2013 Subaru BRZ: Tuner Friendly
May 8, 2013
A few weeks back, I drove our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ to Formula Drift in Long Beach, and it felt like it belonged here.
Now the darlings of the tuner world, BRZs and FR-Ss are flooding every car show and the modification possibilities are endless. Wheels, tires, suspension, turbochargers, superchargers, seats, wings, spoilers and more, are all becoming available from hundreds of different aftermarket manufacturers.
The Toyobarus are attracting a whole new generation of drivers to my favorite pastime: modifying cars. And the aftermarket's enthusiasm for the BRZ (and its Scion twin) confirms that people will get excited about cars when companies produce exciting cars. Every time I drive our BRZ, I think about what I'd tinker with first if I owned one.
The entire stereo would have to go, from soup to nuts. The stock stereo is awful. New head unit, speakers, amp and subwoofers. Intake, header and exhaust would go next. Then, I'd buy a second set of wheels with stickier tires for the canyons and track, coil-overs to lower it and delete the useless rear seat. I'm still working out where all this hypothetical money would come from, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
The sky is the limit with cars like our BRZ, because it's cheap, well-built and easy to work on. For a guy who hasn't left anything stock for more than five minutes, it's perfect.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 13,666 miles