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Platform Series Subaru BRZ Scion FRS articles

TECH ARTICLES, VEHICLE FEATURES, EVENT COVERAGE & MORE

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We’ve mentioned it a few times before, but consider this your formal introduction to the 2014 Subaru Revvolution build! You may have noticed during our platform overview series that we mentioned getting our hands on a BRZ of our own to play with; and now we want to make sure we share our vision for the build, and introduce all of the partners involved in this massive undertaking.

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For this week’s installment, we take a look at the transformation the exterior of the car is currently undergoing. To take the exterior of the BRZ to the next level, we turned to our friends at SLVA Automotive Studio to help dial in the overall look. Their experience speaks for itself, so we knew they’d be the best to set apart the BRZ from the rest of the crowd.

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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.

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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.

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Last week, we dove into the strengths and weaknesses of the performance components on the Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S platform. What we found out, in short, was that the platform is well balanced in its stock form, and designed and executed to work in mechanical harmony. Even with it as well balanced as it is, we're finding that the engineers have left much on the table–on purpose. Our goal here is to unwrap the platform to its most basic level, assessing and documenting what we find along the way. Then build upon the strengths of the platform so we can achieve our goals and deliver the information we uncover back to the enthusiasts. Until we start swapping out parts and cursing bruised knuckles, we're going to take a less technical look at the platform's electronics, aesthetics and trim.