The 2015 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick for the 2015 model year. To earn the award, the FR-S and BRZ got “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints as well as an “acceptable” rating in the small overlap crash test.
The 2014 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ also earned the IIHS top safety pick, but only on models manufactured after December 2013, when the cars were upfitted with energy absorbing foam (adds weight take it out) was added to the left knee bolster and a “structural change” was made. Both of these changes were made specifically for the small overlap test to let the cars qualify for the Top Safety Pick award.
Now let’s reflect on the strange beauty of violence and the perverse joy we get in watching elegance defiled.
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A Subaru BRZ Rally Car Campaigned by Tein is heating up in the All Japan Rally Championship, winning three races in a row. The BRZ rally car, sponsored by Tein and driven by Kamata Takuma, just won the Tango Peninsula Rally 2014, the sixth race of the 2014 season.
The BRZ rally car competes in the JN-5 class, so it isn’t going up against the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Instead, the BRZ competes with other 2WD vehicles like the Honda Integra, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Civic, and even a couple Toyota GT86s.
The Tango Peninsula Rally is 63.6 miles (or 4.02677e6 inches according to my coffee-deprived first conversion) split up into 21 stages. Both rain and heat were a factor in the race but the BRZ handled the wet gravel well thanks to its balance and low center of gravity.
It still looks like Toyota will campaign a GT86 rally car before Subaru races a BRZ rally car, but this shows the car’s potential.
Source: Torque News
One very lucky Subaru BRZ driver had a close call with a deer at night on Skyline Drive in Virginia. While tooling around Skyline Drive at night (he was trying to avoid sightseers that would slow him down and keep him from enjoying the windy road) a deer hopped out of the woods with almost perfect timing to be turned into ground venison by the speeding BRZ. Thankfully, the driver was on his toes and managed to slow down enough that Bambi didn’t get busted. While we’re being thankful, the BRZ driver’s dash cam means that even though you know exactly what happens in this video, you’ll still find yourself an inch taller thanks to involuntarily butt cheek clenching at the almost accident.
Yamano Tetsuya showed up to round 6 of the All Japan Gymkhana on crutches and left on the podium. OK he didn’t actually leave on the podium, that would be absurd, it would take a massive truck to carry the actual intact podium away and he would risk getting injured again, but the race driver did leave with a first place finish despite injuring himself in training for round four of the tournament and needing surgery that caused him to miss round 5.
Tetsuya races the 2014 Subaru BRZ in the PN3 class and despite his injury (torn ligaments in his clutch foot) leaving him unsure of his motor racing future, won the round at the Twin Ring Motegi Northern Short Course.
On top of the recent injury and surgery, the course was hit with rain and typhoons during the round, making Tetsuya’s job even harder.
Source: Torque News
Since the Subaru BRZ became Subaru’s most exciting car (cue the granola spit-take from the Outback fanclub) people have been wondering if we’d ever see a BRZ rally car. The BRZ Cross Sport was a tease at possible future plans for more subaru-y BRZs, but nothing has materialized. Now it looks like Scion will build an FR-S rally car before the Subaru BRZ rally car comes to life. The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 will actually make it onto rally stages this year.
Toyota is building a rally GT86 to serve as a recce car (a prerunner for rally races if you’re more familiar with Baja terminology or are better at figuring words out using context when they’re in English). The GT86 rally car will scout the course ahead of the actual race for the pace notes, but Toyota plans to use the scouting recce cars as a precursor to a WRC car.
The Scion FR-S rally car will have mild performance modifications to give it between 237 and 246-horsepower, as well as a rally sequential gearbox.
Source: The Truth About Cars
The 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue will give BRZ enthusiasts an appetizer to hold us over for the STI entree we’ve been waiting for.
The 2015 BRZ Series.Blue will be available in either World Rally Blue or Crystal White Paint with a full lip kit that Subaru says will reduce the coefficient of drag from 0.28 to 0.27. Unfortunately the aerodynamic upgrades are the only extras that can count as performance upgrades on the Series.Blue, so it isn’t as enticing a package as the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0. The BRZ Series.Blue will be limited to just 1,000 units, compared to the FR-S Release 1.0’s 1,500, so if you’re looking for a collectible the BRZ will be a bit rarer.
The BRZ Series.Blue will start life as a BRZ Limited model and will add to that a black and blue leather and faux suede interior with blue contrasting stitching (mmm contrasting stitching), a blue accented steering wheel, special floormats with blue stitching, a frameless rearview mirror, fake carbon fiber dash trim, and an illuminated engine start button with STI logo. Unique STI rims are the other major addition to the Series.Blue. Like the rest of the 2015 BRZs, the Series.Blue will get the new Sharkfin antenna.
The Series.Blue will start at $30.285 with a stick shift, just $1,895 more than the BRZ Limited and not as much as a good set of wheels, so Subaru dealers should have no problem selling 1,000 of them.
Source: Car and Driver
The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S second generations have been officially confirmed. Subaru boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News that contrary to speculation, “it’s not going to be just one generation.” The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ won’t break away from each other and will be built on the same platform for the second generation.
Subaru has a reason to be bullish on the FR-S BRZ’s continued production, while Toyota has some reason to be hesitant. Subaru BRZ sales rose six percent through June, while FR-S sales fell 24 percent. Even with that fall the FR-S almost doubled the BRZ’s sales this year with 7,662 Scions sold to 4,295 Subarus.
No specifications have been announced for the second generation FR-S and BRZ, but expect minor engine performance upgrades to add a bit of horsepower in the base car. The drivetrain will also probably be stronger to accommodate a stronger engine option like the 2.5-liter engine or a turbocharger. Lastly we will probably see some changes to the FR-S and BRZ platform that would allow more flexibility in body styles, opening the path for an FR-S convertible, an FR-S sedan or a BRZ Crossover.
Subaru has announced some changes to the 2015 BRZ. Most obvious will be the addition of a painted shark fin antenna replacing the black nub.
Mechanically, the BRZ will get tweaks to the front suspension, new rear shock absorbers, and steering adjustments to improve handling and driveability (no performance upgrades yet, I guess it will be 2016 when the BRZ Turbo finally makes it to production). Carbon fiber dashboard accents and a new key fob round out the 2015 BRZ’s upgrades. The changes, which have been confirmed for the Japanese spec 2015 BRZ, should find their way onto U.S. cars either this year or next.
Since their chums (get it?) at Toyota are adding a shark fin antenna to the Scion FR-S and Toyota FT86, Subaru is following suit. Unlike luxury cars where the antenna pods just look tacked on, the shark fin antenna actually looks good on a sports car, kind of like the roof accoutrements the WRX STI and Mitsubishi Evo have that supposedly do something magical to the air flowing over the car and add a million horsepower.
Just in case you forgot in the face of all those high horsepower FR-S and BRZ builds, these cars are absolutely gorgeous. Not just built for drifting, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are also the only cars under 30 grand suitable for handing to a valet.
This one, photographed by Louis Yo of Drifted, is a perfect shade of black to match her little dress.
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Toyota has officially filed trademark papers for the Supra name. This is some of the most concrete evidence we’ve seen that Toyota does pan to build a more powerful sports car. The Supra may be built on a unique platform if Toyota decides to make it a high end sports car to compete with the Nissan GT-R and Dodge Viper, or the company could go back to its roots and built an FR-S Supra on the chassis of an existing sports car.
We already know that Toyota is loathe to build a sports car with an uncertain future. Toyota was hedging its bets on the FR-S when it got into bed with Subaru on the project. Toyota is already working on a deal with BMW for an engine for a new sports car, so that BMW engine replacing the Subaru Boxer in the FR-S to make the Supra seems the most likely outcome.
Toyota has also talked about a four door Scion FR-S with all-wheel drive and a turbocharger. That would make for a fitting replacement for the later generations of the Supra. The legendary 2JZ engine, which makes over 1,000 horsepower in some builds, was originally found in the Supra.
There’s also still a chance that Toyota will play it conservatively and the FR-S Supra will use the upcoming 2.5-liter FR-S engine. That would allow Subaru to release the same 2.5-liter BRZ as a BRZ STI.