Video: Testing a Modified, Turbocharged Subaru BRZ
The lightweight rear-drive Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ make up for having "just" 200 hp with a balanced chassis that excels on twisty roads. In this video, Motor Trend's Carlos Lago tests a turbocharged Subaru BRZ built by Crawford Performance to see if the additional power takes away from the chassis' balance.
With a large turbocharger and intercooler, the Crawford BRZ makes between 400-500 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque depending on fuel and engine map. At the drag strip, the turbocharged BRZ hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds at 116.8 mph. With upgraded brakes, the BRZ stops consistently from 60 mph in 106 feet. On the figure-eight, the BRZ's 23.5 second lap time at 0.78 g puts it in the same league as the Audi R8 V10 Plus, Ferrari 458 Italia, and SRT Viper.
Next, Lago takes the tuned BRZ to the track to see how it compares to Motor Trend's stock, long-term Subaru BRZ. With the turbocharged engine making more than double the power of the stock BRZ, the Crawford BRZ test mule struggled with ambient temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit - while still being fast around the track.
What does Lago think about how Crawford modified the BRZ? Find out on the video below.