hp after the tune. On the other hand, the Camaro ZL1 is stock and is rated at 580 horsepower, at least one hundred more than the Mustang.

The camera car is a white Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution that seems to have no problem keeping up!

There are two races, both from a 40mph punch.

VIDEO: Corvette Z06 Hits Deer during HyperFest 2012 Race

Using a Go Pro HD Hero2 camera, this guy recorded himself in his C5 Corvette Z06 hitting a deer at high speeds during a race at the 2012 HyperFest event. You will see that about halfway down the track the deer runs right in front of the Z06 from the right hand side. Luckily the driver wasn’t hurt, but it goes to show another reason why you should always have your helmet shield down.

The deer rolled up on the windshield and then over the roof of the car. Scary how fast all of this happened.

Ferrari F430 Replica Body Kit for a Toyota Celica

There are a lot of replica body kits coming out, and this Ferrari F430 is no different. This Ferrari F430 body kit is designed to fit a Toyota Celica. The undisputed king of the replica body kits is the Pontiac Fiero, but new cars such as the Chrysler Sebring are receiving the royal treatment. Now it’s the Celica’s turn, and this F430 replica is pretty impressive. From the outside, the replica looks just like the original car.

One thing you can’t replicate is the awesome sound of the Ferrari F430, and since this car is based on a 2000 Toyota Celica, you are revving up a stock 1.8L with 140 horsepower. Not too fun stock, but could be if you turbo the car and do other modifications to it. Should be a fun and cheap Ferrari, until someone peaks inside and notices the stock Celica interior.

The interior is actually not too bad, and to the untrained eye might actually look exotic. You’ll notice that this interior in the picture above looks pretty stock Celica.

Above you can see the rear end of the replica body kit. Not too bad and it even has quad exhaust tips. This body kit is likely to catch on pretty quick… don’t be surprised if you see more Ferrari F430’s in your area and less Toyota Celicas.

Lexus IS-F CCS-R to compete in Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Lexus has been showcasing it’s IS-F high performance sedan in various events, and the most recent is the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This special edition IS-F is the CCS-R version, and is the full race version of the IS-F Circuit Club Sport (CCS for short).

The Lexus IS-F CCS-R has a 416hp 5.0L V8, same as the production IS-F, and runs the same 8 speed automatic transmission, but has gone on a big diet to run just over 3000lbs at 3087.

The car has 18″ SSR Wheels wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN NEOVA A050 tires and various suspension tweaks.

Convert your Chrysler Sebring Convertible into a Bentley

So let’s say you have a Chrysler Sebring Convertible and you’re bored of it, and want to get a new car. How about a 2012 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible. Pretty common upgrade right? Well, it is if you get a replica kit. This replica kit above converted a 2003 Chrysler Sebring LXi Convertible into a 2012 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.

Check out the sweet stock interior. Looks like there’s a few scratches in the seats, but nothing too major.

I don’t know the name of this kit, but I’m surprised how the exterior actually looks pretty decent. It needs a bit of work with the wheel offsets and things like that, but it’s not too bad. The factory Bentley headlights and taillights work as they should. If you don’t look at the interior, you might think a real Bentley was driving by.

Wald Porsche Panamera Body Kit

Wald International is a Japanese tuner that has gotten it’s hands on the Porsche Panamera. Wald is mainly known for creating stunning body kits and aerodynamics that really give the car the stance it should have had from the factory. The Wald Porsche Panamera is no different, and Wald is showing off it’s new body kit that includes some of the best lines we’ve seen!

The Wald Porsche Panamera Body Kit includes a front bumper with integrated LED lights, side skirts, wide body wheel arches and fender vents. It looks like Wald also lowered the Panamera to give it a very mean and demanding stance.

The Porsche Panamera looks like a mix between a sedan and a station wagon. It’s also got a love it or hate it look, but Wald is bringing in more love and less hate with their new body kit.

BMW M3 DTM Safety Car – Looks like a BMW M3 Police Car

The German Touring Car championship, known as the DTM, has been known for having some unique cars that act as their safety cars, that needs to be just about as quick as the DTM race cars. BMW is relatively secretive about what features the car has, but a roll cage, racing steering wheel and racing seats are amongst the items that are visible. We are pretty sure this car has extensive work under the hood.

In order to be seen, the car has safety lights on the hood, which almost resemble a BMW M3 police car. Maybe images like this will entice German police to use the BMW m3 as a police cruiser on the roads of Europe!