Subaru BRZ STI You Say…?

August 6th, 2013 by Matt Gold

Subaru BRZ STI

When Subaru Japan updated their website a few days ago to include a section dedicated to the “Subaru BRZ STI”, it set off a firestorm of rumors, speculation and excitement across the industry.

Is there now a turbocharged BRZ ready to hit the market?  Larger displacement? AWD?  Larger displacement, turbo and AWD?  I swear I could feel fanboys across the forums vibrating my keyboard with giddiness.

Well, all those things may someday be a reality, but 7Tune put together an informative article to try and separate fact from fiction.

You should click the link and read the article, but if you just want the cliff notes, here they are:

  • It’s a BRZ STI tS (more on that last bit in a second)
  • No Turbocharger, No AWD, No Larger Displacement
  • 200HP
  • Same Exhaust
  • An STI tS, literally stands for “Tuned by STI” – tS is akin to an M-Sport 3-Series, whereas an STI is a full blow M3
  • There will be a STI tS and an STI tS GT.
  • The GT will have a dry carbon GT wing that was pulled from the Impreza RA STi parts shelf along with black multi spoke alloy wheels, Recaro front seats, shift knob, steering wheel button, kidney grill inserts, upgraded fog lamps and surrounding garnish, front under spoiler and side steps, strengthened driveshaft, Bilstein suspension upgrade and almost pointlessly, 6 pot Brembo brakes.
  • The non-GT will sport a wingless arrangement, silver alloys and less trim additions, including the Recaro seats.
  • There will be 500 tS BRZ’s with the GT spec getting an allotment of 250 units
  • Subaru plans to unveil a face-lifted model for the BRZ in October

No word on how Toyota will play their hand, nor any word on if a beefier BRZ (or FR-S) could be another year (or more) out.  For now, there’s plenty from the aftermarket to keep tuners happy.

 

Thanks to 7Tune.com for this and other great articles.

 

Now THAT’S a Coffee Maker…

March 29th, 2013 by Matt Gold

V12 ‹ Espresso Veloce

Is your kitchen missing some muscle?  Then inject a bit a horsepower into every cup of joe with the Espresso Veloce V12 espresso maker.

As a tribute to the grand prix engines of the nineties, the Espresso Veloce is a fully functional piece of art engineered using magnesium, titanium and aluminum – just like the engines it pays homage to.

For more info, check out Espresso Veloce.

Audi RS4 Paintball Duel

March 1st, 2013 by Matt Gold

What’s the only way to settle a score of Audi vs Audi?  I guess you’ll just have to watch these two RS4′s and find out.

…man, what I would give to have this in traffic sometimes.

Hot Import Nights – Heating Up Miami – Sept 29th

September 14th, 2012 by Matt Gold

Hot Import Nights Miami

Friday Fun – Ever Wonder how a Differential Works?

August 31st, 2012 by Matt Gold

Great video from circa-1950′s General Motors:


(FFWD to the 1:50 mark to skip the intro)

Gymkhana 5 – Urban Playground – San Francisco

July 9th, 2012 by Matt Gold

What can you say? Ken Block, Gymkhana and Hooning just never gets old. This time, they take to the streets of San Francisco reminiscent of the “Escape from…” series from years ago – except this time, it’s legal.

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th, 2012 by Matt Gold

Happy Fourth of July

Forza Horizon – Time to Hit the Streets…

June 11th, 2012 by Matt Gold

Friday Fun – 50 Significant Japanese Sports Cars

February 24th, 2012 by Matt Gold

50 Significant Japanese Sportscars

Sometimes you stumble across just the thing you never knew you needed, but couldn’t live without.  In this case, I got real lucky and someone else stumbled across this one for me (thanks Kyle!).

New Zealander Joel Fletcher has taken two of my favorite things; Japanese Sports Cars and Helvetica and assembled what looks to be an impressive print, perfect for your garage/man cave/office.  In addition to this print, our Kiwi friend has also put together collections dedicated to; the Nissan Z, Mitsubishi Evolutions, BMW M Cars and even a poster of every Lamborghini ever made.

For more, check out his Facebook Page, Hive Communications.

Friday Fun – Hot Wheels iNitro Speeders

February 17th, 2012 by Matt Gold

HotWheelsiNitroSpeeder

Remote Control Car Freak?  Yeah, there’s an app for that.

Check out Hot Wheels iNitro Speeders; pint sized RC cars that pack a punch.  These cars are reminiscent of Bit Char-G’s (remember those?) being that they are under two inches long and come with their own charger/carrying case.  But Hot Wheels has upped the ante by providing iPhone and iPad support so you can control your speed demon in style. Via the app you have standard forward/back and left/right controls OR you can use the built in accelerometer to really get into the action.

Oh, and of course, who else would be a perfect front man for these antics? None other then the OG Hoonigan himself; Ken Block.

Check out more at Hot Wheels.

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