Subaru BRZ

Subaru BRZ here I come!

Well, it’s time to sell my beloved 2008 Audi R8 and move back on down into a price bracket that better fits my wallet.  This is a 3rd car behind my Genesis Sedan (kid limo) and NA Miata (PCH cruiser) and its role is simply this: canyon carver.   After much thought I think I’ve got it: a supercharged Subaru BRZ.

This certainly wasn’t an easy decision as this was my short list:

  • Cayman S
  • 996-gen 911
  • Mustang GT (Coyote)
  • “LS Swap”  (350Z, RX-8, 240Z etc..)
  • C5 Corvette
  • Chrysler Crossfire SRT6

After countless hours on Craigslist, YouTube and Autotrader, I settled on what I think is the perfect formula: a modified Subaru BRZ.

Why the BRZ?

  • One of the best handling sports car platforms…ever
  • Parts/maintenance will be a fraction of anything from Germany
  • Super reliable
  • Low-mile examples can be had in my price range
  • BRZ has things the FRS doesn’t: alcantara seats, better head unit/nav and smart key with start/stop

The BRZ, FRS, GT86 triplets have always been loved for their sublime handling but bemoaned in equal measure for their yawn-inducing power output.  The aftermarket has fixed that with a bunch of supercharger offerings that can reliably add 80-130hp and put that stellar chassis to good use.  Bringing the supporting cast of brakes, wheels/tires and suspension up to snuff will round out the package and should yield arguably the perfect affordable sports car.  A blue-colar Cayman S is you will.

While I’ll certainly miss my R8, I’m very much looking forward to this new experiment and feel pretty confident it’s going to be a blast.

….now I just need someone to buy the Audi

Audi R8
So long sweet prince…


Up Next – Supercharged Subaru BRZ!
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2 thoughts on “Up Next – Supercharged Subaru BRZ!

  • March 6, 2018 at 10:13 am

    the car in the picture is an FR-S

    • socalcarlife
      March 6, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Good catch 😉
      I knew it was but couldn’t find a decent pic of a black BRZ with those wheels on it .


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