About two months ago, I posted that Subaru teased at the notion that the BRZ STi might come to fruition. Unfortunately, that “thought” was merely just that…a thought!
As of now, Subaru won’t be tuning the Subaru BRZ , Scion will not tune the FRS, and neither will Toyota with the GT86. However, other tuners and performance vendors like Cosworth are teasing the fact that there might be a “power package” for the FA-20 engine which is currently in the triplets. Im curious to know what kind of power will come out of the flat four engine after the upgrades are installed…
Cosworth is one of the leading vendors from London who specialize in performance engines, products, and technologies to the automotive, motorsport and retail aftermarket industries. They are working on bringing performance parts and kits to provide levels of power and reliability to the FA-20 engine based cars. Here is a minute long teaser trailer of what’s to come.
Pretty exciting news and can’t wait to see what is to come with the triplets as they are somewhat under performed with power and suspension. A little extra power and stiffness goes a long way.
I came across this post from Car and Driver and enjoyed reading what they compared on both awd cars. Interestingly enough, I recently went on a spirited drive to Bear Mountain and had a few friends drive their tuned Audi S4’s. It was amazing to see what the S4 can do on tight corners and narrow trails. According to Car and Driver…
“These two sedans have more in common than just a chance encounter on the price curve. We’ve brought together a new Subaru WRX and a used Audi S4 because both have similar lineages, with four-wheel-drive systems whose roots extend back to the rally stage. They have similar performance, too: Both post nearly identical sub-five-second zero-to-60 times, mid-13-second quarter-miles, and mid-0.90-g roadholding numbers. But there’s something equally fundamental linking the two, and it is neither mechanical nor dynamic. It is the kinship of disappointment.”
I am not an expert by any means on Audi but it seems that the community was disappointed that the 2010 Audi S4 lost crank horse power(7hp) but gained a super charged engine compared to their V8 predecessors. And the only comparison thus far, is a flat four drive system that can handle and grip any road. Now compared to the new 2015 Subaru WRX, it now has 268 crank horse power turbo charged engine and an upgraded stiffer suspension alongside torque vectoring brake system.
The price difference between Audi and Subaru can be justified with interior quality and higher horse power. If I wasn’t a Subaru owner, it would have to come down to money as I’m sure a brand new Audi would cost more and maintenance alone will be double or triple the costs of what Subaru charges. Do you agree or disagree about what Car and Driver reported?