We focus on where we like to spend the majority of our time with any car⎯the interior. Our initial impression of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S found many similarities in platform, performance and even styling, but the interior trim between the two cars does offer up some key differences.
Now that we’ve introduced the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S platform and procured a brand-new BRZ of our own to build up, we thought what better way to finish breaking it in than at the track! We practically rolled the odometer past 1,000 miles as we pulled through the gate at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With temperatures in the upper 50s, not a cloud in the sky, and the track practically to ourselves, we knew we’d have a great opportunity to push the limits of the BRZ and get an idea of what makes this car so great.
As 2014 kicks into full swing, we’re excited to start a new series featuring some of the hottest platforms available on the market today. The series will be broader than a strict “build guide,” as we want to present an overview of the platform, our initial impression behind the wheel, its strengths and weaknesses, and present feedback from tuners who have already had their hands dirty with these vehicles. We hope it will inform both purchasing decisions as well as what direction to take your car in once the keys are in your hand.
With that said, let’s introduce our first platform, the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S /Toyota GT86 (since Scion doesn’t exist overseas, it flies under the Toyota banner). It’s a car, or group of cars, that really needs no introduction.
The SEMA organization is known for hosting its annual show in the land of excess, Las Vegas, Nevada, the most important aftermarket and tuner industry event of the year. Enthusiasts and companies from across the world await event coverage to get a preview of the latest and greatest from the aftermarket industry. As an industry only event, the tuners and fabricators present the best of what they build, manufacturers show off their innovation and latest products, while buyers from all over the world congregate, looking to promote the next best thing in their showrooms.
Welcome to day two of our continued coverage of the 2013 SEMA show from the land of excess, Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you’ve already run through our day 1 coverage, featuring what SEMA is and why it’s one of the most important and celebrated industry-only events for the automotive world.