What can be said about the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/ Toyota GT 86? Reliable, fun, great handling, light weight, all under the $30,000 price tag. It’s about as close to a true sports car as you can get without breaking the bank. Out of those attributes listed, there is one important factor that is missing if you ask us and it’s speed. Sure it’s not slow but its also not that fast when comparing it to other sports cars around it’s price tag.
Well the folks at Crawford Performance have been at hard work trying to give the rear-wheel Subaru BRZ some much needed power. Still in development, the 2.0 liter flat 4 now produces nearly 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, more than doubling the horsepower and tripling the torque of the stock BRZ engine. The big jump in performance is possible due to some serious engine tweaking, including the addition of a bolt-on turbo kit, a new exhaust system, Brembo brakes and some ECU upgrades.
Motor Trend recently got their hands on Crawford’s project, taking it on the track to see if the BRZ could still handle the turns with all that power rumbling underneath the hood. As your watching you can hear the whistles and whines of the turbocharger and as Carlos Lago points out, it sure is one fast machine but is it still a balanced and capable sports car? Find out in the video below.